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My M&P 9mm was my first and will alway have a special place in my heart...

but now i've been bitten by the bug and am eager to expand my collection.



i bought the M&P because i wanted the internal hammer, polymer frame, ambidextrous mag release/slid stop, and sleek design.



Now I think I want something with an external hammer and a sexy body (possibly two-tone, non-wooden grips, etc). I've always thought the 1911's were hot but they're not neccessarily what i'm looking for. I want to get away from the Glock/XD look.



Ads that have struck my fancy in my NRA magazines are:



the SigArms P229 Equinox

and the Kimber Covert



neither of which I can really afford but I'm willing to start saving up if I don't find a cheaper alternative.



SO WHAT SUGGESTION DO YOU GUYS HAVE?



I really would like to have some left handed features available on whatever I get but thats not neccessarily a deal breaker.



Your Thoughts?
 

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1911 is an obvious choice, but for $$$ get .22 target pistol, save $$$ in both the weapon and ammo... Plus all the accessories, man I can't begin to tell you its an obsession, not just a hobby...
 

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Yeah your question should be what THIRD gun you should be buying, because your second one must be a .22. Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, a nice S&W kit gun, whatever tickles your fancy, but a .22 is an invaluable tool for refining your shooting. Low recoil, low cost, low ammo cost, you can shoot the damn things for a whole day for less then $20, why wouldn't everyone have one?
 

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I've heard of various reliability issues with the Sigs but that was a while ago, its possible that the current ones are fine. The MKIII and the Buckmark are the gold standards when it comes to accurancy and function at a reasonable price (I have one of each, well my Ruger is a MKII but same basic design). The S&W 41 is superb but expensive. The CZ Kadet is a very nice gun as well. The Beretta Neos has a following as well, but it looks funky and it may not fit your hands well.



There are a lot of .22 semi out there but you should be aware that .22's can be a bit picky about ammo. The .22 cartridge was not designed for semiauto guns and it takes special work to design a semi to work well with .22s, which is why you may be better served by a model designed around the caliber then models which where built for a different caliber and then modified for .22



Also don't discount a nice .22 revolver, both Smith and Ruger make some very nice ones.



Your best bet is to find a few to handle and shoot and see what fits you best.
 

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I would suggest (as several others have) a .22 pistol or revolver. I enjoy shooting my Browning Buckmark, and my CZ Kadet.



A .22 is a good firearm to use for teaching kids, or introducing the shooting sports to a spouse or girlfriend. Have a good one.



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If you go with the mosquito check out buds they have them on their cover page
 

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Ruger is my input, the MKII and MKIII are exceptional weapons for the price and a lot of fun... Ruger make the 22/45 which is a .22 with a 45 handle, so that you get the best of both worlds.
 

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ok, i'm a little too impulsive.



I bought the mosquito (solid color) this afternoon. Put 50 rounds through it at the store and it seems pretty nice. no buyer's remorse yet!



on problem is that it only hold 10 rounds...i miss my 17+1 x 2 magazines on the m&p. i had to stop and reload every 30 seconds. LOL!!!
 

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micah said:
ok, i'm a little too impulsive.



I bought the mosquito (solid color) this afternoon. Put 50 rounds through it at the store and it seems pretty nice. no buyer's remorse yet!



on problem is that it only hold 10 rounds...i miss my 17+1 x 2 magazines on the m&p. i had to stop and reload every 30 seconds. LOL!!!


Well that is a draw back, but just get some more magazines and be sure to get a loader as well, your thumb will thank you for it... Let see some pics, I recently posted some of my .22 porn in the Gallery.
 

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Most .22's only hold 10 rounds because the case has a rim and that makes it impossible to double stack. The same is true for semi's in .357, .44mag, etc. They are rounds not designed for semi-autos.
 

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my wife took our good camera into NYC for the day so i'm stuck with the fixed focus harsh flash digi cam. I took a bunch of pics but none of them came out. Here's one though of the new .22 next to my M&P 9m



 

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Looks great... At first glance, it is very hard to distinguish if it was a .22 at all...
 

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I think - your next gun should be something of .22 like Ruger MkIII in SS. Cheap to shoot, and Fun to shoot, and you can shoot like 500rds at range, and cost only like $10. Every shooter should have one IMO.



As far as picking next gun to buy goes, its hard to tell. You see, i have yet to bought any gun that i set my mind to buy. My M&P for instance, I went to buy XD9Tactical, and salesperson showed me M&P, and simply fell in love with it, so i bought it.

My SA 1911 GI - i went to look for Ruger MkIII, and ended up with it instead.

My Para PX745S - I went to buy Kimber Stainless II, and somehow, ended up buying it over kimber. And love every min of it since then.

My S&W Model 65 - I stopped at myh local gun shop one day at the huge carshow town was hosting, because my GF needed to use bathroom, and she didn't want to use port-a-john. I saw it in shelf, and was mine before she was out of bathroom.





Gun is like a car - You have to go to shop and look at it, hold it in your hand, smell it. usually when you pick up the right one for you, you'll know.



little off - I went to look at Sig P226 Elite SS once. I wanted one for a while. So i went to store to look at it, held it in my hand, and man it was all wrong. It was too big for my hand, and to me, balance was all off. I walked out with beretta 92F/S instread.



Start looking at store, and look as many gun as you can. then pick one man
 

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Vlad said:
Yeah your question should be what THIRD gun you should be buying, because your second one must be a .22. Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, a nice S&W kit gun, whatever tickles your fancy, but a .22 is an invaluable tool for refining your shooting. Low recoil, low cost, low ammo cost, you can shoot the damn things for a whole day for less then $20, why wouldn't everyone have one?


I second everything you said, Vlad. Nothing like a good .22. I have 3 9's, 3 .45's, 1 .40, 1 .22, and 1 .32, and I wouldn't get rid of my Buck Mark for anything. It is my baby. :wink:
 
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