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Old 12-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #11
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Thank you for all the helpful responses. I have a ex instructor offering to go shooting with me just have to cover range cost for me and the rounds. He also offered to teach me on his 22 for cost savings on rounds.

I can understand using a revolver first but I can't invest in something that I will want to replace soon after. I do however agree that I should purchase a full size. I'm leaning towards the sig and s&w but still will be doing some research.

Why is a DA less accurate then a SA

Also I will correct my statement about concealed carry class. I plan on taking the class along with my girlfriend for the education. But I do not know if I will carry
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Why is a DA less accurate then a SA
To a trained and effective handgun user, there is no difference with the accuracy (with a quality handgun). The DA pull on some inexpensive handguns can affect the smooth trigger actuation required.

This is one of the things taught in training.

And on wanting to get rid of the revolver later, well....
I've got my first revolver (an old S&W Mdl 15). That is one thing that you can always go back to should you need to confirm that your execution of the basics has not slipped.
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I ended up getting the S&W M&P 9 after holding several different ones it felt the most comfortable.
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I ended up getting the S&W M&P 9 after holding several different ones it felt the most comfortable.
Congratulations !

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First and most important, what does the GFs dad shoot?

If they go to Chevy car shows every weekend and you go buy a Ford, how do you think dad would look at that?

Some of my reply is tongue n cheek, but if you want to fit in, don't be the odd man out.

Glock 19 is a great gun, however, on your list, it is the sidearm with a short and easy trigger pull. It is also the gun very easily modified to be a light trigger pull. Because of this, and no built in external safety other than your training, or the lack of it, dangerous in the wrong hands,

Remember of all handguns, always:

Muzzle ALWAYS pointed in a safe direction or on target.

Finger ALWAYS off the Trigger till on target and you are ready to shoot.

Firearm ALWAYS empty of ammo, till you are ready to use the firearm.

Be safe

(Edit) you posted during my reply, enjoy your gun. As this is your first gun, never sell it. As you get older, you will become something that is foreign to you now. Sentemental

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The glock 19 was the pistol that started it all for me. To me it felt like.
"this is what a polymer pistol should be" I soon found out about 30 round glock magazines and was hooked I found out about the kel tec sub 2000 carbine that uses glock mags and was impressed! Ive always felt glock to be the original king of plastic pistols although springfield armory makes a really nice xd I like those alot too id recomen caring and xdm since it has 2 safties one on the backstsrap and one on the trigger the stainless ones look nice
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Smith & Wesson make great guns. As you become more experienced, you'll learn for yourself how so much of selecting a gun is how it feels to you.

But beware, handguns are like Lays potato chips. You can't have just one. I would suggest your next acquisition be a good 22. If you want the same form factor as your M&P, S&W makes an excellent 22 in the M&P line.
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Get a .357 revolver with a 4" barrel. You can shoot .357 and .38 special. Revolvers are great for learning how to shoot and very dependable. good luck
I'm more of a semi-auto guy myself but I have to agree with this advice for a new shooter.
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Guns that you can conceal easily are not a lot of fun at the range....
Tell that to my Glock 26. Still love shooting that thing.
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As an instructor, I've seen too many beginners shun the revolver and go right to the semi-auto and wonder why they can't hit the target. The simple answer is that most do not learn the basics first. That is like getting your license and then buying an F-1 race car and wonder why people drive better than you. Some things have to be trained. I would get the 4" revolver in .357 Magnum and start with .38 Specials in it. With a revolver, you are less likely to "spray and pray". And no matter what you get first, get some proper training from a certified instructor before hand. Not your uncle who owns a lot of guns.
+1 to that. I had a revolver for 20 years before I got my first pistol.
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