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Old 11-21-2009, 11:50 PM   #11
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Ranman,

As you are beginning to see...one gun doesn't do it all.
Seems like you're looking for a general purpose handgun.
I would agree that 9mm is a cheap round to practice with.
It's also a proven round, although I don't rely on 9mm for self defense.

I usually recommend a revolver (.38spl or.357Mag) for somone's first firearm.
But, if you're interested in a pistol style handgun and not a revolver,
I would have to recommend the Smith&Wesson M&P series. Great dependable, accurate pistol w/easy field stripping maintenance for a beginner.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:59 PM   #12
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I've owned both Sigs and H&Ks, and they are both fine guns, but I've gone all-American and will stay that way. The Springfield Armory XD recommended by the poster above might be a good choice for you....but it IS a polymer frame.....just don't tell Cane.


But the XD is made in Croatia.
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:49 AM   #13
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SA is an American company, though.
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.....and technically I didn't say I have one.....although I do.
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Thanks for the replies everybody. It looks like the next step is going to be to try out a few models at the range. I will certainly give the XD's a try in addition to the HK and Sigs. Maybe throuw a S&W in thesre too. Also, I'll give a few different calibers a shot as time permits. It sounds like my thought process is osund and that to some degree I may be splitting hars with the different manufacturers as they are all good quality. I'll report back once I have some more info and "seat time" (sorry, "hand time" just didnt sound right).
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I love how the OD/stainless XDMs look!

I think these are uglier than a mud fence ! (Just my .02.......)
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whats a mud fence? that seems pretty low-tech
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Just an expression. I just think some of the newer guns (like that one) look more like a phaser out of Star Wars. Opinions vary. I hope no one takes it personal.
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I would have to recommend the Smith&Wesson M&P series. Great dependable, accurate pistol w/easy field stripping maintenance for a beginner.
+1, I'm very new to handguns and shot very well with the M&P and found it very easy to field strip......Definitely worth a try
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I'll report back once I have some more info and "seat time" (sorry, "hand time" just didnt sound right).
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