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Old 10-03-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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I am turning 21 on oct 23 so i will be able to buy my very first gun! andi am so excited, i know nothing about guns really. out of the hand guns ive seen i got to say revolvers are the ones that catch my eye and just have that amazing look to them, im shooting for 9mm revolver something good easy to take apart and clean. Im looking to spend in the range of $500 to $600, Can someone link me some good revolvers or tell me the name of some good revolvers in that price range that would be a good beginner gun. thanks alot for reading my thread and for helping a beginner to the hobby of guns!

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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First, welcome to FTF. If you have not done so, please stop by the intro thread and say hello.

For a start, the 9mm Parabellum is basically a semi auto pistol cartridge, not a revolver cartridge. There HAVE been 9mm revolvers- expensive, not popular, and not always working that well.

For a first firearm, I am going to suggest something other than a handgun- a .22 rifle. Shop carefully, look thru the used racks at the local gun shop, ask for advice, and you may find a good rifle for $100 or so. Learn to use it safely and effectively- and .22 ammo is cheap enough that you will shoot a lot more.

After learning the rifle, try a .22 pistol. I am partial to Rugers, but there ae other good ones out there- Brownig Buckmarks, Hi-Standrds, Colts, S&Ws, etc. Again, learn to use it safely and effectively. $200 or so may get you a good used one.

THEN start shopping for a revolver you might like.

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the only advice I can give you is to buy two guns, not one.

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22 pistol be a good trainer too. Dirt cheap ammo and they'll usually run forever with little cleaning. Pistols like the [Browning] Buckmark or [Ruger]MK II or MKIII are reliable and can be had under 300 bucks new.

If you're set on a 9mm I'm no fan of the 9mm revolvers for reasons already stated. I'd go with some type semi auto. If you really want a revolver then maybe a 38 spl. or even better a 357 and you can use 38's and 357's.

Buds Gun Shop is a good place to look and get an idea on prices.

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Without hesitation, I recommend this as your first pistol;



The GSG 1911-22, this is a first gun that you will keep for a lifetime.



Well worth the current $325 price tag.

American Tactical Imports Hand Guns (Pistols) american tactical imports atigsg -MidwestHuntersOutlet.com

German made and it has a threaded barrel ready for a can!

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Buying 2 guns at first isn't a bad idea. A .22 pistol is a great start and then a 12-gauge shotgun for home defense until you add a more powerful caliber to your handgun mix. And even then the 12-ga would be a great go-to firearm if a BG breaks into your home.

Cane's idea of the GSG, and then also a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, and you could have a very solid start in firearms for around $600.

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Cane, is your GSG modded? Does it really come with that beavertail standard? Your photos make me want to buy one tomorrow.

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If I had two guns it would be a 4" .357 revolver and an AR15

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Buying 2 guns at first isn't a bad idea. A .22 pistol is a great start and then a 12-gauge shotgun for home defense until you add a more powerful caliber to your handgun mix. And even then the 12-ga would be a great go-to firearm if a BG breaks into your home.

Cane's idea of the GSG, and then also a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, and you could have a very solid start in firearms for around $600.


Maverick 31023 88 12 18.5 CYL 6RD $212.00 SHIPS FREE

That mini-Mossy plus the GSG $212 + 325 = $537, down here in Florida thats about one month's worth of house insurance!

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Cane, is your GSG modded? Does it really come with that beavertail standard? Your photos make me want to buy one tomorrow.
Chris, I haven't done anything to the GSG other than shoot and clean her! This is what you get: (plus the case)

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I think the key to it is just take your time. Become a prowler at your local pawn shops. Keep your eye out in the paper. Make a friend of the gun salesman in your town. Pick them up and handle them. Look at a lot of guns and find the ones that you really want. I love my smith revolvers, they just fit my hands so well.

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