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WhaleNoises 12-18-2011 04:40 PM

first handgun
I was set on a Glock 19 gen 4, but I also want a .38 special, and a 1911 in .45. What's ur guys opinion on a first hand gun. I've never shot a .45 and I like the Glock and revolver the same.

gollygee 12-18-2011 07:26 PM

I'm not familiar with the Glock & even though I have a couple of revolvers, I'm not a revolver person. The 1911 .45 is a whole 'nother platform & can be very addictive to the extent that they'll possibly make you forget about the other two. ;)

But, many believe the 1911 is not a good first handgun because they can require some "tinkering". I guess that really depends on a person's effort/ability to learn what makes 'em tick.

c3shooter 12-18-2011 07:35 PM

For a first handgun, I am going to suggest "None of the above". For a first, get a Ruger .22 Auto or a Browning Buckmark.

WhaleNoises 12-18-2011 08:24 PM

I've shot 9mm and .38 special hand guns, an I own a Ruger 10/22. I'm a little burnt out on .22 I've put about 3000 rounds through my rifle over the past year and want something with more kick. I love shooting 9mm and.38 but I've never shot .45 or even held a 1911. The tinkering I think won't be a problem, I built an AR-15 for a friend just using YouTube videos.

triggernomic 12-18-2011 09:37 PM

If you're planning to build a 1911, you need to get the slide and frame matched together by a gunsmith.

I think if you don't have the experience with these kinds of pistols the glock will serve you better out of the box. It might even pamper you. It's lighter and easier to shoot. Since owning one I'll never get another brand of pistol, even the glock copies.

RecklessRegard 12-18-2011 10:07 PM

I own Glocks, carry Glocks, and fully trust Glocks... But my next pistol is going to be a 1911. I think for a first handgun though, try the Glock out. 9 mm will be a little easier to get the important fundamentals down. Wait a few thousand rounds and pick up a 1911 later on. But, if you want to make an educated decision, don't let us decide for you. Go out and shoot a 1911, a Glock, and a .38. Make a few notes on likes, dislikes, and thoughts.

Good luck!

utf59 12-19-2011 12:55 AM

It sounds like you will one day wind up with all three.

I'd say get the Glock first. There are a lot of 1911s out there, and a whole industry's worth of features available for them. Until you have a lot of rounds downrange, you may not really know what you want out of a 1911.

And if you're going to get a .38 special, why not step up and get a .357 magnum? Then you can shoot .38 special, .38 special +P or .357. Options are nice.

Whatever you decide, enjoy your search!

shadamai 12-19-2011 12:56 AM

I have shot a Glock 19 and 1911s in .45 and I personally preferred the 1911s. But what really matters is what YOU like and feel comfortable shooting. I would recommend renting the different types at the range if you can so you can decide what works best for you.

nccinstaller 12-19-2011 02:07 AM

I dont think you can go wrong with any of the three. If price is an issue the 9mm would be the cheapest to shoot and the glock is quite a bit cheaper than a good 1911. and its very versitile can be a good range, carry, or home defense gun

ScottA 12-19-2011 02:44 AM

Skip the .38 and get a .357 if you go revolver.

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