Need help!!!

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Jeason343, May 30, 2013.

  1. Jeason343

    Jeason343 New Member

    I am a 21 year old fire fighter. My birthday was earlier this month and I am interested in purchasing a hand gun. I live in North Carolina which is an open carry state. I need advice on for a first time shooter and gun owner. Any suggestions for a first weapon?
  2. fordracing

    fordracing Member

    Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

    Consider a Ruger GP100 revolver in .38/.357 magnum. The .38 special ammo is great for target practice while the .357 magnum rounds would be a bit harder hitting for self defense. A revolver is a good kind of handgun to learn on, since the operation is obvious from outside.

    If you don't mind buying a firearm strictly to learn with, consider a .22.
  4. SigArmored

    SigArmored New Member

    Go to a bunch of lgs and shows pick up everything you can get a hand on and pick what ever fits best in you're hand.Take into account what you're going to use it fore(home d,cc,range)and how you plan to carry.Everyone here has their absolute fave I know I have mine (Sig Sauer)but that doesn't mean it's the right one for you.
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Another vote for a .357 revolver- but a Ruger .22 Auto is a great first handgun. Ammo is cheap enuff that you will shoot a LOT more.
  6. nixfix

    nixfix New Member

    Find a range that rents and try a bunch. I find a revolver or a Beretta 92 a good choice. Easy to see what's going on, accurate and easy to control.
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Get your mitts on as many as you can to try out.

    Read each user's manual (especially the cleaning / maintenance area).

    Get some training from a certified instructor (so that Uncle's bad habits are not picked up).
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    #1 - Take a basic pistol class. This link will help you find one in your area:

    #2 - Watch the videos in this thread:

    #3 - Like others have said, try as many different handguns as you can. Choosing a handgun is like choosing a pair of shoes. It is a very personal choice, and what may work for someone else, might not work for you.

    #4 - If there is one thing we can all agree upon here, it is that everyone needs a .22. If it is not your first gun, it should be your second.
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    personally i will not suggest a particular pistol or type, because a pistol is in many ways a very personal thing. what works for me and that i can shoot well might not be the right choice for you.

    as other have suggested and is the same thing i have said to those new to pistols and wanting to get one, try out many and see what fits you and puts a smile on your face.

    yes enroll in a firearms safety class. and as suggested if you are new to firearms, then a pistol or rifle in 22 rimfire might be first one to look into getting. a person can practice much cheaper usually with a 22 vs. a centerfire calibr and learn the basics.

    when you find some that fit and you're interested in as getting serious about, come back and ask us about them. very likely someone here has some input on just about anything you might come across.
  10. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

    Wheel gun or pistol? It is up to what you like, and then you should know what you need. If you have friends with weapons ask to see/shoot if not see the above.
  11. Dizzll

    Dizzll New Member

    Well if you're seeking approval from the masses, either Glock or a 1911 with a 45ACP or stronger lol..:D

    BUT seriously- what others have said here. You need to handle multiple weapons and see how comfortable you are with them. Make sure you try basic things like magazine release, pointing, and slide manipulating. It's the most fun shopping you can do besides a car imo though. Make sure you let us know what you choose!
    Good Luck!
    Last edited: May 31, 2013