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I'm new to this forum so let me introduce myself.

I've have an S&W 5906 and CZ 75 PCR Compact and like them both but would like to go to the next level in quality. So I've narrowed my choices to a Sig 229 or an HK USP Compact and am leaning towards the HK.

However, I've never owned a polymer frame pistol before and am a litttle concerned about how the HK slide rides on only two small tabs each side vs. how the Sig slide fits into the machined channels.

My question is this: Does the slide to frame fit on the HK stay tight over extended use and maintain its accuracy, say compared to the Sig?

I appreciate your feedback.

Thanks,
 

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I own both Sig's and HK's. If you're worried about the "Fit" don't be. HK's are built like tanks, buy with confidence.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The slide to frame fit in the HK is excellent for a combat handgun that is designed to be in harsh conditions, and still function. The accuracy of most any HK you get will most likely be more accurate than you, so I would not worry too much about that. The "tabs" that the slide rides in do exactly what they are supposed to do, despite reports of some being a little loose.

On the Sig, you will notice over time if you shoot it enough; that it too will loosen up on the slide to frame fit. Again, having some clearance is important to function of the pistol. I had a P229 with 24,000 rounds of 40/357 through it and it was a rattle trap when I shook it. It was accurate as can be.

The barrel to slide fit is more important for the accuracy than the slide to frame fit. If you want something tight, get a custom or semi custom 1911. In combat guns you're not going to find that super tight tolerance.

If it were me I'd get the HK all day long over the Sig. The USPc series is excellent as are all pistols in the HK line up. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the replies on the HK. I'm going the the gun show in Phoenix today and see if I can get a good deal on one.
 

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Got rid of a P229R SCT for a P30, and can't be more happy with the decision. Sigs and HKs are both high quality, and for combat handguns both have superb slide/frame fit. My polymer P30 feels of higher quality, to me, than any of my Sigs do/did/have...both are great mfgs and I still own both (but only carry HKs). You will likely be very pleased with either, but it comes down to which feels better. HK will be lighter, for sure. As said above, these are combat handguns and not custom 1911s, but they are excellent for available to the genereal public, stock, handguns (in my opinion) and they are a lot less expensive than a custom 1911. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
 

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So I picked up a new USP Compact 9mm for a pretty good price, and also sold my CZ 75 PCR at the gun show yesterday. I took the USPc to the range today and man is it nice. The trigger is great and after some practice I was getting better groups then I ever had!
 

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Go HK...

While SIG makes great guns, I'm personally not a fan of alloy frame SIGs. Hard carbon steel riding soft aluminum is not my favorite. You gotta run them quite "wet" otherwise you risk that the coating on the frame is worn down in no time. And that spells trouble with an aluminum alloy frame.

The HKs (and Glocks) have sturdy steel inserts which wont wear down quickly - even if you run the gun "dry" (which I do not recommend, but I certainly can be done).

Love my all stainless P226 Elite though. The heavy frame soaks up any recoil and the 9mm feels like shooting a .22. My favorite gun for first timers shooting at the range...
 

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Your first HK, lol. I was just there a few months ago. Be prepared to take criticism and ridicule by "experts" who have never even been in combat. I catch so much crap on a daily basis for not liking the all mighty M&P more than my HK's.

We're all fanboys too.

I switched to HK because I only want the best. With HK I don't ever have to worry about quality control, like I do/did with Ruger, S&W and the others.
 
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