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Old 04-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #11
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Also if I do get a used handgun, what should I check for?
Action parts. Rack the slide several times, lock it back if it has a lock, make sure it holds. Do a field strip, look the parts over and ensure no obvious gouging in metal and that the finish looks reasonably even. Wear will be normal but anything abnormal would be obvious. Don't look at it as a gun, look at it as you would anything metal. Ensure no warping. Ask if you can dryfire.

If online, use seller ratings and ask questions like the ones above. An honest seller would respond. If they say it shot fine last they used it then you're probably good.

No matter what is a crap shoot, but I've yet to have a bad experience.
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God I love this forum. Thank you all so much! For your responses already. So I will plan on buying a 9 mm. I got about two hundred towards it in birthday money that I can put towards. Plus I got paid. So I'm probably up to about 300 dollars right now. I'll have to start looking at all the gun shops around town. If any of you see any sweet deals it would be a huge help if you posted them here or sent me a message.

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Look for a M9A1. Last I checked they were in the $500 range around my neck of the woods, Florida.

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I personally would get the 9mm you want, shoot when you can afford ammo and dry fire a lot when you can't.
just curious why dry fire? I always thought that was bad for guns ?
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If you have to ask, then get the 22 first. Then buy the 9 next. Then buy a 45. Then buy a 357. Then buy...

Do you get the point?

Everyone needs a 22. It allows you to shoot the most at the least cost. Go try a lot of them.

Don't get hung up on those who say you have to buy this brand or that brand. There's a reason there are many successful firearms manufacturers. Because they all make some great guns. Primarily it depends how the gun feels to you.

Just don't buy a Glock.

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just curious why dry fire? I always thought that was bad for guns ?
Rimfires, yes, it is not good for the gun.

Modern center fires, no, you're safe dry firing.
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just curious why dry fire? I always thought that was bad for guns ?
I'd keep it at a minimum. Rimfire is worse because the firingpin will gouge the end of the chamber. Some centerfire are bad too, the firingpin may have a shoulder on it that hits the end of the firingpin channel if no round there to strike and stop it from going all the way through. Not sure how many guns have this, think it's a common problem with older SAO semiautomatics with cheap design in the inertial firingpins. Not really sure though. More educated could help there.
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Snap caps^^ and dry fire practice just allows you to perfect a good tigger pull without going through ammo. Range time with live rounds are invaluable but it you simply can't afford it then its better then nothing.

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Snap caps^^ and dry fire practice just allows you to perfect a good tigger pull without going through ammo. Range time with live rounds are invaluable but it you simply can't afford it then its better then nothing.
I simply don't recommend dry firing ever. The point of having a gun is to have it available for self defense to me and this means it should be loaded. If you're constantly unloading it to dry fire it you're constantly having to reload it and that can cause some major bullet recess. Now you can cycle the rounds to help prevent that, but honestly I think the whole practice and dry fire thing is so blown out of proportion. Unnecessary practice to me, but to each their frantic overthetop own.
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I simply don't recommend dry firing ever. The point of having a gun is to have it available for self defense to me and this means it should be loaded. If you're constantly unloading it to dry fire it you're constantly having to reload it and that can cause some major bullet recess. Now you can cycle the rounds to help prevent that, but honestly I think the whole practice and dry fire thing is so blown out of proportion. Unnecessary practice to me, but to each their frantic overthetop own.
I fully agree with the aspect of using a gun for self defense and having it loaded all the time. With that said, if someone was to break into my house while I was practicing my trigger pull by dry firing it would take me a total of 2-4 seconds to throw in one of the loaded magazines and chamber a live round. It would most likely give me a sight picture equal to or quicker this way than me getting up of the couch and drawing from the holster.

I just don't see where you are coming from, honestly. Maybe you own striker fired handguns that you need to rack the slide for every pull. My personal pistol is a SA/DA with a hammer, so I can practice holding steady on a long DA pull while also practice a strait back trigger pull on the SA pull. I don't see this frantic or over-the-top in any shape or form. Please explain
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