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bradyman1 06-26-2009 02:03 PM

I need help picking an inexpensive first handgun please.
I am a total newbie when it comes to handguns. :o I am looking to purchase my first and I want a semi-auto 9mm. I have chose the 9MM due to the lower ammo cost so that I can shoot more and become more familiar with my gun. I am looking at a ruger p95, Taurus millenium pro, or a smith and wesson sigma. I can get the ruger for about $306.00 and the others are in the $370.00 range. Does anyone have a suggestion on these or another semi-auto? I want to target shoot, home defend, possibly carry one day but I wouldn't be opposed to getting a second gun for that in the future. Thanks for the advice!


kodiak1973 06-26-2009 02:25 PM

I would stay away from the S&W Sigma. I had one for two weeks and traded it away due to the extremely long trigger pull. I picked up a Springfield XD instead and have been REALLY happy with it.

I've also got a Ruger P85, which is the older version of the P95 and it's a great gun. I'm replacing the springs in it right now, but otherwise I've been very happy with it.

Final word, I would would stay away from the Sigma.

CA357 06-26-2009 02:33 PM

If you can handle and test fire the potential pistols, it would be very helpful.

I would also suggest that you not overlook a used pistol. There are some firearms out there that have never been fired and some that have been fired very little. The potential is there for a higher quality firearm at a really good price. Just make sure that you have someone that knows their stuff to help you with it.

When I was new, I only bought new firearms. But as my knowledge and skills grew, I became much more comfortable with used guns. But I also got stuck a few times too. :o

Good luck on your quest. If it's dependable, any firearm is a good thing. :cool:

Stormbilly 06-26-2009 02:33 PM

I'd say save an extra ~$100 and get a cz 75b. It probably shoots as good as 9mm's $300 more expensive. They go for around $450 in my area. I've heard the Ruger SR9 is a decent inexpensive 9mm too. I saw one for $399 the other day at my LGS. Was hard not getting it. :D Just a few other things to think about.

Of the ones you listed, though, I have no idea. Sorry. :(

AsmelEduardo 06-26-2009 03:14 PM

Ruger P95
The P95 is a good choice, one of the best bang for the buck... a Taurus would be nice but I do prefer the 24/7 instead of the PT111 (wich is nice too but as a backup)

AsmelEduardo 06-26-2009 03:20 PM

A revolver maybe?
Have you thinked about a .38spl or 357Mag revolver?
Taurus and Ruger have exelent revolvers in those calibers and in the price range that you looking for.... Taurus 85, 650, 605, 65, Ruger SP101 ...Charter Arms is an option also.

JoshX3Magazine 06-26-2009 04:11 PM

Picking from that group I'd probably go Ruger. Not that the others aren't nice but for that money, with those choices, I think Ruger is the winner.

For a couple hundred more, XD's and M&P's and Glocks (oh my!) become available and then, well, the sky's the limit.

My only advice is to be sure you really want what you think you want. I found when I first got into handguns that I'd walk in not really knowing what I wanted, then get all wrapped around whatever the salesman was selling me or what I saw in the glass case. If the money's burning a hole in your pocket, the safest thing to do is to slow it down, do a little research and be sure you're making a good, educated decision rather than just taking what's in stock or settling for what you can get for what you have in your pocket, when something MUCH better could be had if you waited until next pay day.

But then, I don't presume to know your circumstances either.

Just my couple of pennies.

Dillinger 06-26-2009 04:23 PM

Bradyman - First off, Welcome to our little Firearms Community.

In searching for your first gun, you really need to decide what type of weapon you want, and definitely go to a shop that can rent some of them to you so you can try them out yourself.

Feel of the weapon is going to be important. What fits your hand well? If you have small hands, and buy a double stacked magazine model with a large handle like the M9/Taurus PT92, it might be ackward to shoot.

Do you want to customize the pistol? Because a Glock or a Springfield XD is going to be limited to what you can do to the pistol.

Do you want a polymer gun? Steel frame and slide? Half & half? Do you want several safety features, or just one?

Is the country of origin of the pistol maker important??

These are some questions you need to ask yourself before you start narrowing the field down for purchase.


McNabb11b 06-26-2009 04:30 PM

I think that Cane will back me up when I say, go for a Jennings .25... fairly cheap to shoot and will stop a raging squirrel dead in it's tracks. You never know when you will need to protect yourself from rabid rodents; with this you can and will look cool while doing it. :D

bradyman1 06-26-2009 04:37 PM

I am not really interested in the revolvers I would prefer a semi-auto. I am planning a trip to the range soon to try out a few of the guns. I have been wanting a handgun for several years, I was just able to talk my wife into it, but she has me on a tight budget. She has always thought that they were dangerous. :( I would like to get something before she changes her mind again :D . I have thought about purchasing a used gun and I have called several pawn shops in my area but the ones that have them want almost as much as a new one cost for the same guns. I would prefer to buy something I can look at before I buy so used internet guns are out. The pistols I have mentioned above are the only ones that I have found that are really in my price range unless someone knows of something I am overlooking. Well there is still Hi Point but for my only handgun I don't want to risk it. I want to know if I need it it will be there and be fairly reliable, I don't think I could put that much trust in a Hi Point.

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