Looking for a handgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by DustyDavis83, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    Im new to all this, Looking to buy my first handgun. Ive been thinking about 9mm or a .40cal.
    im getting my CHL in about 2 weeks

    im 25 about 190lb

    i like the smith and wesson S&W M&P9 209301 9MM 4.25 17R
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    they make it in 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum, .357SIG, .40S&W
    Do yall think i should stick with a 9mm for my first handgun?

    Thanks
    Dusty
     
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  2. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    The M&P is quite nice, as far as plastic pistols go. I'm waiting for the paperwork to come through on a full size 9mm one. Have you had a chance to handle it? If it feels comfortable, go for it. It's a good gun.

    About your caliber choice, while 9mm isn't my favourite is has some advantages, like price. It's the most affordable of the SD rounds, and with the right bullet it's quite good.

    If you're not set on the M&P, you should check out some other options, like CZ's. Model 75 is a very good handgun, you can get it with a decocker (and carry it with the hammer down, for a double action first shot) or you can get the single action version, which you can carry "cocked and locked".
     

  3. WDB

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    THe S&W M&P is a good pistol, I have one in 45 and a compact 9mm. They are my carry pistols. I trily like the feel of them and the abliity to replace the back strap to fit your hand.

    Best advice is to find a range that rents pistols and shoot as many as possible. While I expect the M&P will remain a top choice you might find something else that you like even more.

    Good luck and let us know what you buy.
     
  4. oldandslow

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    DD, 4/7/09

    When buying your first pistol it is important to try as many models as you can to see what fits you best. The best way to do this is to go to a range that rents pistols and try as many as you can. It is best to take someone with you who is knowledgable with guns so he can help you.

    You also need to decide what the gun will be used for. If it is for home or range use it is OK to be larger and heavier than a carry pistol might be.

    Smith-Wesson makes some fine polymer (plastic) pistols, as do Glock, Springfield (XD models), HK and even Sig. And 9mm is a great caliber to start with. Ammo is cheaper than most other calibers (except .22 ammo), recoil is light and 9mm ammo is usually found easily. It is also fine for self defense when used with the proper bullet and velocity.

    So enjoy your quest and let us know how it works out, and feel free to ask any other questions.

    By the way, I shoot and carry either 9mm or .45, and feel comfortable with either.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
  5. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Get what YOU prefer... not what someone else likes. A 9mm would be a little cheaper to shoot and ammo is available everywhere. Other than that, I'd go with a .40 or .45 for self defence.
     
  6. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    I'm plan on going to the range tomorrow to shoot with my cousin, he is in the coast guard swat. So he going to bring his guns, let me shoot them and teach some things.

    Im looking for something to carry on me, thats why i was thinking of something small like a 9mm. then get something bigger later for the house but i do have a 12g pump at home. But my dad tell me if i stop smoking then he would buy me a nice kimber so here day one of not smoking.
    thanks yall
     
  7. Franciscomv

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    9mm handguns are not much smaller than .45's (and most .40's have the same frame size as a 9mm), there are lots of easy to conceal .45's out there. I find 1911's very comfortable, since they are relatively thin.

    If your dad is getting you a Kimber, you'll have the .45 nicely covered. Get a 9mm just to have something different and a bit cheaper to shoot (or something that complements the Kimber, either as a back-up or summer carry gun).
     
  8. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    thats what i was thinking.
    but should i go with a M&P compact now for a cc?
    something with like a 3" barrel, but the S&W M&P 9mm i like is only a 4.25
     
  9. Franciscomv

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    Besides trying out guns at the range to see how they shoot, you need to try them on with different holsters to see how they feel and carry.

    Take your time and find the holster/gun combo that works best. Concealing the 4,25" M&P shouldn't be so hard, and it will be more comfortable to shoot than a smaller model with shorter sight radius and grip (this again depends on your hand size).

    Bottomline is, the M&P is a good weapon, but you need to make sure its right for you.
     
  10. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    No matter what you decide on... you had better load up on AMMO. and soon. Some calibers are in short supply and others will follow soon.
     
  11. Cnynrat

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    As others have already said, try before you buy in order to make sure you get a gun that's comfortable for you to shoot.

    That said, my wife has a full size M&P 40 and we both like the gun. The adjustable grips were a big plus for her, but I also find it to be a good fit for my hands. I wouldn't get to hung up on choice of caliber - with the right round all the choices are reasonable for self defense. I would say that lately it seems that .40 is a little more available than 9mm, but that's probably not going to stay that way forever.
     
  12. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    I am planning on going to the range today so i will let yall know how its goes
    thanks for all the help
     
  13. WDB

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    The M&P 45 is 4.25" and is light to carry. The 9mm compact is 3.5". I carry the 45 most of the time but when wearing a tee and shorts the 9mm is a better choice. If Dad will buy you a Kimber if you quit smoking, first your Dad is a good guy and wants to give you the best. Second give up the cigs as they will take your life and get the Kimber it might save your life :D!

    If your Dad isn't a member you should get him to sign up, sounds like a guy we would enjoy here.
     
  14. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    he is a good guy and it been 3 days so far of not smoking
    him signing up on here lol! i tried once to set him up and email and that didnt go so well
    he is not a teck kinda guy
     
  15. DustyDavis83

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    So i did go to the range last night got off about 50 round of 9mm, 25 of glock 357 sig and about 25 of my buddys 357 mag revolver
    I liked you 9mm after i got use to it. I was hoping they would have had a s&w m&p 9mm but they didnt
     
  16. DustyDavis83

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    So i was at the gun shop today and they just happin to have on sale this week S&W M&P 9mm
    so i said f-it and bought one about to go to the range and shoot
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  17. WDB

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    Congrats on your purchase, let us know what you think when you get to shoot it.
     
  18. DustyDavis83

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    i do like it, got kicked out of the range after 2 hrs, "they were closing"
    so we are going to go back tomr. i was reading one problem with the S&W M&P when ejecting shells flight right back at your head and its true, so im going to read some more about
    let me know what if yall have read anything
     
  19. Gojubrian

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    A friend of mine told me about them landing on his head, but that's fixable.
     
  20. DustyDavis83

    DustyDavis83 New Member

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    how would i go about fixing that?
    i just put a hat on and that worked kinda good