My First Gun - Please advise

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by danzaka, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. danzaka

    danzaka New Member

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    Hi all .

    I am looking for a new gun .

    My gun experience is limited though i do have experience with rifles , mostly AR15 from the military service .

    anyway here is what i am looking for :

    1. Cheap ammo , i would like to go target practice and wont spend to much on ammo like i do on my 5.56 NATO .

    2. Legal as concealed gun in TX .

    3. Stopping power , this gun will be for home defense as well as for practice .

    4. price , i would like to stay below 600$

    5. Light/Laser , this is optional but i would like a gun where i can add flashlight /laser later like you can do with the Sig`s

    Any suggestions on what to go with ?

    Thanks
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Well, given your criteria it has to be a 9mm as it's the cheapest ammo that works for self-defense. As for the gun, find a range that rents them and find out what fits you.

    On a local GA forum, folks are asking tons of questions about the S&W Sigma as Academy has them on sale and S&W has a rebate. We have Sigma fans here but I also see these as about the most common handguns listed for sale by owner. They are reliable - but they really have terrible triggers.

    The two most common in your situation are Glocks & XDs - both will be fine it just depends on what fits you best...
     

  3. m260gt

    m260gt New Member

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    I am very happy with my Ruger SR9c, and it costed me $496 out the door. I can find ammo for 9.97 for a 50 round box. It shoots great. I also shot the XD in 9mm and the S&W Sigma 9mm, and like mine the best out of them. Best thing to do is to shoot as many as you can.
     
  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I had some nice luck with a CZ-75b i picked up lightly used for $400. It runs great and shoots straight; there was a bit of discoloration on one bit of the slide, probably from laying on a damp surface. I don't think anybody who got shot by it would know it was used. If you have some gun-savvy buddies, ask one to go with you to some pawn shops and maybe a gunshow to look for something lightly used. Used = more ammo $ available.

    Of course, for $600, you could get an new XD or XDm in 9mm; i have an XD45 that i really enjoy shooting (.45 ammo ain't cheap though). I also picked up a new Ruger GP-100 for about $400 not too long ago, might've been $425; if you consider a revolver an option, you should take a look at the GP-100. Mine has a 6" barrel, so it would be harder to conceal, but they are available with 4" and smaller barrels. The gun will use .357 magnum or .38 special ammo, so you can have the pricier magnums for defense and the less expensive .38's for practice. The revolver seems a bit simpler to use to me, if that is something you might want.
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Here's your typical factory range ammo cost:

    .223- $0.40/rd (for comparison sake)
    9mm- 0.20/rd
    40sw- 0.28/rd
    45acp- 0.35/rd

    At your price point and wanting an all-around defense pistol with potential for carry, your best option will probably be a compact (not sub compact) polymer pistol.

    Almost all of the options in this category fit your needs. They can be found in all calibers, most have rails, almost all of them are high quality weapons, and the vast majority can easily be found in the $450-600 price range. If you like the fit, polymer offerings from Glock, Springfield, S&W, FN, CZ, Sig, Walther, Beretta, or Ruger are unlikely to let you down.
     
  6. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Buy the one in your price range that fits you best.
     
  7. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Try them all, and then buy the XD9. :D
     
  8. EdwardH

    EdwardH New Member

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    My First Gun

    I just yesterday picked up a new Beretta P x 4 Storm 9mm for $589 at Cheaper Than Dirt in Fort Worth. Don't know where you are, but they sell guns online. It just has to be sent to a licensed dealer and picked up there. This is my sixth handgun, but my first one outside the Springfield Armory family, so I'm obviously a big fan of Springfield. But I'm very anxious to get the Beretta to the range. It feels great, has a lot of features I like and a magazine capacity of 17.

    I did a lot of research both online and in the gun magazines before I went out searching for my first handgun. I was also able to shoot several different guns before I bought too. The Springfield XD 9mm Tactical was the last gun I shot before purchasing my first one. I was so impressed with the Springfield, I went to the gunstore and bought one immediately after leaving the range. Haven't looked back since. Until I strayed yesterday and picked up the Beretta.

    But the best advice has been given. Handle, shoot and research as many guns as you can before you make the final decision. That way you'll be sure to find the right one for you. Good luck with the search.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    1. Cheap ammo could be the 9mm.
    2. What is legal in TX? Are there restraints ala Kalifornicate?
    3. Stopping power. In my opinion, I would want enough to stop a 100# vicious dog as a minimum. It would probably be kind of effective against a 200# person.
    4. Price: check on-line auctions. That is a good start for the models that may be legal in TX.
    5. Check for "rails" on your planned purchase.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    +1 :d :d
     
  11. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    If you get one send it to S & W and have them do a trigger job. I shot one that had the trigger worked on it shoots great. Also check in to the M & P 9 or 40.
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Mr Bond, Please stop by the "Introductions" area and tell us a little about yourself.
     
  13. danzaka

    danzaka New Member

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    Plans for tonight

    Go to the range and rent the following guns:

    Beretta Px4
    Springfield XD9
    SW Sigma
    SW SD9
    Ruger SR9c

    Total to rent them all :35$
    50 rnd box : 14.99 * 5
    gun range entry fee : 18$

    Total : 128$

    Will post my results later on

    ** Any Sig that i should give a try ??? **

    Ohh and i already order 1K of rounds from this deal ... good price

    New Remington UMC 9mm 500 rounds $81.97 FS
    This deal is cheaper than the others going on right now.

    Buy 2 boxes of 250 https://www.gandermountain.com/mo...w&i=412731

    add $1.99 filler to get over $100 https://www.gandermountain.com/mo...w&i=426726

    At checkout apply coupon code gm09wl15 for $20 off $100.
     
  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    :( No chance for a revolver?

    I think you will get your money's worth from the range trip.
     
  15. danzaka

    danzaka New Member

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    I have no problems with revolvers , expect that it doesn't carry enough ammo for my opinion , takes to long to reload and **** .

    BTW looks like SW gives 50$ rebate or two free mags now ..
     
  16. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Google a video of Jerry Miculek. Practice has a lot to do with reloads.
     
  17. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    This is the best advice anyone can give you. Get your hands on as many different pistols as possible and find the best fit for you. Now once you get narroweddown a little there might be a litle more people can say about specific weapons.

    As stated a 9mm will be the least expensive to feed.
     
  18. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am curious as to your thoughts on the SD9. I'll be waiting. I couldn't tell you what to buy, it is a decision you will have to make on your own.
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  19. notamoocher

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    stoeger cougar

    Just shot my new cougar for the first time today. Great Gun $ 389.00. 9mm is the way to go for protection and price. See more about this gun in the semi-auto handgun section. also Stoeger Industries Home
     
  20. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

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    Glock 19

    Price: 500.00
    9mm is cheap to shoot, will stop an attacker
    Easily concealed (mine fits in my pants pocket)
    Accurate, durable, yadda yadda yadda -insert Glock's numerous pro's here-

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