Looking for suggestions on buying my first semiauto handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Thejiro, May 29, 2011.

  1. Thejiro

    Thejiro New Member

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    I have never owned or really shot guns. I am looking for a good reliable semiauto handgun that I can learn the fundamentals of marksmanship on. I am considering a 22caliber because they are relatively inexpensive as guns go and the ammo is cheap. I was hoping to get some suggestions on what to look into and to help me with my descision.

    Tia
    Ken
     
  2. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

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    First off, WELCOME to the best Firearm forum on the interwebz. Stop by the intro section, introduce yourself and say hello.

    As far a buying your first gun, there are many good 22 pistols on the market today and its a wise place to start. I own a Ruger Mark II 22/45 which is weighted and has same style controls as the 1911 and is an excellent practice plinker to play with and I use all the time.

    The best thing to do is go to a local gun shop and pick up and handle any one you can find and see what fits you hands the best. then so some research on the one you are interested in. Good luck on your search and welcome aboard.
     

  3. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Welcome to the FTF.

    A good choice to start with a 22 as a learner. The best 22 for you to get is the one you like the most. Try to find a place to shoot a few different types. I have a Browning Buckmark 22 I shoot more than any other handgun I have. Just make sure you get a good quality gun. If you go too cheep you may be sorry later.
     
  4. Poink88

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    I think 22LR or 9mm is a good starting point. Start checking Browning Buckmark and Ruger Mark series. I have the Buckmark and cannot ask for more (value wise).

    That said, my wife didn't like 22LR much, since she claims it is almost like shooting nothing...she likes shooting my .40 cal more :D but it might change once she shoot my new 9mm which she already claimed w/o shooting yet. I am pushing her the 22LR since it is much cheaper to shoot :D
     
  5. Thejiro

    Thejiro New Member

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    Thx for all of the replies I will deffenatly research into these guns to see what catches my eye then go check them out at a local shop
     
  6. Gojubrian

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    The Browning Buckmark is my favorite .22 handgun. I've have the stainless camper model with the URX grip. It's excellent!
    I would recommend a full size steel gun for 9mm A's well. The CZ is my favorite in that arena. I also adore the Browning Hipower, but from afar. :(
     
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  8. Poink88

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    I agree. CZ is also my favorite 9mm now and like you...lusting for a BHP due to all the rave reviews but never tried it yet. I can't imagine it being that much better than the CZ though (but I could be mistaken).
     
  9. Flat4sti

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    i am looking at getting a cz 75b as my second,
     
  10. B1911

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    For your stated use, a .22 is a great choice. Do you have a feel for what kind of gun you'll want to own if you decide to go further? For example, maybe you want to do competition shooting, personal carry, or you fancy 1911s or a Glock in a defense caliber someday.

    For example, you could consider the GSG 1911-22 or maybe the Ruger 22/45 if you wanted to get into 1911s later.

    For just accurate 22 semi-auto shooting, its hard to beat the Ruger Mark II or III pistols for a very reasonable price. Nice sight radius, accurate, easy to shoot. A pain to clean though.
     
  11. SoupNazi

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    This. Make sure you only use CCI Mini-Mags in it though or you may have feed and misfire problems...
     
  12. morrisammo

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    a P22 is a good gun,, I have one,,, it is a fun lil gun,, foer the money,,, I'd tell you to , buy a Glock 9mm or and XDM in 9mm, some used Glocks cost just lil bit more than a new P22,,
     
  13. orangello

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    I know this isn't the least expensive option, but what about a CZ75b in 9mm and the CZ "kadet kit" that lets you swap out the 9mm slide & barrel & magazine for a 22LR set? If you can afford it, it would let you practice with 22LR while leaving the pistol in 9mm setup for any defensive needs.

    CZ-USA -> CZ 75 B

    CZ-USA -> CZ 75 KADET ADAPTER

    I saw some used CZ75b's (i guess police/military trade ins) for about $350 at this place: Widener's Reloading and Shooting Supply INC

    I love my CZ75b; it has never jammed on me and feels very solid in the hand. I do not have a kadet kit for mine, not yet anyways.
     
  14. WannaGator

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    .38 Special isn't as cheap as .22LR but allows for less expensive practice than full house .357 MAG.

    I have an EAA Windicator 2" Snubby and it's a hoot with .38 Spec or .357 Mag.
     
  15. Werminator

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    Another vote for the Ruger Mk Series... The Walthers are cool looking guns but they don't have a feel that carries over into other guns... They are too compact for me to be comfortable shooting them and some of them can be very ammo sensitive. The Rugers tend to shoot just about anything put through them and as far as cleaning, it is a pain but rarely must be done... We go a couple bricks of ammo ( brick and a half or so at the least) before a thorough cleaning of dad's MKII is necessary... You can get the Rugers for very reasonable prices too... I like the 22/45 series but some folks don't fancy polymer trigger frames... My SR9 (full frame Ruger 9mm with polymer lower unit) shoots great and feels very good... If you want to shoot something that screams NICE GUN, Ruger just released a 1911 of their own recently that can be had for around 6 bills (subject to change)...
     
  16. SoupNazi

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    I just bought one of the Ruger P95 9mm pistols a couple weekends ago (stainless model) Ruger® P-Series P95™ Centerfire Pistol Models. Very happy with it. About $350 out the door. It is a little heavy when compared with others, but if you are on a budget, you won't mind the extra weight. :D
     
  17. Recon 173

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    Take a look at the Kel Tec PMR-30 pistol. A good .22 magnum that holds a lot of ammo and would make a good survival gun if needed. Probably about the best way to go for a training gun and survival gun at one time.

    Kel Tec CNC
     
  18. Thejiro

    Thejiro New Member

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    Orangello thx for the post. I was really considering that option bc I fell in love with the cz75b while looking up guns that were suggested to me. Although I have yet to handle one. I've yet to see if any of the local ranges have any fir rentals