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Old 05-30-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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I am a 21 year old fire fighter. My birthday was earlier this month and I am interested in purchasing a hand gun. I live in North Carolina which is an open carry state. I need advice on for a first time shooter and gun owner. Any suggestions for a first weapon?
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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Consider a Ruger GP100 revolver in .38/.357 magnum. The .38 special ammo is great for target practice while the .357 magnum rounds would be a bit harder hitting for self defense. A revolver is a good kind of handgun to learn on, since the operation is obvious from outside.

If you don't mind buying a firearm strictly to learn with, consider a .22.
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Go to a bunch of lgs and shows pick up everything you can get a hand on and pick what ever fits best in you're hand.Take into account what you're going to use it fore(home d,cc,range)and how you plan to carry.Everyone here has their absolute fave I know I have mine (Sig Sauer)but that doesn't mean it's the right one for you.
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Another vote for a .357 revolver- but a Ruger .22 Auto is a great first handgun. Ammo is cheap enuff that you will shoot a LOT more.
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Find a range that rents and try a bunch. I find a revolver or a Beretta 92 a good choice. Easy to see what's going on, accurate and easy to control.
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Get your mitts on as many as you can to try out.

Read each user's manual (especially the cleaning / maintenance area).

Get some training from a certified instructor (so that Uncle's bad habits are not picked up).
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#1 - Take a basic pistol class. This link will help you find one in your area:
http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx

#2 - Watch the videos in this thread:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/choosing-handgun-mike-seeklander-58208/

#3 - Like others have said, try as many different handguns as you can. Choosing a handgun is like choosing a pair of shoes. It is a very personal choice, and what may work for someone else, might not work for you.

#4 - If there is one thing we can all agree upon here, it is that everyone needs a .22. If it is not your first gun, it should be your second.
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personally i will not suggest a particular pistol or type, because a pistol is in many ways a very personal thing. what works for me and that i can shoot well might not be the right choice for you.

as other have suggested and is the same thing i have said to those new to pistols and wanting to get one, try out many and see what fits you and puts a smile on your face.

yes enroll in a firearms safety class. and as suggested if you are new to firearms, then a pistol or rifle in 22 rimfire might be first one to look into getting. a person can practice much cheaper usually with a 22 vs. a centerfire calibr and learn the basics.

when you find some that fit and you're interested in as getting serious about, come back and ask us about them. very likely someone here has some input on just about anything you might come across.
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Wheel gun or pistol? It is up to what you like, rent...rent...rent...RENT and then you should know what you need. If you have friends with weapons ask to see/shoot if not see the above.
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