New to pistols!

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by matt3479, May 2, 2012.

  1. matt3479

    matt3479 New Member

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    I am new to this forum and pistol shooting and would liike to say hello to all. I just got my restricted license and am now shopping for my first pistols. I am a huge rifle and shotgun nut! any and every caliber rifle, and as many 12 gauges as a guy can get! I ran into an old friend whos new hobby is pistols and he took me to the range and got me hooked! I shot a Glock 9mm, S&W 44mag, Ruger 22LR.

    I was hoping to get a couple different pistols. I would like a 22LR forsure, easy to use, ammo is cheap, and i own 3 22LR rifles as well which means i always have ammo around. I have not the slightest clue on a 22LR pistol though. second i was thinking of a 9mm. I have always loved the look of the Beretta 92FS and is where im going to be starting my search. finally, i love the traditional 1911 looks! 45 ACP in a Kimber, Springfield or Colt. Notsure which is best or what. I was looking for some suggestions please on calibers, and pistols.
     
  2. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    Welcome! Stop in on the introductions thread for a real welcome and some useful links.
     

  3. peybella

    peybella New Member

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    Hello Matt - I'm no expert but will be happy to tell you what I shoot and how they work for me. First we will start small. I have a Walther p22. Shoots 22 longs and is a sweet little pistol for plinking, learing, getting your practice in, etc. .32 revolver - Nice little pistol and most use this type of pistol for a second carry weapon or ankle pistol. Center fire unlike the 22's so it's probably a little more dependable as far as mis-fires and such. Next would be the CCW or protection type of pistol. I have a .38 police special. 4 in barrel so it's pretty accurate at a little longer distance. However, It's a revolver of course and that's the 6 shot limit. Taurus 908. Nice little pistol. 9mm single and double action that gives you eight shots with a CCW type of pistol. Some use this pistol as a secondary as well because of the low profile and single stack configuration. Kel-Tec p11 - This is my CCW. I like it because it has a small profile but a double stack mag. I carry this pistol with a 15 round clip in the rack and an extra in the holster. Gives me 31 shells if I need it. Hold bcak on this pistol is that it's only double action. Long shooting practice with this one and your wrist is hurting. Browing Hi-Power - This is your 1911 style pistol. Single stack mag but large enough to hold 15 shells with one in the chamber. A heavy pistol that makes it nice to shoot (rule is a heavy pistol, lower recoil - lighter pistol, larger recoil) I love my Browing Hi-Power but is has a large profile and I only carry it under a jacket with a shoulder holster. Plus the older models have a large hammer and will bite your hand when shooting if not careful. This can be fixed though. SIG 229 - I have this chambered for 357 Sig. Big Pistol, Large ammo and fun to shoot. I can also chamber this pistol for 9mm and .40 cal if I want. .40 and 357 is going to be a big recoil. However, I love having this pistol just because of the ability to change cals. and keep in touch with every caliber. Taurus 945. 45 Caliber. Nice pistol, heavy fire and recoil but a sweet pistol none the less. Now - If I were just starting to shoot, I would maybe look for a heavy 9mm. Again, heavy is less recoil and can be used for protection as well as learning. 9mm shells are a good price. That's my line and input. Someone will have better advice I'm sure. All I can do is tell you what I've learned with my pistols. Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of shooting.
     
  4. Fathead00

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    Starting with the .22, my wife has the Ruger SR22 and it is a sweet shooting little gun. With 9mm me personally would go with Glock. I have a Glock 35 which is a .40 cal. Glock are super super easy to disassemble. If you looking at tge 1911s there are so many out there. The only problem is most of them carry only 8 in a mag.
     
  5. therewolf

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    I'd have to agree, a .22LR is the best caliber to start with.

    Since it's primarily going to be a range and plinking

    pistol, I recommend a Ruger SS- MKIII with a 6-3/4"

    bull or slabside barrel. As Monk sez-"You'll thank me later."
     
