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Most accurate gun under $700?

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Most accurate gun under $700?

Hi all,

I have been doing a lot of research on different guns and have been wondering which is the considered the most accurate within my budget, $700? 9mm is the platform I decided on.

A follow up question to this is, what would be the most accurate considering upgrades that I could do in the future? I know that almost any gun right now is more accurate than I could ever be but I would like to be able to grow with what ever gun I buy.

This thread is further to my other thread, First Gun, and for those that didn't see it I have shot a Glock 17, S&W M&P 9, XDm 9 which I liked and Glock 19 & 21 that I didn't like. I have also been considering the CZ 75 SP01 Phantom which I have handled and the FN 9's which I haven't had a chance to look at in person.

Thanks for any insight and advice you can provide.

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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HiPoint C9. Fixed barrel= very accurate. I shoot my C9 better than my other pistols that cost 5-10X as much. The fit and finish sucks, but it works every time. I am planning on taking it to a steel plate match at my range and whoop some Nighthawk arse.

If you want to spend more, I would recommend the CZ-75. I normally run a 75b in .40 for competition. SA trigger and hammer from CZcustom, with some other goodies.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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Others to consider would be a Sig P226 or P228. Both are great firearms, extremely accurate, and if you can find them used, can be had for under $700.
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I probably won't buy used unless I come across something real clean with low round count. Always an option though.

Thanks.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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If you liked the Glock 17, look at a Glock 34; longer barrel, adjustable sights, competition trigger; they usually go for less than $600 new.

If you are considering the CZ platform, look at an EAA Witness Elite Match; my 10mm makes one ragged hole at 50 feet if I keep up my end. Usually can be found around $550.

S&W makes a M&P Pro, a longer-barreled competition M&P; I was looking at one today for $630, new, at a gun show.

Of the three, I haven't shot an M&P Pro, but have a standard M&P; however, I do have a G34 and a Witness Elite Match, and will state the Witness is the most accurate of the three.

As far as upgrades, the Glock will have the most options out there, as far as improving the trigger, sights, etc. It is also the easiest to work on.
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I love my EEA Witness Elite Match.
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Nothing wrong with a used Sig or HK, in decent condition..
My used HK USPc in 9mm is very accurate, as well as all my Sig pistols..
I think a lot of it depends on what kind of trigger you're looking for/at.
Are you wanting to go for a Glock type trigger, or looking to go DA/SA with a Sig or similar pistol, or a single action with a 1911?
If the answer is Glock or XD, perhaps a Sig with a DAK trigger will work for you, or an HK with LEM.
No external saftey or decocker on either of them..
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if you have to ask this question, chances are you arent a good enough shooter to know or tell the difference.

Most pistols are generally more accurate than the shooter can manage.
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Arin, no doubt about that. I previously stated that I would like a gun I can grow into. I am the kind of person who likes to be good at what ever I attempt. I am hoping that with some time and practice I can get close to matching the ability of whatever gun I decide to buy.

I am curious as to the advantages of the different trigger types. This is one area I haven't researched yet.

Thanks for input so far, I have a few more choices to consider now.
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Generally trigger has the most to do with a pistol's accuracy. Heavier, gritty or inconsistent triggers have a tendency to degrade performance.

single action pistols with crisp, light, short triggers will tend to be the easiest for the shooter.

1911 meets that criteria, but is not 9mm...however there are the oddball 9mm variants.

the xd has a pretty decent trigger if you compare them to the spectrum of striker fired poly framed pistols on the market.

the MP trigger is lighter, albeit longer, mushier and with a terrible reset.

glocks with trigger work done can be quite good, as their reset is great right out of the box.
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