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Hey, new member here and I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts. I’ve done a lot of shooting over the years and am looking at buying a handgun. Right now only I own a couple hunting rifles and a shotgun. This will probably be my one handgun as I have so many other things / hobbies/ soon to be grandkids that I could spend my money on . I am most familiar with the 9mm I carried in the military but have fired many other brands a caliber’s over the years. I have a couple preferences but was interested to know what you all would buy if you were only going to buy one.
This would be for personal defense along with fun at the range.
 

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One of the following (not in any particular order) .....

Sig P226
Sig P229
Sig P220
Sig 1911
FN-FNX9
HK P30
CZ75
Beretta 92F
Colt 1911
Colt Python
Colt Anaconda
S&W Model 29
Ruger GP100
 

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Canik is a maker of several reliable and affordable 9mm autoloading handguns.

Great ergonomics for extended time at the range, plus they come in several sizes, some sized to carry, and all will work for home defense. Many can be equipped with an optic if you like shooting with a dot sight (my old eyes do).

With the exception of .22lr, 9mm is still one of the least expensive calibers of ammo to buy (about 35 cents a round... Up from what it used to be of course).

Revolvers are nice too... Good for both purposes you mention as well. There are some, but not many, chambered in 9mm. Of course, a revolver chambered in powerful .357mag can shoot soft-shooting .38spl for range fun. My experience is that a 4" (or longer) barrel on a revolver is required for fun at the range.

Enjoy the search and be sure and try to hold or examine the model you intend to buy if possible... To make sure it fits your hand well.

No fun if the trigger guard, for example, bangs into your knuckle.
 

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Go rent a few at a range and see what you like.

While you were in the service (thank you!) you probably carried a Beretta M9 or a 1911. Either of them are wonderful handguns.

I like the Sig P220, the Beretta 92FS (Similar to the M9), the Ruger P series pistols (no longer in production), etc.

Let us know how your search goes.

--Wag--
 

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I probably own more handguns than ten average men own. All of my handguns are, at one time or another, a favorite.
John Browning's M1911 is, and remains, an American classic, in all of its incarnations.. Its been used and copied for over a century.
I am enamored with every, metal, SIG-Sauer offering. They are rather expensive but worth every penny. I do not care for plastic fantastic firearms.
I like revolvers. I hunt big game with big bore revolvers. A Ruger or S&W revolver chambered in .357 Mag and wearing a 4" barrel should fit your requirements.
As mentioned above, the CZ 75 could, very well, be the pistol for you

All that being said, get to a shooting range that rents a variety of handguns and shoot as many different full sized offerings as possible. Your handgun should make itself known to you.
 

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1st choice, 1911
2nd choice, anything that goes bang when the trigger is pulled.
 
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