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Looking for feedback on my next pistol purchase

Seraphim Armoury Archangel 1911 chambered in .45
1 (9.1%)
Seraphim Armoury Archangel 1911 chambered in 9mm
2 (18.2%)
Steyr L-A1 Pistol chambered in 9mm
1 (9.1%)
Steyr M40-A1 chambered in .40 cal
0 (0%)
Glock 17 chambered in 9mm
3 (27.3%)
Glock 19 chambered in 9mm
3 (27.3%)
HK P30L chambered in 9mm
1 (9.1%)

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Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« on: February 14, 2017, 19:59:31 »
Looking to buy a new pistol but having a hard time narrowing the choices. Already have a Sig P226.  Activities will include but not limited to 3-gun competitions, target practice, zombies and Red Dawn fantasies.


Seraphim Armoury Archangel



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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 20:27:34 »
Ken Hackathorn said to me: "It's a 9mm world and a Glock world."
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 21:10:59 »
If you're military police, or a bunch of other things, you can buy a glock straight from Police Ordnance (The Canadian Importer) with a substantial discount.

Also you can't go wrong with a glock.

They may not currently be importing all models though...


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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 22:17:39 »
I want an M&P9 so I can be like Jerry Miculek

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 22:48:55 »
You have a 226, so go for the 1911 in 9mm (cheaper) and then get a Glock, Ruger, S&W pistol

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 08:48:56 »
If you're military police, or a bunch of other things, you can buy a glock straight from Police Ordnance (The Canadian Importer) with a substantial discount.

FYI any individual in the CAF can take advantage of the deals from Police Ordnance. I got my Glock from them for a fantastic price.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 09:18:56 »
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 10:41:30 »
At the end of the day, all modern pistols are decent, pick the one that fits your hand and budget. 45acp is fun, but not cheap to shoot and you spend forever on your hands and knees looking for cases to reload. Sig and Glock have very nice .22cal kits and the S&W .22cal copy of their M&P is one of the most reliable of .22 copies out there.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 11:13:30 »
I have a Glock 17 that's performed well for me since 2005 when I bought it.

I've cleaned it a couple of times since then, and it's never failed to fire for me.

I'd stick with 9mm due to cost and availability. 

Having the ability to swap out the slide for one of the Advantage Arms .22 slides (~$400) is a good thing, but I've not done that.  I bought a stand-alone .22 pistol. 

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 17:34:14 »
How much would a Glock 17 run through the Police Ordnance deal?  The archangel under the IOP is $1000.    I have a .22 conversion for the Sig, I know Glocks have them too might be tricky finding one for the 1911 though.

You should go for a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.

A plasma rifle with the energy output of a light bulb? Seems hardly enough power  ;D
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 19:08:55 »
FYI any individual in the CAF can take advantage of the deals from Police Ordnance. I got my Glock from them for a fantastic price.

Apparently I missed a comma, should have been "military, police", not "military police".

There was a bunch of other individuals entitled to the discount as well.

I don't remember the prices but contact them and ask, they'll send you a complete price list.

It's a significant discount, except for any of the compact models you've got to provide a restricted length barrel yourself, which costs roughly the same as what you save.

You can buy one discounted pistol per year.

It's not their policy, it's a Glock company policy, there just the Canadian importer for Glock.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2017, 13:11:12 »
As I recall it's around $300, but that might be for a larger contract and not a single pistol.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2017, 13:57:10 »
Is the gen 4 glock much different than the gen 3?
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2017, 14:49:43 »
Jarnhamar I can not speak to all of them only the Seraphim stuff, because I was researching to buy. My buddy is a manager for the firearms department for a box store that sells Seraphim firearms and it is on his testimony I tell you this.. so take as you will lol

He has told me that the finish on the Seraphim stuff is sub-par for the economy manufacturers of a 1911's. He told me that he found the finish wears on seraphim stuff at a kuch faster rate then other manufacturers.

For me it is a big deal, for you it may not be.
But that is literally all I know.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 20:34:49 »
As I recall it's around $300, but that might be for a larger contract and not a single pistol.

If it is, it's a way bigger discount than they used to offer. More like $650, varies depending on model.


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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2017, 09:57:52 »
You should go for a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.

They are prohibited in Canada because they require more than 5 "AA" size batteries to function.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2017, 10:08:44 »
If it is, it's a way bigger discount than they used to offer. More like $650, varies depending on model.

