first handgun...

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by n_andonovski, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. n_andonovski

    n_andonovski New Member

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    im looking to buy my first handgun.
    i want either a:
    Barretta M9 9mm
    Glock .45cal
    or S&W .44mag.

    what do you guys think?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    How much firearms experience do you have?
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Out of those I would go with the Beretta. You can get lots more time because of the cost of ammo.
    Why not a glock in 9mm? Or anything else in 9mm? CZ75b would be my favorite 9mm of them all.

    OR, possibly a .22lr like a browning buckmark or ruger mark series.??

    I would stay away from the .44mag's for a while. :)
     
  4. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Both Gary and Brian ideas got my attention. The wheel gun in .357 or the .22 cal pistol are good choices as first handguns. The S&W .357s revolvers are very reliable and the .22 cal pistol is economical and a good handgun to train with.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Your experience level will help. As a starter handgun, definetly a 22., Middle experience, 9mm or 357Mag, as an experienced person, then dabble with the .44.
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Wait, not Melbourne Australia, right?

    If not, i also suggest a smaller caliber for a starter, 9mm or .22. I have really enjoyed my Ruger GP100 revolver, if that is your taste.
     
  7. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Unless you're going on a walkabout in the presence of large, four-legged predators...one of these does not belong.

    44mags are cool, but as your first/only handgun?

    If you want a revolver, buy a 357. If you want an auto, 9mm, 40sw, & 45acp are all good choices. My admittedly biased recommendation would be a CZ 75b, but the Beretta and Glock can be fine choices as well.
     
  8. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    I would narrow it down to one caliber and then try out a few different guns in that caliber.

    When I was in the market for my first handgun, I wanted a good firearm for self defense and after shooting many firearms owned by my friends and family I decided on a 45 acp.

    From there I went to a few ranges and rented every 45 they had available and decided on my Springfield 1911.
     
  9. Recon 173

    Recon 173 New Member

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    Go to a gun store that rents different firearms and test fire various handguns. You also need to better define what you want the pistol to do for you. If you're looking for a good handgun for personal defense, go with a good .45 caliber. If you just want an all purpose handgun then go with a good 9 mm pistol. Which ever gun you choose, practice with it a lot. Get to know it well. When you get tired of practicing with it, then practice even more with it. One of the main keys to owning a pistol is being able to manipulate it in a safe and accurate manner. Being able to shoot a handgun is only part of the picture with gun ownership. Handling safely, even in dark conditions, is an important item too.
     
  10. JoeParker

    JoeParker New Member

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    Of those you listed, I personally suggest a .45. Good for home defense and a decent plinker. However, .45 ammunition is fairly more expensive than 9mm.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  11. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    I would go with the 9mm for a first gun. I would stay away from Glocks as I feel is not a beginners handgun from a safety stand point. The 44 mag has to much recoil to learn to shoot well and too expensive to get in enough practice time.
     
  12. StanDJ77

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    Yes, i agree on choosing the 9mm. Even though i like the glock .45, i wouldnt wnt that for my first gun. I have a 9mm right now but, i had it for awhile and im used to it. im ready to sell it so i can upgrade to a .40.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Out of that choice I'd go with the 9mm unless you had a specific back-country need... then probably the .45. If you go the .45 route, I'd pick up a .22 immediately. .22 will allow a lot more shooting.