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Old 06-30-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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Default Please Sticky: First time buying a pistol? Look here first.

Due to the abundance of threads from people asking what they should get as a first pistol, I have decided to post this up in the hopes of helping the person in need.

This is a master listing of popular firearm manufacturers websites:

The purpose of this list is to provide someone an easy way to jump to a brand of their liking instantly from this forum (how's that for user friendly?)

Home Page - Smith & Wesson
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Taurus International Manufacturing Inc
GLOCK "Safe Action Pistols"
Springfield Armory
Home Beretta International
Kahr Arms | Maker of high quality handguns in USA
Kel Tec
Hi-Point Firearms
Cobra
Armscor Precision: Firearms, Ammunition, and Components
Colt Defense
http://www.kimberamerica.com/
http://cz-usa.com/
http://www.steyr-aug.com/m_series_pistols.htm
http://www.nighthawkcustom.com/detail.aspx?ID=28
http://www.waltherpistols.com/
http://www.sigsauer.com/
Looking at these websites is a good starting point. You can gauge what products each company has, and the prices of those products. If you are still extremely lost, here are a few pointers:

1. The weapon must fit YOU. Getting advice from others is great, but realize that their opinion of a "best" gun may not fit your needs and/or your physical stature.

2. Getting some "fondling" time is crucial. After you spend some time on this forum (and becoming a supporting member ), you need to get down to your nearest firearms dealer, and actually handle the firearms you may be interested in. A picture is worth a thousand words, but actual touch/feel is priceless in the world of firearms.

3. Listen to your gut feeling. If you feel wrong about a certain brand or deal, stay away from it.

4. Take your time. Listen to other's peoples opinions, but take the time to start forming your own.

5. Look at your budget and be reasonable. Figure out what the cost of different ammunition is in your area. Once you have that figured, determine how much time you will actually practice with the firearm.

6. What is your philosophy of use? What do you intend to do with the firearm? carry conceal? home defense? target practice? competition?

7. Avoid the firearms cliques that are everywhere. You'll notice them right away. If a group of people says "The Glock is the best pistol ever made. Nothing is better" Stay away and seek advice elsewhere. The firearms cliques are responsible for more misinformation than anything else in the firearms world.

Here's are a few other websites that may help you in your searches:

Firearm Recalls and Warnings Index on FirearmsID.com

Handgun Ballistics Table

Good luck and good hunting!!!

P.S. Feel free to add to this thread. There is no such thing as too much information.

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Great idea, Sarge.

There are other mfr sites like Kimber and CZ (and others that can be added), imo.

All of the same searches I did and friends of mine did prior to narrowing down an affordable and useable sidearm. It seems like common sense, but some just do not get it. That is sad.

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I added those, plus some others, to the list.

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Fondling is great, shooting is even better. Might be worth suggesting they find a local firing range that rents a variety of pistols and go put a few rounds through the guns on your short list.

Also, might want to add Sig Sauer to the list.

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Thanks. I added it to the list.

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Another great idea Sarge. This should cut down on alot of the repetitive posts... but the question still remains What kind of ammo is best and what caliber do I need

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Well, I did include a ballistics table in the original post. I hope that helps people.

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Good work Sgt!
I would also suggest as Cnynrat mentioned find a local firing range that rents a variety of pistols and shoot the ones on your short list. Also if they are new to pistols some paid instruction up front will assist them to becoming a better more confidant shooter.

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Nice infos
I think this should be sticky

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delete, irrelevant

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