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    hello everyone! i am looking for a new or used semi-auto pistol. i bought a 44mag Redhawk a few months ago that i really like and enjoy shooting but i have been wanting a pistol for a while for a few different reasons. shooting mag rounds for fun is getting kind of expensive and i didnt buy the redhawk as a gun for plinking or target shooting just as a hiking/fishing carry weapon. i dont know a great deal about pistols and was hoping for some advice. i want a gun that is a fun to shoot and i can easily find factory ammuntion for but a gun that has some punch for personal protection as well. let me know what you think and suggest as far as manufacturers and calibers go. Thanks!

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    Since you did not mention wanting a ccw pistol or if the protection was from other humans or not, you could do a lot worse than a Springfield Armory XD-40. Very reliable, more than reasonably accurate, feeds anything and not too spendy. The .40 S&W is an excellent personal defense round.

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    I've got two XD40s, 3" and 4" models. If you get one, may I suggest upgrading it with Tru Glo TFO (tritium fiber optic) night sights - these are awesome. I've got'em on my sub, and will upgrade my 4" shortly I really like how these feel, point and mine have been uber-reliable.

    To be fair, there are other nice polymer pistols out there too (Glock, Smith M&P) for similar prices.

    Go to GNG or another friendly local shop and fondle many models and buy (at least ) one.

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    I think it all depends on how much you want to spend. I'm considering geting a Sig, but they are a little pricy. I have a Glock, which is reliable, but I don't really like the feel and point of it. Those XD's feel and point great.

    In regards to caliber, I've had a few .45's, but my ultimate favorate caliber is the 9mm. It's a fun round, and it's not as expensive as some of the other rounds.

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    I now have a 9 mm Beretta, .45 Kimber 1911, and .40 Springfield XD Subcompact (3 in), along with a S&W .44 Mag revolver. I am looking to sell my XD Subcompact, it is just a few months old. PM me if you are interested.

    Overall if you want a gun that is fun to shoot, and you may want to shoot often (versus once a month or something), and don't want to spend a lot on ammo, i would go with a 9 mm. I agree with the above poster, go to local shops and handle these guns. i would look at glocks, springfield xds as they make some good 9 mm models.

    .40 and .45 gets expensive up here if you don't reload. 9 mm i have found for half the price of .45 around Anchorage.

    Good luck!

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    SIG...depending on where you buy them, they can be not much more than imported East European plastic pistiols

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    I have a Glock and Sig 229 Equinox in .40 S&W. Both are excellent guns. The Glock I have is the tactical (one inch longer). Very accurate. The Sig is like a Swiss clock. I recommend either of these guns highly. Fun to shoot and accurate, cheap ammo, and great for the night stand. Even better, put it on a Night Sentry. I got one recently. Cool as heck. See the link below.

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    Smile easy choice......

    Buy a good Govt. Mod. 1911 .45 from Kimber or one of the other good quality companies and shoot the heck out of it.

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    I really like my 45 acp 1911 which I shoot the heck out of every tme to the range. My carry gun is a 9mm though. Kahr K9. It's an awesome gun after about 1000 rounds through it and it carries oh so well.

    I've shot the other guns mentioned so far and I think you'd do well with any of them mentioned.

    Take your time selecting a pistol. Check out the local gun shops, listen to their sales pitch, pick up a lot of guns. Repeat over and over again and then buy. Taking your time can also help you save up more money if you prefer a slightly more expensive pistol.

    One thing you'll want to consider if you want to shoot a lot is the cost of ammo. The only reason I can afford to shoot my 45acp so much is because I reload. While reloading costs an fair amount up front, it in itself can be a rewarding part of shooting. I currently reload 45, 38sp, 9mm, and 500 mag.

    Of the guns mentioned so far that I have shot that I liked the most was the SIG.

    Good luck.

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    Couple of weeks ago I went looking for a new 45 myself. I was convinced I wanted a Springfield XD. Then I handled a S&W M&P .45 and it had a much better trigger pull, way less creep and about half the weight of the XD. I walked away with the M&P but havent shot it yet.
    As others posters have said, go find a shop in town and spend some time handling different brands. When you find one you like ask to see a different one cause each one will vary as far as the trigger goes.

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    I have a Tangfolio EAA Witness 45 auto. It is a great pistol. I bought it for $300 a few years ago. I think they are closer to $400 now. I have shot many rounds through it. I am very pleased with it. It is a bit heavier than the composite pistols mentioned above.
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