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Old 02-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #11
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One thing I will say about the Springfield is looking at the standard XD and not the M. The M does have the upgraded barrel, sized backstraps, and not having to dry-fire to field strip but the standard XD is still very accurate and quite a bit less expensive. It naturally fit my hand well with the standard grips so the backstraps were never an issue. I bought my 9MM service for under $500 and 40 S&W can be found equally as cheap. Just a thought...
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... So 9mm it is, now to figure out which one.

Oh, is it good/bad/okay to get a good used gun? What if I found a good "something" that is to expensive new but they have it used for my price range.
What are things to look at in a used gun to make sure it will last or has not been beaten up to bad on the inside?


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I just bought my first one, a Glock 19 9mm. Before I bought it I narrowed down my choices and shot 7 different pistols in the same caliber. I highly recommend finding a range where you can rent a few to try. I love my Glock and couldn't be happier with my choice but I did my homework first.
I also suggest a Glock 19 or maybe the G26 if you find it easier to conceal. I have the same size .40S&W siblings, the G23 and G27 and have only praise for them. Something to remember, you can buy a Lone Wolf 40-9mm conversion barrel for $100 and convert the Glock .40 to 9mm (to use both calibers). You can't go the other way, 9mm to .40 though.

I bought my G27 used and have bought many other used guns. Sadly in this poor economy there are lots of deals to be found. I check them out myself and never got a bad one but if you're not able to do that have a trusted gunsmith, armorer or qualified friend inspect the gun.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #13
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Well, thanks everyone. So far, I thought I was on track but I guess I need to think, fell, hold & shoot a few more different sizes. I was just thinking that since I will have my CCW that I should get something compact (not super compact) being that I can only get one for now. I do think now that I will go with a 9mm over .40 mainly because of ammo being a little less expensive, and I plan on shooting a lot, and training a lot. So 9mm it is, now to figure out which one.

Oh, is it good/bad/okay to get a good used gun? What if I found a good "something" that is to expensive new but they have it used for my price range.
What are things to look at in a used gun to make sure it will last or has not been beaten up to bad on the inside?
There are pre-owned guns, and then there are used guns. You should find a dealer who knows the history of the guns he sells, and who is knowledgeable enough to distinguish a lemon from a good buy. If you can find one that was only owned for a short time, and the owner had to sell it for financial reasons, that could be as good as a new gun. Sometimes people buy a gun, never fire it, and then sell it back to the dealer. That can be a real bargain.
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You should look at/shoot a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm as well. Very comfortable/reliable gun.
I prefer the M&P 40 over the Glock 23 (40cal) by a long shot.
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Xdm 9 is what I went with for my first and have never doubted it's reliability accuracy or quality. Glock and sig would be my other two choices if I hadent bought my SA.
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I buy a lot of my guns used, and sell them when I move on. I think the MOST important factor of a used gun is its owner. A gun pretty much functions or it doesn't. If I trust the seller, and the guns LOOKS good, then I feel fine buying it.

Personally, I use a local, regional firearms classifieds that has a feedback system that I have learned to trust.
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Wow, I had a fun day. 4th time at the range in 2 months. Shot four different handguns today using 200 rounds, 50 threw each to test them. Now I know it is very important to shoot several different guns. I mainly went today because the range just got the Walther PPS in to rent. I have seen and held this gun and thought it would be great because it is lite weight and a single stack to carry should I want to carry. This was the 1st one I used today, 2nd I used the M&P Compact, 3rd was XDM and 4th was the Glock 26.

Surprised myself, with my shooting abilities today. Also I am very surprised that the Walther PPS is now off of my first handgun purchase list. It is a nice, but after only being able to load 6 rounds in the mag I got borned having to shoot and reload so often. Also after only 24 shots and this gun being so slim, I found the back strap cutting or rubbing into my my hand. After 50 rounds the skin between my thumb and pointer finger was sore and red. I could see having this one day but not as my first.

So, mainly today after all I have shot, I now have only three guns I think I will really like. How in the world do I pick one or decide which to own first? The Glock 26 with pinky extension, is the lightest at 20oz, the the M&P at 22oz and the XDM is the heaviest at 30oz. I like the size of all of these. I do not have big hands so all of these felt really good. So somehow I have to flip a coin on these 3 choices I really like.

Then to make things more difficult, I was in another Gun Shop later today and a old guy came in and bought himself the Taurus Judge. What a beast. But anyway, he was telling sales guy about a meeting his community had with a few police officers. He said the cops were telling him how they have seen many cases where a 9mm would crack but bounce off a car windshield and not go through the windshield. 9mm has the speed but not the power. So this has now made me think again back (like I wanted in the beginning) to getting a .40 cal. Luckily the 3 model guns I now know I want are available in 9mm, 40 cal & 45. So I just need to figure out the popular question 9mm or .40

I forgot to take a picture of the Glock 26 but here is the M&P and XDM.


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If they are all the same, or similar enough for your needs, then here are a few questions to help you:

1) Does "Made in the USA" mean anything for you? For me it means a little, but not everything. (advantage M&P or SA)

2) Does saving some money on the gun so you can buy more ammo or a accessories mean anything to you? For a first gun, having as much ammo as you can afford RIGHT now is important. (advantage GLOCK and S&W)

3) Does having a larger after-market availability of holsters/accessories/parts important to you? Nothing beats a GLOCK on that one.

4) Do you just like the looks of one better than another? This is subjective and my opinion would mean nothing for you.

They are all 3 really good 1st guns.
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1:38pm just walked out with at Glock 26, three magazines, loader and a case for $425. Now I am going to order the tritium sights. Do people name there new guns like cars?? My newest toy.
Thank you everyone for your insight.

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1:38pm just walked out with at Glock 26, three magazines, loader and a case for $425. Now I am going to order the tritium sights. Do people name there new guns like cars?? My newest toy.
Thank you everyone for your insight.

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Congrats and welcome to the Glock family lol! People seem to either love them or hate them.
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