Newbie here - advice appreciated!

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by NewGunz, May 24, 2010.

  1. NewGunz

    NewGunz New Member

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    I went to the local shooting range for the first time and fired 100 rounds with what I believe was a. 9mm SIG Sauer P220. I really liked it and I'd like to go a lot more in the future. Inorder to avoid rental fees and having to go with a buddy all the time, I want to buy a gun. I wanted to buy the P220 because I've heard great things about it and that I could get a .22 conversion kit for practice. But it turns out they only sell it in .45. Can I still do the conversion? Basically, I'm willing to dish out the cash for a good pistol that will serve me many years but I think a .45 is a bit much for my current skill level. Do you have any advice or recommendations for me? Thanks.
     
  2. DrumJunkie

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    the 220 is a 45 ACP weapon. The 226 is made in 9mm and 40S&W. I believe there are 22 conversions for these but at the price they go for I'd be more inclined to get get a 22 pistol. Models like the Ruger MK III and Browning Buckmark are very affordable and gives you the option of having both weapons without having to take one down and convert it.

    Oh..and stop by the intro threads. Let us know who you are :)
     

  3. jakebrake

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    i agree with drum junkie on purchase of a 22. a conversion kit isn't cheap (i'm seeing one for 300+) a used a decent used 22 would probably set you back less.

    the 226, however, is a very nice pistol. in 9mm (or 40), ammo won't break the bank, and the recoil isn't too heavy. just my opinion.
     
  4. mesinge2

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    for the price of a 226 and a conversion kit, I would buy a 226 and a sig mosquito. This way the 22 lr pistol is quite similar to the 226 but a dedicated 22.
     
  5. NewGunz

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    Thanks for the replies! It sounds to me like imay have shot a 226 to begin with. Either way, it looks like the 226 is my firearm. I just have 2 more questions. 1. Is the 226 legal in California? And 2. I live by the ocean, should I get a stainless steel model? The ocean air corrodes the crap out of every metal we have. Thanks.
     
  6. jakebrake

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    according to what i can find as long as it does not have a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds.

    as far as stainless? i don't live near the ocean (curse you!!!!), so, i can't say one way or the other on that.
     
  7. DrumJunkie

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    As long as you keep the weapon cleaned and lubed it shouldn't really matter.
     
  8. jca1

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    They don't make P220 9mm's any more but they did in the past. You may have very well shot a P220 9mm. They are not easy to find anymore.

    I think you should rent some more guns, different models, different brands and see what fits you the best. To me guns are like shoes, they have to fit the user.
     
  9. CA357

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  10. Flat4sti

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    I have a good friend whose father lives on the intercoastal here in florida. Well he goes as far as to store his guns wrapped in this shrink wrap stuff used in surgery. I guess its like a real strong glad cling wrap.

    If you want the p226 comes in a navy variant where the internals are coated in their Nitron finish to help them resist corrosion.
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I save the little dessicant packages that seem to be a pain (they're everywhere). Using the correct sized plastic box and lid, you have a neat way to store and label your handguns. Especially helpful if you lose electricity for a week or so cuz of a hurricane.
     
  12. NGIB

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    Sig slides are stainless - even the black ones, and the frames are alloy. The benefit of the conversion kit is you're shooting the same frame with the same grip, trigger, and controls. I have one for my 229 and it's fun to shoot...
     
  13. jca1

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    Stainless is just what it says, stains less than carbon steel, but it will still rust.
     
  14. Missileman

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    Ditto what NGIB said--I have a Sig 220 45ACP and a .22 conversion for it--I like that I can practice with the same trigger, grip, safety, etc. for a ton less ammo costs, plus it's fun to shoot. Since you're in CA and can only have 10 round mags, why not try and shoot a Sig 220 in 45ACP and see how you like that? You can carry it with 9 rounds and have a better defensive weapon...
     
  15. NewGunz

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    Well I checked out the P226 today at my local (very good though) gun store. Luckily, the store near here is very highly reviewed and they were very friendly to me, even as a first timer.

    I have an unrelated question that isn't really pertinent to now: How are other gun manufaturers? From what I've heard, H&K and SIG make great semiauto pistols. What about Kimber and Colt? A friend of mine really likes Kimbers but I don't think she shoots too often either. Basically, I'm wondering if there are any brands out there that I should just straight avoid? Are there any God awful pistols that it's difficult to be accurate with and jam a lot?
     
  16. Gojubrian

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    My Kimber works very well for me and canebrake loves his colts!

    Here is a list of what to avoid completely in my opinion.

    Bryco
    Jennings
    Phoenix Arms
    Cobra
    Lorcin
    Accu-Tek


    These are some cheap pistols and cheaply made as well. Hi-Points are cheap, but people say they function well. They are heavy and bulky though.

    These are some good brands you can trust.

    Smith&Wesson
    Colt
    Kimber
    Ruger
    NightHawk
    Dan Wesson
    Sig Sauer
    H&K
    Taurus is a crap shoot.

    There are tons out there to choose from.
     
  17. NGIB

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    Many folks are attracted to Taurus for the low price and lifetime warranty. Be warned that they make a LOT of lemons - you could get a good one and then again you may not.

    Brian's list is good but I can't fathom why he left off the brand I own the most of - Springfield Armory. Another that makes very good carry guns is Kahr. For a great all around gun you can't go wrong with a Sig though - I currently have 4 of them: 220, 229, 238, 239...
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Remington has gotten back in in pistol business with their version of the 1911a1. Also some Phillipines firearms can be looked at.
     
  19. utf59

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    I'd add Glock and Springfield (except for the G.I. model) to the trustworthy list. I've also heard good things about Kahr (as long as you break them in) but I don't have enough personal experience to recommend them first-hand.
     
  20. Missileman

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    I'd add Baretta and Browning to the good list.