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First time poster here!

Wooo! My decision is at the bottom.

Welp, I'm finally turning 21, so I can finally purchase a handgun. I've been shooting .22's and .38 revolvers since I was about 13, and I love target shooting. I'm looking for a gun that is smaller in size (but not a compact), that is great for target shooting, but would be reliable and suitable for concealed carry, should I decide to do that in the future.

After going to my local gun shop (we only have one in my county here, but fantastic selection), I've lowered down my choices to the Springfield XD (4 in 9mm), the CZ 75 P01, and the Walther P99. I want a 9mm, as I'm still a skinny guy (5"10/11, only about 145 lbs), and the 9mm is still a widely avaliable and pretty cheap cartridge. I don't want to go with anything smaller (aka, .22), as I've had my fair share of those.

I love the safety features of the XD, but the feel of the P99 is amazing, but on the other hand, I've talked to many people who agree the P01 is one of the most accurate guns on the market. I'm pretty divided.

Can you guys list any pro's and con's of each of them? Do any of you have experience with these? I'm leaning towards the XD, as it is a very easy gun to dissamble, clean, and shoot, and especially because its on the lower side of my budget (I'm a college student, so money is tight of course.)

I know a lot of people will suggest Glocks, but I'm not too interested in them. Can't beat them in reliability, but I want a semi-unique gun. Most of the glocks I've handled just feel bulky and odd in my hands.

Any help would be great on these :) And I added a poll for the fun of it.
 

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Wow, quite a range of opinions. I appreciate all of em.

It's going to be a tough decision. My mind keeps going to the P99, as it was simply perfectly comfortable in my hand, and that weighs heavily on me.

Hmm... the quest continues. Next week is a trip to the range to hopefully narrow down my options to just one. Thanks guys!
 

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Can anyone explain the technical and mechanical differences between the Smith and Wesson SW99's versus the Walther P99's? (the current issued models.)

What are the pros and cons between these two?
 

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Just wanted to follow-up for anyone interested.

I'm definitely going with a new P99AS. After exhausting the research and renting out guns to try, I've found that the pricing for the P99 is excellent ($525-575), and the grip is just too amazing in my hands to pass up. It's small enough to be concealed, but not too small to be a true "compact." Range reports on it have been promising, with good reports of groupings. After talking to many other P99 owners, as well as firearm store owners, this is definitely the gun for me.

Now I just have to put in for my permit on my birthday next week (the 25th.) I hope to be shooting by the beginning of June!

Woooo!

In other news, my buddy (whom thought he was going for a Kimber or Springfield 1911), oddly enough fell in love with the Glock 21, and will be buying it as soon as his permit comes back.
 

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Wooooo! My handgun permit came in today. I'm psyched. My first gun purchase is comin up.

Now I just have to drive an hour to my "home town" and pick it up...ugh.
 

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because I'm bored, and this is a slow moving forum, an update:

Just bought my P99AS 9mm (with two 15 rd mags) for just over $600. Should arrive here Tuesday! Pictures will be added then. WOOT.
 

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Just wanted to give everyone a report.

I went through these boxes:

50x Magtech 115 FMJ
150x Winchester White Box 115 FMJ
50x Winchester White Box 147 JHP
50x CCI Blazer 115 FMJ
100x Remington 115 JHP

So about 400 rounds. The trigger did indeed get better and better as I went along. Groupings were decent, but we didn't have the best of a shooting position. Hill was slanted, with wind changing often. Not as accurate as I would have liked, but I'll be heading to the indoor range soon to really test the accuracy. It was definitely more my error than the gun. The trigger is definitely unique. The pull is fantastic. But best of all, the grip fit my hands perfectly. I am definitely impressed with this gun, and I hope in the future that I can pick up a QA as well as a .40SW P99AS. I am also very very curious about the SW99 in .45ACP. Too bad there is no way I can get another gun in the near future :)
 
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