Originally Posted by tylerd
Everyone, Thank you for the advice! I appreciate the help. I will definitely go and talk to a knowledgeable gun store and just keep trying everything until I find something comfortable. I'm honestly not that interested in revolvers. I have access to a S&W .357 that I've shot a few times. It's definitely a fun gun to shoot, and I will make sure I take it to the range a few more times before I buy anything, but it's not something I was set on spending a lot of money on. But it never hurts to try it again before I buy anything. What are your opinions on a .22 conversion kit? My buddy has one for his Kimber. As a college student, a .22 is definitely a good budget conscious idea! But I want a more powerful caliber, as this will likely be the only handgun I purchase until I'm settled into my own home and career. I already put too much money into my shotguns and my jeep! A .22 conversion kit might be a nice compromise that will definitely help my training and my wallet, but allow me to buy a gun I can continue to grow into. Thanks again everyone. I appreciate all the advice.
The first handgun I shot was a .25 auto. I was somewhere between 3 and 5 years old. By the time I was 9 I was shooting my dads Paraordinance .45 I didn't shoot revolvers seriously until I was 15. I love semis and if I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a dang thing. But I do enjoy shooting revolvers for fun too.
Try out different guns and see which fit your hand best.
Here's a list of my personal favorites. The ergonomics of each of these is completely different. I've also listed the caliber I prefer shooting each gun in. If you can try these, you will begin to get a feel for which style of ergonomics you like the most.
Glock 19 (only comes in 9mm)
Para Ordinance P-13 chambered in .45 (it's a 1911 style)
Sig P226 chambered in .40
Beretta PX-4 in .45
S&W Model 28 Patrolman (with the long barrel not the short and in .357 magnum not 38 but this ones a revolver so if you have no interest then skip it.)
I have also heard Walther has some great offerings with good ergonomics and good recoil management like their PPQ but I haven't ever shot one so I don't know.
Once you pick the platform with the ergonomics you like, try and shoot it in each caliber to see which one you can manage the recoil best with. A good rule of thumb is to carry the largest caliber you can shoot with the best recoil management.
My favorite caliber to play with is the .45auto in a 1911 style gun. My least favorite is the .40 in my Glock 22. The recoil management is horrible with it. It's also the standard issue for law enforcement around here. So I've been forced to become very proficient with it since all my scores and all of our "friendly" interagency competition takes place with Glock 22s.
Actually there's a lot of S&W .38s in the competitions, but most of those guys never make it past the first round. Our competitions always involve tactical reloads and the revolver guys can never keep up with the rest of us. They're always a second or two behind. There's one guy who makes it to the third round every now and then but all the finalists are always semi auto shooters. :shrug: