First Handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by HGwarhawk, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. HGwarhawk

    HGwarhawk New Member

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    Hello I am 13 years old and looking for a handgun...Before you go off on me this gun will not be accessible by me unless my parents allow it. They will be keeping the gun in there closet.i have shot several guns and own a 20 gauge...Sooo I would like to know if there is a gun tht fits my small hands for around $300.my grandpa has many guns and could help me choose a gun. This gun will be strictly for target shooting.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. sweeper22

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    Look for a handgun safety class at a range or gun club near you that both you and your parents can attend. Many of these classes will offer you an opportunity try out a multitude of guns, which should be the easiest way to assess what you're after.

    For target shooting on a limited budget, it's tough to beat a good Browning or Ruger 22lr pistol. It'll probably become a lifelong friend.
     

  3. ScottA

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  4. Viking

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    There was a time when great target handguns could be bought for under $300 and Ruger was generally at the forefront of affordability. I've owned a couple of Ruger .22 pistols one Mark I, 6" barrel and presently (my wife's) a stainless steel Mark II, 6" barrel. Ruger made these pistols with bull barrels and adjustable sites. Maybe you can find one used for a decent price, hard telling, but any more due to the decline of the value of the US dollar, $300 may limit your purchases. By the way that Mark I pistol was very accurate for having fixed sites, while deer hunting in Colorado I shot many Grouse with neck shots. And by the way, I wouldn't go off on you, I would have wanted the same thing at your age. My first weapon was a single shot .22 rifle and maybe when I was younger than you I shot a H&R 9 shot .22 revolver. Learn and Follow all safety measures.
     
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  5. trip286

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    The heritage rough rider isn't a very great gun, but it's cheap, pretty easy to find, and reasonably accurate. It's a single action revolver.

    Like many here, I would prefer a Ruger or Buckmark.
     
  6. HGwarhawk

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    So far it sounds like a .22 would fit my needs. Do you think that I should purchase a gun at a gun store or a gun show? I was also looking at the ruger mark iii is that a nice gun?
     
  7. redfox

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    We bought my 13 year old daughter a walther p22. It fits her well and she is dead accurate with it. It shoots flawlessly If you use good ammo(mini mags). Did look at ruger 22/45 buy it is harder to clean and I wanted her to be comfortable cleaning it as well as shooting it.
     
  8. HGwarhawk

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    Does look a little pricey for me though..Does anyone know if I would be able to handle a kel tec pm9? It looks perfect accept it might have a little to much recoil.
     
  9. HGwarhawk

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    Or even maybe the bersa .380
     
  10. Wiseman3

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    Welcome to gun ownership kid. My opinion is to stick with finding yourself a good .22. They're cheap to shoot and provide hours of entertainment at the range. A 9mm would probably be fine for depending on the gun. The heavier the gun and the longer the barrel the less felt recoil. Meaning if you take 9mm in a sub compact Glock vs a steal frame full size Browning hi power the Glock will deal as if it has more recoil. I would definitely get your parents or grandfather to take you to a range that rents guns and take a few shots with some different calibers so you can see the difference. And one more supporting fact in favor of the. 22 vs 9mm or anything else for that matter the price for .22 will provide hours of range time for the same price that you would only get maybe an hour for if you had a 9mm or other caliber. Something to conciser.
     
  11. ScottA

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    Doesn't really matter much where you buy it. But if the prices are comparable, it's always a good idea to start developing a relationship with your local gun shop (LGS). And the Ruger Mk III is generally considered on of the finest 22's available.

    I don't think I would recommend those two. They will be much more expensive to feed meaning less shooting. And they will not be as enjoyable to shoot as the 22's. Those guns are made to be concealable first and foremost. Most very small guns for concealed carry make horrible range guns. Even with the lower recoil of a .380 round, you can get tired of them on the range fairly quickly. Odds are that will never happen with the Ruger.
     
  12. redfox

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    I paid $330 out the door for my p22 walther. I have seen ruger 22/45 for 250.
     
  13. Halfwatt

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    My first handgun was, and I still have it,a Daewoo .40 cal. Made in Clackamas Oregon at the old Kimber facility. Paid $299 back in 1994. Great gun!
     
  14. trip286

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    I'd stick with a .22, it's cheaper to feed, and great for young people as far as recoil and economical practice go.

    You can handle (probably) a .380 or 9mm, but I really think you would be best off with a .22.

    I got my first gun (12 gauge mossberg 500) when I was 10, and I'm pretty sure it's had something to do with my shoulder being wrecked now. Don't go too big, too fast.

    You might be man enough to handle a bigger gun at your age, but that doesn't mean your body is.
     
  15. Eattheham

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    I would go with either a glock or a ruger handgun. They are very reliable
     
  16. gollygee

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    Like most others, I believe the best place to start is with a .22. Bersa offers a Thunder .22LR which is the same size & close to the same weight as their .380. It would be an ideal trainer to move up to the .380 later. Not to mention that .22R ammo is a lot cheaper than .380.
     
  17. sweeper22

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    I assume you mean PF9. The answer is an emphatic NO, you DO NOT want this gun.

    I have one and am very happy with it. Why? Because it's a reliable, light weight, and extremely concealable gun. It was designed for convenient concealed carry, and fails miserably in any other role (home defense, target shooting, etc). It is not a gun that's easy to be accurate with, nor is it much fun to shoot. Lousy trigger, short sight radius (less margin for error), strong recoil, and not designed for high volume shooting.

    The Bersa 380acp will have some similar drawbacks, but mostly it fails to meet your needs because it's not a very affordable caliber to shoot.

    Buy a 22lr. And if you're determined to go with a centerfire, set your sights on a medium framed 9mm or a 357/38 revolver. A "micro" carry gun isn't going to do you any favors.
     
  18. Halfwatt

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    Is this a first gun purchase? I assume you have fired some. I played with a 9mm often before I went out and bought my first. Get an idea of what feels best in tour hand. And go from there. If it doesn't feel good. You most likely won't like it. My thoughts!
     
  19. Viking

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    Go to gun shows and keep your eyes open for any Ruger Mark I,II or III. Over the years I've seen a variety of them with different barrel lengths and occasionally with target bull barrels with adjustable sites. Out here in S.W. Oregon we have a couple of add papers that often have firearms for sale, one is called the Nickel, if you have something like that where you live check them out. Ruger pistols are often held onto for life and seldom have problems that a good cleaning doesn't take care of. There is only one time I had a Mark I fail to fire and it was due to gummy lube, probably from hunting out in the cold rain or snow in the mountains of Colorado. I change to a lube that didn't gum up and never had another problem. By the way I don't sell Rugers, I just happen to believe they are some of the toughest built firearms on the market.
     
  20. iowan85

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    I own a ruger mk iii. It is a great .22. I'm pretty sure my kids will own it someday. I have put roughly 3000 rounds through over 5 years, and I could probably count the misfeeds on one hand. $300 will get you a good used one. Make sure you get it with a manual, or find one online. They can be tricky to clean, and you'll wan the factory directions.

    More important than what gun, take a beginners course. Remember, there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. Treat it like it is always loaded. Have fun, welcome to the sport!