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5 years 1 week ago, 2:45 PM

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Hello, I am still looking around and thinking about getting my first gun (target and home defense). What do you experts out there think of the Smith & Wesson Sigma 9mm (med. frame)? I like the XD and also the Glock 17, but they have a really good price on the SW. Should I just spend the extra cash, will it really make a difference? Is the XD easy to clean? Any throughts on these pistols and what I should get/look at would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

5 years 1 week ago, 4:17 PM

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ggpc, I've never shot a sigma. I know people complained about them when they first came out, however the know have a pretty solid following and seem to be a good pistol. XD's and Glocks have a even better reputation though. I have one of both and they are both rock solid and have never gave me any trouble at all. Except once in the Glock I had a FTF, but that was due to reloaded ammo that wasn't up to spec. And all three are very very easy to clean. I'd say, go to the gun store and handle all of them, which ever feels better to you is the one for you. But, if you do spring for a little extra money for the glock or xd, you won't be sorry.

4 years 41 weeks ago, 10:16 AM

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Sigma is a great gun.

I own a Sigma 9mm and a Glock 17. Everybody has an opinion. I prefer the Sigma for cost reasons.

Check out a good review at pocket-defense.com

5 years 1 week ago, 7:32 AM

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Thank you for your input. I am going to check out the XD and Glock 17. I heard enough to knock the Sigma off the list.

5 years 1 week ago, 11:03 PM

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I had a sw40ve (sigma .40) and hated it. It had a really long trigger pull. I traded it and a little $$ for a Glock 23. The sigma will be reliable, easy to field strip/clean, and will work for defense. If it is your first gun, you might not know any better, but once you shoot something with a really nice trigger next to it, you'll be able to tell a difference. I was at the gun club on friday with a friend who was looking to buy his first handgun. There was a S&W rep there and they were having sales on all S&W's. He was trying to sell my buddy a M&P, but when my buddy said he only wanted to spend about $350... even the S&W rep suggested that he buy one of the Glock 22 police trade-ins they had there over the sigma. That should tell you something. Like I said, it will work, but in that price range you may want to look at ruger or a used glock, XD, or M&P also. Good luck.

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5 years 1 week ago, 7:22 PM

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check out Taurus...they make great guns at affordable prices.

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 9:16 PM

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bersa are good guns i have bought 2 of them i like them my opinon they are one of the safest guns on the market and a good price as well i bought a 45 cal ultra compact pro for under 450 and it came with an exrta mag and they sell for about 35 bucks when you buy one and i bought a metroarm 1911 45 gov. model dxl has a lot of extras on other guns charge you for it not my gold cup but it a well made gun nice and tight novak 3 dot sights another 450 gun and i d buy a 2nd one of ether of these

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 9:11 PM

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Agreed Ohio

I checked out the Bersa line at great length before I bought my
carry weapon, I decided on a Walther in the end, the Bersa are a
great gun, no question!

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4 years 41 weeks ago, 3:23 PM

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I would not carry a Sigma. Not only does it have an unneccessaryily long/heavy trigger pull, there have been problems with the guts of the gun as well. I recently returned a co-worker's Sigma for a broken spring; gun has less than 500rds through it.

Taurus' steel-frame revolvers and semi autos are OK....but they are inexpensive for a reason. With firearms, esp. handguns under $1000, you get what you pay for. I wouldn't carry any of the newer Taurus polymer-framed guns.

Nothing wrong with cheap guns; I have an old RG .22lr revolver....*the* "Saturday night special". I use it for small game in live traps, so if it fails no worries. Any firearm used for 'social' purposes needs to be as durable and well-designed as possible. Even Glocks have problems (all guns do), but in my experience a Glock, SIG, Beretta, S&W M&P, Walther, Springfield Armory, et al will work better than less expensive handguns.

Having seen/done a lot of LE/mil contracts, I can say that if the Taurus or other more affordable handguns met the requirements of large police/mil entities, they'd be buying them instead of Glocks and SIGs. "Lowest bidder" ain't a joke.

The only 'cheap' handguns I've had that surprised me with their reliability are the Kel-Tecs....but I seem to be one of the lucky few. I've seen and heard of a lot of problems.

4 years 41 weeks ago, 3:26 PM

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pistols under $1000

TXLUCKYGUY,
Most Glocks and non-custom 1911 are under $1000. I know an instructor that has not cleaned his glock once in over 250,000 rounds. Hhe has replaced parts, but never cleaned it. I have a 1911 from WWI that still shoot straight and feeds everything I give it. I refrain from anythihng in the +p or higher pressures, but it is a good gun. Please explain your statement.

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4 years 40 weeks ago, 6:11 AM

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and both were great. My PT92 had more rounds through it than any other single gun I've owned, not counting my 10/22. I haven't had a polymer-framed Taurus though.

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