Need a little advice

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by tromulusZ06, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. tromulusZ06

    tromulusZ06 New Member

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    Hello I'm a little new to handguns and am in the market for a good beginner handgun. only problem is that i don't know a whole lot about handguns. So I am seeking your advice. thank you
     
  2. tomgodd

    tomgodd Active Member

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    Go to a range and rent a few. You will then lern what fits you well. That is the best advice I can give you. I have held many I thought I liked and I did not shoot well with.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    See if you can find a certified instructor to assist you. You can pick up what seems to be the best fitting, only to find that you may be holding it incorrectly to shoot good scores. (happens all the time).
    Go to the range and look at what people are shooting. At my range, lookers are often asked if they would like to try, and are taught all kinds of "secrets".
    Find out when the range is going to have competitions and go watch.
    I hope this helps. Good luck!
     
  4. tromulusZ06

    tromulusZ06 New Member

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    thank you this is all really good advice. I've got a pretty good local range thats helped my buddy with his rifle. he also told me some people at the range ti talk to.
     
  5. Byrdguy

    Byrdguy New Member

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    For a .22, you can't go wrong with any of the Ruger MKIIIs either.
     

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  6. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I'll third that recommendation.
    The .22lr is cheap to shoot and is a excellent trainer.
    Plus that gun will prepare you for the best of all handguns, the true 1911 .45 caliber:D
     
  7. Byrdguy

    Byrdguy New Member

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    I recently had the opportunity to fondle one of the GSGs and it is indeed a very nice piece of hardware. I'm sure it shoots like a dream also.
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    It fits my hand like a..............well, like a 1911. Has near weight of the 1911 and even has felt recoil.

    The fact it’s a German made tack driver is just gravy.

    If you are looking for a .22lr handgun of any ilk, do yourself a favor and find one of these to fondle.

    If you own a 1911, you will take this pistol home with you.

    Five hundred rounds of .22lr cost me <$20, five hundred rounds of .45ACP WWB ball runs me ~$285.

    The GSG runs at right around $300, (Mine cost me $286) what’s not to like?
     
  9. Byrdguy

    Byrdguy New Member

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    Dang, I didn't know they were that affordable. :cool:
     
  10. gatopardo

    gatopardo New Member

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    beginner handgun?

    There is not really a beginner handguns, if you make a mistake, they all can be lethal, and there is no rewind button if something happen, most news about guns are about tragedies, so first study the subject, hang around the forum and read the posts for awhile, after a couple of weeks you'll be able to separate the chaff from the grain. Ask questions like today.

    Then set aside a budget for your first pistol, choose a caliber which is affordable because you'll have to practice, a lot. .22 is the cheapest but its efficiency is marginal at best for self defense, if your purpose is target competition only a .22 is OK because the small recoil. .32, .38 calibers are hard to find sometimes as they are not that popular, if there is a walmart close to your home you'll always find 9mm, and .40 s&w , .45acp is hard to find sometimes.
    Mind you all this calibers are for semi autos.
    If you choose to get a revolver .38 special is as popular as the 9.mm, in fact the difference is the .38 has a longer shell.
    Most guys here seem to prefer .357 special or 44 magnum, but most of us have been shooting for awhile:cool:
    In my opinion a 9mm caliber is the most popular, if you will use your pistol for personal defense or is going to be your only gun, 9mm is a good start, some guys might have a different opinion and that is good , so pay attention and evaluate.

    If eventually you consider on getting a conceal carry license, remember it isn't a license to kill, and if you don't know what you're doing at this point will jeopardize your life, that of your family and everyone around, so be prepared to learn from real instructors, pay one if you can afford one, it costs about $40.00 per hour at any range.
     
  11. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    I'd say go to a hunter ed. class or firearms safety course. just a real basic one. I've yet to meet somebody who knew everything they taught.

    Then ask some friends if they can take you shooting and show you the ropes of the guns they have. You'll learn way more than you ever thought, and you'll definitely have a better idea of what you want and don't want.

    That's how I did it :)