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Old 01-27-2011, 05:44 AM   #31
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My advice would be to get a Ruger 22/45. Shooting .22 you will get in so much more practice but all the controls such as magazine release, slide release and manual safety in the same location as a 1911. That would make transitioning to a service gun relatively easy.

Something that I haven't seen mentioned is training. Before you start shooting and developing bad habits it's important that you get some basic instruction from someone who not only knows how to shoot but how to teach. It's so difficult to break bad habits once they are established, I know from personal experience.
That is great advise but i just dont really know anyone or where to go to find someone to teach me the right things
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If $200 is your budget, you are not looking to carry concealed, and you are worried mainly about home defense. I might urge you to look at a good pump action shotgun. I got my Remington 870 express for under 200 at a local pawn shop.
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That is great advise but i just dont really know anyone or where to go to find someone to teach me the right things
That's true is the sense of physical presence but remember you are now part of ftf and there is a training section here you could use to ask questions about how to train yourself and a lot of videos on YouTube . There are a lot of members here who have had hundreds if not thousands of hours in combat handgun or training.
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If $200 is your budget, you are not looking to carry concealed, and you are worried mainly about home defense. I might urge you to look at a good pump action shotgun. I got my Remington 870 express for under 200 at a local pawn shop.
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True that! I have a few pistols and an SKS, but it is my Mossberg pump 12 that is beside my alarm clock.
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The Bersa Thunder (Impact Guns has it for about $250 brand new) would make a nice home defense pistol, it's a 7+1 .380 may not pack as much of a punch as the bigger calibers but if it's just for the home then the only time you would ever have to use it would be in an up close and personal situation, in that case a .380 JHP (which run about $20 a box) is ample firepower that is very accurate, durable and is just a easy to fire one handed while ducking for cover. It's a nice all round affordable gun which wont break the bank to shoot/practice with either and you don't have to worry about it going through your dry wall and taking out a neighbor as with most larger caliber pistols either.

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I can echo what others have advised. Find out which kind of pistol the department issues or authorizes and learn to shoot with that. I can guarantee that a Hi-Point will not be an authorized pistol. It will be a waste of your time and money. Then, get some professional training by certified instructors. That way when you start the academy, they will not have to un-train your bad habits out of you.

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If $200 is your budget, you are not looking to carry concealed, and you are worried mainly about home defense. I might urge you to look at a good pump action shotgun. I got my Remington 870 express for under 200 at a local pawn shop.
If you are dead set on purchasing a handgun, never underestimate the impact that the economy has taken on the used handgun market.

Best of luck!
Its really not the lack of firepower in my home i have 5 shotguns three .22 a 270 rifle, an AK 74..... the list keeps going. So i have kinda got used to the long guns and have quite a few. But i just needed too have something decently cheap too get into using a handgun for my future job.
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