first time gun buyer

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by srobichaud, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. srobichaud

    srobichaud New Member

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    Looking to by a pistol and thinking 45,40 along those lines looking for advice on what to get
     
  2. rugerjazzkohai

    rugerjazzkohai New Member

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    Rent the guns and try them out. I carry a 1911 in 45acp. I also had a XDm in 9mm, but would like to think the 45 is just as a fantastic version of it. My brother swears by his Glock. IMHO, springfield armory, sig, Glock, rock island are brands that I have used/carry and would trust them with my life.
     

  3. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Ditto on the trying them out. The pistol that feels, balances & shoots right for me may not fit you. Personally, I like Bersas because, while they are not the prettiest one in the safe, they are good quality & reliable for little $$$. I also am addicted to 1911s & they can be a bit more expensive.

    As far as caliber, my first pistol was a .40S&W (Bersa) but if I had been able to find one in .45, I'd have bought it instead. I finally had my LGS find a .45 for me. The .40 has a snappier recoil than the .45, so it'd be a matter of preference between the two, for you.
     
  4. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    I also have a xdm In 9mm and love it. You will have to go to your LGS and hold and shoot some! 1911's pull alot of weight around here though (because they are amazing) so plan on checking some out.
     
  5. srobichaud

    srobichaud New Member

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    Yeah I just join a rod and gun club and my buddy brought his s&w 9mm just to get me back in the swing of things. I enjoyed it very much. So I should stick to s&w , sig glock?
     
  6. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    Springfield, glock, s&w, sig, they all offer great weapon systems. A word of advice, take your time and buy what YOU want not what someone else says is good. Oh and in the end you will own alot more than one... It's just the way this hobby goes.
     
  7. Ranger-6

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    If your looking for a good caliber to shoot for fun, I suggest the .45 ACP.
    If your looking for a home defense caliber, I suggest the .380 ACP.
    If your looking for a CCW caliber, I suggest the .22 auto, Phoenix HP22.
    Basiclly, I suggest to get all three and back them up with a 12 gauge pump.
     
  8. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

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    Ok...is this a serious post? No offense but I'm confused.

    Fun to shoot...9mm because it's cheap ammo and very low recoil. .45 ammo is expensive to shoot often.

    .380 for home defense? Seriously? Why such a small caliber? Only thing I use a .380 for is pocket carry or an ankle rig on duty as a BUG. My home defense gun is a .45 loaded with 230 grain PDX1 loads.

    CCW...a .22? Why? I want a gun that's going to leave a big hole and cause as much damage as possible. I usually carry a 9mm or .45 loaded with PDX1's.
     
  9. getem2011

    getem2011 New Member

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    I'm just as confused as you... Go check out some sig 1911's. They have been getting alot of positive attention recently.
     
  10. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    Ditto his post
     
  11. srobichaud

    srobichaud New Member

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    Ill will definitely make sure to try plenty that's why im asking so I know exactly where to start. I need more educated as well.
     
  12. GunRunner

    GunRunner New Member

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    What he said about the Sig 1911's

    The Best weapon is the one that fits your hand Best, that allows for ease of use, and hits what you aim at.

    I'm bias to .45 cal but it isn't the cheapest round but I plan to shoot for practice what I'll shoot for game day.
     
  13. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I like 45ACP and 40S&W and have each caliber. Either is a good choice but I'd go with 40 since you normally carry a few more rounds.
     
  14. srobichaud

    srobichaud New Member

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    Is the s&w 9mm a waste, fired two different ones they wernt to bad.
     
  15. Ranger-6

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    Because in a CCW situation a .22lr is very deadly at point blank range.
    Beyond that it becomes a murder charge.
    The 22lr or 22 Mag is a very effective CCW caliber.
     
  16. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

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    Deadly? Sure is...but how long would it take and what if it doesn't hit vitals? Then you're stuck dealing with one pissed off bad guy who is bleeding slowly. The object is to get it done quickly as possible. Not all self defense happens at belly distances. Even if it does...I want a big hole. I carry a .45 on duty every day and a 9mm off duty with premium hollow points. Why? Because I want power and rapid blood loss.
     
  17. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The m&p is good, I'd stay away from the sigma. M&p is almost all stainless and plastic, has interchangable backstraps, and a lot of aftermarket goodies are available.
     
  18. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    If you want a low cost 1911 rock Island makes great guns. Love mine to death. Dependable, accurate, and compact.