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Old 01-03-2014, 11:06 PM   #1
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Hello all. After doing some shooting with my family over the holidays, I'm looking to take the plunge into owning my first pistol. Looking for any and all advice with the following criteria:

1) Pistol, not a revolver.
2) target > home defense > concealed carry
3) need to be reasonable for my wife to shoot. Need her to be comfortable with it in a time of need
4) safe and reliable

Would like to keep the price tag under $500 to lessen any wife anger.

New or used, doesn't matter as long as the gun is safe and reliable.

Many thanks for any and all responses.

Mike
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:36 PM   #2
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Most fun and an excellent trainer (though light for stopping power) would be a Ruger SR-22 pistol.
Or if you need a centerfire then Ruger has many choices like the SR9.
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Glock 9MM (17 or 19) or S&W M&P 9MM. Either of those two are good guns and will serve you well.

New or used, if not abused, both of those guns will keep shooting for a really long time with minimal maintenance.
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what hiwall said...Ruger SR9 is under $500, dependable and shoots low cost 9mm allowing lots of practice which is really the key no matter what gun you shoot.

There are two things that give an armed, law abiding citizen a definite advantage in most gun fights...first, you typically are defending something VERY precious to you be it a friend, family member or your own life...secondly, law abiding citizens tend to practice ALOT more than thugs and shoot better.... practice, practice and more practice.
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S&W Shield will meet all three of your criteria in one handgun. Well under $500.
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new to pistols? i would highly suggest starting with a 22 first, then working up to larger centerfire calibers like a 9mm. a 22 is much cheaper and easier to learn the basics of pistol shooting and to build a good foundation on for larger calibers.
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Everything you learn from a .22 can be applied to a larger caliber.

Do not get into the "spray and pray". That wastes ammo.

On the range for informal practice, I load only 5 rounds at a time. I am then forced to reload. This gives me time to evaluate what I am doing wrong. And it makes my range time longer.
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Everything you learn from a .22 can be applied to a larger caliber.

Do not get into the "spray and pray". That wastes ammo.

On the range for informal practice, I load only 5 rounds at a time. I am then forced to reload. This gives me time to evaluate what I am doing wrong. And it makes my range time longer.
I do the same thing with regard to loading only 5 rounds...mostly anyways. Slows me down, allows me to enjoy more range time and helps me troubleshoot any accuracy issues I have. I have a Springfield XDM 5.25 in 9mm and the magazine holds 19 rounds...just imagine going through a box of ammo with 2 and half magazine loads
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.22lr. is generally a great recommendation for a first pistol, however with the lack of .22lr. ammo availability, at this time, I am recommending a 9mm.

One pistol that covers every one of your criteria is the Ruger SR9c. I recommend you and your wife try several different platforms and calibers, including the 9c.

Enjoy the process and be safe!

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I do the same thing with regard to loading only 5 rounds...mostly anyways. Slows me down, allows me to enjoy more range time and helps me troubleshoot any accuracy issues I have. I have a Springfield XDM 5.25 in 9mm and the magazine holds 19 rounds...just imagine going through a box of ammo with 2 and half magazine loads
I have this "problem" ha ha...

Lots of good suggestions. I will be 100% honest and tell you for years all I would shoot was 22LR, because I had put up a mental block that I wasn't strong enough to shoot a bigger pistol or rifle. Well I was wrong. I got a Beretta PX4 Storm (around 500) in 9mm, the sub-compact model. I carry with the 17 round magazines which allows for a full size grip feel. Now I can go out and easily go through a few hundred rounds, pick up the AR15 and go through as many magazines as I want to and move to the 20GA shotgun.

Alot of women want to really learn and practice without judgement. If you are a good teacher, and you guys can work together well (hey don't laugh alot of people can't!) then by all means take her to the range and learn together. If you are a newbie, and so is she, get the gun of choice and buy yourselves a class at a reputable range. Impartial teacher, and you'll learn together.
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