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Old 06-16-2012, 04:13 AM   #11
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.357 would be cheaper to shoot. Have you though about a .45 LC? Larger bullet then a .357 but not the lick of a .44 mag. (But is expensive to shoot unless you re-load). For a first gun I would look for a used Ruger Blackhawk in .357. Fun gun to shoot.

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We have a section for "Introductions" and your input there would be appreciated.

The type of firearm you are looking for (your description of the firearm you want makes you sound like a wanna-be, by the way) is often found used.
Some believe they have the gonads for a .44 mag and find out that they are better suited by a .22lr to start with. So they fire maybe 6 rounds of the .44 and then get rid of the gun.
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Are you even old enough to buy one?
without disclosing your age, i am highly doubtful you are anywhere near ready for anything such as a 44 magnum. i think you would better suited to starting with a 22 as suggested. IMO eve the 357 might be much too much gun for someone your age. start with a 22 and learn to shoot a pistol first then work your way up to the larger calibers. a large caliber magnum handgun coming back from the recoil and breaking your nose or splitting your scalp ain't fun. wonder how i know? from experiance! get the 22. you'll have plenty of fun shooting it without hurting yourself.

i do have a pistol in 44 magnum with a 4" barrel, and trust me it's a definate handful to shoot. i shoot it quite regularly with some hot handloads.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #13
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Go with a 357. My first revolver was a Heritage Rough Rider 22, got it at 14. My second a Rossi 357 mag with a 4 inch barrel. I was 15 when I got the 357. Lol of course with a little help from my Mom. Then when I hit 17 I did some trading with my dad and got his S&W model 629 44 mag. Love them both but at that age I really enjoyed my 357. 357 is cheaper and more controllable for a teen. At that age I could hit with the 44 but after a while my rist got sore. I became a gun nut at a young age. Go smaller, then go big.

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Old 06-16-2012, 06:23 AM   #14
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Why does everyone keep posting. The kid has not posted anything since his/her first post and clearly is not of legal age or mature enough for a handgun, given the content of his/her question......


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Check your local laws either way when it comes to shooting handguns.I assume you are wanting for a parent to buy themselves a handgun and you "borrow" it to shoot at a range or private property.In some states that ok but in some where handguns need to be registered-it's highly illegal for you to possess it.

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Welcome to the forum!
We have a section for "Introductions" and your input there would be appreciated.

The type of firearm you are looking for (your description of the firearm you want makes you sound like a wanna-be, by the way) is often found used.
Some believe they have the gonads for a .44 mag and find out that they are better suited by a .22lr to start with. So they fire maybe 6 rounds of the .44 and then get rid of the gun.
That's true,and sometimes it's the opposite way,I have a girlfriend that shot my .44 mag revolver with standard pressure 240gr magnums,handled it like it was nothing and is dead set on that when she gets her own gun it's going to be a .44 mag or bigger.
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As far as age goes I got "my first" centerfire handgun when I was 16. My dad had to buy it and it technically belonged to him, but it was mine, because I was the one interested in shooting. My parents were very involved in helping me get good instruction and taking me to a range on a regular basis to practice and shoot some local competitions.

My first was Ruger Blackhawk in .357. I also ended up getting a Lee loader kit that required the use of a hammer to reload ammo. I mostly shot wadcutter rounds for bullseye shooting, and most were .38 special rounds.

If you are serious about getting into shooting and your parents are involved then good for you. I recommend the .357, because it is more economical and you are more likely to find frame sizes to fit younger hands. .44 specials are fairly gentle but ammo is still more pricey. Learn fundamentals first, and that is going to require a lot of shooting. So .38s are going to be cheaper. Even better is a .22. I had a Smith and Wesson K frame .22 that was a great handgun for learning on. Great trigger, great sights, good ballance, very accurate and affoardable to shoot a lot more than my .357.

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I got my first .357 (3 screw Ruger) in 6th grade

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Get a 357 and shoot 38 specs out of it. Then go to the mags

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What kind of experience do you have with handguns at all? Whats the largest you have handled? I started shooting my grandpas ruger single 6 with 22lr. Start with a .22 and work up.

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