first handgun

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  1. WhaleNoises

    WhaleNoises New Member

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    I was set on a Glock 19 gen 4, but I also want a .38 special, and a 1911 in .45. What's ur guys opinion on a first hand gun. I've never shot a .45 and I like the Glock and revolver the same.
     
  2. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I'm not familiar with the Glock & even though I have a couple of revolvers, I'm not a revolver person. The 1911 .45 is a whole 'nother platform & can be very addictive to the extent that they'll possibly make you forget about the other two. ;)

    But, many believe the 1911 is not a good first handgun because they can require some "tinkering". I guess that really depends on a person's effort/ability to learn what makes 'em tick.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    For a first handgun, I am going to suggest "None of the above". For a first, get a Ruger .22 Auto or a Browning Buckmark.
     
  4. WhaleNoises

    WhaleNoises New Member

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    I've shot 9mm and .38 special hand guns, an I own a Ruger 10/22. I'm a little burnt out on .22 I've put about 3000 rounds through my rifle over the past year and want something with more kick. I love shooting 9mm and.38 but I've never shot .45 or even held a 1911. The tinkering I think won't be a problem, I built an AR-15 for a friend just using YouTube videos.
     
  5. triggernomic

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    If you're planning to build a 1911, you need to get the slide and frame matched together by a gunsmith.

    I think if you don't have the experience with these kinds of pistols the glock will serve you better out of the box. It might even pamper you. It's lighter and easier to shoot. Since owning one I'll never get another brand of pistol, even the glock copies.
     
  6. RecklessRegard

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    I own Glocks, carry Glocks, and fully trust Glocks... But my next pistol is going to be a 1911. I think for a first handgun though, try the Glock out. 9 mm will be a little easier to get the important fundamentals down. Wait a few thousand rounds and pick up a 1911 later on. But, if you want to make an educated decision, don't let us decide for you. Go out and shoot a 1911, a Glock, and a .38. Make a few notes on likes, dislikes, and thoughts.

    Good luck!
     
  7. utf59

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    It sounds like you will one day wind up with all three.

    I'd say get the Glock first. There are a lot of 1911s out there, and a whole industry's worth of features available for them. Until you have a lot of rounds downrange, you may not really know what you want out of a 1911.

    And if you're going to get a .38 special, why not step up and get a .357 magnum? Then you can shoot .38 special, .38 special +P or .357. Options are nice.

    Whatever you decide, enjoy your search!
     
  8. shadamai

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    I have shot a Glock 19 and 1911s in .45 and I personally preferred the 1911s. But what really matters is what YOU like and feel comfortable shooting. I would recommend renting the different types at the range if you can so you can decide what works best for you.
     
  9. nccinstaller

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    I dont think you can go wrong with any of the three. If price is an issue the 9mm would be the cheapest to shoot and the glock is quite a bit cheaper than a good 1911. and its very versitile can be a good range, carry, or home defense gun
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Skip the .38 and get a .357 if you go revolver.
     
  11. Jkl-28

    Jkl-28 New Member

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    Well those are all great choices... My first pistol was a Glock 22 but now I have the .38 and .45 too
     
  12. triggernomic

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    If you're going to get a .38 go for the bersa. Heard nothing but good about them and they're only about $250. Better than a hi-point as far as longevity. And like that guy said, if you get a revolver go for the .357mag, but try out the grips first. A lot of revolvers have those almost 90 degree grips and it's pretty strange to hold them in my opinion. The .357mag revolvers can shoot .38's for plinking, and then shoot .357mag for defense. Plus a snub nose revolver will be easy to carry around in your pocket. My subcompact glock g26 is too big to carry in my pocket.
     
  13. NC1760

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    If you like the 9mm (I assume the 9x19 Luger round.. not the 9x18 Mak)... then look at a Ruger P series. For the money I couldn't be happier with my P95... light & reliable, American made, great customer service, and at least $110 to $150 cheaper than a comparable semi-auto from another source. It's my regular Fall/Winter carry piece and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside to know that should worse come to worse, I have 15+1 hollow point friends with me!!
     
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  14. therewolf

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    I agree. With a 7" bull barrel. A good 22 pistol and rifle are the backbone of any

    serious personal gun collection for shooting.
     
  15. WhaleNoises

    WhaleNoises New Member

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    Ya I have had the discussion about the .38sp and .357, I think I will be buying a .357 but I will mostly be shooting the .38sp so I have the potion to shoot either without worrying about wrecking the gun if i get a .38sp and shoot too much .357 rounds out of it. I like the Idea of a Glock, but I worry the simplicity will make it boring faster. The 1911 is exactly as utf59 said. There are a lot of 1911s out there, and a whole industry's worth of features available for them. and I'm not sure even on a manufacture little own any of the parts I want. All I'm sure on the 1911 is I like gi looks in commander size, I don't like the big beaver tails but I do like the skeletonized trigger and hammer. I had the same problem when I was trying to decide on an AR-15. "a whole industry's worth of features available for them."
     
  16. therewolf

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    How ya doing there, WhaleNoises.

    Have you tried a .357 Mag pistol? Of the bunch, they

    have the most recoil, and muzzle blast/flip.

    I would rent all three, shoot them side by side,

    then sleep on it. In the morning one pistol should come

    to mind as your favorite.

    But I would agree you should start out with a target 22, first.
     
  17. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    I have a Glock 19 and while I like it I do not shoot it very often. I have several SA revolvers and love shooting them! A .357 will shoot the .38. Just something to consider. Lets us know what you finally purchase.
     
  18. WhaleNoises

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    So I did it, I got a handgun. Ruger sp101 .357 mag, 3" barrel. Any add-on suggestions? It's for home and self defence, but I will spend a lot of time at the range practicing.
     
  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Excellent choice.
     
  20. utf59

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    Congratulations! Great gun!
     
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