Beginner gun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by garsha91, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    Hi everyone. I am new to the gun world and I have been taking this process very seriously. I am 21 and live in Chicago. I just received my FOID card in the mail and was wondering what a good beginner handgun would be. I am aspiring to become a police officer. I know they usually use glocks but they don't have safeties on them and wasn't exactly what I am looking for. Consider me a blank canvas any help is appreciated. My budget is trying to stay under or around 500. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. PGM

    PGM New Member

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    Heres a couple under 500.All .357s
     

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  3. JWagner

    JWagner New Member

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    I pretty much second what PGM said. A good .38spl/.357 Magnum will be reliable and can shoot either ammunition. Look around for a good condition (used) quality gun; it will last you forever and not cost all that much.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Normally I would suggest a 22 of some sort. But with ammo non existant maybe a 38 or 357 is the way to go. But in the future keep in mind...everyone should have a 22 of some sort. There is no other round that you can buy a box of 500 rounds for under $20.

    I always recomend a new shooter to get a 22lr.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion would be to see if there are any ranges nearby that rent handguns and try out many, revolvers and semiauto pistols. find what fits you. handguns are pretty much personal. what suits or fits one person might not be the right choice for another person.

    you need to find what fits you. the pistol that fits you, is the one, you'll usually shoot the most accurately.
     
  6. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    I have to agree with some of the previous posts. For a first gun, you can't beat a 38spl with a 4" barrel. good luck
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    A 22 is always a good recommendation because they are easy to shoot, and normally the ammo is very inexpensive. But it's not a good defensive round. If it is not your first gun, a 22 should be your second.

    If you want a revolver, get a 357. It is by far the most versatile of all revolver chamberings.

    For a semi-auto, 9 would be the least expensive ammo to shoot. In any fashion, I recommend a 9, 40, or 45.

    Any major manufacturer makes plenty of great guns. Find the one that is most comfortable to you. Do not fall for those who get into my gun is better than your gun arguments.
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    http://www.bersa.com/bersa-thunder-Pro-UC-45-duoMN

    Also comes in a 9mm and different finishes if you prefer...

    Can't disagree with the rationale of 375/38 revolver, given today's ammo availability of pretty much everything else!

    Still, I don't find revolvers at all carryable so I can't recommend one as a first gun if you plan to use for personal protection.

    But best advice is to go put some guns in your hand and get a feel for what feels right, from what I hear. Personally I've yet to handle a semiautomatic that didn't feel right, only revolvers don't feel comfortable or natural to me.
     
  9. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    Not really looking for a revolver at this point in time but thanks for the help so far
     
  10. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    Might look a. Ruger SR9. Not a bad price usually and Ruger is known for quality/great customer service.
     
  11. Enoch

    Enoch New Member

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    When you say "new to guns", do you mean you have never owned one, never held one, never shot one, never took a safety class etc...? What are your intentions for the gun? Home protection, target practice, conceal carry (haha, not in Nanny, IL)? Why are you not interested in a revolver?

    If you are completely new, the first thing is to do is learn the basic safety strategies... ie. NEVER point the muzzle at anything you don't intend to shoot... the gun is ALWAYS loaded... DON'T put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot... and know what is BEHIND your target.

    If you already know these things and you don't have a mentor, there is a reason why a revolver is the smart way to start. A .22 also makes sense for being able to shoot a lot without spending a lot of money. Trust me, practice gets expensive very quickly shooting .9mm, .45, .38 etc. However, .22 may not make the most sense if your primary intention is home defense.

    I think we need more information from you before we can give you solid advice. Of course going to a shop and handling a lot of different guns will help familiarize you with ergonomics and what feels comfortable in your hand. Shooting it is a whole other topic.
     
  12. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    I've held and shot different guns. And it is mostly for home protection
     
  13. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    I guess I should be more specific. This will be my first HANDGUN.
     
  14. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    You can find out what the police department you want to join in the future is carrying. I bet it is Glock though. Handguns need a bit of training, trust me I know. So please take classes.
     
  15. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    No I am next weekend and I'm not looking to buy a glock bc if I do end up working for the pd what's the point of having a glock if they'll issue me one
     
  16. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    what the other guys said.

    - try out renting different guns at a range. Tell them your a noob and just want figure out what you like I am sure they will be happy to help.
    - Do NOT disregard revolvers just because they are not cool in the movies anymore., Better 1st shot hit probablity , simplicity, ruggedness, make it a perfectly viable choice. I am a non beginner and even I appreciate the ease of hitting things with a revolver. Used to be a Glock guy now went to Ruger revolvers.
     
  17. Jagermeister

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    I am not a Glock fan and I understand your reasoning. That is one way to look at your situation.

    Another way to look at your situation, is that you are training and want to be prepared. Also, don't you want to be an expert on the gun that you are using to save your life? There is a saying in the gun community.

    "Beware of the the man who owns only one gun."
     
  18. garsha91

    garsha91 New Member

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    Valid point. Never really thought of it like that
     
  19. highpowerguy

    highpowerguy New Member

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    A double action revolver is the most reliable safest and easiest to use handgun you can buy. And honestly it's getting pretty hard to find a bad one if you buy it new.
     
  20. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of handgun ownership (soon).

    The best advice anyone can give you here has already been said to some extent or another: go to multiple ranges/gun stores, and talk to the people who work there. Don't commit to one handgun just because the sales guy makes it sound like a gun that could kill Kim Jung Un from halfway across the globe. Be open minded and listen to everything they have to say. Answer their questions honestly and fully and they will steer you in the right direction.

    Hold as much as you can, rent and fire as much as you can.


    You have my condolences.