Looking at first hand gun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by mustang08, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. mustang08

    mustang08 New Member

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    So i finally turned 21 and since i live in NJ i can finally get a pistol permit to buy a pistol. So i have been looking around and thinking about maybe my frist hand gun being a .22 caliber since im a beginner with pistols and i heard there good beginner guns. Was looking at the Rugers and saw a couple i like. Any helpful ideas on if this is a good choice or what u think would be a good thing to do. Also was thinking .22 since i have a .22 riffle so it would be good on ammo since it can be used one both.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Good choice! Many like the rugers, I prefer browning. :)

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    You can't go wrong with either one. Fun and cheap to shoot.
     

  3. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

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    I would go with a Ruger Mark 3, just make sure it has a long barrel and adjustable sights.
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I will echo that the .22LR is a very good choice for a first pistol and I like the Ruger MkIII 6". They run about $280.
     
  5. NGIB

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    Agree with my friends above. The Ruger 22/45, the Ruger Mark III, or the Browning Buckmark are all great choices. I have a short barreled Mark III Hunter and my son has a longer barreled 22/45 - both are great shooters and great platforms to learn handgun shooting. Note that mine cost double what my son's did...

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  6. cpttango30

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    YOu can't go wrong with either the Browning or the Ruger. I don't care for the MkIII because of the CA DOJ Approved loaded chamber indacator on it. I feel it is not needed and it shows Rugers willingness to bend to the Draconian Rule of CA.

    Also take a look at the Berretta Neos. It is a decent looking pistol and shoots good.
     
  7. Jay

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    Choosing the same caliber as your rifle is cost effective. Lots of choices out there. As usual, my suggestion would be to get your hands on as many as you can, and get what feels best to you.

    Browning Buckmarks are good......
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    As are the Rugers.....
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  8. NGIB

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    I agree that the LCI and the mag disconnect hurt the gun and have been known to cause problems. The good thing is they are both easy to remove which makes the Mark III into a Mark II...
     
  9. mustang08

    mustang08 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the help def gonna go out to some places and check out a couple handguns and see what i like. Also another reason i kinda like a .22 is if i bring a girl to the range i feel the .22 is something they could shoot and it wont be to bad for them like a .44 or something would be haha
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good thinking. ;)
     
  11. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    +1 for the Ruger MkIII.
     
  12. mustang08

    mustang08 New Member

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    Was talking to a friend he said to check out the beretta neos any opinions on that gun?
     
  13. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    Completely personal preference on whether one can get far enough past the looks to see how it shoots.... methinks I'm a bit too old for that kind of styling....
     
  14. Mr. Bluesky

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    Would be my third choice after the Ruger and the Browning.
     
  15. FaTmAn

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  16. mustang08

    mustang08 New Member

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    So went out to a gun shop the other day and checked out a couple of the rugers. Really like the Mark 3 gonna check another gun shop hopefully this weekend but so far it looks like te mark 3 has my pick haha. Got to go put in for my pistol permit soon and then finally buy haha
     
  17. Swampbilly

    Swampbilly New Member

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    Here's another vote for the Ruger Mark III...a fine 22 caliber pistol for starting out. Great target shooter.


    Regards,

    Swampbilly
     
  18. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    True, funny thing is my girlfriend would rather shoot the .45acp than the 9x18. :D
     
  19. mustang08

    mustang08 New Member

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    Lol well the girl i was thinking of taking has never gone shooting before i kinda dont want to discourage her from going right off the bat haha. Ill probally have my dad come along to the range also and he can bring his 44 mag revolver so if she feels the need to move up from the 22 she always can haha
     
  20. group17

    group17 New Member

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    Better you go to the range with your dad a few times to learn the gun then take the girl by yourself.