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Old 04-20-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I am new to the gun world and I have been taking this process very seriously. I am 21 and live in Chicago. I just received my FOID card in the mail and was wondering what a good beginner handgun would be. I am aspiring to become a police officer. I know they usually use glocks but they don't have safeties on them and wasn't exactly what I am looking for. Consider me a blank canvas any help is appreciated. My budget is trying to stay under or around 500. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:46 AM   #2
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Heres a couple under 500.All .357s
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I pretty much second what PGM said. A good .38spl/.357 Magnum will be reliable and can shoot either ammunition. Look around for a good condition (used) quality gun; it will last you forever and not cost all that much.
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Normally I would suggest a 22 of some sort. But with ammo non existant maybe a 38 or 357 is the way to go. But in the future keep in mind...everyone should have a 22 of some sort. There is no other round that you can buy a box of 500 rounds for under $20.

I always recomend a new shooter to get a 22lr.
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my suggestion would be to see if there are any ranges nearby that rent handguns and try out many, revolvers and semiauto pistols. find what fits you. handguns are pretty much personal. what suits or fits one person might not be the right choice for another person.

you need to find what fits you. the pistol that fits you, is the one, you'll usually shoot the most accurately.
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I have to agree with some of the previous posts. For a first gun, you can't beat a 38spl with a 4" barrel. good luck
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A 22 is always a good recommendation because they are easy to shoot, and normally the ammo is very inexpensive. But it's not a good defensive round. If it is not your first gun, a 22 should be your second.

If you want a revolver, get a 357. It is by far the most versatile of all revolver chamberings.

For a semi-auto, 9 would be the least expensive ammo to shoot. In any fashion, I recommend a 9, 40, or 45.

Any major manufacturer makes plenty of great guns. Find the one that is most comfortable to you. Do not fall for those who get into my gun is better than your gun arguments.
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http://www.bersa.com/bersa-thunder-Pro-UC-45-duoMN

Also comes in a 9mm and different finishes if you prefer...

Can't disagree with the rationale of 375/38 revolver, given today's ammo availability of pretty much everything else!

Still, I don't find revolvers at all carryable so I can't recommend one as a first gun if you plan to use for personal protection.

But best advice is to go put some guns in your hand and get a feel for what feels right, from what I hear. Personally I've yet to handle a semiautomatic that didn't feel right, only revolvers don't feel comfortable or natural to me.
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Not really looking for a revolver at this point in time but thanks for the help so far
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Might look a. Ruger SR9. Not a bad price usually and Ruger is known for quality/great customer service.
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