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Old 04-26-2012, 02:12 AM   #21
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Your first hand gun? And you want a .40 auto... My suggestion, look for a good 9mm or .22 for cheap (ammo) experience. Then, move up in size if you enjoy the sport. I still use my .22 to identify and workout my bad habits & feelings

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Your first hand gun? And you want a .40 auto... My suggestion, look for a good 9mm or .22 for cheap (ammo) experience. Then, move up in size if you enjoy the sport. I still use my .22 to identify and workout my bad habits & feelings
original OP isn't a beginner, just his first to own first pistol. he's a former Marine. already has plenty of experiance with firearms. this was already covered in a previous post i made about it.
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original OP isn't a beginner, just his first to own first pistol. he's a former Marine. already has plenty of experiance with firearms. this was already covered in a previous post i made about it.
Sorry, I glazed over all the detailed info and worked for the original premise. I still consider my .22 a good option to consider. I'll keep my opinion short.
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Sorry, I glazed over all the detailed info and worked for the original premise. I still consider my .22 a good option to consider. I'll keep my opinion short.
i agree with what you're saying and is pretty much the same suggestion i would make for a beginner also. 22 is the best place to start for a beginner, whether for starting on a pistol or rifle. it's where i learned. i started with a 22 rifle before moving into the centerfire calibers and started with a 22 pistol before moving into larger calibers. cheap to shoot and practice with. part of the reason i still own and shoot 22 rifles and pistols along with my larger calibers.
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i agree with what you're saying and is pretty much the same suggestion i would make for a beginner also. 22 is the best place to start for a beginner, whether for starting on a pistol or rifle. it's where i learned. i started with a 22 rifle before moving into the centerfire calibers and started with a 22 pistol before moving into larger calibers. cheap to shoot and practice with. part of the reason i still own and shoot 22 rifles and pistols along with my larger calibers.
What caught my eye was he wasn't going to carry much. Beginner or not, a .22 is a mighty fine way to start a possible collection. I do not assume military experience means he is an expert or rich. I like my .22 when I want to shoot. I shoot both .40 & .45 to practice for my protection but the fun is mitigated by cost; a 40 cost 8-9 times more $ to shoot than a .22. If there is an ego thing going on or he has lots of $ to enjoy, then the OP can ignore silly old me.
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With all said above, I'd still suggest you look at 9mm or 45 ACP. The 10mm lite IMHO, is an answer looking for a problem.

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i am not knocking either but neither is a good choice for a first pistol. the 40 is very snappy in it's recoil and in a compact pistol the problem gets worse.

first choice for a pistol would be a 22 to learn on. next step a 9mm, because ammo for the 9mm is the cheapest centerfire pistol ammo. the 22 will allow you to learn shooting basics without the recoil and loud report of larger calibers. then move up to a 9mm, still gentle in recoil and ammo is cheap, allows for more shooting which in turn makes you a better shooter.

40 caliber ammo is expensive, in turn you don't get to shoot as much, so paractice will suffer, then you can't be near as good a shooter. a full size pistol when moving from a 22 pistol to a centerfire pistol is much better than the compact versions. compacts are more suited for concealed carry than just range shooting. plus most who carry and use them tend to have much more than it being their first pistol.
My first pistol was a glock 29 subcompact 10mm. Granted I had a lot of pistol experience before I bought my first pistol. And I still got a .22 pistol a week later because of the sheer fun of mass shooting.
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My first pistol was a glock 29 subcompact 10mm. Granted I had a lot of pistol experience before I bought my first pistol. And I still got a .22 pistol a week later because of the sheer fun of mass shooting.
I prefer mass shooting! .22 Brings me peace...and I can eat later.
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I am stuck between the Sig Sauer P250 Compact .40 or the Springfield XD(m) 40 Compact.
There are probably a dozen or so different lines of really excellent polymer pistols. The Springfield XDm is near the top of that list, and the Sig P250 is nowhere to be found. That's my opinion anyway, and you could otherwise count me as a "Sig fan".

The Sig SP2022 isn't a bad gun, and their alloy guns P220/226/229/239 are really outstanding. Just not lovin the P250, especially after shooting one.

I think you'll be happy with the XDm. But maybe you should also consider broadening your search.
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Russian takarov was the first pistol that I acually owned. His belt didn't fit so I left it on him. He didn't need it anymore and I'm sure he would have wanted me to have it.

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