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Old 06-26-2009, 04:44 PM   #11
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Bradyman - First off, Welcome to our little Firearms Community.

THANK YOU!

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.

I am planning on going early next week.

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.

I am not planning to do much customizing. A grip or sights would probably be my limit.

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

The polimer sounds good I would like more than just a trigger saftey (like the Sigma) but this will not make or break the deal

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

USA is preferred but not an absolute requirement

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

I am pretty open, I want something priced under $400.00, that ammo is not to outrageous for, that can be a definsive pistol if needed, that is fairly accurate. Other than that I am open to suggestions.

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Thanks for the help guys!
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Take your time and be deliberate and you'll do fine. Good luck. The research should be part of the fun too.

Just my 2cents, tell your wife that guns are supposed to be dangerous.

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https://www.southernohiogun.com/index.php/cz-82-9x18-w-hols-andextra-mag-1.html CZ-82 for about $200

AMM-401 - Ammo 9x18 Makarov Wolf 100 Grain Bi-metal FMJ 50 Round Box cheaper than 45ACP ammo

I'm considering one of these for some fun & cheap plinking & potentially for later concealed carry use. I don't know about getting this as a first gun, but it looks less imposing than my XD45 (might help with the wife).
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Look used or watch GunBroker.com Online Gun Auction

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Some guns under $400
Ruger P95
Taurus 24/7
EAA Z99 (it's a polymer Sig P228 made by Zastava)
Bersa Thunder (not the Thunder 380)
Ruger SR9

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Well I think I am between the Ruger P95, new with 2 - 15 round magazines for $306.00 or a slightly used Taurus PT140 with 2- 10 round magazines, 1 conceal holster, 1 side holster, case, cleaning kit, and 100 rounds of ammo for $300.00. Which is a better gun / a better deal. I know the ruger would be more economical to shoot since it is a 9MM and the Taurus is a 40 cal. Suggestions?

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My suggestion would be to go with the Ruger (I am a little biased though...lol).

What is your gut telling you?

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My suggestion would be to go with the Ruger (I am a little biased though...lol).

What is your gut telling you?
I prefer the safety on the Taurus over the Ruger. I like the small size and the caliber of the Taurus. I like the appearance of the Taurus more.

With that being said, I am worried that the small size of the Taurus with the larger caliber will cause more recoil, the 40 cal ammo, while it would be more effective is also more expensive. I have read more about the Taurus. I am concerned with possible jams on the Taurus. I like the magazine capacity of the Ruger more.

I think for the price I am able to get either that are both a reasonable value, but I think the Taurus is a little better deal (they are retailing around me for about $370.00 new with out the holsters, cleaning kit, or ammo).

I think with what I have read I have a little more faith in the Ruger, but I would prefer to own the Taurus if it had no issue's and the recoil wasn't terrible.

I could always get me a Hi-point 9MM in the future for a cheap target pistol.

So as you can see, I am thoroughly confused!
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How much shooting have you done at this point? It would be helpful if you had a general idea of what various calibers shoot and feel like to facilitate your decision.

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How much shooting have you done at this point? It would be helpful if you had a general idea of what various calibers shoot and feel like to facilitate your decision.
Not much! I am under the impression that the barrel length, gun size, and gun weight will signifigantly change the felt recoil, it that accurate? I am planning a trip soon to a gun range that rents many guns. The rent the Ruger P95 but they do not rent the Taurus Millenium series pistols. They have ALOT of glocks. I spoke with them on the phone and the highly suggest the Glocks, and in their opinion an acceptable alternate is the Springfield XD and that is the only guns that they would recommend. I just don't have that kind of cash to plop down on a fire arm at this point. I don't have to have the best, but I would like something that is reliable.

If all other were equal I would prefer the Taurus. If the Ruger is a more accurate (longer barrel), or more reliable then I would prefer the Ruger. I think I can teach my wife to shoot either, as long as it doesn't fly out of her hand when she shoots it . (the wife is 5'4" 130 lbs)
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