I think the price I quoted is for the large contracts when you are buying in the thousands of pistols.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2017, 10:33:59 »
When I ordered from them about 3 years ago I got a Glock 17 Gen 4 with tritium sights for about $700 plus tax.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2017, 13:35:16 »
Get one of these puppies. Clunky, cheap, won't quit and heavy enough to beat your target to death with. This is only one vid of them torturing a Hi-Point, there's others but it shows just how tough this boat anchor really is.  :o

I'm thinking of getting one, just for shiggles. [:D

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2017, 16:28:04 »
thanks for the input AbdullahD, I fired off an email to SA to ask them about their finish wearing out.

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Sorry for the diversion there Jarn. :salute:

You're like a pistol packing Obi-wan, never a need to say sorry lol

Looks like I'm going to learn towards a Gen 3 or 4 Glock 17 (depending on price) and SA 1911 Archangel in 9mm. Or maybe .45, but probably 9mm.


When my wife asked whats the big deal between trying to pick between 9mm and .45 with the same gun I said getting a 1911 in 9mm sort of feels like cheating, which to me is self-explanatory.
She asked to explain so I said it's like kissing your wife after she gets her hair done and looks like a different woman.

Didn't go over all that well..
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2017, 17:55:46 »
thanks for the input AbdullahD, I fired off an email to SA to ask them about their finish wearing out.

You're like a pistol packing Obi-wan, never a need to say sorry lol

Looks like I'm going to learn towards a Gen 3 or 4 Glock 17 (depending on price) and SA 1911 Archangel in 9mm. Or maybe .45, but probably 9mm.


When my wife asked whats the big deal between trying to pick between 9mm and .45 with the same gun I said getting a 1911 in 9mm sort of feels like cheating, which to me is self-explanatory.
She asked to explain so I said it's like kissing your wife after she gets her hair done and looks like a different woman.

Didn't go over all that well..

Yea.. I may have elected to explain it a different way haha

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2017, 17:58:26 »
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2017, 22:20:57 »
Ow.  Cut off....but at least you'll have a gun to play with....

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2017, 22:42:40 »
So have you bought your new glock yet? Because... buy a glock.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2017, 23:24:53 »
I've got all kinds of stuff. My go to gun is my .45 Commander that I filled with Wilson Combat parts, my other favourite is my Bersa Thunder 9 Pro. Take a look at those also. 18 (10) RDS, light, full ambidextrous controls inherently accurate and used in South America for police and army. Think I paid $500 new. It won't hurt to look 😉 http://www.bersa.com.ar/pistola-bersa-thunder-9-pro-en.html



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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2017, 00:02:21 »
My "no fail" is a Glock 17. 

My IPSC pistol is a CZ-75 SP-01 Shadow.

Glocks seldom jam or fail.....reliable like a hammer. 

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2017, 00:11:38 »
Police ordance got back to me.  No glock 17s for a while and they have a glock 19 but it's an extra $50 to reclassify it plus I have to buy the barrel and ship it to them first.  Considering a 40 cal but had my heart set on the 17 if I got a glock.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2017, 06:23:36 »
That's too bad, that's how I ended up with an M&P9 ( which by the way is also a nice pistol, though I had to modify the mag release to make it more accessible, and a glock 17 is still on the "when I can afford it" shopping list)

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #28 on: February 18, 2017, 11:34:34 »
Jarnhammer, if you're considering striker-fire in a Glock or Steyr, would you consider a Sig P320?  Or an HK VP9?  Still on my list of things to do, but having fired a number of pistols more recently, and looking beyond my dream-gun HK P30L, the 320 or VP9 might be the one?

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2017, 12:03:59 »
Police ordance got back to me.  No glock 17s for a while and they have a glock 19 but it's an extra $50 to reclassify it plus I have to buy the barrel and ship it to them first.  Considering a 40 cal but had my heart set on the 17 if I got a glock.

G19's are nice, I second the P320, it has a nicer trigger, but there will be little in the way of aftermarket support or accessories for awhile. You can always  buy a 2nd hand Glock and sell it later. I don't recommend a Glock in .40cal as it's hard on cases and I have seen 2 serious case failures in Glocks, both in .40cal. The G17/19/26 are rock solid though. Funny enough their 10mm and .45acp  Glocks don't have case issues like the .40 cal does.   

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2017, 13:07:29 »
Jarnhammer, if you're considering striker-fire in a Glock or Steyr, would you consider a Sig P320?  Or an HK VP9?  Still on my list of things to do, but having fired a number of pistols more recently, and looking beyond my dream-gun HK P30L, the 320 or VP9 might be the one?

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P30L is the most comfortable handgun I've ever picked up. $100 magazines are murder though!  I might take a look at the 320 or VP9, the VP9 looks pretty nice. Would like to test them out at the range.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2017, 13:10:01 »
P30L is the most comfortable handgun I've ever picked up. $100 magazines are murder though!  I might take a look at the 320 or VP9, the VP9 looks pretty nice. Would like to test them out at the range.

