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chriswolfe 07-18-2012 10:21 PM

New too the gun world
Trying to find a good reliable gun to start with I'm think a 9 mm but don't no brands need some ideas

gearhead396 07-18-2012 10:25 PM

Barretta 92fs great reliable gun easy to clean external hammer and thumb safety great for beginners and experts alike in my opinion

sputnik1988 07-18-2012 10:28 PM

Welcome, drop by the introductions section.

chriswolfe 07-18-2012 10:38 PM

Looking for nice grip with a safety and cheap rounds

NewYorkGunner 07-19-2012 02:00 AM

Ruger SR9 is a good gun

canebrake 07-19-2012 02:56 AM

The Browning Hi Power.

chriswolfe 07-20-2012 11:16 AM

I'm going to shoot a ruger p94 40 cal this weekend the price might be sweet enough

KeysKelly 07-20-2012 11:48 AM

There will be as many 9mm's as there are automobiles. First thing you should do is decide what exactly you want this gun for? Home protection, range toy, personal carry, target shooting, hunting back up etc.? That will give you a good idea of what size gun you want which will make a huge difference. A bigger gun will be easier to shoot and less recoil even though the 9mm has little recoil but a bigger, heavier gun will be a pain to carry depending on how you dress. I little 9mm like the Beretta Nano, Kahr PM9, Subcompact XD will be more comfortable to carry but wouldn't make very good target guns shooting at 25 yards and more.

Once you have determined what the gun's purpose will be people here can give you some suggestions based on their experience with the guns. Keep in mind those are only suggestions based on someone else's experience. At that point you should find a range that rents guns and shoot as many as you can then decide based on your own experience. The gun that you feel comfortable with, shoot well, like the feel of and fits your budget is best gun for you. A gun you shoot well I might shoot poorly. A gun I love you might hate. When it comes time that you need your gun my opinion won't matter. It will be you against some armed dirtbag and I will be sitting on my living room couch. Buy a gun based on your experience not my suggestions.

Donn 07-20-2012 12:00 PM

Like shoes or pants, find one that fits, feels good in your hand. If there's a range in your area that has rentals, try a few different makes/models. It'll cost a few bucks up front, but will be worth it in the long run. Do you plan on carrying? That enters into your choice as well. I'd suggest a Glock or Smith&Wesson M&P for price, quality and out of the box dependability. Don't overlook a revolver. They tend to be more reliable, safer and user friendly than an auto pistol, particularly for someone new to handguns.

dks7895 07-20-2012 12:09 PM

I am a fan of the 9mm. With its low recoil and price, it makes it fun to shoot a lot. I would recommend going to your local gun shop and handle a few first. It has to feel right in your hands. Obviously budget is a big player as well. When you start shooting, pay close attention to your grip. This will greatly affect how well you shoot. Do a little googling on the web and you will find a lot of info on proper grip techniques.

I have shot several 9mm pistols. Two of my favorites are the Ruger SR9 and the S&W M&P9. These are also available in a sub compact.

Good luck and happy shooting.

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