New potential gun owner looking for some advice

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by AZStudent, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. AZStudent

    AZStudent New Member

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    Hey everyone! I have been researching handgun ownership for the past month or two and I think I am ready to bite the bullet. I have shot handguns/small cal rifles about a dozen times or so and have taken a handgun safety class at a local shooting range, so I am not a complete beginner to sure have a lot to learn to still.

    Here's my main issue, I cant decide which caliber handgun to buy. My logic tells me that this is just like any other skill and that one should work there way up equipment wise as they become more skilled. For this reason I have been leaning towards a .22 or maybe a 9mm. That way ammo is cheap enough so I can get some practice under my belt before moving up. Right now my purpose for gun ownership is to just have fun, go out shooting cans in the desert, and master the basic skills of pistols.

    However, I am obviously catching heat from my buddies who are already gun owners saying I should get a 40 or 45 because .22's and 9's are "wimpy guns" and I obviously know that but Im just trying to plink around at the moment.

    So basically, should I just tell them to suck a fat one and stick with my gut and go the smaller caliber route or would I really be wasting money by getting a plinker? Sorry for the long post.
     
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    Suck a fat one for sure! Get what you want, what feels comfortable to you. There is nothing wrong with a 22 plinker and 9mm is probably the most popular pistol caliber around. Some don't like the feel of shooting the 40, I have one but that is my decision, I also have a 9 in the same gun.
     

  3. AZStudent

    AZStudent New Member

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    Yeah I think I will just stick with my gut. Forgot to mention I've shot .22, 9mm, 40, and 45 before so its not as if I dont know how they all feel. If I stick in the .22 range Ive been looking at Walther P22's and the Sig Sauer 1911-22, anyone have experience with these? I like how the Sig is full size.
     
  4. KimberFan

    KimberFan New Member

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    Might wanna wait until the frenzy dies down...gun prices are just nuts on certain models right now. I agree with blucoondawg....buy what YOU want....you're paying for it. Just make sure you can find ammo for your choice! ;)
     
  5. qwiksdraw

    qwiksdraw New Member

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    The Sig 1911 22LR is a fun gun to shoot, reliable and pretty accurate too. I have it because is fun and inexpensive to shoot. I also have two 45's and one 9MM in 1911. All three calibers are fun to shoot, but I shoot the 22 more because it is affordable and fun.

    By the way I also have three other 22 cal handguns and a 22 rifle. I got'em because they are just plain fun to shoot.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I believe the basis of any handgun collection MUST be a good double action .357 Magnum revolver. In light of the recent panic buying and skyrocketing prices of high capacity semi-auto's it makes even more sense. Light .38 Spl ammo is inexpensive and easy enough to shoot you can build your skills. Heavy loaded .357 Magnum ammo has more power than just about any auto loader cartridge (except my beloved 10mm).

    A good used Smith and Wesson Model 19, 65 or 66 is hard to beat and will not break the bank. A Ruger GP-100 is dead tough, albeit a bit heavier than the S&W.
     
  7. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    It is too bad you didn't jump on this two months ago when you got the itch. I bought a couple of guns I've been wanting right before all this went down and I am SO happy I did.
     
  8. XsV

    XsV New Member

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    It's people like this that make me so mad. You can tell your "buddies" that if the 9mm round was indeed wimpy then it wouldn't be the standard handgun round for the military.

    My two cents, go for whatever you feel comfortable shooting. If you are worried about it's effectiveness outside of the range (such as home defense or concealed carry) then a 22 may not be the best but a good +p hollow point 9mm round will always do the trick.
     
  9. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Anyone who says don't get a .22 because it's a "wimpy" gun is a twit. Everyone needs a 22.

    That said, the first pistol I bought was a .40 because I was living in AZ at the time and it would have handled most anything I would come across in the desert. I probably would have bought a .45, but the .45's I could afford at the time were downright painful to shoot.

    If you are thinking about plinking and having fun, get the 22. If you want something for protection, get something larger. BTW, there is nothing more flexible than a 357.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    good for you! you have taken a positive and logical approach into getting a handgun. seems like you have given this some thought and consideration and i for one applaude your thinking this out.

    get some new buddies as they are doing no good for you. you have already taken the logical first step in wanting something that is cheaper to shoot, so you can afford more to practice with. practice is what makes you a better shooter. if you can't afford enough ammo to spend quality time practicing, you will never become a better shooter.

    my first suggestion is to hit the gun stores and pawn shops and look at what's available and what feels good in your hand. the pistol that fits you, is usually the one you will shoot the most accurately. set your budget and see what's out there. when you find something that suits you, then come back here and someone here probably either owns it and shoots it or has, and can give you some information on it. might save you from buying a lemon!

    good luck to you!
     
  11. AZStudent

    AZStudent New Member

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    thanks for all the insight guys. i figured that would be the response i would get. im not into gun ownership to measure my dick, im into it because its a skill set id rather have and never have to use it then need to have and not know how to handle a firearm properly if that makes sense.

    besides zombies are coming! haha :rolleyes:
     
  12. Dearhunter

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    I have a 1911 GSG, which is the same as SIG, It is great to shoot and reliable.
    I paid something like $350 for it at Buds discount guns. Go for it
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  13. CrazedJava

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    I "graduated" to a .45 ACP. I am glad I did not start out on one. .22 LR is a great round to learn with. When it is available it is cheap, not near as loud, and has low recoil. There is nothing intimidating about it and there is a wide range of handguns to choose from in both revolver and automatic platforms. For a new shooter I almost always recommend either a .38 Special revolver or 9mm handgun. Screw what your buddies say unless they are going to loan you their pistols and supply ammo for you to learn. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a 9mm for defense.

    You'll see a lot of people here say "Go with what works/feels good for you" and I'll happily chime in on that advice. If all your buddies shoot Glocks and you just don't like the way they feel in your hand, don't buy a Glock. If you really like a Glock and everyone tells you how bad they are, buy it anyway. Just make sure you do your homework and crowdsource the hell out of this forum.
     
  14. hiwall

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    There are many choices of 22 handguns. Include any made here in Arizona by the Ruger company. They make several models and all are good. Buy Arizona made products :)
     
  15. XsV

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    I've never been to Arizona, but I have many friends in Flagstaff and Phoenix area. And I gotta say... I do love me some mango Arizona, $0.99 cents I mean what a bargain! :D
     
  16. JSStryker

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    I have to agree with Robo, my first handgun was a Taurus .357 revolver ran a lot of 38 Specials through it once I was proficient with it I then moved up to a .45 ACP Colt Combat Commander.
     
  17. Nickwashere

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    Agreed, this is a good revolver to own as its suited for beginners (38 spcl) and can pack a nice punch (357 magnum) but nothing wrong with a 9mm not a wimp :)
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    find something that suits your needs and wants and shoot the snot out of it.
     
  19. Ralph_the_Mouse

    Ralph_the_Mouse New Member

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    I would go with 9mm. Ammo is cheap enough to go to the range quite a bit and still effective for personal defense. 9mm is my caliber of choice because I can afford to shoot it at the range which makes me the most accurate with compared to my other guns. I never got this whole big vs. small caliber debate. For poor people like me their is no use in owning a .45 if I can't afford to shoot it :/
     
  20. 4sig

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    I was in your position just over a year ago. I started with a sig mosquito .23 the moved up to a sig p226 9mm. If you think it's whimsy tell it to the Navy Seals its their standstill carry/combat weapon. The reason for those two is they are the same platform but the .22 is 90% of the 236 with almost all the same control features. Haven't regretted the choices for a second. Good luck.