im new to the gun world

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by y0L0slick, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    i dont know very much about weapons. ive been to the local range a couple times and just enjoy shooting. im looking to purchase a hand gun now and im considering buying a glock or a springfield xd. i want to purchase the weapon for self protection and shooting at the range. so taking that into consideration, can anyone give me any suggestions on the best springfield xd, or glock models. thank you
     
  2. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm biased because I own several.......buy a Glock 19. They are small enough to carry concealed fairly easily, and they go "bang" EVERY time I squeeze the trigger. ;)
     

  3. g17frantz

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    Welcome to the gun world! Glock would be an excellent choice. I'd recommend a G17 in 9mm. Perfect for the range and perfect for self defense. Be a good first handgun for you for sure. Reliable, accurate and high capacity mags! Gen 3's $500 and Gen 4's $550. One of the most simplistic and safest handgun. Anything you wanna know about Glock?
     
  4. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    would you say glocks are more relaible than xd's? also one thing i forgot to mention at the begining, im not really trying to spend a whole lot of money.
     
  5. y0L0slick

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    so would you say that glocks are as good as everyone says they are. because ive heard more good than bad but i still want to take as many opinions as i can.
     
  6. Puma

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    I would suggest a glock in the .40 cal (10mm) category. It has good power and good accuracy. The middle ground between 9 mm and .45 cal. If you're lookn for a conceal and carry weapon, try a subcompact. Recoil is hell though on such a small pistol;)
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Reliability depends on how the firearm is used or abused. Either suggested firearms have a good reputation for reliability.

    What works for you is the best. Check out what feels comfortable in your hand.

    The problem I have with Glocks is that my trigger finger drags on the trigger guard. I have to mod the Glock if I plan to keep it. No such problem with the XDm.

    You may not have the problem. The Glock may work for you.

    In other words, it is now your decision.
     
  8. USMC-03

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    This ^^^

    I own 2 xds, an xdm and a couple Glocks...I prefer the Glocks, but that's my opinion.
     
  9. Josh1158

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    Have you tried a revolver? I think there fun. They dont have as many parts to worry about too.
     
  10. y0L0slick

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    the only one ive shot was a 44 revolver... i loved it. but other than that i dont really have expierience with a revolver
     
  11. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    so would you say that glocks are as good as everyone says they are. because ive heard more good than bad but i still want to take as many opinions as i can.
     
  12. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    would you say glocks are more relaible than xd's? also one thing i forgot to mention at the begining, im not really trying to spend a whole lot of money.
     
  13. USMC-03

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    I don't think one is more reliable than the other...I've never had problems with either. Its just a matter of personal preference.
     
  14. phburks

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    I have a XD subcompact in 9mm and I love it. Very fun to shoot, 9mm ammo is affordable so I shoot more often, and with good hollow point ammo it makes a sufficient self defense weapon. I also have a Taurus 605 .357 magnum revolver that is my primary carry weapon. .357's are nice because you can shoot .38 special (not as expensive) with them as well as .357mag.
     
  15. Tackleberry1

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    Does your range rent guns? If you can, shoot them side by side. I believe Gen 4 Glocks and XDm's are within a few bucks of each other if your comparing similar models and there both excellent guns with good reputations so it comes down to which one YOU shoot the best.

    Good Luck

    Tack
     
  16. Josh1158

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    Thats a big one. I have a 357 mag. I love it, its not huge but big enuff to slap the taste outa someones mouth if I need to and I can shoot 38 special or 357's.

    If ya live in michigan you can come shoot mine. I love a good excuse to go though a box of amo.
     
  17. Jeepergeo

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    IMO, you should go to a good range and rent both guns and try them out. Try 45 ACP and 9mm and see what you like.

    Also, consider a revolver for your first instead of a pistol. Revolvers are simple, easy to understand, and don't go bang easily without you deliberately pulling the trigger.

    And, before doing anything, take a Hunters Safety or Firearms Safety class.

    And last, welcome to the sport.
     
  18. historydoc

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    For your needs I'd look into an all steel service pistol in 9mm or the like. Handle a browning hi power, cz 75b, or beretta 92 if you can. You can shoot those all day. Lots of great 9s out there. In polymer I like the fnp9 or if you are on a tight budget the ruger p95. Comfort is the key. If you like the way glocks feel, get a glock. The cz 75 is my favorite range gun though.
     
  19. okdonk

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    I own glock 19 & 26. They r both 9mm. Sizes are good for ccw. 9mm are easily found everywhere and cheaper than 0.40, .45 and etc. So u dont have to break the banks each time u visit range for practises. Glocks are simple, reliable, nice design and well known. Imo, go with glock.

    Most importantly, ask yourself how much you will be spending in short/long term, which model u like, which one feels right when u are holding it. Follow your heart! ;)
     
  20. N_Roque

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    You can't go wrong with a glock or XD. Any and all of them are great for home defense. As for caliber, I would definitely go for a 9mm. There fun to shoot and affordable to take to the range and bust a few boxes. Im glock biased tho so automatically I think "g19" or "g17" but personally one of the fun parts of buying a gun is the research. Hope this helped man

    Good luck!