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Old 06-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #11
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As a farily person fairly new to firearms myself (<2 years) I can say my strong advise is for either a 22lr or 9mm. Both are cheap to shoot and relatively easy to find (Wally-World almost always has both in large quantities) My first gun was a Phoenix Arms HP22.

I guess what I'm saying is, don't spend a lot of money on your first gun, spend it on ammunition. Also, popular guns are usually popular for a reason. They tend to fit the needs of the greatest number of people. But it dosen't guarantee it'll be right for YOU.
Couldn't agree more. A used Phoenix Arms HP22 was my first 22 pistol and a used Hi point 9mm my first pistol. Learned a lot from shooting them both. Have better now but don't feel I ever wasted my money or experience.
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I think you are on the right track going with 22LR. You can always add another later for other use/purpose.

There are a lot of new nice looking 22LR but seems like the 2 best are still Browning Buckmark and Ruger Mark series. I bought the Buckmark and have no regrets.

I am not a fan of conversion kits...my thinking is why have one when you can have 2 dedicated pistols for just a little more. This is just my opinion and not saying conversion kits doesn't have their use.

Buy the best quality you can afford...NOT the most expensive. Know your intended use and go from there. For example, polymers are great for carry but IMHO is not optimal for range or home defense role. They are being pushed more since they are much cheaper to produce. They do offer great value...just may not be the best for some applications.

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Have better now but don't feel I ever wasted my money or experience.
I've found out in over 60+ years, that if you pay attention, experience is rarely wasted.
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I have an S&W Model 17 revolver. If I was looking for at 22 semi-auto pistol, I'd probably look at the Ruger 22/45 first.

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Make sure you get yourself a quality 22LR, like a Ruger pistol or rifle.

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I would suggest a Browning Buckmark or Ruger MKII or III. Both are great pistols I just like the feel of the Buckmark.

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Try going to a shooting range and trying all sorts of handguns, see what feels right.

Personally I believe you can't go wrong with a CZ75.

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'I have shot the ruger mk 111 and it is the most reliable and accurate and safe and inexpensive pistol on the market today. I shot it for over twenty years now and it will hold its own with any of the other twenty two,s out there. In my opinion it is real important to start with a small caliber which is comfortable for you to shoot and get proficient with it, then go up to the big boys like the .45 acp which is inherently accurate. You will definitely have a great time and in the process get real accurate with it.

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If you want to learn to shoot and also get ready to conceal carry I recommend getting a Bersa Thunder .22 for learning. Then get a Bersa Thunder .380 to carry. These two guns are exactly the same except for the calibers. This way going from one to the other is like just shooting the same gun. They are also not to expensive, but are accurate and dependable. The .380 is a good first carry gun and if you want a large caliber you can get one later. But remember in the new James Bond movie "Skyfall" Bond uses a .380 so it must be a good gun.

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