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Pistol Advice- Looking for a Gift
« on: November 10, 2015, 08:11:38 am »
My dad is turning 60 this year, and we're looking at getting him a pistol.  Honestly, I've been out of the pistol loop for a few years and so I figured the easiest step would to solicit some ideas first.  He had a S&W J frame .357, but he felt the rounds were both too expensive and too much punch for just plinking so we're thinking of getting him something smaller.  I'm thinking 9mm.

Here are the main yardsticks:
  • Cost- In the $400 range
  • Size- He doesn't have arthritis, but his fingers are thick from years of concrete and construction work so a sub-compact is probably going to be too small for him.  I'm thinking a full size to compact size
  • Revolver or automatic
  • .22lr not out of the question, but would prefer something with more power just incase he decides he wants to carry it

Ideas?

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    Re: Pistol Advice- Looking for a Gift
    « Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 08:28:03 am »
        I wouldn't rule out a .357 revolver.  .38's are only a couple bucks more a box than 9mm's.  Used Ruger's would be in the $400 range.

        That said, it sounds like a CZ-75, Used Beretta 92 or Glock are sound choices here.   All have full and mid-size options and good parts/replacement/gadget lineups.

     
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    Re: Pistol Advice- Looking for a Gift
    « Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 09:29:17 am »
    No, the .357 is out.  He had .38 rounds, and while he liked the gun he just wasn't fond of fun shooting with it. 

    As I'm looking, how about the Ruger SR9?  They seem to be selling for very reasonable amounts right now, and are a decent looking pistol.

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    « Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 10:03:23 am »
    You should be able to find a CZ-75 Omega or a CZ P-07 in the mid-to-upper-$400 range. Can't comment on either of those exact models, but I have a standard CZ-75 (standard trigger system, not the Omega), and I love it.
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    « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 10:14:38 am »
    CZs, Glocks and Berettas are all good choices.   I have seen Ruger SR9s going for $400 new as well.
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    « Reply #5 on: November 10, 2015, 10:41:20 am »
    The Ruger 9E is a budget variation of the SR9 and frankly I like several things about it better.

    Out the door price, including tax, is $366.16 from my Davidson's arrangement.
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    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2015, 11:06:20 am »
    Good pistol? Shoots well, reliable, easy to maintain?

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    « Reply #7 on: November 10, 2015, 11:18:53 am »
    Do Tanfoglio Witnesses get in under budget?  They're large enough to be easy on his hands and tame recoil pretty well.

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    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2015, 11:22:33 am »
    Good pistol? Shoots well, reliable, easy to maintain?

    Yes, on all counts.
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    « Reply #9 on: November 10, 2015, 11:39:19 am »
    Yeah,  Witnesses would be a good choice too if he can handle the large size.   I really like mine.
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    « Reply #10 on: November 10, 2015, 12:03:10 pm »
    I would suggest taking him to a LGS and letting him fondle handle a variety. My dad's first bottom feeder is a M&P 9mm,  my wife and I got it for him for Christmas last year. He was at Cabela's with me and I was able to put a variety in his left hand and see what felt good to him.

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    « Reply #11 on: November 10, 2015, 12:25:37 pm »
    take a look at the older S&W 3rd gen models.  5906, 5904, 6904, 6906, 3913, etc.

    gunbroker has listings for 6904's ranging from 270 to 325.

    solid, well built, heavier metal pistols, minimal recoil, decent sights, decent trigger, used,  not excessively expensive.
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    « Reply #12 on: November 10, 2015, 02:10:23 pm »
       The SR9's are good guns.   I've owned a number of SR's......I've always traded out of them, just something "off" about them.   

    That said, find a big store and handle guns, like Mikee said.    Best overall because every person is different.     
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    « Reply #13 on: November 10, 2015, 05:29:24 pm »
    Lots of good options, and each one is better than a necktie... so... Win.
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    « Reply #14 on: November 10, 2015, 05:34:39 pm »
    Lots of good options, and each one is better than a necktie... so... Win.


    This.  :clap

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    « Reply #15 on: November 10, 2015, 09:51:36 pm »
    Honestly, I'd be thrilled if my kid's bought me a $250 Star Super B.

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    « Reply #16 on: November 10, 2015, 11:38:27 pm »
    I think a S&W 59 fits the bill. Its 9mm, same mags as the 3rd gen, lighter weight and slightly smaller than the 3rd gen models.
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    Re: Pistol Advice- Looking for a Gift
    « Reply #17 on: November 14, 2015, 09:34:32 pm »
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone!  I'm not the decision maker on this, but I'll have some good suggestions.

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