Sunday, January 13, 2013
Some Thoughts on my First Handgun Purchase.
I pretty much have decided that I am going to go with a 9mm. I have never had an interest in a revolver. I understand that a 45 has more stopping power. In reality, however, I don’t think this will ever really make a difference to me. I live a well-protected, sedate life. Having shot both, a 9mm just feels more precise. As a golfer, that appeals to me. Likewise, the 9mm will provide a little less of a pounding, if I were to put in a good deal of time at the range.
The idea of something small appeals to me. There is just something really cool about having a weapon not much bigger than a wallet that you could carry in your pocket. So the idea of a very light and very slim PF-9 or something similar excites me. However, I do not like the idea of my little finger hanging off the end of the grip. Also, the size of these subcompacts also brings up the pounding issue. I just think I should go for something more practical.
Somebody I work with recommended a Sig Sauer P-226 Navy. I have had the idea of that weapon fixed in my mind for some time. I look at it and just go "Wow!" However, it is pretty expensive. The days of it ever being possible that I will be a Navy Seal are long, long gone for me. I held a Sig at a gun show somewhat recently, and I just seemed, well, hard. These days, I like simple and easy in my life.
Now I am still tempted by something small. The 3.8 inch barrel XD(M) seemed strangely appealing. However, this gun is just not in proper proportion. The Walther PPQ really looks quite sweet and properly proportioned. As a golfer, I like the idea of a polymer grip. I also like the idea of interchangeable back straps. But, I have the idea of becoming eye poppingly proficient at hitting my target. This puts me at odds with the Walther because of its 4” barrel and short sight radius. But I keep coming back to it because it is smaller, including in the magazine, which is not too small.
I don’t want a 5” barrel. That’s just too geeky. A Glock 19 is the right size and shape. After all, if you are going to go 9mm, it just makes sense to go with a 17 capacity magazine. Otherwise, why bother, right? I held the Glock 19 at a show, and the sensation of it stuck with me. But there are too many Glock groupies out there.
I have come to take a very close look at the M&P. I like polymer for light weight. I like the clamshell machining on the back of the rail. It has a fill Picatinny rail, so I can get silly with it later. The price is reasonable. They sell it with a full complement of accessories in a neat little picnic box.
I also want to take a very close look at the XD(M) 4.5. They come in a picnic box as well. Switching out the sights, it seems, may be a bother. However, I like the idea of the safety at the rear of the handle and the sight hole on top that allows you to see a chambered round. I am a novice, but a safe one. I will go shooting with my 17 year old girl, so safety is a key issue. I don’t know if the handle safety will nip my hand. If it does, I’m not sure I can buy it.
Whatever the choice though, I want all black because that’s just nasty.