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    Hi,


    I'm finally able to legally buy/own a handgun in my home country (France, so it's not easy!).


    The problem is: I could only try a few pistols at the shooting range because they don't have many and I don't know what to buy.


    I just know that I want a 9mm pistol for regular target shooting at 15m-25m (roughly 15-25 yards).


    At the shooting range I could try:
    -Glock 17/19 Gen5
    -Sig Sauer P320
    -Sig Sauer P226 LDC
    -CZ Shadow 1 (SP01)


    I really dislike the Glocks: the trigger feels weird to me and also it's a very light gun, which I don't like because the recoil kicks a lot/is hard.


    On the other hand, I like the CZ Shadow 1 very much: the trigger is very smooth/light and it's much heavier so the recoil feels much better.


    In short, I'm looking for:
    -A 9mm pistol
    -Pretty "heavy"
    -With a "smooth" trigger
    -For target shooting
    -Under $1500


    Can you recommend me pistols like this?




    Thanks a lot for your help!

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    Sounds like the CZ fits the bill so far. Try a few others if you can. But if not go for the CZ.
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    Ah so looking for a range toy? Glocks are great for reliability and carry but in France I'm not sure if you can conceal carry like we do in the states. My favorite "full size" would be either my Smith and Wesson M&p m2.0 with a 5" or the compact version with the 4"Barrel. Walther q5 competition, or the EAA witness in 10mm ( others in 9mm)

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    My suggestions

    CZ 75B - Sig Sauer P.226 - Browning Hi-Power
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    At $1500, I'd add the SIG P210
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    Sig is the more popular here over the others you list. It’s really about the fit and feel because all of the pistols you list are very good.

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    You have already identified the CZ SP-01 as preferred; go with a CZ 75 as Popeye suggested. CZ makes good quality handguns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gawp View Post
    Hi,


    I'm finally able to legally buy/own a handgun in my home country (France, so it's not easy!).


    The problem is: I could only try a few pistols at the shooting range because they don't have many and I don't know what to buy.


    I just know that I want a 9mm pistol for regular target shooting at 15m-25m (roughly 15-25 yards).


    At the shooting range I could try:
    -Glock 17/19 Gen5
    -Sig Sauer P320
    -Sig Sauer P226 LDC
    -CZ Shadow 1 (SP01)


    I really dislike the Glocks: the trigger feels weird to me and also it's a very light gun, which I don't like because the recoil kicks a lot/is hard.


    On the other hand, I like the CZ Shadow 1 very much: the trigger is very smooth/light and it's much heavier so the recoil feels much better.


    In short, I'm looking for:
    -A 9mm pistol
    -Pretty "heavy"
    -With a "smooth" trigger
    -For target shooting
    -Under $1500


    Can you recommend me pistols like this?




    Thanks a lot for your help!
    With your budget you can get whatever you want. Do you know how to strip and clean a firearm? If not and this is your first gun I would strongly suggest you get something simple to learn like a glock just look on youtube the difference between stripping a glock and 1911 lol. Plus glocks have no external safety, are very light and high capacity which for carry purposes is HUGE. If you’re not worried about capacity, comfortable stripping a firearm, know how to maintain it and replace parts, want the best feeling trigger, great accuracy and ergonomics I would get a 1911. If you have bigger hands and you want the best of both worlds I would consider a M9 beretta but you’re not concealing an M9. Sigs are very well made but very pricey. If you have little experience and still are trying to improve your skills get a nice 22 pistol for around 500 and buy 5k rounds and a cleaning kit for probably around $200 more. No experience with cz shadow. There’s a lot out there and you would get better recommendations with some idea of what the gun will actually be used for.

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    I have the same issue with recoil that you do. I vote for the CZ. That's my choice in 9 mm, as soon as I can afford it.

    Although, for FUN target practice, a Ruger Mark IV Lite is great. It's only 22 LR, so no recoil. Yet, it looks like a full-size, non-embarrassing gun at the range.
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    The Op wants a target gun. The Glock or other defense guns can come later. It's the beginning of a long journey of collecting. When i go shooting I take out my target guns for distance shooting. And my defense guns for keeping my close encounter skills up if needed.
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