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AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
so im looking for a nice gun or rifle for my bf for his collection. He had to start over his gun collection 2 years ago. Currently has a hunting rifle, shotgun, bergara long range premier Ridgeback rifle, a small glock and sig Sauer pistol, and another semi auto type pistol ar looking rifle. My budget is about 600 to 700. What should I consider for him? 
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  • JunkCollectorJunkCollector Posts: 528 Senior Member
    edited June 3 #3
    Welcome first of all then.....

    Cheat a little....no not that way.
    See if you can find out the one he wished he still had....then find it.
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    Between these 2 guns which would you get....the FNX 45 is 1000 and Springfield XDM Elite 630 - this is a gift for a guy who likes guns and wants a few more handguns to add to his collection. 
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,434 Senior Member
    edited June 3 #5
    Spend $630 and have money left over for a holster, magazines, and ammo.

    Welcome hey.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    But between these 2 guns which is better quality and all that. I am just the woman with little handgun experience mine is more in rifles so Im learning! 
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,322 Senior Member
    Depends which ones fits his hand better.  Guns are like shoes, everyone likes something different and no one likes pinched toes.  Both are excellent choices!
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,322 Senior Member
    edited June 3 #8
    Hint, when my wife wants to give me a gun as a gift, she gives me a budget and sends me shopping.  She knows I always have a few ideas in my head...

    Ps. I have a GREAT wife and it sounds like your boyfriend is a lucky guy.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    Let me put it this way...he is 6'4 and has big hands. But he has a compact carry gun and a Sig M17 I think. So if that helps any....this gun will be to keep and recreation fun. 
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,434 Senior Member
    Aimcat said:
    But between these 2 guns which is better quality and all that. I am just the woman with little handgun experience mine is more in rifles so Im learning! 
    I would guess quality is essentially the same, Springfield does offer some nice packages with purchases as does FN, that might swing me.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    These both come with soft cases and extra mags. The case is maybe just slightly better with the FN.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 3,867 Senior Member
    Aimcat said:
    Let me put it this way...he is 6'4 and has big hands. But he has a compact carry gun and a Sig M17 I think. So if that helps any....this gun will be to keep and recreation fun. 
    If it were me, I'd get the FN FNX 45 Tactical. If you can get it for around a thousand, that'd be great. It's a large pistol but you say he 's a big guy and already has a compact carry gun. This would be more of a fun gun and show piece maybe even an open carry gun if you live in those states.
    They're both good choices but at the end of the day, what is the ultimate purpose or intent for that pistol. Just speaking for myself, I'd get the FN.
    Versus

    They both look good but I think the FN would be more fun. Jmho

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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,071 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Depends which ones fits his hand better.  Guns are like shoes, everyone likes something different and no one likes pinched toes.  Both are excellent choices!
    This ^^^   Both are good, it depends on which fits his hands better.  I also am 6'4" and have big hands and would have to handle both to make a decision.  No two people's hands are exactly alike.  There are many factors that contribute to "fit" such as grip size, angle, mag release position, etc.  I understand the desire to get him something you can wrap up and give him, but in this case you might be better off letting him do the shopping.  Depending on local laws (I don't know where you live) you could also potentially run afoul of "straw purchase" laws by not having him pass the background check.  Where I live I can gift a firearm to someone, but different states, different laws.
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,232 Senior Member
    I can't speak to the SA but I have two of the FN variants - an FNP 45 and and FNP 45 Tactical. Excellent guns with great accuracy and a pretty good DA/SA trigger. I put Talon grips on both and they really help that gun shine.

    Of course the SA is striker fired and the FN is DA/SA. Totally different triggers...




  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    Can you explain those triggers to me and why they might be pros and cons? 
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    I am trying to identify the handguns my BF already has for sure. I know the FDE is a sig, but which model...what are the other 2?
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,026 Senior Member
    Welcome!  I hope you stick around, and after you get the BF a gun, have him join as well.

    What seems to be missing from that list is a good .22LR pistol.  Something like this:
    https://www.ruger.com/products/markIVTarget/specSheets/40126.html
    (MSRP is always higher than what you will pay retail.  Don't get scared off by the list price)
    would be an EXCELLENT choice.  

    Plus, there is no better couple's activity than plinking with .22s (went plinking with my wife just 2 days ago).  This is something that he will absolutely love, and you can enjoy with him.


