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AustinTJer 11-16-2010 02:32 AM

New guy, old, dead horse question.
Hey guys, im looking to purchase my first hand gun and would like the expert advice of the forum members here.

Ive had my eye on a couple different guns and calibers.
-Springfield XD
-Sig Sauer


Here is the thing, im on a budget. From the gun purchase to the ammo. Thats part of the reason im considering a 9mm, cost of ammo is low... but at the same time, id like a gun with a little more umph than a 9mm.

I know im going to get a variety of answers, and please be kind, I know very little about pistols.

What is a good brand, between $300-$400, and what caliber should I aim for? This will mainly be for recreation shooting.

Thanks guys!

dunerunner 11-16-2010 02:46 AM

From your list, I have shot the XD in .40 Smith and thought it to be a comfortable gun to shoot. I have large hands and the fit was excellent, producing a natural point of aim when you grip the weapon. Accuracy at 30' was very good. No FTF or other operational issues in the 100 rounds my buddy and I fired through the gun. Hope this helps, I know there are some XD fans on forum, they'll be along soon.

JonM 11-16-2010 02:47 AM

my advice get the gun your going to be happiest with even if you have to save up for a bit longer and take longer breaks between range trips. getting a firearm you are cutting corners on will make you sell it at a loss later to get the one you REALLY wanted in the caliber you wanted. took me many gun sales and trades over the years to figure that out.

Shihan 11-16-2010 03:31 AM

Take a look at a S&W SD9, should do you just fine and fit in your budget. JMO

IGETEVEN 11-16-2010 03:39 AM

Save up some more money, or find a good lay-a-way plan. :cool:

I have shot all of those listed, in all them calibers and my humble opinion is that you can't go wrong with any of them. They are all very reliable, functioning guns and respectable calibers. The best one to suit you will be the one that best feels and fits your personal needs. It's never an easy decision.

Nobody said you could not have more than one. ;)

powg 11-16-2010 03:54 AM

first handgun
all are great ....the new 9mm defense loads are better than ever ....plenty of stopping power ... the cor-bons are bad news for a bad for fun and a great first auto buy a ruger .22 auto mk2 and shoot it like you want to break it!

Dizzll 11-16-2010 01:02 PM

I'm definitely no expert, but I would recommend saving up to around $400-$500 and get a Glock or XD in 9mm... Sure other guns are sweet also but I would argue nothing in that price range will be more reliable and easy to maintain. They are both fine weapons... I prefer Glock, but to each their own. You can get a Glock for about $50-75 cheaper and they have more accessories and holster availability. I also recommend 9mm if you are on a strict budget, if for no other reason than you will go shoot it more, which = proficiency. Let us know what you go with!

NGIB 11-16-2010 03:19 PM

In your stated budget, the best you'll be able to do is a used gun and that may be difficult given the brands you posted. For caliber, you most certainly want a 9mm if your budget is tight as it's the cheapest to shoot. No worries about being underpowered as many good 9mm defensive loads are available. Saving another $100 or $200 opens up your selections a bunch and allows you to look at new guns as well...

HKSlinger 11-16-2010 03:57 PM

I'll second that. Now days,you can get plenty of "umph" out of the right 9mm round.

CHLChris 11-16-2010 07:14 PM

I'll third that: 9mm is a very economical (and effective) round to choose.

I don't agree that you should wait, though. Buy a good-quality used gun for the budget you have and you can always sell it later and move up into something else. It's not like a house that you can't sell (can I hear an AMEN to that?).

Guns don't really lose value when handled well and you can always sell a less expensive gun.

But I'm a believer in: Buy guns early and often!!

Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-autos are pretty inexpensive.

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