I need help picking an inexpensive first handgun please.

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by bradyman1, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. bradyman1

    bradyman1 New Member

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    I am a total newbie when it comes to handguns. :eek: I am looking to purchase my first and I want a semi-auto 9mm. I have chose the 9MM due to the lower ammo cost so that I can shoot more and become more familiar with my gun. I am looking at a ruger p95, Taurus millenium pro, or a smith and wesson sigma. I can get the ruger for about $306.00 and the others are in the $370.00 range. Does anyone have a suggestion on these or another semi-auto? I want to target shoot, home defend, possibly carry one day but I wouldn't be opposed to getting a second gun for that in the future. Thanks for the advice!

    Jason
     
  2. kodiak1973

    kodiak1973 New Member

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    I would stay away from the S&W Sigma. I had one for two weeks and traded it away due to the extremely long trigger pull. I picked up a Springfield XD instead and have been REALLY happy with it.

    I've also got a Ruger P85, which is the older version of the P95 and it's a great gun. I'm replacing the springs in it right now, but otherwise I've been very happy with it.

    Final word, I would would stay away from the Sigma.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    If you can handle and test fire the potential pistols, it would be very helpful.

    I would also suggest that you not overlook a used pistol. There are some firearms out there that have never been fired and some that have been fired very little. The potential is there for a higher quality firearm at a really good price. Just make sure that you have someone that knows their stuff to help you with it.

    When I was new, I only bought new firearms. But as my knowledge and skills grew, I became much more comfortable with used guns. But I also got stuck a few times too. :eek:

    Good luck on your quest. If it's dependable, any firearm is a good thing. :cool:
     
  4. Stormbilly

    Stormbilly New Member

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    I'd say save an extra ~$100 and get a cz 75b. It probably shoots as good as 9mm's $300 more expensive. They go for around $450 in my area. I've heard the Ruger SR9 is a decent inexpensive 9mm too. I saw one for $399 the other day at my LGS. Was hard not getting it. :D Just a few other things to think about.

    Of the ones you listed, though, I have no idea. Sorry. :(
     
  5. AsmelEduardo

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    Ruger P95

    The P95 is a good choice, one of the best bang for the buck... a Taurus would be nice but I do prefer the 24/7 instead of the PT111 (wich is nice too but as a backup)
     
  6. AsmelEduardo

    AsmelEduardo New Member

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    A revolver maybe?

    Have you thinked about a .38spl or 357Mag revolver?
    Taurus and Ruger have exelent revolvers in those calibers and in the price range that you looking for.... Taurus 85, 650, 605, 65, Ruger SP101 ...Charter Arms is an option also.
     
  7. JoshX3Magazine

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    Picking from that group I'd probably go Ruger. Not that the others aren't nice but for that money, with those choices, I think Ruger is the winner.

    For a couple hundred more, XD's and M&P's and Glocks (oh my!) become available and then, well, the sky's the limit.

    My only advice is to be sure you really want what you think you want. I found when I first got into handguns that I'd walk in not really knowing what I wanted, then get all wrapped around whatever the salesman was selling me or what I saw in the glass case. If the money's burning a hole in your pocket, the safest thing to do is to slow it down, do a little research and be sure you're making a good, educated decision rather than just taking what's in stock or settling for what you can get for what you have in your pocket, when something MUCH better could be had if you waited until next pay day.

    But then, I don't presume to know your circumstances either.

    Just my couple of pennies.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    Bradyman - First off, Welcome to our little Firearms Community.

    In searching for your first gun, you really need to decide what type of weapon you want, and definitely go to a shop that can rent some of them to you so you can try them out yourself.

    Feel of the weapon is going to be important. What fits your hand well? If you have small hands, and buy a double stacked magazine model with a large handle like the M9/Taurus PT92, it might be ackward to shoot.

    Do you want to customize the pistol? Because a Glock or a Springfield XD is going to be limited to what you can do to the pistol.

    Do you want a polymer gun? Steel frame and slide? Half & half? Do you want several safety features, or just one?

