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Old 03-09-2013, 05:46 AM   #11
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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.
That's good advice, and typically what I post when someone asks, however given the requirement you are looking to maintain, there is a much smaller variety to choose from. My local range charges a $10 rental fee to use any gun in the rental cabinet, you just buy ammo. And you can trade it out over and over and over until you've fired all 125 or so they have for rent. However, based on just what is on the top of my head the Glock 26 and 27 cover most all your wishes.
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Try various guns before buying. If you can not shoot it accurately and comfortable, then it is not for you. A one for all gun must be able to function and fit each role it plays. For caliber, the same advise. I recommend the compact USP in 40. Compact because of concealed carry. If you open carry, go with full size. 40 because it is a manageable round that not subsonic like a 45, but has a bigger bullet than a 9mm. Plus you get an more rounds in the magazine than a 45. It is polymer to stand any weather conditions and environments. It has a safety and decocker, and fires and can be carried in double action or single action. These features allow you carry various ways to meet the jack of all trades criteria. The three dot sights are high quality, unlike the crappy Glock sights that break easy. Plus you can fire the gun limp wristed if you are injured or in awkward position. You can not do this with many Glock 17 or 19. Finally you are getting quality German engineering from a company that sells its products to militaries and police forces around the world. A USP is a fine battle pistol and defensive pistol.

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Hard to beat a 1911,, can be had in several calibers and various mfg.'s at reasonable prices for a first time buyer, possibly a .357 revolver may fill your needs better than a self loader. One can shoot less expensive .38 specials in the .357 and a 4 inch modelk can be carried discreetly with the right rig,, good luck and have fun shopping.

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Ruger. SR9c or SR40c

Made in USA
More accurate than Glocks

Priced better than anything of similar quality by a couple hundred bucks = more $ for bullets

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Ruger. SR9c or SR40c

Made in USA
More accurate than Glocks

Priced better than anything of similar quality by a couple hundred bucks = more $ for bullets
I personally won't own another Ruger DA pistol.. More accurate then a Glock..? Highly debatable and inflammatory to say the least...
My personal exp says otherwise, and the XD's are better then Rugers and as good if not better then Glocks.. I've owned two of all three and 1000's of rounds in each and everyone who shoots with me will tell you the same.
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I would strongly advise that someone buying a first handgun look at S&W K-frame revolvers in .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Simple to use and maintain, typically as accurate as the shooter can be, nearly impossible (all right, autoloader guys, I did say "nearly") impossible to jam, and reliable even if you are forced to take a less-than-optimal grip. They can also be a hell of a lot of fun to shoot.

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I would strongly advise that someone buying a first handgun look at S&W K-frame revolvers in .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Simple to use and maintain, typically as accurate as the shooter can be, nearly impossible (all right, autoloader guys, I did say "nearly") impossible to jam, and reliable even if you are forced to take a less-than-optimal grip. They can also be a hell of a lot of fun to shoot.
Now there's some good advice!!
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To the OP-

Be very leery of the "my gun is better than your gun" crowd. All of the major manufactures make great guns for all kinds of budgets, fit, feel, caliber, etc.

If you want something for self defense and regular shooting, you are probably going to want either a 9mm, 40, or 45 for semi-autos; or a 357 in a revolver. The least expensive ammo (means more shooting) will be the 9mm and the 357 (which can shoot inexpensive 38, or very powerful 357).

Get your hands on as many different guns as possible and see what feels right. If you pick up a gun and it feels awkward in your hands, then in all likelihood, you are not going to shoot it well nor enjoy it. That's really the only reason I don't care for Glocks or Barettas.

If it feels good, then see if you can shoot it somewhere. If you can't shoot it, then don't be afraid to buy it and take a chance. You can always trade it in or sell it later. In today's market, that is very easy to do.

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If you want quality thats made in usa buy a ruger

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Just be sure you are also comfortable with the type of trigger. Case in point, my wife loved the feel of her Sig P250 but it was double action only - she hated the trigger!

So try striker fire, single action and double action to aid in your decision.

Good luck and have fun on your journey!

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