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Old 09-22-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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I am new into the handgun scene. I am looking to get a 9mm for home defense, targets, plinking, etc. I will NOT carry this around (I live in Illinois). I am unsure which make/model I would like to go with because I have not shot many before. However, would you recommend a standard or compact for my needs?

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Old 09-22-2011, 11:53 PM   #2
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the only advantage to compact guns is concealed carry.

get a full size. they are more pleasent to shoot, have less wear problems (the short springs on compacts have to be changed very frequently), higher capacity, and a longer sight radius making it far far easier to hit the target.

i would also suggest renting a few at a range that does rentals to try before you buy.

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Full size or compact; get what fits you, your grip, your comfort level, pocket book, and application. It would also be nice to have a handgun you can control and therefore be accurate with. Try them, shoot them and then you will be confident in what you choose to buy.

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I would def suggest a full size if your not going to carry unless you have small hands and a fullsize is uncomfortable. I always enjoy shooting my full sizes much better than my compacts more accurate and less recoil. If your open to suggestions check out the beretta 92fs great 9's for the money and super reliable

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The others make valid points. I do not conceal... but do open carry on the farm. I recently purchased a Ruger SR9c and couldn't be happier. Comes with 17rd and 10rd mags. The trigger is sweet and the price is right. I paid $429 for mine... and sold off the Taurus PT92AFS.

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I recommend you got to some gunshops and look at the various firearms they have and see what feels the best to you.

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I am new into the handgun scene. I am looking to get a 9mm for home defense, targets, plinking, etc. I will NOT carry this around (I live in Illinois). I am unsure which make/model I would like to go with because I have not shot many before. However, would you recommend a standard or compact for my needs?
Because of the above points in red, I would advise you start with a steel/alloy full-framed 9mm. They've got higher capacity (vs compacts) and are just easier to become proficient with due to the increased weight and sight radius.

I think CZ offers the best new steel 9mm pistol for the money, but I also really like the Browning Hi-Power and alloy Sigs like the P226. Beretta M9/92 is also a good option if you have larger hands.

Only get a compact if it fits your hand better.
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Because of the above points in red, I would advise you start with a steel/alloy full-framed 9mm. They've got higher capacity (vs compacts) and are just easier to become proficient with due to the increased weight and sight radius.

I think CZ offers the best new steel 9mm pistol for the money, but I also really like the Browning Hi-Power and alloy Sigs like the P226. Beretta M9/92 is also a good option if you have larger hands.

Only get a compact if it fits your hand better.
+1 on sweeper22's recommendation for the Browning HP.
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It's hard to go wrong with a classy, hi-cap steel 9mm.

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