    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,681 Senior Member
    My house gun is a FN, I like the platform, function flawlessly and have a decent trigger out of the box.  The XD I have only handled once and can not give a fair opinion, however the price point leaves a lot of change for ammo.  Good Luck, too bad every guy does not have a supportive gal like you and my wife.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,026 Senior Member
    Top: Sig P220-something.  Probably a P226 in 9mm
    Middle: SIG 365 9mm
    Bottom SIG 238
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,026 Senior Member
    I hope you don't mind, but I merged all 3 of your threads.  Since they were all part of the same subject, it seemed cleaner to put them all together.


    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    Yes thats fine! Sorry for double posting. Seeing the guns he has and the 2 I'm looking at what would be nice in that mix? I have another option which is a Beretta m9a3 but it's black and hes all into the fde right now.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,767 Senior Member
    I second the idea of a good quality .22. Lots of fun and cheap to shoot. You could get two, one for both of you, and enjoy the fun together.
    Bronwing Buckmark, and Ruger .22 auto come to mind.
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,811 Senior Member
    Aimcat said:
    Can you explain those triggers to me and why they might be pros and cons? 
    A striker fired pistol has no hammer. The firing mechanism is moved inside the gun and the action of pulling the trigger basically does all the work to move the firing pin back and release it to fire the gun. 

    A DA/SA gun means the first round fired with the hammer not cocked will be a double action pull, cocking the hammer prior to firing the gun.  After firing the first round, the gun will cock the hammer and each trigger press after that is single action.

    There aren't necessarily pros and cons as much as they are just different.  I guess you could say a striker fired gun will have a consistent trigger pull and a reset point.  A DA/SA generally has a long, heavy first pull and each shot after that is short and lighter. 

    It's really, REALLY difficult to help someone buy a gun for someone else.  The guys are giving some pretty good advice, given the difficulty in doing so.  It would be like asking us which pants would be best for him.  We don't know what fits or what he likes.  Some might want plain ol' jeans, some might want cargo pants, and there's a guy out there who wears skirts... everyone has their own preferences.

    Going with what's been mentioned; liking FDE, tends to like auto pistols, apparently, already has 3 Sigs, maybe talk a look at the Glock 19X.  It fits in the stated budget, is different than what he has but is the color you said he likes, and works well for people with bigger hands.  But, there are the Glock haters out there too... usually people who don't know how to properly use one..  :#  :D
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    You came to the right place for enablement with spending your money. :D 
  • 2Aman2Aman Member Posts: 332 Member
    I third the recommendations for a .22lr handgun. 

    You mentioned recreation, doesn't get any funner or affordable than plinking with  a.22lr. He seems to like semi-autos so Ruger makes wonderful pistols to fit that bill, the Mark series are excellent, you would have alot left over for a holster and some nice good velocity CCI ammo that would function well in a pistol like that. 
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,322 Senior Member
    Top: Sig P220-something.  Probably a P226 in 9mm
    Middle: SIG 365 9mm
    Bottom SIG 238
    Top is definitely a P226.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • gunner81gunner81 Member Posts: 423 Member
    I own both and both are good quality guns you can't go wrong either way but I would give the edge to the FN because of the trigger and the FN just feels better in my hand
  • AimcatAimcat Posts: 15 New Member
    He has also mentioned several times a glock 26 and a chippa rhink 60ds that a local shop has. I know the glock is blah and the chiappa is not practical. But what would you think of these stacked against the others?
  • gunner81gunner81 Member Posts: 423 Member
    The FN is a better gun than the Glock  again my opinion Glocks are good guns but they are Glocks no thrills no flash just a gun that goes bang every time you squeeze the trigger under almost any circumstance
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,588 Senior Member
    gunner81 said:
    The FN is a better gun than the Glock  again my opinion Glocks are good guns but they are Glocks no thrills no flash just a gun that goes bang every time you squeeze the trigger under almost any circumstance
    That’s why Glock gets my vote. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    I agree with 2Aman. I got the itch and bought the Ruger SR22. Came with 3 magazines and easy to clean, like a combat pistol. LOTS of fun. 

    My only other thought is if you get him a gun, he can't really sell it. If you give him the cash, he may later. In case that would sting
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