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I have decided to stick to these, but I would like to know what yall think of my choices since yall are experienced with handguns.

Also I am not sure which caliber would be best to get? Considering I am a small female with quite petite hands.

I wanna use this gun for recreational, defence and probably CCW.

http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=111&category=Pistol&toggle=&breadcrumbseries=

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=11101&storeId=10001&productId=51901&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=15711&isFirearm=Y

http://www.the-m-factor.com/specs_2.html

http://www.springfield-armory.com/xd.php?version=111

Glock 26 or 28
http://www.glock.com/english/index_safety.htm

I really want something reliable that will keep me safe but enjoyable to shoot. Granted I will need to shoot first but i'd like to hear yalls opinions first

Thank you :)
 

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Glock 19 for Carry Glock 17 for the car or around the house.

Glock 26 is nice put since its smaller...a little harder to control with out the extended base pad.

I like my Glocks way better than the XD I have :2c:
 

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I'd stay away from taurus but that's just me.

The g19 is going to be about the same size as the xdm 3.8 so look at it also.

Like I said go find a shop that has them all and see what you like. Their all good.
 
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I have small hands as well and I can shoot the M&P more accurately than any hangun I own.
 

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I was recently looking at all of the same pistols you just listed as well as the Taurus Millenium. I had to just go find all of them at different stores and see how they felt to me. I ended up getting the M&P, but one of the others may feel better to you. You are just going to have to check them out yourself to find the one that is best for YOU.

All of them are great pistols. The Taurus and XD pistols didn't feel right in my hand. The Glock and M&P were a toss up. Both had a good feel and a great trigger. It came down to the M&P coming with different backstraps and a mag extension. I do like the factory sight on the glock better, but that didn't matter to me since I am getting some XS sights anyways.

If you are serious about CC with it, make sure to compare weights and sizes. 10 ounces makes a big difference after 12 hours of carrying. Just be careful not to go ultralight since recoil is going to be sharper. I found the 22oz M&P to be a great balance between weight and recoil control. Also, the accuracy is of the M&P is amazing for a 3.5 barrel.

I suggest sticking with 9mm since recoil is easier, ammo is slightly cheaper, and since it is a military round, should always be readily available.

Good luck, pick what fits you best, and be sure to take some of those great pics when you decide.

Here is mine.
 

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Taurus would be out for me any of the others would do if they work for you. Personally I'm a Glock person, but again that's me.
 

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I like the glocks also. Got a 26 with a CT laser that is really to small for my hands but shoots great. Trying to get my wife to carry it, she likes revolvers. Never had a malfunction with any of my glocks but I hadn't put as many rounds downrange as most of these guys.
If you're on a budget, look at a Kahr CW series. I lover my CW40.
 
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crossedcannons45 said:
Xd357 said:
I'd stay away from taurus but that's just me.
+1

I'm kind of disappointed that you didnt decide on a 1911 but its ultimately your choice. From your list, I vote for the XD
I am scared about that because I am left handed.
 
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remgirl said:
I am scared about that because I am left handed.
The M&P can easily be converted to left hand configuration. It already has the ambi slide release and the mag release is a ten minute swap to left handed use.

That one factor moves it up on the list for most lefties.
 

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The M&P's are nice pistols....just keep in mind that whatever you choose a smaller gun is gonna be harder to shoot well and not as much fun to practice with...That's why you need to get a couple...:thumbup



Have you given any serious consideration to a revolver

I got all these semis laying around...but what goes with me most often is a revolver...a S&W revolver
 
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The M&P's are nice pistols....just keep in mind that whatever you choose a smaller gun is gonna be harder to shoot well and not as much fun to practice with...That's why you need to get a couple...:thumbup



Have you given any serious consideration to a revolver

I got all these semis laying around...but what goes with me most often is a revolver...a S&W revolver
Not really given much thought to a rev, but I've always liked semi-autos. So it would be better to get full size instead of compact? Is there much difference between shooting a 9mm to the other calibers out there?
 
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remgirl said:
I am scared about that because I am left handed.
Rem.. you know they make left handed 1911's dont you
I've looked and never seen one unless they're custom made and costing more than $1000 :(
 

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remgirl said:
I am scared about that because I am left handed.
there are alot of lefties out there who shoot 1911s in the righty configuration, or you could get one with an ambi safety or as beladran said: get a left handed one that way the slide release and mag release would also be on the right...err...correct side.

the ambi safeties come standard on alot of sub $1000 guns and having the mag and slide release on your strongside makes mag changes easier (from what ive heard) and isnt that big of a deal
 

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I like an external hammer on my pistols. Having said that, among those you listed I think the Glock and XD are best. I do agree that you need to handle and shoot each pistol before you buy. I am a lefty also but shoot right-handed(didn't have rifles or pistols for lefties when I was growing up) and grip angle makes a world of difference to me. Link attached to the Beretta PX4 SC which I owned in 9mm. Great little pistol but as stated you need to handle before you buy! Just my .02.
http://www.berettausa.com/products/px4-storm-type-f-sub-compact/
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I really like the SA XD, the glock 17 (though still disputing whether to stick to full size or compact) I am not ruling out the SW MP either nor the 1911 but i'll need to see how i handle shooting left handed though i hate shooting my bolt action rifles as I need to reload using my left hand when my trigger finger is left hand.
 
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If we can arrange some range time in July when you come over I provide a left hand M&P 40 S&W, several 1911's and a couple of Sigs for you to try out. I'm sure somebody has one or more of the others you mentioned as well as a variety of revolvers to try.
 

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msredneck said:
The M&P's are nice pistols....just keep in mind that whatever you choose a smaller gun is gonna be harder to shoot well and not as much fun to practice with...That's why you need to get a couple...:thumbup
All the more reason to get a 9mm, you don't need a huge gun to handle the recoil. If you are serious about carrying concealed with this, remember the Glock/M&P is about 20-22 ounces where the 1911 is about 40 ounces. A 1911 in 9mm would be very easy to shoot, but do you really want to lug all that steel around all day? Daily carry guns have very different requirements than HD/range guns IMHO.

Have you given any serious consideration to a revolver

I got all these semis laying around...but what goes with me most often is a revolver...a S&W revolver
+1 Revos are great. They make 'em in all different sizes. They go bang every time, and the small ones are just as reliable as the big ones. Can't say that about an auto!

I'm with 'neck on this one. You need 2 new guns!
 
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