    Is the country of origin of the pistol maker important??

    These are some questions you need to ask yourself before you start narrowing the field down for purchase.

    JD
     
  9. McNabb11b

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    I think that Cane will back me up when I say, go for a Jennings .25... fairly cheap to shoot and will stop a raging squirrel dead in it's tracks. You never know when you will need to protect yourself from rabid rodents; with this you can and will look cool while doing it. :D
     
  10. bradyman1

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    I am not really interested in the revolvers I would prefer a semi-auto. I am planning a trip to the range soon to try out a few of the guns. I have been wanting a handgun for several years, I was just able to talk my wife into it, but she has me on a tight budget. She has always thought that they were dangerous. :( I would like to get something before she changes her mind again :D . I have thought about purchasing a used gun and I have called several pawn shops in my area but the ones that have them want almost as much as a new one cost for the same guns. I would prefer to buy something I can look at before I buy so used internet guns are out. The pistols I have mentioned above are the only ones that I have found that are really in my price range unless someone knows of something I am overlooking. Well there is still Hi Point but for my only handgun I don't want to risk it. I want to know if I need it it will be there and be fairly reliable, I don't think I could put that much trust in a Hi Point.
     
  11. bradyman1

    bradyman1 New Member

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    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  12. CA357

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    Take your time and be deliberate and you'll do fine. Good luck. The research should be part of the fun too.

    Just my 2cents, tell your wife that guns are supposed to be dangerous. ;)
     
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  15. bradyman1

    bradyman1 New Member

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    Well I think I am between the Ruger P95, new with 2 - 15 round magazines for $306.00 or a slightly used Taurus PT140 with 2- 10 round magazines, 1 conceal holster, 1 side holster, case, cleaning kit, and 100 rounds of ammo for $300.00. Which is a better gun / a better deal. I know the ruger would be more economical to shoot since it is a 9MM and the Taurus is a 40 cal. Suggestions?

    Thanks
    Jason
     
  16. SGT-MILLER

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    My suggestion would be to go with the Ruger (I am a little biased though...lol).

    What is your gut telling you?
     
  17. bradyman1

    bradyman1 New Member

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    I prefer the safety on the Taurus over the Ruger. I like the small size and the caliber of the Taurus. I like the appearance of the Taurus more.

    With that being said, I am worried that the small size of the Taurus with the larger caliber will cause more recoil, the 40 cal ammo, while it would be more effective is also more expensive. I have read more about the Taurus. I am concerned with possible jams on the Taurus. I like the magazine capacity of the Ruger more.

    I think for the price I am able to get either that are both a reasonable value, but I think the Taurus is a little better deal (they are retailing around me for about $370.00 new with out the holsters, cleaning kit, or ammo).

    I think with what I have read I have a little more faith in the Ruger, but I would prefer to own the Taurus if it had no issue's and the recoil wasn't terrible.

    I could always get me a Hi-point 9MM in the future for a cheap target pistol.

    So as you can see, I am thoroughly confused!
     
  18. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    How much shooting have you done at this point? It would be helpful if you had a general idea of what various calibers shoot and feel like to facilitate your decision.
     
  19. bradyman1

    bradyman1 New Member

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    Not much! I am under the impression that the barrel length, gun size, and gun weight will signifigantly change the felt recoil, it that accurate? I am planning a trip soon to a gun range that rents many guns. The rent the Ruger P95 but they do not rent the Taurus Millenium series pistols. They have ALOT of glocks. I spoke with them on the phone and the highly suggest the Glocks, and in their opinion an acceptable alternate is the Springfield XD and that is the only guns that they would recommend. I just don't have that kind of cash to plop down on a fire arm at this point. I don't have to have the best, but I would like something that is reliable.

    If all other were equal I would prefer the Taurus. If the Ruger is a more accurate (longer barrel), or more reliable then I would prefer the Ruger. I think I can teach my wife to shoot either, as long as it doesn't fly out of her hand when she shoots it :) . (the wife is 5'4" 130 lbs)