New gun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by solman, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. solman

    solman New Member

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    Hey gents I am looking at getting my first personal weapon, I recently turned 21 which means I can legally own a handgun. I am wondering if you guys have any suggestions as what to look for and suggested guns and caliber sizes. Any information would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. flyingbrickracing

    flyingbrickracing New Member

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    What works for one may not for the next.
    Go to you LGS and try them on.
    If you live in a state where you can rent guns at a range try as many as you can.

    Here in NY you cannot even hold a handgun to see if it fits you with out a permit but you can't apply for a permit with out a gun to put on it(go figure)
     

  3. solman

    solman New Member

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    Yeah I am just not sure of any shops in my area. The closest one that has rentals is in panama city. I am going to call to see about pricing and see what they require to rent one. I have not taken any safety classes or anything, so i will see what they say. I have good common sense and know how to handel a gun but understand that they do not know that. Any suggestions of guns I need to try when I go to rent a gun if they let me, I would like to be armed with a small list of guns to try out. I am looking mainly at a 9mm and a .45
     
  4. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    The number one thing is going to boil down to your budget. Around $500 seems to be the sweet spot for gun prices. Smith Wesson M&P's, Springfield XD's, and Glocks are all quality products in that area. Rugers run a little less, Sigs a little more. Then there are the used guns with their lower selling price. To be honest your question can't be answered with the information given. It's like my asking what kind of truck should I buy. You say Nissan with a 5 speed so I can get good mileage. And that's a good idea and a good truck. I forgot to mention that I need a 3,000 lb. payload and up to 15,000 lbs. of towing:eek:! Figure out a budget and what you want from the gun (carry, target, home defense, all three, just two, $250 - $3k) and then we can make informed recommendations.
     
  5. solman

    solman New Member

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    Ah good point, my bad. Ok I am looking to pay around 5-600 dollars, I would like a gun for carry, target and home defense. I would like to obtain the gun before I go on my trip, I am taking a trip all the way up maine and plan on going to many big areas and large amount of camping. I am not a fan of glock not that they are a bad gun just do not like the safety system. If you need any more information that would be great.
     
  6. SHSBulldog06

    SHSBulldog06 New Member

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    My first handgun when I turned 21 was a Springfield XD-40 4" model. I carried it for about a month or two (without a round chambered). But I'm a small guy so I got a Kimber Ultra Carry II for ease of carry and love it. If you don't like the glock safety system you probably will like the XD just a bit better because of the grip safety but not too much more. I can tell you what I would have done if I knew what I knew now before I got the XD. If I had a $500-600 budget I would opt for a lower end 1911. Something similar to this.... Springfield PW9142LP GI CHAMP 4IN 45PK PKG for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $516.00

    or this smaller model

    Springfield GI MICRO 3" 45PK Package for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $554.00
    Both are Springfield GI's
    Chances are you'll like that safety system better.
    But thats just my personal preference.
     
  7. solman

    solman New Member

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    Thanks will look into that, I am wondering whay the 1911 is so popular? The glock is a fine gun but the safety kind of bothers me but is also nice because if you need to pull the trigger quick it can be done but with proper knowledge and experience of the weapon I would imagine the same could be done with a different gun. i do suppose i need to really go look at a glock up close because I have only read about the safety, and also look at a 1911 and the xd.
     
  8. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Xd9 or xd40, try them out.
     
  9. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I don't like the glocks for several reasons, sights, ergonomics, trigger, and ugliness. The Xd is an upgraded glock. :D
     
  10. solman

    solman New Member

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    I will look into those, I will probably go out tomorrow and check them out.
    Thanks
     
  11. jimbobpissypants

    jimbobpissypants New Member

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    For any gun, you get what you pay for. Stay away from el cheapo brands. Don't be afraid to buy a used gun, if it is a quality name. Go to a shop and handle alot of guns.
    I like to handle guns side by side with each other. Feel is very important. If it points like your fingers, it will be easy to use. This is kind of a touchy-feely type of thing, but once you handle a gun that just feels right, you will know it. Good Luck.
     
  12. sweeper22

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    First handgun, and you want potentially a carry/target/home defense gun around $500?

    I'd say start with polymer 9mm. Cheap, readily available ammo, and an adequate defense round. 40sw caliber also fits the bill. I'm not a huge polymer fan, but they're generally light weight (for carry), durable, and low maintenance guns. They can take a ton of abuse. The following are all quality guns, it's just a matter of your own personal preference:

    Glock 19
    Springfield XD9
    S&W M&P9 or even the budget $250-300 Sigma (sw9ve)
    FNP9
    Ruger SR9 or P95
    CZ P-07
    Sig p250

    And there are plenty of other quality options along these lines. If you decide you want aluminum alloy, look into a used Sig. If you want steel, CZ 75 variants rule your price range. If you want a 1911, start saving a little extra dough while you do your research.
     
  13. spittinfire

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    How much shooting experience do you have? If you don't have much, I would go to a range and tell them that. Tell them that you want to try as many guns as possible to help you make a decision. If the gun shop or range is worth a darn, they will be willing to help you. If you have a friend that can help you, even better.
     
  14. solman

    solman New Member

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    I will do that, I have a couple friends willing to help me out so that is good, I have only shot a gun a couple times so not tons of experience, I am looking on taking a trip soon where we will be doing a good bit of camping in areas where some rather dangerous wildlife are and I plan on keeping my distance but I want something large enough to take down a large animal if I need to. Like I said I do not plan on trying to get in their way or antagonize them but if they act like they will attack me I would like to have something large enough to take them down, which is one reason I am looking into a 45.
    Thanks
     
  15. canebrake

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    Do yourself a favor and keep the used option open. Here'a an example of what you can get on your budget;

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    This is my 1989 Browning High Power. IMHO, the best 9mm autoloader out there!

    It was designed by the legendary John M, Browning and is known as the "King of the Nines".

    It carries a complement of 13+1 9mm Luger and has a balance found only in a JMB pistol.

    For your $600 you can get this used gun, a quality new holster (That's a Galco Royal Guard IWB) and all the ammo you will need to become proficient in it's use.

    Remember, the cost of the gun is not the price of shooting. Depending on the caliber, your ammo cost for your first year will be at minimum, the cost of the gun.

    If you're having fun it can only go up from there!
     
  16. group17

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    I + the used option.
    I found a almost new sig for $300 over new years and finally went to the range this weekend and couldn't believe how nice it shot. Not one problem. That was my second used gun, my first a Beretta 9000 was also $300. No problems with it either. Most of the LGD I buy from give you 30 days to test them and will either fix it or allow you to trade for another one if they can't fix it. What a great way to buy weapons you normally couldn't afford. Good luck on your fist gun!
     
  17. Mr. Bluesky

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    Are the new Hi Powers any good, Cane, either the Mark III or the Standard? Or have they deviated from the prophet Browning's design? I'm happy with my M&P, but I had looked at Browning, just nobody really recommended one, and Cabela's didn't have one in stock, much less on sale.
     
  18. solman

    solman New Member

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    Used is defiantly something I am looking into. That is a nice gun btw.
     
  19. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I'm old school, I couldn't bring myself to buy a "new" old gun. Besides, after I shot my first BHP and wanted to get one, the one I finally bought wasn't built yet! It was built 11 years after my 'buy' criteria was met. And that was 31 years ago!

    Guns are a commodity to me but only if you know the market. If you get a gun for a reasonable price and wind up not liking it you should be able to sell at 'no-loss'.

    The secret, know your market and go slow.
     
  20. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    Heh, thanks for the opinion, but you didn't really answer the question. I haven't seen any good used guns at any of the shops near me, unfortunately.