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Old 04-20-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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So I got to go pistol shooting for my birthday yesterday and I got to shoot a beretta 92. I loved the feel of that gun. I also shot a glock but the back of the grip was uncomfortable and actually dug into my hand a little while shooting. I also shot a mark 1 22 pistol. That was fun as well but in the way that 22s are.

So I'm also enrolled in ROTC and a friend of mine is also joining the military. I want to learn to shoot pistol and rifle proficiently by the time I go to actual training and for recreation of course.

Now my question after all this explanation is would it be better for me to get a 22 pistol so I can go shooting more but with a gun farther from what is used in military
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Should I get a 9 mm which would be closer to what I would use in the military but I wouldn't be able to afford as much ammunition?

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Get both Save some coin and you may be able to get two used handguns for around $500

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Also if I do get a used handgun, what should I check for?

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The way things are going its hard to get ammo cheap for a 9 mm or a 22 or even find it in some places.

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There are a few pistols that can be purchased with a kit that will allow you to use .22LR in a 9mm pistol. The CZ75b can be modified with their "kadet kit" to shoot .22LR and then switched back to 9mm very easily/quickly.

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Look at this in two ways.
1. Buy the 9mm you really want, the military is going to train you on the 92 anyways.
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2. Buy a 92, because, you should "beware of the man with only one gun."

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There are a few pistols that can be purchased with a kit that will allow you to use .22LR in a 9mm pistol. The CZ75b can be modified with their "kadet kit" to shoot .22LR and then switched back to 9mm very easily/quickly.
This would be an EXCELLENT idea if he had the dough to drop $750-$800, I would be all over this, but OP seems to be a little short on cash.

I personally would get the 9mm you want, shoot when you can afford ammo and dry fire a lot when you can't.
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This would be an EXCELLENT idea if he had the dough to drop $750-$800, I would be all over this, but OP seems to be a little short on cash.
I hear you; i wanted the kadet kit to go with my cz-75b, but i couldn't justify the cost when i have other .22's already.
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I hear you; i wanted the kadet kit to go with my cz-75b, but i couldn't justify the cost when i have other .22's already.
Once .22 ammo becomes cheap again I'll probably justify buying it
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Also if I do get a used handgun, what should I check for?
I've only bought one used handgun in my lifetime (Astra A-90) and it was mint condition.
My advice for buying used handguns would be look for cleanliness. If it was taken care of, it should be obvious.
How about a new 9mm and a used .22 revolver? Take a look at prices at Buds.com or Gunbroker.
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