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    Reliable Modern 9mm Striker Fired Pistols

    Due to the current pandemic panic buying, I've been asked often by friends and family about what they should buy. Considering there are thousands of firearms in existence, it's tough to narrow down something specific without knowing their needs. When speaking with new shooters, recommending them a simple pistol to own, what are the common options that can be found?

    For the sake of keeping this simplified, limit the discussion to 9mm only striker fired pistols only.

    Thus far, I can think of the following.

    • Glock
      43, 43X, 48, 26, 19, 17, 19X, 45, & 34
    • Sig Sauer
      P320, P365, & P365XL
    • Smith & Wesson
      M&P M2.0, M2.0 Compact, M2.0 Subcompact, Shield, Shield EZ
    • Beretta
      APX & APX Carry
    • CZ USA
      P10 C, P10 F, & P10 S
    • Heckler & Koch
      VP9 & VP9SK
    • Walther
      PPQ, PPS, Q4, & Q5
    • FN America
      509, 509 Midsize, 509 Tactical
    Last edited by DAVE_M; January 6th, 2021 at 12:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVE_M View Post
    Due to the current pandemic panic buying, I've been asked often by friends and family about what they should buy. Considering there are thousands of firearms in existence, it's tough to narrow down something specific without knowing their needs. When speaking with new shooters, recommending them a simple pistol to own, what are the common options that can be found?

    For the sake of keeping this simplified, limit the discussion to 9mm only striker fired pistols only.

    Thus far, I can think of the following.

    • Glock
      43, 43X, 48, 26, 19, 17, 34
    • Sig Sauer
      P320, P365, & P365XL
    • Smith & Wesson
      M&P M2.0, M2.0 Compact, M2.0 Subcompact, Shield, Shield EZ
    • Beretta
      APX & APX Carry
    • CZ USA
      P10 C, P10 F, & P10 S
    • Heckler & Koch
      VP9 & VP9SK
    For Conceal Carry that shoots like a full size and has optics ready slide, I'd recommend these:
    Glock 43x MOS
    Glock 48 MOS
    Sig Sauer P365XL Optic Ready
    -Pros
    -Holds up to 15 rounds
    -Thin and can be carried without printing
    -Recoil is very manageable
    -Cons
    -Might be too small for someone with bigger hands

    Cheaper to own, but still super reliable:
    Beretta APX/APX Centurion
    -Pros
    -Can be bought for less than $400 at most retail places
    -Holds 15/16 rounds of 9mm
    -Easy to shoot
    -Good grip, can be changes so it can be shot by many hand sizes
    -Mags are reasonably priced
    -Cons
    -Not too much 3rd party support

    Smallest Conceal Carry, mag size doesn't matter:
    Smith & Wesson Shield
    Beretta APX Carry
    Sig Sauer P365
    Glock 43
    -Pros
    -Very tiny
    -Easily concealable
    -Reasonably priced
    -Cons
    -Low rounds in magazines
    -Recoil???? Depends on user

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    I know it's not every's favorite. But the springfield XD/XDM are reliable pistols. Just top heavy....
    Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob View Post
    I know it's not every's favorite. But the springfield XD/XDM are reliable pistols. Just top heavy....
    I don't personally recommend them due to my experiences with them. Admittedly, I have not handled any of the newest pistols, such as the XDM Elite and the Hellcat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVE_M View Post
    I don't personally recommend them due to my experiences with them. Admittedly, I have not handled any of the newest pistols, such as the XDM Elite and the Hellcat.
    One of my earliest guns was an XD9sc and I've literally never had a malfunction in that gun. And its rare you read of one. The new ones are just the old ones with "GRIP ZONE" marketing. The XDm's where just an evolution of the Xd. But overall I think reviews will show they are reliable. My biggest gripe after going glock was how heavy the slide was compared to glock's. Definitely felt it when carrying. And for "new" shooters, the grip safety is a "selling point" for people scared of a gun "without a safety". Yes I know better now, but I totally see their market. Reliable pistol, sub glock pricing.
    Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob View Post
    One of my earliest guns was an XD9sc and I've literally never had a malfunction in that gun. And its rare you read of one. The new ones are just the old ones with "GRIP ZONE" marketing. The XDm's where just an evolution of the Xd. But overall I think reviews will show they are reliable. My biggest gripe after going glock was how heavy the slide was compared to glock's. Definitely felt it when carrying. And for "new" shooters, the grip safety is a "selling point" for people scared of a gun "without a safety". Yes I know better now, but I totally see their market. Reliable pistol, sub glock pricing.
    I try not to rely on superficial selling points to recommend a pistol. The grip safety itself is the main concern for most individuals in regards to the XD platform. Although I have never experienced it myself, I have listened to multiple established shooters indicate that hand size and index are factors in the reliable deactivation of the grip safety. For shooters actually concerned about having a proper manual safety, some of the pistols mentioned have options with a mechanical thumb safety.

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    My VP9 LE was a great value.
    3 mags and great sights as well as a good trigger out the box

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    Walter ppq is another one I would add to the list. Great shooter
    Stephen

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    Smith & Wesson SD9VE is not a bad choice. I have had good service out of mine.

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    What the Vp9 did for me was trigger and grip angle and being able to swap grip secetions we a plus.
    The 575 price with the 3 mags and great sights sold me on it. Swapped a panel and had good fit.

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