  6. jjfuller1

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    first pistol should be a .22lr for sure. now where to start. ruger mk2/mk3 and browning buckmark camper are the most common you will see. but there are many. the sr22 is nice, ruger single six. ruger sp101. ruger has alot of .22 pistols out right now just go to a LGS and say show me the .22's.

    next i would say 9mm. reasonable power, yet cheaper ammo out of the main calibers. i suggest looking at a few models. ruger sr9 and sr9c, S & W MP9, Springfield armory XD 9mm, and the mentioned beretta m9. hold them see how they feel. maybe even rent/ find a friend who has one/some of them to shoot.
     
  7. cswann1

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    I couldn't disagree more. The choice of caliber in a pistol should have nothing to do with experience. It should have everything to do with the guns intended use.

    No matter what you start out with, if you one day decide to shoot a .50 you are still going to have to train yourself on that particular gun.
     
  8. downsouth

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    I think there is merit in starting with a buckmark or ruger 22. Fundamentals of pistol shooting will more easily be learned if you take the punishing recoil of. 50 out of the equation. I could just see myself telling a newbie," now this time don't jerk the trigger, flinch and close your eyes on the second shot ever made with a pistol",if that were a. 50. Just my opinion.
     
  9. mountainman13

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    Yeah but you don't hand a s&w 500 to a new shooter. Starting with a .22 is a good way to get the basics. I know experienced rifle shooters who aren't ready to use a 9mm never mind something like the judge.
     
  10. jjfuller1

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    to each there own opinion

    the OP stated he has .22 cal rifles. and hence has ammo on hand already.
    as it seems it would be in the best interest of the OP.

    OP, i just advise a .22. but at the very least a pistol you the shooter are comfortable handling.


    example: handed my neice a .22lr she loved shooting it. asked if she wanted to try a 9mm. shot it twice handed it back.. prefered the .22. so a first pistol should always be a .22. learn the basics. cheap ammo. and 50 years later you will still be shooting it at the range. ;)
     
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  11. sweeper22

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    It sounds like you want a rimfire pistol and a metal framed centerfire.

    Rimfire: I'd strongly suggest a Ruger or Browning 22lr pistol. You can get into a great one for $300-500.

    Centerfire: Try a few different guns, including the Beretta 92 you're enamored with. If you still love it after working it (and others) at the range, buy it. A lot of people don't like their overbuilt stature, but they are solid guns. Also check out CZ 75, Sig P220/226, and a Browning Hi-Power if you can get your hands on them.

    1911: Between the three you mentioned, I'd lean toward Springfield. I have a couple friends who were longtime Kimber and Colt fans, respectively. Each has changed their tune in recent years, due to some quality issues they've witnessed and encountered. All three make fine firearms...SA just seems to be the safest bet and arguably offers the most gun for the money in my opinion.
     
  12. matt3479

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    This is not for conceal carry or home defensive!! just to have and target shoot with if anyone was curious.

    Im thinking of sticking with a Beretta 92FS or 92A1 for the 9mm. I really like browning firearms as i have them for both rifles and shotguns and they have been flawless and is the reason im going to look strongly into a buck mark for the 22LR. As for 1911, im still stuck. i have been doing some major research the past couple days and i am now debating in putting a couple hundred bucks more out and getting a decent one like a Dan Wesson Valor black. I really like the looks of these and the reviews on them are awesome! thats the route im thinking about
     
  13. peybella

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    As mentioned before - If you like Browning (as I do) You may consider looking at the Browning Hi-Power. Built on the 1911 type of frame. It's a medium weight large capacity mag. and an all around sweet pistol. I would be glad to post a pic of mine if your interested. The older one's have a full hammer and the only complaint was hammer bite if not careful. However, there is a fix for that now where the hammer can be replaced with a rounded and grooved one. Easy to pull and no more hammer bite. You've been getting great advice and I wouldn't have tapped in except for seeing that you have a liking for Browning Ams. Let me know if you would like a pic or two. I have replace my standard grips with rose wood grips. For two reasons. One, I like the contour of the custom grips in my hand and two, I wanted to keep the stock grips in mint condition in case I ever wanted to sell the pistol. Just my two cents.