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Old 08-07-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by mjfash55 View Post
I am looking for my first handgun any ideas?
Borrow or rent as many as possible before buyin one
Surly you have friends with handguns you can shoot with them?
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^^^What they said.

Generally, if you have very little experience shooting, a smaller caliber firearm like a .22 should be more comfortable to learn with.

What are your intended uses for the handgun? (target practice, hunting, home defense, concealed carrying for self defense, etc.)
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If it your first handgun I would highly recommend getting a good 22 Semi-Auto Pistol.
Ammunition is reasonable and easy to come by from Wal-Mart to your local Gun Store. This will be important when learning the basic skills and perfecting them. Not to mention, since the 22 is as stated is money wise reasonable to shoot you will shoot more and for less money, which is a very important consideration. Also less recoil while you are learning and easier to find a safe area to shoot it. You can buy steel reactionary targets, small bullet traps or just a dirt bank which are safe for the 22 cal rounds. So there is a lot of advantages to choosing a 22.
And then after you have worked on your skills and get proficient you can get a larger caliber. There are a lot of good 22 Pistols to choose from such as Ruger, Browning, Smith & Wesson even good old High Standards on gun sales websites!
Good luck on your choice!

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I have also found a very reliable, accurate -the Beretta 92FS.... Not a compact weapon - but again a fun weapon to shoot!
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As said, try as many as you can. A god Ruger .22 auto is a good first handgun. You will shoot a lot more with a .22.
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Originally Posted by mjfash55 View Post
I am looking for my first handgun any ideas?
There are many questions about you and what you're looking for that need to be answered.
  • How old are you?
  • How much experience do you have with handguns?
  • Do you have experience with long guns?
  • What are you looking for in the handgun? (something cool, a range gun, home defense, all of the above, etc)
  • Do you have any close friends with guns? If so, what do they have? Are you able to shoot theirs?
  • Any idea what handguns the local range rents?
  • Do you already have something in mind? If so, what is it and why that gun?
  • What's your budget?
  • etc, etc.
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I would recommend going in one of the following directions if by "first handgun", you also mean that you are an inexperienced shooter:

A) 22lr Pistol: Ruger MKIII, Browning Buckmark, Ruger 22/45. Good target guns and affordable to shoot.
Ammo cost per trigger pull: Under a nickel

B) 357mag revolver, 3"-6 barrel: I think the Ruger GP100 is ideal. But various Ruger and S&W models are great options.
Cost per pull: 30 cents (38sp)

C) 9mm Steel/Alloy semi-auto: I believe the CZ 75b is tough to beat for the price ($400-600), but there are other excellent options.
Cost per pull: 25 cents

D) 9mm Polymer semi-auto: Glock, XD, SW M&P, and others can be had for $400-600.
Cost per pull: 25 cents
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Desert Eagle .357 magnum. That's where I would start.
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