New too the gun world

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by chriswolfe, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. chriswolfe

    chriswolfe New Member

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    Trying to find a good reliable gun to start with I'm think a 9 mm but don't no brands need some ideas
     
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  2. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Barretta 92fs great reliable gun easy to clean external hammer and thumb safety great for beginners and experts alike in my opinion
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Welcome, drop by the introductions section.
     
  4. chriswolfe

    chriswolfe New Member

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    Looking for nice grip with a safety and cheap rounds
     
  5. NewYorkGunner

    NewYorkGunner New Member

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    Ruger SR9 is a good gun
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    The Browning Hi Power.

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  7. chriswolfe

    chriswolfe New Member

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    I'm going to shoot a ruger p94 40 cal this weekend the price might be sweet enough
     
  8. KeysKelly

    KeysKelly New Member

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    There will be as many 9mm's as there are automobiles. First thing you should do is decide what exactly you want this gun for? Home protection, range toy, personal carry, target shooting, hunting back up etc.? That will give you a good idea of what size gun you want which will make a huge difference. A bigger gun will be easier to shoot and less recoil even though the 9mm has little recoil but a bigger, heavier gun will be a pain to carry depending on how you dress. I little 9mm like the Beretta Nano, Kahr PM9, Subcompact XD will be more comfortable to carry but wouldn't make very good target guns shooting at 25 yards and more.

    Once you have determined what the gun's purpose will be people here can give you some suggestions based on their experience with the guns. Keep in mind those are only suggestions based on someone else's experience. At that point you should find a range that rents guns and shoot as many as you can then decide based on your own experience. The gun that you feel comfortable with, shoot well, like the feel of and fits your budget is best gun for you. A gun you shoot well I might shoot poorly. A gun I love you might hate. When it comes time that you need your gun my opinion won't matter. It will be you against some armed dirtbag and I will be sitting on my living room couch. Buy a gun based on your experience not my suggestions.
     
  9. Donn

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    Like shoes or pants, find one that fits, feels good in your hand. If there's a range in your area that has rentals, try a few different makes/models. It'll cost a few bucks up front, but will be worth it in the long run. Do you plan on carrying? That enters into your choice as well. I'd suggest a Glock or Smith&Wesson M&P for price, quality and out of the box dependability. Don't overlook a revolver. They tend to be more reliable, safer and user friendly than an auto pistol, particularly for someone new to handguns.
     
  10. dks7895

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    I am a fan of the 9mm. With its low recoil and price, it makes it fun to shoot a lot. I would recommend going to your local gun shop and handle a few first. It has to feel right in your hands. Obviously budget is a big player as well. When you start shooting, pay close attention to your grip. This will greatly affect how well you shoot. Do a little googling on the web and you will find a lot of info on proper grip techniques.

    I have shot several 9mm pistols. Two of my favorites are the Ruger SR9 and the S&W M&P9. These are also available in a sub compact.

    Good luck and happy shooting.
     
  11. chriswolfe

    chriswolfe New Member

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    I don't plan on carrying it's going to be for home protection and target shooting
     
  12. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    In that case and I know I said it already but Baretta 92fs you will be very happy with the decision
     
  13. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    EZ- 1911 in 9mm of course :cool:

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  14. USMC-03

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    You're going to get a thousand answers here, none of them may be right for you. Everyone likes the feel and features of different guns and for different reasons, so I will not recommend a specific model or brand. I will say since it is going to be for home protection and range that I would look into a full size gun. 9mm is great and has a very wide variety of ammo at very good cost when compared to other calibers. Just go to the gun store and handle several guns with the features you want and find the one that feels best. Also a good idea to take some training classes as a new shooter. There's a lot more to proper pistol shooting than to just point and shoot like on TV.
     
  15. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    As much as I love 1911 looks and feel they should only be made in 45acp
     
  16. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Used to think that-
    You ever shoot one & i think you'd change your mind ;)
     
  17. chriswolfe

    chriswolfe New Member

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    Found the gun ruger p94 40 cal I shot over 1000 rounds today and that gun felt the best
     
  18. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Glad it worked out congrats
     
  19. Sicilian13

    Sicilian13 New Member

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    My 1st handgun was a glock 17 for the price and reliability and how easy it is too takes down and clean
     
  20. therewolf

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    Another vote for the 92. Either the 92FS, or the new 92A1.

    Great at the range, for HD, you can even carry them, with

    a little effort. Never had a FTF or FTE on either of mine, they

    are easy to clean, and I haven't found ammo yet they

    wouldn't cycle. Redundant safety- ambidextrous thumb, decocker, and DA,

    little wonder they are still popular with LE.