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Old 02-27-2011, 07:23   #1
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Best US made 9mm

Eventually I am going to want a 9mm automatic pistol to round out my collection. Forgive the flag-waving, but I always buy US-made guns, so I will be limiting my choice within that parameter. I am particularly interested in the various Ruger pistols. Purpose is home defense and target shooting at the range for fun (not competition). I do not ever carry, so size is not a big concern. I will probably want to mount a laser on this pistol, so that is a criteria, i.e. accessory rail.

Being of the old school, I am somewhat leery of the new non-metallic components but I suppose this is the wave of the future.

I would appreciate any thoughts.
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I agree on the distaste of the polymer pistols nowadays as I use my revolvers as my main home defense and CC choices.

HOWEVER, I, like you have decided to take the plunge and although I am specifically looking at a 40 cal. Ruger (SR40), you can't go wrong with the Ruger SR9 which I believe fits the bill.

Of the few 9mm I have shot, I can say I have shot the SR9 and loved it but never had an interest in 9mm. I'm sure others can comment on the S & W M&P series and the XD series from Springfield.

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Originally Posted by pacpiper View Post
I agree on the distaste of the polymer pistols nowadays as I use my revolvers as my main home defense and CC choices.

HOWEVER, I, like you have decided to take the plunge and although I am specifically looking at a 40 cal. Ruger (SR40), you can't go wrong with the Ruger SR9 which I believe fits the bill.

Of the few 9mm I have shot, I can say I have shot the SR9 and loved it but never had an interest in 9mm. I'm sure others can comment on the S & W M&P series and the XD series from Springfield.

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Thank you for the input. Yes, I am looking at the SR9. Out of curiosity, why the new fangled 40mm caliber? Just want the extra punch?
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The SR9 fits your criteria perfectly. I'll be watching this thread too for other options.
Thanks for posting.
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If price is not an obstacle, Para-USA has a very nice 9mm 1911 model. But alas, no rail.
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Old 02-27-2011, 14:28   #6
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Originally Posted by Rogervzv View Post
Thank you for the input. Yes, I am looking at the SR9. Out of curiosity, why the new fangled 40mm caliber? Just want the extra punch?
Yeah! I just like the bigger boom and the increase in stopping power although I am a believer that a .380 or .38 can do the job with the right loads and shot placement so my logic is biased but nonetheless it's a growing trend to upgrade from 9mm to .40 cal so I'm just going with it for now.

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The Ruger P89 series would fit your bill for American made, all metallic, durable and relaible 9mm. Parts are available and mags are plentiful at good prices

Although looked down on by some...they have proven to be a great seller since the late 80's...early 90s. They are really great guns IMO that are readily available on the used market at extremely low prices.

Even though I have considerably more expensive pistols in my collection of "premium" hardware...I have valued my P89 and P91 through the years for their toughness and dependabilty.
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Old 02-27-2011, 16:06   #9
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Originally Posted by pacpiper View Post
Yeah! I just like the bigger boom and the increase in stopping power although I am a believer that a .380 or .38 can do the job with the right loads and shot placement so my logic is biased but nonetheless it's a growing trend to upgrade from 9mm to .40 cal so I'm just going with it for now.

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Good thoughts. I will look at that too. Can't buy anything for 20 more days 'cuz just bought a 357 magnum (GP100). Pickup is next Saturday.

Where did all these screwy gun laws come from? (Well, Democrats....)
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S&W M&P 9mm with a Crimson Trace would fit the bill also.
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Originally Posted by SRPatriot View Post
+1 ^^^

My P89 shoots anything I feed it. Not a single jam, misfeed, or other type of hiccup. Easily approaching 1000 rds down the pipe.

I'm presently considering an SR9c as a carry weapon.
My SR9c is also an EDC firearm, love it, especially with the 17-round backup magazine. I like the look of the P89 above most every non-1911 9mm out there, always hear nothing but good things about it's functions.
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Originally Posted by pacpiper View Post
the XD series from Springfield.
While Springfield is a US company, all of their XD's are manufactured in Croatia. Not sure that meets the original poster's criteria.
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I'll make another vote for Ruger!
I like the SR series but the P series are very well built.
I own a SR9c & SR40, very good guns in my view.

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Being of the old school, I am somewhat leery of the new non-metallic components but I suppose this is the wave of the future.

I would appreciate any thoughts.[/QUOTE]


We have an MP9, P89 and an XD9. As said before the XD is not US made. That said it and the MP9-P89 are all very good guns.

On the made is USA subject, my wife and I just returned from Lowes, ee are replacing our kitchen sink. 90% of their SS sinks were chinese made and ~50% of the fake granite and other non SS sinks were made in other countries. We found a Kohler that we like and it did not say where it was made-the clerk called them and was told "we are a global company", meaning probably china. We then tried to buy a lawn rake and.........................guess what. Good thing, is I don't have to change the sink and can't rake the yard.

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Rugers are great guns and a great Company; but don't overlook the Kahr.
Kahr makes an all SS 40 that feels good in my small hands.
If you were having a contest for the "best" made in US, I think the Kahr would be in the running.
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since the op asked which was the 'best' us made 9mm I'll have to say the 3rd generation S&W. came in several different finishes and either steel, alloy or s/s frame.
myself I have both a 5906 (s/s) and a 5903 (alloy frame, s/s slide) both good shooters and built like a tank.
they do have large grip frames though being a double stack magazine so those with smaller hands may not find them comfortable.
no longer made but lots of them in the 'pipeline'
also the 'value line' 915 and 910 (10 shot mag) may be a consideration. good 9mm's.
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If I could justify the cost, I really like a few 9mm models from STI, like the Eagle and Edge 2011. They again, I'm more pro-Texas than I am pro-USA...


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I totally spaced on the 5906, I have wanted one forever.
Especially with the curved trigger guard and serrated trigger guard.
CDNN shows one for 300$.
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A Ruger SR9 or SR40 wouldn't be a bad choice. I know I've seen the SR40 and SR9 full size for $379. You would just need to search around a bit.

If I was purchasing under the same guidelines. I would probably opt to spend a little more and get a S&W M&P. I prefer M&P over the SR pistols. Either way you go though you'll have a fine pistol.

The 3rd gen S&W pistols are great if your on a tight budget or prefer a steel frame.

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Ruger SR9 and Smith and Wesson MP are the best 9mm's ever built!
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[QUOTE=BulkAmmo;643267]A Ruger SR9 or SR40 wouldn't be a bad choice. I know I've seen the SR40 and SR9 full size for $379. You would just need to search around a bit.

If I was purchasing under the same guidelines. I would probably opt to spend a little more and get a S&W M&P. I prefer M&P over the SR pistols. Either way you go though you'll have a fine pistol.

The 3rd gen S&W pistols are great if your on a tight budget or prefer a steel frame.



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There were Smiths with steel frames after the "39" and the "59"? I thought they were all alloy after the change to 3 digits, I know my 669 was. BTW, I would stay away from the 3 digit guns, mine galled and had to be sent back twice.
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I love My SR9. It has been reliable and more accurate than me. The M&P is a good choice as well.
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How's about a Colt or Springfield 9mm 1911? =)
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Until you mentioned the accessory rail, I was going to suggest you look at the Kahr K9. It's and all stainless 9mm. I guess that leaves STI International, Springfield Armory, Kimber and Colt. You ruled out the Rugers I think and my gunsmith warned me off S&W... I believed him. Of those mentioned, I've only owned the Kahr and Ruger nines.
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... and my gunsmith warned me off S&W... I believed him.
Why?

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