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Old 04-03-2013, 03:15 AM   #21
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If you ask them if they could teach how to use a gun will they do it? So I dont have to take a class..

I think I can learn just about everything online. I think I just need first hand gun experience
I started without much training some 20 years ago. I would not recommend it. Get the training.

Here is a link to where you can find local NRA courses.
http://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseCatalog.aspx

And don't get hung up on Glocks or any other specific manufacturer. Play with as many guns as you can get your hands on.
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Well I started off with a full size 1911, chambered in .45 ACP of course. It was the first handgun I bought. My skill level with handguns was very low when I bought it (only shot them a few times and nothing of that caliber) but my skill level with firearms in general was a lower middle part of the spectrum (at least on my scale). Overall it worked out great for me and with the help of youtube I quickly learned how to fully disassemble and reassemble my pistol.

I will reemphasize what others have said, if you have no or little firearms experience, take a class. It will be worth the money and will keep you and anyone around you safe.

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I guess I have no choice but to take a class

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Whats the most easy to use not expensive and little or no recoil out of these brands: Browning, Beretta, Glock, Kimber, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and Taurus.

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Whats the most easy to use not expensive and little or no recoil out of these brands: Browning, Beretta, Glock, Kimber, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and Taurus.

Anything to do with recoil or flip will be determined by the weight of the pistol and the caliber. Any one of those brands can have better or worse handling. Ease of use is also subjective and has more to do with the shape of your hand than anything else. Rental handguns at your local range are a good place to see what a good fit is.

Any classes you take may allow you to fire a couple different models as well. In fact, when choosing a class in your situation I would look for that.
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Your first handgun should be a .22. This is so you can afford the hundreds of rounds it will take to become a marginally proficient pistol shot. It should aslo be a decent quality gun, or you won't like it. My recommendation would be a Ruger MK I, II, or III, or (even though it's not a favorite of mine) the 22/45; in a revolver I would suggest the Ruger Single Six. These can be found used at prices that won't break the bank, and 20 years from now you will still love these guns. At least I do.

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Whats the most easy to use not expensive and little or no recoil out of these brands: Browning, Beretta, Glock, Kimber, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and Taurus.
Well now you've done it, stirred the hornets nest. You have covered such a wide spectrum of guns listed above.

Just some generals about recoil:

The bigger the caliber, the bigger the recoil.
The heavier the gun, the less the recoil.
The longer the gun, less recoil.

This is just something I have learned. So if you shot say a 9mm out of a full size gun that was all metal, it would have very little recoil. Of course even a .45 out of my full size 1911 has been manageable for everyone I have put behind it, even some dainty girls
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I would suggest a .22, they have pistols, rifles, semi auto AR's and pump rifles, it is certainly user friendly. .22's are relatively cheap, including the ammo, which you can buy around 500 for $5. They make almost every popular gun model in .22's. There is almost no recoil and you don't even have to wear ear muffs while shooting. Hope I helped!

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Well now you've done it, stirred the hornets nest. You have covered such a wide spectrum of guns listed above.
should I ?... mmmm....yeah why not.

Glocks suck wet garbage!

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Whats the most easy to use not expensive and little or no recoil out of these brands: Browning, Beretta, Glock, Kimber, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and Taurus.
INCOMING!!!!

Back to renting - try them all . There are petite flowers that can handle a .45 and big guys that just don't know how to handle a 9mm. You'll learn proper grip, stance, and correct aiming in class, which will make a world of difference when you actually start to try different guns. fa35jsf mentioned some items above.

You can't go wrong with most manufacturers. From a popularity standpoint, Glock, Ruger, S&W, and Springfield. You would be missing out if you didn't check out CZ's. And of course, you didn't mention Sig, Colt, or Bersa... You'll learn about DAO, SA, DA/SA and Strikers - they function differently, safety differently, and all handle slightly differently.

A common mistake for new people is to just buy what their friends have or are popular. It's like trying on a baseball glove for comfort, or a car that handles comfortably. There's more options that really should be looked at and 'test drove' before you drop around $500 (or more).
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