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Old 09-06-2008, 02:48 AM   #11
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If they never shot before I start them at a .22, to get them use to a semi-auto handgun and to help with basic gun safety. Then I will let them try the .380, 9mm, to a 40 to see how they feel about the recoil.

I say start them small, don't want to scare them off from the sport.

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I'm not in total agreement with this, although there is merit to starting with a small caliber. I taught my wife and daughter how to shoot handguns. They both learned on a S&W 686. However, instead of Magnums I used 38 Specials. They both learned fast and enjoyed shooting very much. They both shot about 36 rounds of 38 SPL's then I switched to .357 Magnums. We shot nearly 300 rounds of Magnums before the day was over. Today, my wife has her own S&W 629 44 Magnum, and my daughter carries a .40 S&W.

Now I'm waiting for my grand son to get old enough to hold a gun...

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My first handgun was a .357Magnum - Most people select a gun that has some knock-down capability for their first gun with the intent of learning how to handle it. After all, most people applying for a CCW permit do so with the knowledge that they may need it to defend themselves. At least that was my intention.

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To this day I still favor my Colt King Cobra .357 Magnum over all the guns I own. It's 21 years old, and it has shot tens of thousands of rounds. Its never given me a problem. I taught my wife & daughter to shoot with it. Someday my grandson will learn to shoot my .357 and he will probably inherit it one of these days. The Colt King Cobra is a genuine shooting heirloom.

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Old 09-14-2008, 06:19 AM   #15
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Particularly with the current price of ammo, a .22 is a good, inexpensive place to start.
.22 ammo might be inexpensive, but quality .22 handguns are NOT.

Dubious quality .22 handguns manufactured by obscure manufacturers aren't a good option. Buying used isn't a great idea either, because you don't really know what you're getting, and may very well end up with somebody else's lemon.

Buying a new, good quality .22 made by a reputable manufacturer is really the only option, and they are fairly expensive. Since many people in the market for a handgun can't afford to buy two of them, their best option is to start with a new 9mm.

9mm ammo is widely available, and is about the least expensive centerfire ammo out there. Noticeably cheaper than other common calibers like .380, .40, .45 etc.

Recoil is completely manageable even for rank beginners.
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MY humble opinon is to start someone out on a service-grade caliber (i.e. 9mm, 40 cal, 45 cal, etc....).

This will get them used to the muzzle flash and recoil right away, which may help get rid of the flinch relfex common among most shooters.

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MY humble opinon is to start someone out on a service-grade caliber (i.e. 9mm, 40 cal, 45 cal, etc....).

This will get them used to the muzzle flash and recoil right away, which may help get rid of the flinch relfex common among most shooters.
Yes, flinching and BLINKING!!! I taught my wife on a Colt King Cobra .357 Magnum. After about 1/2 box of 38 Specials, she was shooting a 2" group at 10 yards with 158grain Magnums... no flinching... no blinking... no missing. I can't hardly PRY that gun from her hands!
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The first firearm I remember shooting was my dad's old 30-06 pump action rifle.

I was five years old at the time.

Talk about being thrown into the fire...............

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My first firearm was a S&W mod 19 4" and that was back in 74/75 the .38 Spl/.357 mag is a great caliber to start out with, as I recomend to any first time gun buyer... revolver, get a revolver.

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I was about 8 years old, and my Dad let me shoot his 300 H&H Magnum, once...

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