buying a new handgun. suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jeepdude90, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. jeepdude90

    jeepdude90 New Member

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    im looking to buy my first handgun. ive shot my dads .32 a lot. that gun is a lot of fun. im probably going to carry too. i like the 1911. any suggestions?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    We answer this question a LOT.

    First answer- find a range that rents handguns for use on that range- try as many as you can.

    Second answer- first handgun- a GOOD .22 auto- Ruger or Browning. You will shoot a LOT more, and the habits and skills picked up with the .22 will apply to larger handguns.

    Third answer- first CARRY handgun= S&W Model 60 or it's equivalent. Compact, relatively light, simplicity of use of a double action revolver. There are also fans of small .32/ .380 autos.

    1911? GREAT gun. But may not be the BEST gun for a beginner. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited or taxed. Sic transit gloria mundi.
     

  3. jeepdude90

    jeepdude90 New Member

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    yea after i posted this i looked around on the forum and saw many threads just like mine haha.
     
  4. Firearm007

    Firearm007 New Member

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    Sure i can suggest the Sig p238 1911 style .380 pistol fits in your pocket:)
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I'm sorry this is off topic, but what does this mean? I'm curious
     
  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Do a search on different sites This subject has been cover hudreds of times.. Or buy a 38 revolver or A 9mm xd, m&p or glock mid sized in 9mm and learn to shoot it very well. If your a young shooter the 45 and 40 can get expensive to shoot + there ain't many low cost 1911 worthy of carry'n. If you want a light weight 1911 they all get kinda pricey too. Also look at bersa for good pistols at good prices also. Bottom line is, You have to make a choice not use. Talk to your dad about the right handgun for you.
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    So which would you prefer auto or a wheel gun ?
     
  8. Glockpotion23

    Glockpotion23 New Member

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    I would start off with a 9mm. Since your talking about carrying, a 9mm would be a nice start. You want to make sure its reliable if your carrying. The first thing is get a lot of knowledge about firearms including the one you want to invest in. My second handgun was a Glock 23. I studied that gun nearly 9 months before in my heart told me to get it. I didnt do that with my first one and it showed:eek:
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    "Gloria threw up on the bus Monday."









    Actually it's a Latin phrase meaning "so passes the glory of the world."

    It's Templar-Masonic in origin.
     
  10. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    well stated
     
  11. nccinstaller

    nccinstaller New Member

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    If you have any friends into shooting def get out there and shoot a bunch of guns. Its hard to really find the one for you without a little range time. But if i had to suggest 9mm is a good starting calibur ammo isnt terribly expensive way cheaper than 45 or 40. And it gives you a chance to learn the fundamentals
     
  12. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    #1 Take a class.

    #2 Try out lots of guns.

    #3 Buy two guns: one .22 and one... well just about anything else you want.