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    recomendation for semi-auto pistol

    Purposes: 1. self protection while remote camping
    2. Competition shooting. Bullseye, steel

    Caliber: 9mm

    Attributes: 1. Two mag slots would be nice, but not a need
    2. Reasonable to clean
    3. easy to pull back the slide, or be able to add a pull ring.
    4. fits my medium to small hand. (the Smith and Wesson L frame seem ideal for me.)

    Looking at: 1. Competition SS

    Suggestions?
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    Colt Competition Model 9mm

    I can vouch for the 9mm Colt Competition Model. This one is in stainless and I liked it so much I bought a blued one. I've had zero issues with it and as you can see by the target it's quite accurate with my handloads. The only negative is that Colt only supplies 1 magazine with the new pistols (if built after November 2018).

    IMG_1215.jpgIMG_1210.jpgIMG_1207.JPGColt Competition Model 9mm.jpg
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    [QUOTE=824tsv;2975643]I can vouch for the 9mm Colt Competition Model. This one is in stainless and I liked it so much I bought a blued one. I've had zero issues with it and as you can see by the target it's quite accurate with my handloads. The only negative is that Colt only supplies 1 magazine with the new pistols (if built after November 2018).

    Your target is impressive.
    How's the breakdown for cleaning?
    Can a pull ring be added to the slide to make it easier to pull?
    Any feed issues?

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    Being a Colt lover, I hate to have to say this, but check out a CZ 85B. I own and have owned several 9mm's, but the 85B is the best of the lot.
    JMHO.
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    The break down is the same for any 1911. I'm in my 60's and don't have any issues with racking the slide. Cocking the hammer first makes racking the slide easier. I only shoot handloads through mine. Both of mine have been 100% reliable. I have about 3000 rounds through the stainless one and only about 500 through the blued one. The recipe listed on the target works in both pistols and is the most accurate of rounds I've tried. I've experimented with cast lead round nose bullets, both 125g and 135g sized .356 and find that the .355 JRN bullets are the best for me. The bullets are commercially made up here (Canada) by a company called Wolf Bullets.
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    I will also step out of the light and into the darkness and suggest..........a Glock 17 or 19. They just shoot, and shoot and shoot. Easy to clean, operate and hit small targets. Also you could accidentally drop it in the campfire and sleep well knowing you can replace it the next morning for the 400 dollar range in the used market.
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    Browning Hi Power. Proven by decades of use by various military and police forces - you can count on it to work. Since it's a single action hammer gun, if you get a bad round just cock the hammer and try again. Double stack mag, but not as bulky as most plastic guns. Much easier than a 1911 to field strip. They're discontinued, so value will hold. Lastly, they're an elegant, beautiful design. Life's too short to shoot ugly guns. Good luck, and let us know what you choose.
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    recomendation for semi-auto pistol

    Quote Originally Posted by robvasi View Post
    Purposes: 1. self protection while remote camping
    2. Competition shooting. Bullseye, steel

    Caliber: 9mm

    Attributes: 1. Two mag slots would be nice, but not a need
    2. Reasonable to clean
    3. easy to pull back the slide, or be able to add a pull ring.
    4. fits my medium to small hand. (the Smith and Wesson L frame seem ideal for me.)

    Looking at: 1. Competition SS

    Suggestions?
    My question about your question is where you mention protection while remote camping...protection from what? If two legged, 9mm will be good. If you’re talking about large 4 legged (bear), a heavier caliber might be called for. Maybe 10mm? It’s in SS and mine came with 2 mags.


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    Your note confused me about size of grip. The S&W L frame is a revolver. I also think you are wanting a pistol for different reasons that seem mutally exclusive to me. A personal defense pistol might need to be concealed and larger pistols don't lend themselves to that activity while compact lightweight guns don't lend themselves well to target work. While I prefer Colts for a lot of reasons I have to think that a SIG 225 single stack magazine might be more your cup of tea. I own one and it's one of the pistols I use for my annual HR218 permit qualification. It's not really a compact though for SIG it is referred to as one. There is a short trigger available for it that would make it comfortable for any size hand and I believe the slide is exceptionally easy to operate. I will agree with Phyllis1 about the CZ line of pistols and also that the Browning HP is excellent. Any of those would be good choices.
    The reason I carry a .45 is, Colt Don't make a .46

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    You need not restrict yourself to a single all purpose handgun.
    Try 'em out. Nobody said you have to keep 'em all.
    The Browning High Power is and will always be the benchmark by which every 9mm must be judged, and is a suitably stout round for those special social occasions.
    A medium frame .38 special snub revolver will work in every security situation, is easy to shoot, and carries well.
    A large frame, large bore revolver is what is needed for big critters.
    A medium frame .38 special~6" revolver is a great for target shooting.
    You need a minimum of three handguns to cover the range of your needs.
    More like four, actually.
    If you find one handgun that does it all, please post.


 
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