first pistol

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by cadkins, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. cadkins

    cadkins New Member

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    Hi. I'm looking to get my first pistol. I really don't know where to start. I know I want to use it for target shooting and for personal protection as well. Any suggestions? I've shot the beretta m9 before and loved it.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Do you have a price range in mind? Have you shot many different pistols? Is there a range nearby at which you could rent some pistols to try out? Will the pistol ever be concealed/carried (lightweight costs)?

    I would start by trying out or at least handling as many different pistols as possible. Don't rule out anything you can afford, as you never really know what will just "fit" you.

    For a budget semiauto, i would consider a reliable Ruger P95 9mm, can be had for around $300.

    They do sell Beretta's and Taurus makes a knock-off. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_52/products_id/23504 Bud's says $550ish.

    I wouldn't rule out a lightly used pistol, if the seller was trustworthy.
     
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  3. tCan

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    I think the Ruger SR9 / SR40 might be a good starter option. I'm NOT a fan of double action triggers. I hate shooting our PX4, even though it's a pretty nice pistol.
     
  4. cadkins

    cadkins New Member

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    My price range would try not to go over &600. I've never really shot many real pistols. Ive messed around a lot with airsoft, but that's about it. Unfortunately there is no range nearby where I live. And I would possibly like to get a concealed permit, but not a major factor to me.
     
  5. cadkins

    cadkins New Member

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    Strkie that. I just found out that there is a range about 40 min. away.
     
  6. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    If you're looking for a concealed carry gun, both the SR9 and SR40 come in a compact version with a shorter grip and barrel. The model numbers are SR9c and SR40c
     
  7. cadkins

    cadkins New Member

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    I appreciate all the suggestions. I found a local range and I'm very excited to.drop in and try out a few different guns.
     
  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    In that price range, you have a lot of options. I sincerely suggest you either find a place to "test drive" some different handguns and/or some buddies who will let you try their firearms on for fit.

    I would try on a Ruger GP100 revolver in .357/.38, a cz-75b 9mm, a 1911 in .45ACP, and a polymer pistol like a Glock or the Springfield XD or XDm line. That should give you some idea of what kind of full-sized pistol you might enjoy shooting. I would go for a full-size for range and home and look for a carry piece later, but others will disagree. You should also try out a few of the smaller firearms to see how you like them.
     
  9. Byron0022

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    I would consider a 9mm if this is your first handgun. I know a lot of folks don't like them ammo is cheap and there are a lot of models too choose from. Accuracy is the most important part of defending yourself with a firearm so it doesn't matter if you are using a 22 or 454 if you can't hit em.
     
  10. Overkill0084

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    Since your a firearms newb, I would strongly recommend a basic handgun class before committing to anything. Also, find a range that will rent guns and take some for a test drive. I could say "Go buy a ______, it's great," but you might end up hating it. You may find you like revolvers or something else I've not considered. We can all throw out ideas, but at the end of the day, you're going to have to do the legwork.
     
  11. fupuk

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    I also just got into handguns. My first hand gun was a Ruger Gp100 4'' .357 and for me it was the best choice for me. I love to look and feel of my revolver. But a week later i bought a Glock 17 9mm for something else to shoot and that's what my oldlady wanted. I like the glock for its reputation and very user friendly. And that's what felt right in my oldladys hand. Me and my oldlady go to the range usually together and have a great time shooting sh*t. Its all preference when it comes to handguns. But watch out after you get your first hand gun because you will be spending alot of money on ammo. I have like 7000 rounds total at my house and we have only been into handguns for about three months.



    Also my Ruger was $599 brand new.
    The Glock was $499 brand new.
     
  12. therewolf

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    Start with a used 9mm. Either a CZ75 or Beretta 92FS. Gunbroker.com.

    Unless you want a real accurate range shooter. Then get a

    22LR with a 7 inch bull barrel.

    Join the NRA.
     
  13. HOSSFLY

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    BIG ditto on that-
    I understand why many ask that same question here but will never understand why they exspect a "right" answer -
    A choice in handguns is as personal as brand, style or color of underwear - You have to try on as many as you can before you find the right one for YOU! I've gone thru literaly hundreds of hanguns & still have'nt found the perfect one :eek:
    Well, except for my 9mm & 45acp 1911's :D
     
  14. Gh0zt36

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    Imho you should get a revolver for your first gun ... very reliable . no tactical clearing during a misfire ... and S&W model 26 or airweight .38 would be good for a first gun +P .38's wil stop somebody with the right shot placement ... again just my opinion
     
  15. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Heard of Glock19? Its 9mm caliber, compact, reliable and durable. Try and research it. Its under 600 including tax n background check.
     
  16. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Your dealer charges for the "phone call" :confused:
     
  17. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    My first gun is a Smith & Wesson 45. Still love it!
     
  18. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I bought my Glock19 Gen4 for $549 plus tax. And $25 background check. Searched online, some sites are cheaper, no tax and free shipping. But to get transferred to my local dealer i have to pay $25. At the end its only $10-15 diferrence.
     
  19. HOSSFLY

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    WHERE are you at OR what local dealer do you use that charges $25 or ANYTHING for a "background check" :confused:
     
  20. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Las vegas, Nevada. How much in other places or its supposed anyway?