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**** tl;dr: I call upon teh wisdom of Gunatics to discuss and argue on the three options below ****

I really want to get a pistol, since I have none. My fiancee likes the idea too and is really into Springfield XDs. Myself, I'm of two minds: either a cheap and fun plinker like a CZ-52, or a nice Sig P229.

Option #1: Springfield XD 9mm I've never shot an XD, but like I said, Lori digs 'em a bunch. I could be convinced. Bonus: Springfields are fairly affordable. We could each get one (aww cute). I don't care for Springfield's policy of having to send your gun back to the factory for every minor adjustment and repair. I'm self sufficient, dammit, and I'm certainly qualified to swap out a few springs or drift a sight in the comfort of my own garage.

Option #2: CZ-52. C&R license + closet full of surplus ammo + couple of CZ-52's = ready for epic plinking and/or zombie invasion. I have no delusions about carrying a CZ-52 concealed. Unless the zombies are equipped with trauma plates, they will be penetrated. And over-penetrated. Regardless, the CZ-52 is IMHO a very fun and underrated gun.

Option #3: SIG P229, .357/.40 w/ military discount. My favorite local FFL holder also happens to be the local LEO/military Sig dealer. I can get a new-in-box Sig wicked cheap, though it'd still be more expensive than the other options. Since it'd be a "nice" gun, I'd be more inclined to get it in a "fancy" cailber like .40 or .357, resulting in even more cost of ownership. On the other hand, I'd feel best with a Sig for CCW and home defense. I'd plink with it less, but it would fill a major hole in my personal arsenal.
 

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I cannot speak to the other 2 options at all. However I got my XD-9 a month or so ago, and it has been flawless in that time. The one FTF I had was most likely due to my scrawny GF seriously limp-wristing it (the first shot, and her first time ever firing a gun)

FWIW, I would have bought the Sig229 (in 9mm) myself, but I just couldn't justify the price difference, with the XD being so well recieved. If I could have gotten a decent deal on the Sig I would have jumped on it.
 

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I have a 229 in .40, but then went out and purchased a .357 sig drop in factory barrel. So now I have both that you mentioned above.
I've put about 4500 rounds through it and never had any problems.
 

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That's what I'm thinking, too.

There are even some nice aftermarket barrels that you can spec with an extra inch of length, or ported, threaded, etc. Unported and flush with the front of the gun makes the most sense for CCW, though.
 

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The drop in factory barrel ran me $139, I think.
I bought it from Bachmans Pawn & Gun. They run ads in Shotgun News on a regular basis. They normally have decent deals on 229's, if your buddy falls through.
 

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I have a 229 as well. Very comfortable grip, great trigger(for a DA/SA) and it has eaten everything I've thrown at it without a hitch. Mine is a red box. It cost me $560.
 
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