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Post by Casey101 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:53 pm

I was just looking at both the 9mm & 45 Range Officer at a local dealer.

What are the pros/cons of buying and owning both for a  match set?

If you were going to get a 9mm what would you get?

Thanks,

John
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by DeweyHales on Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:26 pm

Every gun I have has a slightly different trigger than the rest.  I suppose a good smith could make them all relatively similar in terms of trigger feel. 

Before the Range Officers were available, I had a pair of Springfield Loadeds.  I love the 9mm.  I shoot the M9 often.  So, I have lots of 9mm laying around. 

Unless you shoot and reload 9mm now, stick with 45 until you are sure you want to do twice the loading, sorting, buying, supply stocking, brass cleaning, etc.

I use different powders and primers as well.  Two sets of dies.  Two powder charges.  You will have to convert the presses or buy two.  Taking on a different CF gun is a large undertaking.  It's fun to me.  But, consider all of it before jumping.
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by DavidR on Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:35 pm

In the sport of Bullseye, ( IMO)There is no real point in buying a 1911 in 9mm, as a centerfire gun it offers no advantage over the 45, much harder to get accurate 50 yard ammo and you cant shoot it in a EIC match. If you just have to have a 9mm, buy a beretta M9 then at least you can shoot some EIC matches and work on getting a distinguished badge
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by Casey101 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:28 pm

I was hoping to get some recommendations for a 9mm but not to be used for bullseye just in general and you thoughts about having a match pair of RO's a 9mm and a .45

Thanks,

John
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by dronning on Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:10 pm

I have several Springfields in both 9MM and .45  XDm 5.25", XDm 4.5" and an XDS.

A matched set of these or an RO would be because you want them, they have no other value other that it would be cool and maybe only to you.
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Post by DavidR on Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:21 am

Casey101 wrote:I was hoping to get some recommendations for a 9mm but not to be used for bullseye just in general and you thoughts about having a match pair of RO's a 9mm and a .45

Thanks,

John
Since this is a forum about precision target shooting in the sport of bullseye, you might be better served asking about personal protection or plinking grade 9mm's on one of the tactical forums. The guns most are interested in discussing here need to be able to drill a 50 yard target.
To answer you, i prefer a HK, as personal defence and non bullseye gun and not in a wimpy 9mm, 45 acp only. If i shoot something, i want it to stop with one shot not dance around and have a chance to shoot back.  Laughing
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by Casey101 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:38 am

Thanks DavidR
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Post by Casey101 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:21 pm

stupid question to follow please excuse my ignorance in advance...
In the local gun store pistols are displayed with a shotgun shell in the trigger guard. I've also seen elsewhere. Why?
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Post by dronning on Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:25 pm

Makes for a nicer display - easier for you to get a better look through the case - that's all.  You will see this when people take pictures of handguns too.

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Post by BE Mike on Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:07 am

Casey101 wrote:I was just looking at both the 9mm & 45 Range Officer at a local dealer.

What are the pros/cons of buying and owning both for a  match set?

If you were going to get a 9mm what would you get?

Thanks,

John
The problem is that you said "A" 9mm. Why just one?  Laughing
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by pergoman on Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:16 pm

I have several 9mm 1911s and find them handy for several different uses. Certainly, the 9mm is not the best choice for 50 yard bullseye formal shooting but mine hold their own at 25 yards. I also can use the 9mm at PPC matches and not worry about losing my brass whereas my 45 brass is treasured. Knocking down steel plates or ringing gongs is just as much fun with the 9 or 45. The 9mm only uses half as much of my lead, though. Jacketed bullets are a rarity for me. If a shooter does not reload, the 9mm is a financial no brainer.
   I shoot several different guns practically every week and play games besides bullseye. I like shooting rifles and shotguns competitively also. I find nothing wrong with buying  a 9mm 1911.

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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by james r chapman on Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:20 pm

Springfield 1911.
if you have to have a nine..
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Re: Range Officer 9mm & 45

Post by Axehandle on Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:12 pm

Just ordered a 9mm RO myself...  Planning to hard chrome the frame and checker the front strap.  Zero expectation that this will ever be a competitive bullseye gun.   Not that a 9mm can't be a competitive centerfire match gun but they just require a little more gunsmthing expertise than I'd ever expect a production line 9mm 1911 to have seen.  My plan is to use it for working on my 25 yard timing and rythm all the while burning 50% the powder and expending 50% the lead that my 45 does.  Not to mention saving my 61 year old bones from a little of the banging..

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