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ilikeduxilikedux New MemberPosts: 21 New Member
I have hunted for many years and have several shotguns and rifles and feel I have good knowledge in these types of firearms. I am now looking at purchasing a handgun for self defence. I am looking for a semi auto, and was thinking of a S&W or Glock. I really know nothing about the quality of these firearms and any help would be appriciated.

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  • MurDoc04MurDoc04 Member Posts: 132 Member
    Have you ever considered Springfield? I own a XDM .40 bitone 4.5 barrel. I also just purchased a Springfield XDS .45 for my concealed.
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    Springfield, Glock, HK, Sig, S&W, CZ and a host of others make fine self defense guns, many "wisely" say that you should rent some guns if that is available in your area to see wich one will "fit" you better, then there is the saying" "Show me a man that has only one gun and I assure you he will be very good with it". Practice is a huge part, the military issues the same weapon to most troops, they don't get to pic the one that "fits" them best but the good armies train very well their soldiers. Don't put all your pennies on the prettiest girl behind the counter, leave enough to practice a lot.

    The Springfield XD are nice guns, I competed with one for over a year with no issues but lately some local guys have had issues with them, The S&W MP rust easily, this are guys that know how to care for their guns but there's a lot of humidity here so that could play a part here.

    Now for my biased recommendation, I always recommend to those getting started Glocks, new or used depending on your budget, very easy to maintain, can handle a lot of abuse and always go bang, unlike many here I also find them "pretty", not important at all when it comes to a defense weapon but a pre-empted strike as someone is bound to tell claim they are quite ugly.


    Just realized that the Springfield I ran IPSC matches with was a regular XD and the buddies that have had problems are with the XDM.
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  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    Get a quality .357Magnum/.38Spcl. revolver. Nothing is more reliable, effective, durable, safer, easy to maintain, or versatile.
  • MurDoc04MurDoc04 Member Posts: 132 Member
    Is the difference between XD and XDM if
    I'm not mistaken is just the grips can be changed?
  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    MurDoc04 wrote: »
    Is the difference between XD and XDM if
    I'm not mistaken is just the grips can be changed?

    It's more than just the grip. You might want to read the following review from G&A's Dick Metcalf.

    http://www.handgunsmag.com/2011/05/26/video-springfield-armory-xd-vs-xdm/

    also see.....
    http://www.shootingtimes.com/2011/01/03/handgun_reviews_st_raisedm_200809/
    There's no such thing as having too much ammo, unless you're on fire or trying to swim!
  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    I am a Glock guy because they are reliable and fit me well. However any gun from a reputable manufacturer is pretty much going to be reliable, S&W, Ruger, Glock, Sig, Springfield, Kahr, etc. get what feels best in your hand in the caliber you want. Unless you are buying a Taurus or an off bran there are really no bad choices. If Glock didn't exist, I would probably buy Springfield but that again is personal preference.
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 792 Senior Member
    Only personal opinion but I would choose Glock, then Springfields XD series. But I really like the idea of a .357/.38 revolver, that suggestion just might have to go to the top of the list.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    ilikedux wrote: »
    I have hunted for many years and have several shotguns and rifles and feel I have good knowledge in these types of firearms. I am now looking at purchasing a handgun for self defence. I am looking for a semi auto, and was thinking of a S&W or Glock. I really know nothing about the quality of these firearms and any help would be appriciated.

    Look at a cop tomorrow and see what's on the hip.......be brave and ask them about it. I brought this point to my trainee who just turned 21, and is now looking for a firearm for himself.....our Bike-cops are 1911 fans...there are reasons for this. Both S&W, and Glock will serve you well.

    Now let's throw in another......look at what a Sherrif's deputy carries.....most likely a .357.....there's a reason for that too.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • JLDickmonJLDickmon Senior Member Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    Look at a cop tomorrow and see what's on the hip.......be brave and ask them about it. I brought this point to my trainee who just turned 21, and is now looking for a firearm for himself.....our Bike-cops are 1911 fans...there are reasons for this. Both S&W, and Glock will serve you well.

