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Need a new Handgun

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I've been contemplating the purchase of a new handgun for months. Right now my main full size is a Ruger P89, love it. Built like a tank and will eat anything. My EDC is a Ruger LC9. Great little gun and accurate enough. Eats everything I've put through it so far. Bought a S&W SD40 VE last fall and have been trying to like the 40cal, but just haven't fell in love with it yet. Since my wife doesn't like shooting the 40, I'm looking for a strike fired 9. I've debated several guns and am now down to the S&W M&P 9 or a Glock. I hate online reviews because people skew them to their own likes and dislikes. I'm torn now as to whether it's time to just get a Glock and not look back, or get the S&W. If anyone has either a Glock or S&W M&P 9, I'd like to hear your thoughts. I don't know much about the Glocks and the different flavors they offer. Thanks.
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I have personally owned well over 100 pistols, and worked on a few hundred more for paying customers as a professional gun smith. When I gave up IPSC competitive shooting after more than a decade and became more interested in CCW/PRACTICAL pistols, I switched over from the Govt model pistols to the Glocks. IMHO, the Glock pistols are simply the best pistol choice for real world carry.

I currently own only two pistols, a .40 S&W chambered Glock 23 with a 9 mm conversion barrel and magazines, and a CUSTOM built Norinco Commander, in .45 ACP. My Glock 23 would be the very last gun I ever parted with. Of all the pistols I've shot, the G23 is the one pistol that suits me best for Practical shooting. The Commander is a very nice pistol indeed, and if I ever got back into IPSC or IDPA competition, and if I ever started practicing seriously again, the Commander would be the pistol I chose. If I PRACTICE, I can shoot a Govt type pistol a bit better than a Glock. But without regular practice, I shoot the Glock better for fast, close, quick and dirty type scenarios.

So for me, my first choice in a real world carry pistol will always be the Glock.
And of all the different Glock models, my favorite for balance and handling is the G23 ....
with a 9 mm conversion kit for some specialized scenarios.
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I love my 1911's! But I will have to say that I purchased a Glock 23 Gen 4 and have really enjoyed shooting it. It is a 40 cal., but I purchased a longwolf 9mm barrell and Glock 9mm mags, and she is working great in 9mm too. I also purchased a 357 sig barrell and it will work with the 40 mags. That gives me three different calibers in one gun, not bad.
I recently sold my .40 S&W Glock G22, similarly set up in 9mm and .357 SIG,
AND with a .22 LR conversion kit as well.
This was the most versatile ONE pistol that you could own.

Add in a FAB KPOS Carbine Conversion kit, like the one shown at the bottom of this picture, and in only a few seconds you are good to go with one fire arm from CCW right out to 100 yds.

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