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Old 11-29-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a handgun for self/home defense. Just wanting something reliable but not overly expensive. Any ideas for caliber or manufacturer? Would appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Old 11-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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Are you planning on concealing it? Or is it strictly a "nighstand" gun? What's your top end on price?

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This is such a broad question but this is what i would do. Since you didnt say anything about carrying, i take it its just for HD. Me personally, i would look at a .45acp because of the stopping power. Now with that being said, you have many manufacturers out there. IMO, i would look at Glocks, Springfield XD's, Rugers, Smith&Wesson M&P etc. If i had my pick, of course i choose Glock just because i know them personally; although im sure the others are very reliable. Now, im pretty sure all these are in the $500+ range. What i would recommend first and foremost is find a range and practice with different ones. You may feel like the 9mm is the way to go, or perhaps the .40 cal. Once you find the caliber for you, then focus on manufacturer. Keep us posted

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Forgot to mention the safety feature. If your a true beginner, you may want safety features and the Glock doesnt really have any IMO. Now the XD has plenty; very safety friendly. Just do your homework and you will be fine.

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Price range will determine a lot. You should try to "test drive" or at least hold as many different pistols as possible. The Ruger P95 can usually be found fairly inexpensive, in the $300 range. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_75/products_id/18161 Not exactly pretty, but reliable according to those i've known who owned one. There is also a 30 round magazine available for range fun.

Also, don't rule out a lightly used firearm; i have a couple i really like.

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I agree with the guys on here and their advise. It has always been my advise to people who are looking for their first handgun to take your time and find the firearm that fits you and your needs. Like has been suggested here the Glock or Springfield XD are hard to beat for a first gun. The double action only is simple to master and both are reasonable in price. One other suggestion,invest in a quality set of night sights. You cant shoot accurately in the dark of your home if you cant see the sights.

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I second the P95...I've owned one kick myself for selling. Cheap and reliable!

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Find yourself a used S&W or Ruger .357 revolver. You can practice with .38's and keep it loaded with .357 magnums for defense.

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Take a look at the Ruger SR line- Bit more investment but simple safe design
The P series are great too but butt ugly

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I agree with the revolver idea for a beginner. Very simple build design and simple to use. And as stated before if you get a 357 you can practice with 38. And as far as stopping power the bad guy wont be very happy with a 357 shaped hole in him

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