First Handgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Billwelds, May 14, 2012.

  1. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Just revived my permit and ID card. I'm looking to purchase my first hand gun. Will use this for recreational and home defence. I'm thinking of a 9mm to keep ammo cost to a minimum when at the range. I do have to say as far as hands go, mine are small. Can anyone offer some first time buyer advise? Where to begin?
    Leaning toward Sig, S&W, and Glock, totaly open to suggestions.

    Thanks for your help.

    Ps. have a friend who is looking to sell a Glock 19 any thoughts?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I carry an m19. What's he asking for it?
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Always kind of wonder (mabe the wrong word) to hear that someone has a CCL & never owned a weapon before :confused:
     
  4. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    I dont recommend Glock as a first gun
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    He's probably a citizen of IL or NJ and got his FOID card.

    Best advice is to buy a .22lr rimfire pistol and get some trigger time. It's a gun you will keep forever and is the best way to step into handgun ownership.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Ask him why he's selling it.

    Did he shoot any reloads or lead rounds while he owned it?
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Yup- forget about the "RED" states that still have ----well----different laws.
     
  8. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    I'd go with a 22LR target pistol, and a 22LR carbine of choice for

    a first rifle. My .22s are the backbone of my collection.

    Great to shoot, cheap ammo, and fun for the whole family.
     
  9. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    I'm a NJ resident, we are required to first apply for our Firearms ID card an permit to purchase a handgun before we can do anything.
     
  10. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    Asking around $550. W/ xtra mags. He is looking for more stopping power, and wants to sell.
     
  11. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    Exactly, I'm in a Red State!
     
  12. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    Why not, anything in particular?
     
  13. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    What are the implications, or negative ramifications of reloads or led rounds?
     
  14. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    Sounds good, thanks!
     
  15. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    550 is kinda high for a used 19 with just a couple extra mags. I'm part of the 9 is fine crowd.

    And Glock is an excellent first gun imho . The only thing is on that gun your finger is your saftey. Ofcourse it has the trigger saftey that activates the firing pin safety. But if your finger is on that trigger that gun will fire. 115gr gold dots have good penetration good expansion and are reasonably priced.

    Id try to get the guy down to 500 or lower for a used 19 though
     
  16. ScottA

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  17. Billwelds

    Billwelds New Member

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    How much can I expect to pay for a new 19?
    I looked at one yesterday and the price tag was $609.00. Came with the standard 3 mags, cleaning rod, and plastic case. Is this reasonable?
     
  18. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    I'm thinking along the same lines as Cane. A revolver. Intermediate barrel length. But one in .357 Magnum that you can shoot .38's from. Maybe even one of the more than 6-round versions...
    :)
     
  19. nickel1911

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    I've seen the g19 new for about $580. You should be able to talk that $609 down a bit. Congrats and happy shopping! Have fun and be safe
     
  20. therewolf

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    Generally, most manufacturers print a disclaimer which refers

    directly to "reloaded" ammo. I'll assume this is that to which you refer.

    They are trying to protect themselves from liability, as reloaded

    rounds are beyond their scope of control. Generally speaking,

    reloaders are conscientious, careful and painstaking; following

    set proper steps, and measuring powder scrupulously. Their

    efforts are generally rewarded with higher end ammo quality,

    for about the price of WWB ammo.


    Worst case scenario, some goober with more money

    than brains buys a bunch of gear, has no instruction

    or guidelines, and doesn't bother to get, or read, any

    manuals, with predictably disastrous results.



    Lead rounds tend to distort more upon contact,

    are heavier than jacketed ammo, and are hazardous,

    to your health in the long term, if hand-loaded in large

    quantities, without proper safeguards.
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2012