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Old 02-20-2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Looking to by a pistol and thinking 45,40 along those lines looking for advice on what to get

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:20 AM   #2
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Rent the guns and try them out. I carry a 1911 in 45acp. I also had a XDm in 9mm, but would like to think the 45 is just as a fantastic version of it. My brother swears by his Glock. IMHO, springfield armory, sig, Glock, rock island are brands that I have used/carry and would trust them with my life.

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Ditto on the trying them out. The pistol that feels, balances & shoots right for me may not fit you. Personally, I like Bersas because, while they are not the prettiest one in the safe, they are good quality & reliable for little $$$. I also am addicted to 1911s & they can be a bit more expensive.

As far as caliber, my first pistol was a .40S&W (Bersa) but if I had been able to find one in .45, I'd have bought it instead. I finally had my LGS find a .45 for me. The .40 has a snappier recoil than the .45, so it'd be a matter of preference between the two, for you.

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I also have a xdm In 9mm and love it. You will have to go to your LGS and hold and shoot some! 1911's pull alot of weight around here though (because they are amazing) so plan on checking some out.

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Yeah I just join a rod and gun club and my buddy brought his s&w 9mm just to get me back in the swing of things. I enjoyed it very much. So I should stick to s&w , sig glock?

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Yeah I just join a rod and gun club and my buddy brought his s&w 9mm just to get me back in the swing of things. I enjoyed it very much. So I should stick to s&w , sig glock?
Springfield, glock, s&w, sig, they all offer great weapon systems. A word of advice, take your time and buy what YOU want not what someone else says is good. Oh and in the end you will own alot more than one... It's just the way this hobby goes.
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If your looking for a good caliber to shoot for fun, I suggest the .45 ACP.
If your looking for a home defense caliber, I suggest the .380 ACP.
If your looking for a CCW caliber, I suggest the .22 auto, Phoenix HP22.
Basiclly, I suggest to get all three and back them up with a 12 gauge pump.

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If your looking for a good caliber to shoot for fun, I suggest the .45 ACP.
If your looking for a home defense caliber, I suggest the .380 ACP.
If your looking for a CCW caliber, I suggest the .22 auto, Phoenix HP22.
Basiclly, I suggest to get all three and back them up with a 12 gauge pump.
Ok...is this a serious post? No offense but I'm confused.

Fun to shoot...9mm because it's cheap ammo and very low recoil. .45 ammo is expensive to shoot often.

.380 for home defense? Seriously? Why such a small caliber? Only thing I use a .380 for is pocket carry or an ankle rig on duty as a BUG. My home defense gun is a .45 loaded with 230 grain PDX1 loads.

CCW...a .22? Why? I want a gun that's going to leave a big hole and cause as much damage as possible. I usually carry a 9mm or .45 loaded with PDX1's.
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Ok...is this a serious post? No offense but I'm confused.

Fun to shoot...9mm because it's cheap ammo and very low recoil. .45 ammo is expensive to shoot often.

.380 for home defense? Seriously? Why such a small caliber? Only thing I use a .380 for is pocket carry or an ankle rig on duty as a BUG. My home defense gun is a .45 loaded with 230 grain PDX1 loads.

CCW...a .22? Why? I want a gun that's going to leave a big hole and cause as much damage as possible. I usually carry a 9mm or .45 loaded with PDX1's.
I'm just as confused as you... Go check out some sig 1911's. They have been getting alot of positive attention recently.
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Ok...is this a serious post? No offense but I'm confused.

Fun to shoot...9mm because it's cheap ammo and very low recoil. .45 ammo is expensive to shoot often.

.380 for home defense? Seriously? Why such a small caliber? Only thing I use a .380 for is pocket carry or an ankle rig on duty as a BUG. My home defense gun is a .45 loaded with 230 grain PDX1 loads.

CCW...a .22? Why? I want a gun that's going to leave a big hole and cause as much damage as possible. I usually carry a 9mm or .45 loaded with PDX1's.
Ditto his post
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