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Old 04-09-2014, 07:11 PM   #11
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I would strongly recommend the xdm 5.5 in 45acp.

Also the fnx in 45

Two of my favorites are my new vaqueros from ruger. Ive got a pair in 45colt with 45acp cylinders.

I like 1911's but i dont find them what i would call pleasent shooting guns
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So, not really sure how to answer all the questions, since I am so new to firearms; I haven't a clue what I need or desire, really. We just started a gun club at church, so I'll get to shoot a variety of handguns with the other guys. Hopefully that'll help me out. Reading a bunch too. Also, I hear you about wrist wear with heavier calibers. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks for all the suggestions!!


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What is my current gun lacking that I am looking for?
A companion. Every firearm needs a companion.

Or a dozen companions...
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So, not really sure how to answer all the questions, since I am so new to firearms; I haven't a clue what I need or desire, really. We just started a gun club at church, so I'll get to shoot a variety of handguns with the other guys. Hopefully that'll help me out. Reading a bunch too. Also, I hear you about wrist wear with heavier calibers. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks for all the suggestions!!


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Do you have a concealed carry license? Do you have a gun designated for home defense?

Your 9mm could conceivably fill both these roles. But many people, especially on this forum, will have separate guns for separate purposes.

In my less than humble opinion, self defense and home defense are the two top priorities when beginning to buy firearms. Afterall, firearms are designed to be life-saving tools.

So, answer those questions. If you aren't interested in defending yourself, and just want to have fun at the range, then I suppose that's your prerogative but its also an answer to the questions above.
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me, I'd be needing some long guns sooner or later.....by guns do you only mean hand guns?

If not, a good 12 gauge or an AR is always a nice addition!
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So, not really sure how to answer all the questions, since I am so new to firearms; I haven't a clue what I need or desire, really. We just started a gun club at church, so I'll get to shoot a variety of handguns with the other guys. Hopefully that'll help me out. Reading a bunch too. Also, I hear you about wrist wear with heavier calibers. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks for all the suggestions!!


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My advice is to get a 22. Althiugh ammo is a bit hard to find it will change soon and you can relatively speaking cheaply shoot the s*** out of it and have a great time.

Everyone needs a 22, you just need to figure out which one is right for you.

/Hint its a Ruger Mark (something)
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Yes, we have two .22 rifles, and will be getting a shotgun soon. Rifle for large game is on the list too. My 9mm can serve both home defense and cc, but it is a bit bulky. I'm scheduled to take chl class soon. Never hurts to be prepared for everything, lol. We originally began purchasing firearms for home defense/survival (future) situations; but I had no idea how much I would enjoy shooting. . So, the question about second gun was for handgun fun more than anything.


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With a 9mm already, which you love, you really don't need another heavy caliber handgun.

The two obvious choices now would be for either a 380 of some kind (I prefer the Walther's) or else a 22LR of some kind (Ruger makes great 22's).

The 380 would serve as a CCW backup, or in cases where your 9mm is too big to carry.

The 22's are for "fun at the range."

I used to have a Colt Woodsman -- a 22LR field pistol. Wish I had kept it. But one day while spring cleaning, I got rid of it -- traded it towards a heavier caliber revolver -- which I now also no longer have.

I wish I had kept the Woodsman now.

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me, I'd be needing some long guns sooner or later.....by guns do you only mean hand guns?

If not, a good 12 gauge or an AR is always a nice addition!
I would amend that statement to read "a good 12 gauge or 5.56x45mm is always a nice (appropriate) addition."

Even though half of all guns sold in American right now are AR's, I would avoid them like the plague and get a Ruger Mini 14 Ranch instead.
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So, the question about second gun was for handgun fun more than anything.
Cool. So that clarifies things. Here's my thoughts. You can get whatever caliber you want, but:

- 9mm still tends to be the cheapest centerfire caliber for handguns in most places

- You already have a 9mm so you would have commanality of ammo

- If you get a new caliber, you will be diversifying your calibers which is handy when one is less prominent on the shelves than the other (IE: this past year and a half or so, 9mm was difficult to find for a lot of people and .40 S&W was more common)

- 9mm tends have acceptable felt recoil for most people. You already know.

- Depending on the firearm and person, .45 ACP tends to have more of a rolling recoil whereas .40 S&W tends to be snappier (generally)

- Firearms chambered in .357 Magnum (revolvers) can also shoot .38 Special. .357 Is slightly harsh recoil for most (I love it) and is expensive whereas .38 is more similar to 9mm for felt recoil and cheaper than .357 but more expensive than 9mm

- 22 LR is still hard to find depending on where you are in the country. It is also more expensive than it was a year and a half ago. But when you can find it you can generally get more ammo for much cheaper than even 9mm. 9mm tends to run around $15 / box of 50 in my area, whereas 22 LR tends to be $25 / box of 550 (if I can find it).

Those are the things that come to my mind for you looking for a new handgun for range purposes. If you're thinking something to concealed carry, that opens up more thoughts.

In terms of the gun, just go to gun stores and see what fits your hand the best and then see if you can shoot it.
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