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Old 03-18-2013, 11:20 PM   #11
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thank you all for the help. i will see what my uncle and grandpa have and see if i can get out and shoot some. renting isnt an option because there are only club and private ranges around here and i cant justify the cost of joining for as often as i would use them (i shoot in my back yard).

i was kind of looking for personal experiences with these guns. i want to know what quirks they have, which one people that have shot 2 or more of those i listed found more accurate and/or reliable, perhaps what people ended up getting after looking at the same or similar models i am (even if it wasnt one of these) and what they are like to actually carry everyday.

also, i probably should have mentioned, i'm a southpaw. so left hand controls would be nice to have, but i'm adaptable. i intend to carry in a leg holster until i get my cpl. have any of you done this? any suggestions for holsters? other open carry locations? i like the idea of it being right at hand level but i'm also slightly concerned it might get caught on something.

i'm not apposed to revolvers but i've heard and read things about the cheaper ones losing cylinder-barrel alignment over time and that scares me. the solution for me would be to get a smith and wesson, but i dont know for a fact i'll have the $750+ they seem to demand.

my one issue with going to a gun show is that i'll be broke walking in and poor walking out that and getting a ride may prove difficult (no license yet; ran a stop sign when i took the road test).
thanks again for all the help.

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The beretta px4 is nice but u might like a cz75 or one of its variants they are excellent reliable and accurate as a whole so u might give them a look. A few brands are the eaa witness the canik 55 the jericho 941 all of which are good guns and worth a look

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i'm not apposed to revolvers but i've heard and read things about the cheaper ones losing cylinder-barrel alignment over time and that scares me. the solution for me would be to get a smith and wesson, but i dont know for a fact i'll have the $750+ they seem to demand.
There are lots of fine used Smith & Wesson revolvers out there. A good one, given reasonable care, will be one your grandchildren can enjoy shooting, and it'll cost you a hell of a lot less than the $750 figure you mentioned.

I've owned more pistols than wheel guns, and liked some of them very well indeed. But I hope you won't rule out revolvers. A Smith K- or L-frame in .38 Special/.357 Magnum could be just what you like. I've come back to them myself.
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I have 3 of the XDm's and enjoy them all. The trigger is much better than the others on your list. Capacity is awesome also at 19+1 in the regular mag and 13+1 in the short mag. Lots of fun, super reliable.

92fs would be the second one on the list I would buy. Proven platform, accurate too. They are heavy also which helps with recoil.

Sig 250? I like their other models but, not the 250. Trigger is grossly long pull, worse than some revolvers even.

Not impressed with the storm line at all.

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kiabe1, thanks for the suggestions. i kind of overlooked the cz because when i think of them, i think of their rifles and shotguns, which arent exactly cheap. i'll be adding that to the list of guns to handle. i've never heard of canik before and never thought much about eaa or iwi.

shouldazagged, i know there are decent used s&w's out there, but i'm banking on new because i know i can get them. used is a bit more hit and miss. in the perfect world, i'd carry a 43c in an ankle holster. revolvers will always be on the table, but i already know what i want in that category. i'd actually go with an N frame in .44 mag and carry it with .44spl.

InDefence, that's what actually drew me to the xdm. it was the highest capacity i could find a few months ago and i've been wanting one ever since. the fact that it comes with 2 mags, a speed loader, a case and a lock makes it even better. thanks for the feedback on the 250. i'm not apposed to long trigger pulls but i do prefer a single stage.

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For your first pistol I would suggest something easy to maintain and break down, yet very reliable. Glock, S&W M&P, Springfield XD/XDM/XDS, or FNH FNS/FNX series... all worth a look to see if its the right starter for you. Like everyone else said, whatever fits you best and whatever you shoot best is usually the way to go. As for the standard calibers being hard to get... they will be available if you are patient. Just find which caliber and style of handgun for you best.

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be sure to look at the ruger sr9 and sr9c. also great pistols.

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My first pistol was a beretta 84fs. Super reliable and mostly ambi. I am a lefty as well. That was more than 20 years ago. Today I carry a beretta Nano. Ambi mag release and NO OTHER EXTERNAL CONTROLS PERIOD. I like that. I also shoot a SIG P229 and love it even though the only ambi control is the mag release. I got used to decocking it with my left index finger and I never use a slide lock to release anyway. I love SIGs and never hesitate to recommend them.
I would look at a Stoeger Cougar on top of the suggestions from other posters. It's very affordable, reliable and has great ergonomics for a lefty. 92s are great but not the easiest to CC. The cougar in my opinion is like a 92 compact.

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My first handgun was the Taurus PT1911 .45ACP. I've fired through more than 700 rounds through it.. it felt good in the hand, fairly easy to care for, and it was like candy for my eyes. But the ammo was kind of expensive, and the magazines only held 8 rounds per mag. I sold that in order to get a Browning Hi Power 9mm. It fits so much better than the 1911, its easier to care for and its like sex to my eyes. Plus, each magazine holds 14 bullets and the bullets aren't very expensive, and the recoil is so much better than the 1911. If you ever could, try out a Browning Hi Power (9mm or .40, whichever you prefer). It's very accurate as well.

If you're more into the more modern guns, Springfields, Glocks, and Berettas will do nice, since they all have the option of 9mm.

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thank you all for the help. i will see what my uncle and grandpa have and see if i can get out and shoot some. renting isnt an option because there are only club and private ranges around here and i cant justify the cost of joining for as often as i would use them (i shoot in my back yard).

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also, i probably should have mentioned, i'm a southpaw. so left hand controls would be nice to have, but i'm adaptable. i intend to carry in a leg holster until i get my cpl. have any of you done this? any suggestions for holsters? other open carry locations? i like the idea of it being right at hand level but i'm also slightly concerned it might get caught on something.

i'm not apposed to revolvers but i've heard and read things about the cheaper ones losing cylinder-barrel alignment over time and that scares me. the solution for me would be to get a smith and wesson, but i dont know for a fact i'll have the $750+ they seem to demand.

my one issue with going to a gun show is that i'll be broke walking in and poor walking out that and getting a ride may prove difficult (no license yet; ran a stop sign when i took the road test).
thanks again for all the help.
Don't know exactly what you mean by a "leg holster".

Please don't dismiss Ruger revolvers... or Ruger anything, for that matter. Ruger makes fine guns that stack up against anything made today -and are better that a good many of those made today.
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