Buying first handgun...help?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by verbete4, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. verbete4

    verbete4 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I am new to handguns although I have been around guns my entire life. My father purchased me a Remington 870 express 20 gauge for my 12th birthday :)

    I am now 24 and I am definitely in the market for a handgun, for personal protection as well as having fun on the range.

    I have done some research on the specification I would like in a hand gun and they are as follows:

    -9mm
    -single/double action
    -magazine capacity - doesn't matter
    -compact to full size (my first gun won't be my conceal carry weapon)

    Right now, I am leaning towards a Beretta 92fs as it has flawless reviews with respect to functionality/dependability although with everyone's help, I could be persuaded otherwise.

    Thank you for the advice in advance!
     
  2. niteglock

    niteglock New Member

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    The 92fs or m9 is a great gun. I would look into a cz75b as well as a hk also. I have a usp 45 and love it. Points so naturally. My buddy has a cz and that thing is sweet. Those are the only single doubles I have experience with. Only flaw with the Beretta is the decocker is loud as the hammer drops and you can't cock n lock. Also the recoil assembly will go soaring across your room if you don't hold on to it as you field strip it. And if its not set perfectly it will get caught as you reassemble the gun. Hope that helps. Oh, the usp, NO FLAWS.
     

  3. bartwatkins

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    Browning Hi Power (but that may not work for you since I think you said SA/DA).
    Can't go wrong with the CZ 75 either.
    I used to own a HK USP - it would work as well (although would not be my 1st choice - that's just me, I wasn't that impressed with mine).
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I do enjoy my CZ75b. If you are new to handguns and looking for a self-defense firearm, why must it be SA/DA? I urge you to rent or borrow some different pistols to try out. I really love my XD45; before i tried it, i thought i would just HAVE to have an external safety and external hammer and a super-smooth 3.5 pound trigger (also available as XD9).

    They also sell 1911's in 9mm.
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Browning/FN Hi Power or the CZ75.

    I've never been a fan of the Beretta 92s long trigger pull.
     
  6. verbete4

    verbete4 New Member

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    Just a personal preference with the SA/DA I think. I will be doing a fair amount of range work with the gun, not just for personal defense.

    Thanks for the input all!
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Not to offend, but i'm wondering if the research was "hands on"? There have been a few times in my life where reading about something and learning what was in the books led me to the wrong idea about what my tactile preference would be (cabernet savignon is nasty but sounded nice).

    Get some trigger time in before you commit your dollars.

    A value-priced option: http://www.guns.com/rock-island-armorys-tactical-9mm-1911-621.html Somebody on the forum has one, but i don't recall who.


    Edit* I forgot to suggest you consider a shorter, home security barrel for the 870: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/2-MS90335 Not sure if that one will fit the 870 express, but i have a similar one on my mossberg 500.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012
  8. verbete4

    verbete4 New Member

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    Haha! I hate wine myself.

    Yes, I have been to a local range once a few days ago to test out a few 9mm. So I do have some experience but very limited at that. I will be going once again tonight and probably again this weekend.

    I will not allow myself (poor graduate student) to make a purchase like this without knowing what I'm getting myself into. Thanks for the advice sir.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I would not discount the lowly revolver.

    Though not as pretty as some semi-auto pistols, the price could be "just right" for the learning curve.

    Jerry M. can demonstrate: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTHc4H_i8DY&playnext=1&list=PLED4C63E8917BED3E&feature=results_main[/ame]
     
  10. K33viper

    K33viper New Member

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    I bought my first pistol and got a Beretta PX4 storm. Absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone, great field stripping and the recoil is great with its rotating barrel design. Check it out before making any decisions.
     
  11. gunsmoke11

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    Without any experience with a pistol I would recommend you lean towards a revolver as your first handgun, especially if it will be used for concealed carry at times. The revolver lately has been passed up for some strange reason and that's a big big mistake. Autos have a way of going off when least expected. Even though I carry several autos every so often I grab my old Colt DS and feel very comfortable about carrying it. It pulled my butt out of the fire more than once. Whatever you get choose wisely and not something cheap, cause cheap can get you hurt, or worse.
     
  12. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    If you are on a budget there is nothing wrong with a 38 spl charter. I recommend a P-95 for a first gun. It is adequate, accurate and a lot of fun. It's a gun you will keep even if somewhere down the line you want something else. If everyone over 35 was totally honest they will admit they bought several guns before they found one that was perfect for them.
     
  13. Jtelli71

    Jtelli71 New Member

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    I have a 92fs, px4 storm, cz75sp01 tactical and glock 17 all full size guns. For sa/da only my berettas and my cz have that. They are all good guns. Good luck..