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Old 03-09-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am in the market for my first handgun. I am looking for a "jack of all trades" gun. I realize there is no one perfect gun. What I mean by jack of all trades is I only have money for one gun and I want it for many uses such as:
concealed carry
apartment defense
fun practicing at the range
made in the USA
balance between power, cost of ammo, and recoil

Thank you for the advice and help.

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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Glock covers all those. It's also a good basic gun anyone could take care of and it is almost always 100% reliable. The model 26 and 27 work for conceal, and are still fun to shoot at the range.

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Glock covers all those. It's also a good basic gun anyone could take care of and it is almost always 100% reliable. The model 26 and 27 work for conceal, and are still fun to shoot at the range.
I didn't think Glock was made in the USA?

To OP, I'd go with Smith & Wesson.
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Ruger SR9C or S&W Shield. Made in the USA and either one covers everything else on yor list.

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I didn't think Glock was made in the USA?

To OP, I'd go with Smith & Wesson.
They just opened a plant in Georgia
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First off I wouldn't worry to much where it is made. As a law a percentage of the gun has to be manufactured in the usa anyway. Pick up every gun you see and see what feels the best to you. I bought a glock because that is what the cops have here. Boy was that a mistake. The trigger pull sucks and I couldn't hit anything with it. Then I picked up a baby eagle and it felt like it was meant to be in my hand. I bought it on the spot. I recently traded off my glock but don't plan on ever getting rid of my baby eagle.

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My first was a Glock 21, it was a great gun and regret selling it. It was my repossession partner
My advice is and will be to visit a range or two and rent some different models that interest you and choose the one that you take to the most naturally. I'm of the opinion that lots if guns, all diff sizes and calibers meet your needs and shooting as many as you can before making your purchase is a wise way narrow down your list of possible candidates.

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The reason I was thinking about made in the USA is I was thinking the gun may have better quality control and service if something ever went wrong. Could I save money by getting a Taurus or is it not worth the few bucks you save?

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I personally don't own a Taurus. Some of my range buddies have been very disappointed in them lately, and another buddy who works at a local pawn shop that is more a gun store than pawn shop told me they've had a great deal of issues straight out of the box with Taurus, and decided to no longer carry them. I've not experienced any issues as I wouldn't own one, but that's just what I've seen lately.

As for made in the USA, Smith and Wesson is a good pick. They have a knock off design of the Glock in the Sigma line (so close they got sued by Glock and had to pay a settlement for it)

Glock, if anyone who looks at their gun can see, is based locally here in Smyrna Georgia. They did open a plant here very recently. Colt and Remington also make excellent handguns.

And finally, Taurus is made in Brazil I believe, if memory serves. If not Brazil, definitely South America in that area. I think I remember reading they were based in Porto Alerti or something like that.

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Borrow, rent, try friends pistols till you find something you like.

Everybody's different. I'm big, so no problem carrying a

full size Beretta or 45.

But I'm afraid of Glocks.

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