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Old 06-17-2011, 12:44 AM   #21
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Glock 19

Glocks are easy to take apart, durable, reliable, accurate, cheap, and fun to shoot.


If I had to throw another 9mm suggestion at you, it would be a Sig P226. Those P226's are tight handguns.

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Now, I know the ultimate decision falls on the purchaser what is comfortable to and what you shot the best. But one thing i considered when i was researching my first, was what my friends have. After all when i go to the range i generally like to go with other people, I think that's where some of the enjoyment of shooting comes from. Several of my friends have XDs and Glocks. So, I was never leaning that direction. After all they wanted me to get something different than what they had anyway. Getting the same caliber is good to because it makes sharing ammo easy. Like for instance if you want to split some bulk ammo as a group. I ended up with a Beretta PX4. Shoots great, looks good, comfortable, did I mention cool looking. berettapx4.jpg

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Another gun you might want to look into is the Beretta Px4 Storm. There are a few places that offer it for as low as $440. I own the subcompact and I'm looking for a range pistol....I might be buying the Full size. I LOVE my subcompact.

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Oh, also....the Rock Island Arms 1911. Those are the two handguns I'm torn between right now. I seriously CANNOT decide!!

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For home defense I'd go for a shotgun. They're reasonably cheap, too, so you could probably buy one in addition to a pistol. As for the pistol, you really need to watch the brand. I have had several Taurus semi 9mm's and they could barely hit 10'' groups at 50 yards, no kidding, if that. A lot of brands tend to jam up, also, like some of Kel Tecs guns (although they do have some nice guns, it's the cheaper CC guns that don't seem to be very good).

You might look into the S&W sigma stainless. It's cheap, reliable from what i've seen, feels good in your hands, decently accurate. The XD9 is probably on par with the sigma, but it's basically a glock ripoff. If you have the money, the glock is good, but even though it is very reliable, note that any gun can have a problem. They're not as indestructable as people would have you believe.

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I ended up buying a new glock 17 9mm.

I fired off the .40 glock 23 and it was too much kick. i decided on a smaller caliber for the sake of my first gun purchase so I can learn to shoot with it. later down the line I'll probably upgrade

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If you like the gun and the way it shoots, then you made the absolute best choice you could've. Congrats on the purchase, now make it sling little pieces of lead down range a whole bunch and you'll only get better.

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i'll add to the others. i love my springfield xd. fits my hands well. and for that same reason i purchasd a ruger sr9c. for $470. berettas are real nice but a little on the pricey side.

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The 40 glock isn't too bad. I particularly like the glock 27. It's a sub-compact .40; less of a grip. The trick is not to hold it too tightly. If you hold it looser it will basically reset itself nearly on target after shooting. Same with the full frames. Don't give it the death grip or try to force the muzzle down after shooting. Just let it pop back down in your hand.

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