im torn and need help!

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Gunz05G, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Gunz05G

    Gunz05G New Member

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    so I'm buyin my first pistol on Tuesday and I'm having a hard time choosing the pistol. I've had my eye on glocks but idk if I should buy a G19 9mm gen 4 or G23 .40 gen 4. its my first pistol and I've never shot both, I don't have a shooting range anywhere close so I can try them out. if you think I should go with a 9mm, I'm also considering a springfield XDM 9mm compact. just saw them online and they seem wonderful. so please help..
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Im a Dlock hater. Id say the SA would be a whole world better weapon

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     

  3. mountainman13

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    Are you brand new to shooting? The .40 is usually preferred but for some its a bit too much of a kick. That's usually just people who are not comfortable with a handgun though. Personally I love my m19 GLOCK 9mm. As far as the xd's are concerned I can't really give you input as they cannot be purchased in store in my state and I haven't found anyone that has one yet.
     
  4. Gunz05G

    Gunz05G New Member

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    yes I em new too shootin, I took a safety class on gun handling and all we got to shoot were little .22 walther pistols
     
  5. Ledbetter84

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    I agree. I'm more if an XD guy. But whatever feels better in your hand wins is what I've always been told. As far as 9mm vs 40, I like 40.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    You may want to go to your local gun range as try shooting a 9mm and a .40 if possible.
     
  7. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Read his original post and you will see he doesnt have this option

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Lol guess I'm doing too many things at once. I was the first to respond. Since trying one out is not an option I would recommend picking up a used 9mm and if you decide you want to go bigger you won't be out as much $
     
  9. Bear304inc

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    9's are cheaper to buy,, and ammo is cheaper,, also less recoil than a 40. But there are a few variables to keep in mind.
    What is it going to be its primary function? Range/fun? Self/home defense? How big are your hands/frame?
    For fun you might go with the 9, ammo cheap so you can shoot a lot.
    Self/ home defense I would go with the 40, double tap center mass most likely to stop threat better than 9.( although I'm sure 9's can get it done too )
    Single stack magazines are slim inthe hand, double stacks are fatter so it may make a difference if you have small hands.
    Either way, get one and practice, practice till you know that perticular weapon inside and out. ..have fun!!!
     
  10. HOSSFLY

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  11. misfit750

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    scratch all the glock and xd talk, an look at almost an brand 1911 45.
     
  12. 1HotMama

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    Glock gets my vote :) I love my G19, but you have to pick the gun that fits best for you.
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion is to see which one fits your hand the best. because how it fits your hand will determine a lot of how well you are able to shoot accurately. i would also suggest the 9mm as it's the cheapest in centerfire pistol, and will allow you to practice more. i would also suggest starting with a pistol that fits your hand vs. compact or full size. how your hand fits and your grip have a lot of how well you can control recoil. fit is very important part and more important than size of the caliber. the Glock is a good pistol, and i have shot many in the past, but i have the SA XDm40 and like how it fits my hand better than the Glock. again the 9mm is much cheaper to shoot than the 40 by at least 25-40% cheaper in ammo cost. also the 40 is a little snappier than the 9mm and even the 45acp. the 40 you kind of grow to love! i know i did after 20 plus years of owning and shooting them.
     
  14. Vincine

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    This ^.
    Easiest to control: big gun with a small caliber; hardest to control, small gun with a large caliber. Somewhere between these extremes, keeping in mind your purpose, is your gun. If you can't put the bullet where you want it, it doesn't matter what the caliber it is. How did you do with the .22s?
     
  15. PlaysWithZombies

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    Absolutely, you can't beat a 1911. You can spend a little bit and get one that's fun to shoot, or spend a lot and get one you can depend on
     
  16. vincent

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    Respectfully disagree with the above advice. A large caliber through the most complex platform is not a good first gun.

    Nothing wrong with a Glock (ducks for cover) and Springers are a great choice as well. Both are high quality and very reliable. Since you can't test fire any, I'd try to get my hands on every single one I could to see what fits you best.

    Nothing wrong with the 9mm either (ducks again for cover), it's cheap to shoot and lots of people use it for SD. As previously stated, the .40 may take a little getting used to.

    Have you considered a revolver? If I had it to do over again, I'd pick a revolver to learn on. If you can get tight groups in DA, you're ahead of the learning curve when you do pick up a semi auto.

    If you have your heart set on a semi, Glocks, Springers, Ruger and CZ all make quality firearms, the list goes on and on...
     
  17. bullittsam159

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    Previous posters are absolutely right. It's all about what feels best in your hand. I personally cannot stand the way a glock feels in anything over a 9mm. That being said I really love my g17 rtf2. Go to your local gun shop and pick up every gun you can before they kick you out and make sure you pull the trigger before you buy. Whichever feels the best is the one you will most likely shoot the best with.
     
  18. sweeper22

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    Springfield's XDm is my polymer of choice. I like the feel and think the grip safety is a great no-brainer safety feature. I have nothing but positive experiences with Springfield's polymers. I guess I could point out that Glocks are a bit lighter if that's a concern. Also, I prefer 9mm and 45acp over 40sw.

    But 40sw is fine, as is Glock. Any combination of Glock/XD/XDm and 9mm/40sw/45acp will perform like a champ in competent hands. The critical point is figuring out which model fits your hands best and which caliber addresses your needs. I would tend to point you toward a 9mm (especially if you're on a budget). You can graduate to a larger caliber after you've built some skills and experienced shooting enough to refine your thoughts on what you'd like.
     
  19. Quentin

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    Good post, I agree with most of the above. Definitely handle as many pistols as you can and don't settle for something you don't like. Try to find a way to fire the top contenders too, especially including 9mm vs. .40S&W. I love many different handguns including the 1911 but now carry a Glock 23 (same size as the G19 except in .40S&W).

    If you like the Glock remember that there are more add-ons and upgrades for them than anything else except for the 1911. One interesting upgrade if you're torn on caliber: I have a Lone Wolf 40S&W to 9mm conversion barrel for my G23 so I can shoot both calibers with a 15 second barrel swap. The barrel also fits my G27 to convert it to 9mm (the barrel sticks out a little but works fine).
     
  20. HOSSFLY

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    You're agree with something that the OP never even asked about- If he was concidering a 1911 i'm sure he wud have asked about one :confused:
    Besides that "little or a lot stuff" is totally untrue, unfounded & well---BS :rolleyes:
    Again---XD over the Glock :cool:
     
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