    Now let's throw in another......look at what a Sherrif's deputy carries.....most likely a .357.....there's a reason for that too.

    around here they're all carrying .40 cal Sig's
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,424 Senior Member
    Home defence or concealed carry???
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • ilikeduxilikedux New Member Posts: 21 New Member
    Both really, I'll be taking the concealed carry class in March
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,424 Senior Member
    ilikedux wrote: »
    Both really, I'll be taking the concealed carry class in March

    I consider them to be two different jobs. For HD I would go full size large capacity 9mm like an M&P (XD or Glock, all under $500) and hang a light on the bottom. You are defending a position.....your home. A full size will be easier to shoot.

    full%20size%209mm%20CT%20grips%20X300.jpg

    Concealed carry, I like a smaller pistol. If it isn't comfortable you won't carry it every day. You give up accuracy (although small pistols today are still pretty accrate), and capacity. I plan to use my CCW to keep their heads down while I escape the danger if possible. Not get into a gun fight. Still need to practice! You will need to be able to hit what you are aiming at...

    Lots of new small pistols available now. KelTecs are cheap and go bang, but aren't as easy to shoot with a rough trigger. I personally carry a Kahr and it was worth the extra $$$ to me...

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  • RiflemannRiflemann Member Posts: 269 Member
    I am a S&W guy because they are reliable, and fit me well. I have shot Glocks and feel they are over rated, buy whatever feels good in your hand. You are the one that has to be happy with your gun, not the rest of us on the internet. Good Luck on your upcoming purchase. P.S. I carry either a full size M&P40 or a M&P40 Shield, I really like the small size of the Shield, and they both shoot real well, Later----Riflemann
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    JLDickmon wrote: »
    around here they're all carrying .40 cal Sig's

    Around Denver, issue is the Glock 22 (.40 S&W).....Motorcyle Patrolmen prefer the accuracy of 1911s (I asked a few)....Sheriff deputies prefer the Smith 686 or Ruger GP100 (.357).....since a deputy has to serve at least two years in a correctional facility before being let out on the road....and they are on their own for the most part, and their consensus was "with six rounds, I should only need one to put down something" They've been through prison fights....they know that instant take-down is key...... these people don't spray n pray like NYC cops.....even under duress, it's aimed fire for maximum results. On the other hand, they may have to dispatch a 500 lbs elk hit by a car...this seems easy if you think it's just laying there on the road waiting to die.....but elk don't know they're dead yet, and will still walk around in traffic until it gets the final blow. This I found out recently talking with a Jeffco deputy the other day.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • I'm goneI'm gone New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    I have a Glock 26 gen4 and really like it. low recoil and accurate sub compact 9.
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,954 Senior Member
    I would recommend either a Glock 19 or 23 or something else in that size like an officers size 1911 or one of Kahr's or Springfield Armory's XD series. A mid size revolver in .357 is also a good choice too.

    Go somewhere that you can handle most of these and see what feels right to you though. There is nothing better than getting something that is just right for YOU.

    Luis
    Wielding the Hammer of Thor first requires you to lift and carry the Hammer of Thor. - Bigslug
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    I can say I've worked on more revolvers than semi autos. When a semi auto fails, it is usually correctable on the spot. When a revolver fails, it is usually something that needs a lot more than you can fix on the spot.....
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,249 Senior Member
    DO NOT let some counter **** talk you into buy anything that shoots .45 Colt/ .410 shotgun shells. Kind of like a moped.
    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    MurDoc04 wrote: »
    this is my carry, just picked it up today.

    I would advise that you run it a bit before you start depending your life on it.

    Just my .02 cents.
  • bowserbbowserb Member Posts: 277 Member
    Widely acknowledged as the best one-gun solution is the Glock 19. In your testing you would not waste your time trying one. The G19, 23, 32, 38 line are compacts...not full size, not subcompact. 4" barrel, nearly full size grip, 15 rd mag, yet very light. Sold mine over a year ago, and the buyer still thanks me.


    Please excuse typos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk.
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  • MurDoc04MurDoc04 Member Posts: 132 Member
    I'm gonna run much as possible, ammo is slim around here
  • REDDEVILREDDEVIL Member Posts: 153 Member
    MurDoc04 wrote: »
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357185977.827343.jpg this is my carry, just picked it up today.


    CONGRATS:applause:, I prefer Glocks and if they were not around I might try me out an M&P. I think the xdm and xds are purdy but they just don feel right in the hand to me,... even tho I want an xds soooo bad (same goes for the M&P shield),... I drool at them everytime Im at the LGS, but I have so many glocks (mag & parts interchangeability) that I have done myself in. Have fun w/ that beauty and :yousuck:
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