My first gun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Geno, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Geno

    Geno New Member

    Hi all.
    I am planning to buy my first handgun.
    I am a complete newbie.
    Shot few times Sig P250 with my friend (his gun) and that's all the experience i have.
    I want to get an advise what gun should i get.
    I think i need something simple to use and reliable.
    I don't want to spend more then $700-750.
    Sorry if there is not enough info, but like i said i am new to this.
  2. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

    Any XDm and you'll be happy.

    I have about 1,800rds down the tube and if has worked out very well.
    Here is a review of my XDm 45:

    I have been carrying it in a Tagua Open Top Quick Draw Leather Belt
    Holster made for a H&K 45 Auto. It actually fits perfectly. I picked it
    because H&K have larger trigger guards. Plus, its only $35 shipping
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

  3. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

    For simple and reliable look at revolvers.

    Best bet is to go to a range that rents and try different kinds. Only you can decide what works best for you.
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    +1 on a revolver as the first.
    It may not be fancy, may hold only so many bullets (that maybe a good thing), some say it is out of date, but you can't beat it.

    Learn the basics with the revolver, then transition to the semi-auto.
  5. WDB

    WDB New Member

    Yep what he said:)

    Good luck, take your time, shoot several and find what fits you best.
  6. luckyg

    luckyg New Member

    Here's what I recommend:

    Go and rent all of these compact polymer-frame 9mm pistols:

    Glock 19
    Ruger SR9c
    S&W M&P9c
    Springfield Armory XD9 compact

    Choose the one that you shoot best.

    You can't go wrong with any of these guns.
  7. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

    NJ...15 round limit, XDm is verboten...well not the .45ACP. :)
  8. BigScoot11

    BigScoot11 New Member

    I completely agree with this. When i made the plunge on my first i did almost the same thing. Just make sure you can rent them to shoot so you know how it feels in your hand on the firing line not just at the case lol.
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Unless you are experienced, go get some training (someone taught you how to drive, didn't they), then go to a range that offers rentals and rent different guns (after you had a chance to see how they fit).

    When we suggested revolvers, this was (in my case) a suggestion based on over 40 years firearms experience (with 30 years as an instructor).
  10. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    from the perspective of looking at it as a total new person to guns would a revolver is exactly the same as a semi-auto. there is nothing that makes a semi-auto more difficult to learn than a revolver. they are just different. that is all.

    for a noob transitioning from one to the other can be difficult but to someone starting they gotta learn one or the other first.

    however i think a person is better off starting on semiauo pistols.

    semi you gotta learn to manipulate a magazine and slide
    revolver you gotta learn to manipulate a speed loader and cylinder

    i would say a revolver has slightly more things to learn that require slightly more coordination. usually involving good technique in empty and refilling a cylinder. under stress and fear reloading a revolver can be an extremely difficult if not impossible task. if its just range shooting it really doesnt matter.

    reloading a revolver requires a person to align six objects with six holes. reloading a semi requires aligning one object with one hole.

    i recomend semi-auto over revolver for self defense simply because most people arent going to spend oodles of time making the movements to clear spent rounds from a cylinder and reloading a reflex. its easier to load and reload a semi with little or infrequent practice.
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    If you go the route of a revolver, you can jump right into the most versatile chambering made, the .357 magnum. With a .357, you can shoot light and inexpensive .38 rounds for practice and plinking, and then load one of the most proven man-stoppers for self defense or .38+P for in between power.

    Keep in mind there is more felt recoil with a revolver as compared to a semi automatic. And although the revolver is simpler in some aspects, I found the double action trigger on a revolvers is more difficult to master most semi auto triggers.

    By the way, what do you want this new gun for? Is this going to be a self defense weapon?
  12. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    Add something to the budget for handgun class.
    What is your intended use for said gun?
    Assuming HD/range/misc: CZ75B and the Kadet .22 Adapter kit for it. Good reliable & accurate platform. With a bit of luck and good shopping skills, you should be able to bring the total in near your price cap. You get 2 very good guns this way.
    Then practice, practice, practice.
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I am very new to guns but I recommend a revolver as a first gun, too. They don't jam and when you open the cylinder to see if it's empty, there is no 'forgotten' round in the chamber (excuse me if I'm not using the right terminology). I agree that a pistol probably makes a better self defense weapon but if I were a 'bad guy', I wouldn't laugh at a .357 pointed at me, either. I suggest starting with a revolver then eventually get a semi-auto pistol as your second gun........because you're going to want more guns eventually. :D
  14. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    The folks that will steer you toward a 22lr or .357 revolver have valid points. I currently have neither. At some point I will (because their advice is in fact very sound), but for now I only have auto-loading centerfire pistols. I don't possess a 1911 yet either, but that'll change at some point too.

    Since you're posting this in the semi-auto forum and seem to be pointing toward a centerfire, all I can tell you is what works for me. Probably this will point you in a positive direction, but that's hardly a certainty. I've found the following pistols to be great fits for me, and generally good values:

    1) CZ- Almost any model that is even loosely affiliated with the '75' series. Outstanding value. Based on my limited experience CZ is about the best bang for your buck out there.
    2) Sig Sauer 220/226/229- Great guns. But shop around, as it's easy to overpay for these models. There are some great deals to be had in the used market.
    3)Springfield XD- Just pick the caliber and frame that fit you. While I have little personal experience, observations imply the S&W M&P line warrants similar endorsement.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011
  15. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

  16. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

    As lucky stated, go out to a range with gun rentals (if you have one nearby) and try out some guns. The only real way to find a good gun is to shoot it yourself.

    If don't have a range with rentals, then find a friend who goes out to the range frequently. He probably knows alot of people willing to go out with you and they'll happily let you shoot their handguns.

    and if you can't do that, go to your local gun dealer and hold each and every handgun they have. Dry fire the handguns if the dealer allows it so you can get a feel for the trigger pull. Work all the mechanisms on the gun, play with it, see if you like the way it works overall, many guns have many different features on them. Talk to the Dealer, if he is unbiased, he'll usually find what might be best for you.
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

    I love my XD45, my CZ75b, and my Ruger GP100 .357mag revolver. My first pistol was a .22 semi-auto similar to the Ruger Mark something.

    Personally, i would AT LEAST rent a .357/.38 revolver and a CZ75b or XD series semi-auto.

    If your state limits capacity, a smaller semi-auto might offer some advantages if concealed carry is a probability.