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Old 03-19-2013, 11:49 PM   #11
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Gotta love the M&P 9mm. Comfort, accurate, good trigger. American made. Easy to strip and clean

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OP - is there any range that rents to you can try before you buy?

9 mm - best bang for the buck.

There's lots of good guns - CZ, Sig, Glock, S&W, Ruger, Springfield, Kimber, Taurus, etc, etc, etc. Best to try and go shoot some and figure out if you like DAO, DA/SA, SA, hammer vs striker, etc, etc, etc.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:14 AM   #13
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Check out the cz75 and its variants examples of its variants include the imi jericho 941 the eaa witness or the canik 55 being imported by tristar all of which are good to exvellent firearms with high capacities as well as excellent accuracy and reliability. And all of which are basically in your price range

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:28 AM   #14
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wow that is a lot of info thanks guys! I'm going to look into all of your suggestions and most likely go to a range and try to test some out.

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I'd favor a CZ 75b or a Springfield XDm.

I'd also strongly consider a 1911, Sig P226 or P220, S&W M&P, FNP, or Glock. I listed those in my personal order of preference. Your preferences will certainly differ, and there are other excellent alternatives out there as well.

9mm/45acp is a great place to start.

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wow that is a lot of info thanks guys! I'm going to look into all of your suggestions and most likely go to a range and try to test some out.
Try at least one revolver as well, say a .38special with a four inch barrel, not a snubbie. They are awesome at the range.
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Then there's the Ruger sr9c. It comes with two mags, on 17 round for range practice and one 10 round for concealed carry. Perfect gun with dual purpose!

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Love my Ruger SR40 for $500. Think I will get the SR9c for the Mrs

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I personally love the 1911 but you need to find one that fits ur hand .. Springfield xd &xdm or great guns!! Glocks or ugly guns but made great .. Them three or my first choice for semiauto .. The 1911 will need to be clean more than the others but they or worth it.. Revolvers "" you can keep them loaded 24-7 and don't have to worry about a mag spring getting wore out ... Just something to think about .. I love both type of pistols.. I'm looking for a revolver to take the place of my 1911 for my bed side pistol.. Now keep in mind pistols for home defense is not a wrong way to go if well train .. Y I say that is Bc you can have one hand to hold the pistol and one for yourself and u have more maneuverability.. Hope it helps and not to late with info

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Was in a similar position and got a m&p 9 for my first handgun, I'm in Idaho though so no problem with the 17rd magazine. Love this gun, I'm a noob, and only have 300 shots total in handguns, but I can do 50%+ in a 8" disc at 25yrds. I've shot a Glock 17 and a compact .40 (think it was a 30s or something) and the compact m&ps in .40 and 9, like my full size best though. Would have gone with a 5" barrel, but could not find the Glock 34 or the pro M&P, still want a 5" so I will get a 1911 next, hope to save enough to get it this year

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