New to guns, What should I get?!!

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by skylarlaham, Aug 24, 2009.

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  1. skylarlaham

    skylarlaham New Member

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    Hi everyone, im new to this site and new to guns. I have never owned a gun, but have fired them a few times and had a blast! I was hoping you guys could suggest some revolvers to me that you think I would like. Well im a pretty big guy and strong, so I can handle kick well. I also have very large hands so I would prefer a medium or large frame revolver. I like the idea and have more fun firing larger-ish sized bullets. The use of the gun would firstly be for having fun at shooting ranges, and then home protection and self defence. O and im left handed if that makes any difference.
    Well thanks guys, any suggestions would be great!
    Skylar.
     
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  2. dunerunner

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    Drift over to the Introductions forum and tell us a little about yourself when you have time.

    New to guns....get a 22LR DA (double action) or a DA semi-auto and take a gun course. It will teach you about weapons and safety. The .22 (although isn't bug bullets) is inexpensive ammo and fun to shoot. IMHO
     

  3. NGIB

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    Welcome, and may I suggest you pop in to the introductions area and do the honors when you next visit.

    As for your question, I'm a bit picky about revolvers and I only recommend the big 3 - Colt, S&W, and Ruger (Dan Wesson as well but these are all used).

    I personally have 2 S&W 686 .357s, a 3 inch and a 4 inch. I've owned a S&W .44 Mag and .45 ACP revolver before but I prefer shooting the .357 more. It's hard to go wrong with a K or N frame S&W as these are truly great revolvers. A 3 inch barrel gun is a great compromise between a shooter and a convenient defense gun. This one does nightstand duty at my house...

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  4. Shotgun Shooter

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    I'd say get a 44mag lol
    Just kidddinggggg. Start off small. Get a 22LR revolver, then work your way up. Once youre comfortable with a 22Lr, move to a 38 special.

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  5. skylarlaham

    skylarlaham New Member

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    Thanks guys. Well I posted in the introduce yourself section. Do those guns you guys suggested have alot of BOOM!?







    Skylar.
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    357's will put a kick in your V8, so to speak. LOL.
    357 mag's can shoot 38 special AND 357. So you can shoot 2 different rounds. The 38 has less recoil, so its good to becoming comfortable with the gun before using the bigger 357 loads.

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  7. skylarlaham

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    Well I am a V8 guy, but only if its an aluminum block lol. And damn thos 357 look nice, I mean not as nice as a S&W 500 but we cant have everything lol.
     
  8. Virginian

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    I would agree with starting with a 22LR, either a single or a double action. A Ruger Single Six, either new or used, is pretty hard to beat for the best gun for the money. In double action you are looking at pretty decent dollars for a real good one. Any of the K frame Smiths, or an old Colt Officer's Model are going to set you back a bit, but they are great guns. As far as current new less expensive models, I think the Taurus model 94 is about the best bet, but if you plan to shoot it double action you had better get a Wolff spring kit.
    Once you are ready to move up, I don't see a problem going to the 44 Magnum, but you would probably be well served to start out shooting 44 Specials. A 44 Special doesn't kick any more than a 38 Special in a smaller gun.
    I would go on Guns - Online Gun Auction - Guns at GunBroker.com and look at all there is, and pricing, and then try to get to some shows and dealers and handle a few.
    A lot of people will tell you they have an Acme special or whatever, and it is cheap and fantastic, but try convincing someone else of that when you want to sell it. If you get a good name brand gun, especially a used one in good shape, if you take decent care of it you shouldn't lose a dime when you go to sell it. Something to keep in mind if you are not sure what you want to commit to forever.
    Good luck and good shooting.
     
  9. Shotgun Shooter

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    I just turned 19 the other day.I want a revolver pretty badly. :(
    Sounds like you're in a much better gun state than yours truly. I made a thread around 2 months ago. It was asking what 357 revolver to get. They said Ruger GP100. So, if you end up deciding wanting a 357, check the Ruger GP100 out. Reasonably priced, too.

    But to start out with, look into 22LR's. Guns arent just "point and shoot". You need practice with aim while dealing with recoil. ;)

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  10. skylarlaham

    skylarlaham New Member

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    Ya I heard of Taurus and their revolvers really interested me.
     
  11. Shotgun Shooter

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    Taurus is a good company and talked to many people who own taurus revolvers. They are a cheaper than some companies. I looked into the Taurus 66 357 with 6" barrel. It was in the 300-350 dollar range. Maybe more now, but the ruger GP100 is up in the $500's.

    I'd say..try different calibers. See what feels best for you. Then once you find a caliber, work on different models in your price range. Good luck.

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  12. NGIB

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    Sadly a good DA .22 revolver can be just as pricey as a big bore. Here is a S&W 617 which is exactly the same size as my K frame .357 - and it's a blast to shoot. The only problem is they cost > $600...

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  13. skylarlaham

    skylarlaham New Member

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    So in no way would you guys suggest me getting like a .45 or somthing lol?
     
  14. Shotgun Shooter

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    Not as your first gun, unless you've had plenty of experience shooting. Its not the size of the round that matters, its how well you can place those rounds. ;)

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  15. Franciscomv

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    Taurus is making some fine revolvers. I'm a S&W fan, and I used to think that Taurus wheelguns were just cheap weapons, maybe good enough for the tackle box and not much else. But I was wrong, I tried several and found them to be quite good. The price/performance ratio is excellent.

    I'll still pick a Ruger or Smith over a Taurus, but I do admit they are quality guns. In fact, I ended up purchasing my very first one (A 4" stainless Judge) last week.

    If you're just getting started with revolvers, I'd suggest getting a good .22 gun. Everyone should own a good .22 to pratice with. A S&W 617 would be my choice, I like the 6 shot one with a 6" barrel. Ammo is cheap, so you can really hone your skills.

    The second revolver in your arsenal should be a 4" barrel .357 magnum. Either a Smith 686 or a Ruger GP100 would make a great sidearm for home defense and carry. You can shoot mild .38s at first and then move on to full house .357 loads.
     
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  17. SGT-MILLER

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    If you want something big, get a Smith and Wesson .460 or .500 revolver.

    There's your "boom".
     
  18. skylarlaham

    skylarlaham New Member

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    LOL thats too much boom lol!
     
  19. Shotgun Shooter

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    What have you shot so far? What did you like best? What models did you shoot and like? Didnt like?

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  20. Gojubrian

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    Doesn't matter how tall you are, how big you are, how strong you are, how tough you are.......blah blah blah. For all we know you have a napoleon complex...and tiny girly hands.......who cares, this is the internet. :D

    Get something that fits YOUR hand and feels good to you. YOU choose the caliber, YOU choose the brand,etc......

    All we can do is suggest some pistols for you to try and that means nothing more then OUR personal preference.

    Ruger, S&W's, Colts....have a ball. ;)
     
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