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Old 09-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #11
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First of all, I see you're in NJ, so it's probably a real pain for you to get a firearm at all, let alone a handgun. So make sure the gun you like, including magazine capacity, fits within the laws of your state.

You've already gotten a lot of good advice. I would add that 9mm and .38 Special (since revolvers came up) are less expensive than .40, .45 and .44. Depending on how you look at it, that means that either: a) it costs less money to shoot 200 rounds at the range or b) you can shoot 300 rounds at the range instead of just 200. And if you shoot a .22, you could shoot around a thousand.

Also, is the gun for defense, or strictly for fun? Even though I'm a bit of a recoil junkie, if I were shooting just for fun, I'd get the .22 first.

Let us know what you do decide on, and be sure to post a range report!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:33 PM   #12
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Thank you very much for all the great info. I am going to my local shop plus they have an indoor range so I will try a couple of different guns out. The gun I choose will be for both fun and defense. I will get back to you guys hopefully this weekend on what I decide. I know if I go with the M&P I will have to order it and won't get it for two weeks.
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I've shot a lot of guns, but not nearly as many as some on here, and I have to say the M&P is on my list of favorites, for the ergonomics mostly. I hated the sigma which seems to be like an ancestor of the current M&P because of the trigger pull. GLOCKs are great, and I shoot a GLOCK great, but the grip angle feels too unnatural to me. Notice I say ME and I too, as these are just my opinions. one thing about the M&P too is that they are affordable. But if your looking around in the shop, hold a SIG p226 and see how that feels. I would love to have one, I have never held a gun that fits my hand so well, but even when I come across a good deal on one, I just don't have the money in my pocket.
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I think I am going to go with a .22 to start off with. I heard the Ruger Mark 3 is a great gun to start off with. Is anybody familiar with this gun?
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I think an able-bodied shooter in training can learn on just about any platform or caliber. Some are just more practical and affordable than others.

S&W M&P is a solid platform if you like the fit, no criticism there.

40sw and 45acp are both very good defense calibers. They may require a bit more time and will require more money to master than 22lr or 9mm. That's all the info you need- because I certainly can't speak to the depth of your free time or wallet.
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I think I am going to go with a .22 to start off with. I heard the Ruger Mark 3 is a great gun to start off with. Is anybody familiar with this gun?
Myself, I have a S&W Model 17 revolver and highly recommend it. But if I was looking for a semi-auto, the Ruger would be on my short list.
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I think I am going to go with a .22 to start off with. I heard the Ruger Mark 3 is a great gun to start off with. Is anybody familiar with this gun?
Before you make the decision take a look at the GSG 1911-22.



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I went to my local gun shop and I decided to order the Ruger Mark III Target .22 5.5" Bull Barrel Blued Finish. I should have it in 10 days. Thanks for all the help guys. My next gun will be a 45 S&W I figured for my first gun learn how to shoot and I can shoot as much ammo as I want.
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