I currently carry a fnp-9 mad by fn hertsal. It shots real nice has a good safty and decocker on it. Holds 16 rounds per mag. Its very easy to break down and clean and comes in .40 cal and .45 cal. I perfer the 9mm just because i know thats all it takes to stop someone. Its light weight and has a rail. the only problem with it is now one makes a holster for it. I make a blackhawk sepra holster for a XD fit it and i have a conceal holster made for an HK.
My .45 cal Colt Government IV series 80 is my hands down favorite. It was the first handgun I ever bought and after 17 years I can still get nice tight groups. I have shot this gun more than any other in my safe and it still amazes me that after 17 years i can drill bulls eyes around 50 ft. Just clean it and go!
interesting...I'm planning on getting my restricted PAL when I get the standard PAL so I'm just wondering...You prefer this to the 1911? what do you like more about the Colt IV? what would you suggest for a newbie to handguns?
The only reason that I prefer this handgun is that it runs great and it was the very first handgun I bought. So it is a kind of sentimental value thing. I dont prefer this one to other .45 autos and I have shot plenty. If I could afford it I would probably own a Kimber Tactical or any Kimber for that matter. I have keep the Colt well maintained so i know it pretty well. For me a quality 1911 is a good gun and they are pretty much the same out of the box, unless it is a custom model like say any Les Baer 45 auto.
As far as a suggestion to a newbie about the only advice I like to give is first make sure it fits your hand. If it is too big for your hands you wont be able to shoot it well and will no tlike the gun. I hardly ever tell a newbie as you put it to go for the 1911. It is a pretty punishing gun for a first time shooter and enjoyment of firing the gun goes along way in training to use one. Second would be to do your research. Learn what you can from those around you and create some form of knowledge base to make an informed desicion. Understanding what you are going to use it for also plays into the decision. Will it be a CCW or a plinker? A fullsize 1911 is a pretty big gun to conceal (not impossible just harder).
If it is at all possible find a range that has guns to shoot and try them all if you can. Then pick and choose what gun/caliber works the best for you. Best of Luck!
well said william dean.. i agree with you.
also your right if money wasnt an issue id get a les baer custom 1911 or like i said ealier a custom kimber.... I dont own a 1911 but i've handled a few and i just love them, so pretty much any 1911 would be great and that is going to be the next firearm i purchase
Well, I live in Canada. So unfortunately it is totally illegal to carry a handgun (let alone conceal one) So the only way I can shoot it is at a range. Thanks for your help! I'm also diggin' the Single Six (without the target sites) and the Vaquero.