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Old 02-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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A glock or xdm both compact. Or also considering a taurus compact. but will more than likely be a .40. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-08-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Try out as many firearms as you can, and choose the one you like the best. All I have to say on this particular issue is going to be a polymer compact pistol with that particular round is going to be pretty snappy as far as recoil goes.

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what would you suggest then? I am completely open to ANY suggestions.

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What is going to be your price range and main use for the pistol. Daily carry, duty pistol, range time only? What experience do you have so far with pistols?

If you give me some parameters I may be able to giove you some good ideas of what to look at, but ultimately the choice is going to be yours, and you'll know as soon as you pick the pistol up.

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Daily carry with range time of course. Price range 300-500

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In general, heavier and bigger (full size) guns will produce less felt recoil. They are also easier to control because it allows better grip.

More powerful (usually bigger and heavier rounds + factor in pressure) will also produce more recoil.

Find the best balance for yourself based on that.

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I have really enjoyed my XD45, except for the ammo cost. If i wanted a carry piece (i don't carry), i would consider the XD45 compact model. IME, the .45ACP has more of a "push" than a "kick" or "snap", recoil-wise.
I agree with the "test drive many to limit disappointment" idea.

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For the life of me I just don't understand why so many newcomers want a .40 as their first handgun. Of all the common pistol calibers, it's the most difficult to shoot well and has a nasty sharp recoil pulse that almost guarantees developing a flinch...

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For the life of me I just don't understand why so many newcomers want a .40 as their first handgun. Of all the common pistol calibers, it's the most difficult to shoot well and has a nasty sharp recoil pulse that almost guarantees developing a flinch...
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What would you suggest for a new user?
Hit up a gun store and check some pistols out and/or stop by a range that rents pistols. Try a few out, different styles, makes, manufacturers. Also try different calibers too and try to find one that will fit your uses/needs.

I went right to a .45acp because i felt comfortable enough that I could learn on it. Some would feel more comfortable with a .22. 10 different folks can give you 10 different opinions, all of them valuable.
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