Jarn, admittedly, I have not fired the VP9, but if it is even just half as comfortable as the P30L, it would be a great gun.  I have fired the P320 and it is a very, very nice gun.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2017, 13:47:46 »
Jarn,

Before you leap, have a look at this. $569 + tax for the whole package. Case, pistol, serpa style paddle holster, mag holder and cleaning rod. Cheaper than the rest by far. Appears to be a version of the Glock.Used in around twenty countries by their military and LE. These are a Canik (Turkey) pistol from an ISO9000 company, imported by Century Arms. Watched a few review vids and everyone one was impressed with the accuracy. Hitchcock .45 does good reviews, go watch his. The second link here is Cabelas Canada and has a good description. There is also (depending on the dealer) a model TP9SF, which has no decocker.


Century Arms TP9SA


Canik TP9SA Semi-Auto Pistol


I'm a hammer guy and have never much cared for striker guns. Could never justify the price. I'm getting one of these to see what the fuss is all about.


edit: updating as I find new info.
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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2017, 18:02:52 »
That's a pretty great deal. Too bad I live about 100 km from the nearest place I'd be able to shoot it.  This RPAL is really going to waste in my wallet.

Jarn,

Before you leap, have a look at this. $569 + tax for the whole package. Case, pistol, serpa style paddle holster, mag holder and cleaning rod. Cheaper than the rest by far. Appears to be a version of the Glock.Used in around twenty countries by their military and LE. These are a Canik (Turkey) pistol from an ISO9000 company, imported by Century Arms. Watched a few review vids and everyone one was impressed with the accuracy. Hitchcock .45 does good reviews, go watch his. The second link here is Cabelas Canada and has a good description. There is also (depending on the dealer) a model TP9SF, which has no decocker.


Century Arms TP9SA


Canik TP9SA Semi-Auto Pistol


I'm a hammer guy and have never much cared for striker guns. Could never justify the price. I'm getting one of these to see what the fuss is all about.


edit: updating as I find new info.
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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2017, 18:22:10 »
Thanks for the links all.

Seraphim Armoury didn't bother answering any emails I sent and bucked me off on FB.  A dealer said it could be 6-8 months before the pistol I want is in stock except the price will be up.

Fired off an email to Sig Sauer and they responded within minutes and were absolutely energetic offering their Individual Officer Program.  They'll give me a few hundred dollars off this plinker




Seems auspicious to get a Glock gen 3 or 4 too.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2017, 08:16:30 »
Are hand guns allowed in Canada ?

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« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2017, 10:23:55 »
Yes, they are normally in the restricted category, unless their barrel length is less than 106mm or they are in .25 or .32 cal in which case they are prohibited. Don't ask about logic, applying logic to the Firearms Act will cause your head to explode.

Being restricted means you can only take them to gunshops, shooting ranges and they must be locked up when not in use.

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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #38 on: March 07, 2017, 10:31:17 »
This should help explain how messed up handgun laws are in Canada.  I made this up myself the other year when there was much discussion about Bill C-42 the "Common Sense" changes to the Firearms Act.



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Re: Buying a new pistol- looking for feedback
« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2019, 09:20:37 »
I know this thread is pretty much dead, but I'm going to throw my  :2c: in anyway.

Colt 45ACP MK IV M1911 Government. (Series 80 with firing pin block & solid barrel bushing, and half **** shelf)  There are many variations of this pistol, but only a few are really top notch.  There are even series 80 models, that aren't "real" series 80, so you have to be really careful when buying one.  You can tell by the price difference, normally.  Unless someone's trying to bamboozle you.  I would pass on the Gold Cup models too.  If you're going to buy one of these, you need to study up first, because there are a lot of ways to get ripped off with it.

Walther PPQ M2 9mm

CZ 75 SP01 Shadow 9mm

I would stay away from the Glock 19.  The only reason the US Navy Seals changed from the Sig P226 to the Glock 19 is because it's cheaper.  They changed the qualification parameters for their handgun so that it's no longer based on accuracy and repeatability, but on cost.  That's why they went with the 19.  It's mostly plastic composites.  *My personal preference only*  I don't want to start a war about this, please.

The Sigs were in dire need of replacing because the service contract had run out... And the Sigs started dropping in QC out of the factory, they'd come off the shelf with glaring defects that had to be replaced.  It became common practice to defer receivership until the US military did their own QC, and got all the kinks worked out.  When it goes boom, the P226 is one of the finest handguns available IMO.  I have one, so I'm biased.  It is by far the most accurate handgun I've ever shot.