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    Good choice on the S&W, btw - love my M&P 15-22. Looking at going with the M&P .22 for practice, and a .40 for carry. Probably the Bodyguard for the wifey.
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    I had a Glock, always liked & trusted S&W & now I have an S&W clone of a Glock, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    I finally purchased a handgun. It's a Smith & Wesson Sigma .40 cal & on sale it was a hair less than $300. Altogether with the tax & background check it comes to $330. It's about $100 more than I was hoping to spend but as Doc mentioned - it's meant to protect my family's & my life. I'll be picking it up Monday as it takes 48 hours for the background check to come through. I thought I was signing my life away with all the paperwork I had to fill in at the store - Federal, State & for the store itself (probably for liability purposes). There was also an identical pistol available for the same price in 9 MM but I opted for the heavier caliber.

    It has a 4" barrel, 14+1 rounds in the magazine, 2 magazines & trigger lock supplied. A Glock 23 clone but an ounce & a half heavier. S&W was sued by Glock which was settled out of court & a few minor changes were made to satisfy the Austrian company. Field strips identical to the Glock 23. About the same overall specs but much cheaper. It has a polymer frame & a stainless steel slide which accounts for the additional weight. I like the three white dot sights but I of course will have to reserve judgement until I actually shoot it. It won't be the most concealable pistol available, that's for sure but that's the least important to me. I'll either conceal it or practice open carry if I can't. About any pistol can be hard to hide completely in the summer with short sleeve T shirts but I'll find a way. Probably too big for an ankle holster but I don't like those anyway except for a second firearm while carrying a main one.

    I can't wait to shoot it & plan on doing so Tuesday. I'd like to put at least 100 rounds through it initially. My son will probably meet me at the range with his Glock 23 & it'll be nice to make a side-to-side comparison.

    Does anybody have any recommendations as to what kind of ammo to buy? For range fire I'll get the FMG & I'm thinking of hollow points for actually carrying but what brand is economical & effective? The range has frangible rounds available & if the price is right I'll use them there. I'd still like to put some rounds through it that I'll actually be using everyday while carrying it.
    I like it Top, the Sigma is a good .40 short barrel semi auto that has great reviews on accuracy and reliability but no add ons for targeting other then 3 dot line up, given its a basic model. Thats not a bad thing in my book, simple reliable and durable.... seems like you got a winner there Top, I would surf for .40 ammo online in bulk as its seems to be the best way to get some value for money. I wouldnt bother with an Ankle holster as your Son might think you have developed a limp when going shooting with him... lol... only kidding... Theres plenty of CCW holsters for waistbands out there once your pants are loose enough..
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    I picked up a "starter" holster for 16 bucks when I picked up my pistol. I needed something to begin with. The sigma fits well & it rides on my hip high enough that it doesn't show when I leave my shirt untucked but is still very accessible. It's a nice snug fit (but not too snug) & the pistol has a poor chance of falling out even without the retaining strap fastened. I have yet to shoot it because today's planned range fire was cancelled. Hopefully later this week.

    I have several online sources of ammo that I've researched as well as a few local stores. I can get a discount at Streicher's which has a good selection of .40 cal & it's only an easy 5 miles away. I dealt with them when I was in security & the security agency my son works for buys all their ammo & shooting supplies there so I'll see what I can work out with them. My son is starting the Police Academy this August & maybe he'll be able to get the police discount. He thinks I may be able to use the Academy range with him evenings which would be very convenient. It's less than a mile from my house. He's pretty sure that there would be no charge for him & his relatives who have firearms certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    I picked up a "starter" holster for 16 bucks when I picked up my pistol. I needed something to begin with. The sigma fits well & it rides on my hip high enough that it doesn't show when I leave my shirt untucked but is still very accessible. It's a nice snug fit (but not too snug) & the pistol has a poor chance of falling out even without the retaining strap fastened. I have yet to shoot it because today's planned range fire was cancelled. Hopefully later this week.

    I have several online sources of ammo that I've researched as well as a few local stores. I can get a discount at Streicher's which has a good selection of .40 cal & it's only an easy 5 miles away. I dealt with them when I was in security & the security agency my son works for buys all their ammo & shooting supplies there so I'll see what I can work out with them. My son is starting the Police Academy this August & maybe he'll be able to get the police discount. He thinks I may be able to use the Academy range with him evenings which would be very convenient. It's less than a mile from my house. He's pretty sure that there would be no charge for him & his relatives who have firearms certification.
    Sounds Awesome Top!!... Hopefully you and your son can use the Academy range with discounted ammo.... awesome stuff!!...
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