Oh, what to do...

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by ejewels, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. ejewels

    ejewels New Member

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    So, I blew 80 bucks at the range today in search of what will soon be my first handgun purchase. I had a certain "wow, thats awesome" moment when I tried out my first Colt 1911 today. I also tried out the Glock 21 with about 20 rounds left, and I thought it was nice as well (but no 1911). Did god make a 1911?

    My main question is this. I have about four choices for my first handgun. This will prob be my only handgun for now, so out of the following four, which would you recommend for a first / only handgun for target and possible CCW?

    Glock G19
    Glock G23
    Glock G21 (why don't they make a compact .45?)
    1911 (Something in the price range of the glocks)

    Any help / insight appreciated. I shot them all pretty well.
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    They (Glock) make compact .45s, the 30 & 36.

    Look at the Rock Island Tactical compacts if you want a low priced 1911...
     

  3. ejewels

    ejewels New Member

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    Is it a smart choice to get a .45 for a first handgun? I want to practice and practice more without killing my bank account. :)
     
  4. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    What is it you are going to use this pistol for? If you are looking for something to just go to the range and practice and shoot a lot, Maybe a .22 Pistol is more for you. Something along the Lines of a Ruger MK III.
    If you are looking for some thing to use as Self Defense/Home Defense, you might want to look at a 9mm. Something along the lines of a S&W Sigma 9mm(you may find the grip more comfortable than the Glock).:D

    Neither Pistol will break a budget and allow you some good range time on a budget.

    After awhile you can aways move up.

    It is really dependent upon what you are comfortable with and what you plan on using it for.
     
  5. ejewels

    ejewels New Member

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    Well, I was gonna buy a 22 anyways for target and my girlfriend, that doesn't count :) I'm thinking 1911 or glock 21 now
     
  6. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Well, Go for the 1911. JMO. You can get a very good Rock Island and not destroy the Check Book. Very good 1911's.
    RIA Tactical $419.99.
     
  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    God did create the design for the 1911 - then he sent Inspiration to John Browning who took the idea, ran with it and added a twist that made it completely for Man. :D

    If you like the 1911, one of the nice things that is available is a .22LR conversion kit that allows you to change out the barrel and the magazine and shoot .22LR ammo all day.

    I taught Mrs. JD how to shoot with a 1911 chambered in .22LR and while she had never really shot before, she took to it like a duck to water. She became so attached to the platform that HER first pistol was a 1911. :cool:

    Now, if you like any other pistol, that is great, but for your FIRST pistol, I would recommend AGAINST a .45ACP is your primary practice piece. As you have discovered there is some good snap with the round and the cost to shoot it a lot can put a dent in your wallet.

    One thing I can't stress enough is to get THE pistol that YOU are the most comfortable with, the one you will truly spend time shooting, practicing with and embracing.

    Good luck and let us know what you end up getting.

    JD
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Here's a thought, get two guns.

    That WOW you felt was the magic that is John Moses Browning.

    Shihan has the best deal on an entry level 1911.

    My choice, but I like stainless:

    Rock Island Armory Tactical 1911 .45 Nickel for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $499.00

    JD's conversion kit $330:

    Kimber Conversion Kits

    My suggestion, a $279 dedicated .22LR 1911:

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    Legacy Puma 1911 Auto 22LR 10 RD NIB FREE SHIPPING : Semi-auto at GunBroker.com

    + Rock Island M1911a1 GI 1911 for $387

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    https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/411538213

    For about what you would pay for that overpriced glock you can have two 1911s when you go to the range. One for you and one for the GF!
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    That is one kit, thought not the one I would recommend right of the top of my head.

    There are a lot of others out there. I would opt for a higher priced entry level 1911 and get a "cheaper" .22LR conversion if I were on a budget personally.

    Ciener Rimfire Conversion Kit with Fixed Sights, 15-Round Magazine 1911 Government 22 Long Rifle Matte - MidwayUSA

    Advantage Arms Barrels & Choke Tubes advantage arms 22lr conversion kit -MidwestHuntersOutlet.com
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Comon JD, don't let the facts interrupt the tellin' of the story. [​IMG]
     
  11. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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  12. Mr. Bluesky

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    For a first handgun, especially one that's going to be used defensively, I'd rather practice with the same round I'm going to trust my life to. While the .22 conversion kit is definitely an option, practicing without the recoil of the .45 is nothing you can't achieve by dry-firing in your own living room. 9mm is a perfectly adequate defensive round, well-suited to inexperienced shooters, and relatively cheap, so it's where I tend for new shooters.

    If you're not planning to carry concealed with this gun, you can't do better than another of the Prophet John's designs, the Browning Hi-Power. It's an all-steel 9mm, and the second most-naturally pointing gun I've had the opportunity to shoot. (First is, obviously, a neighbor's 1911. =P)

    If you are, or think you might want to carry at some point, there are dozens of polymer-framed 9mms out there, and you're bound to like at least one of them. I regularly shoot my S&W M&P and my brother's Springfield XDm, and I have no problem recommending either, they're both sweet shooters. HK makes a solid product, but they're awfully expensive and I haven't yet been able to try one out. Glock is, IMO, the very bottom of my personal barrel. I didn't shoot the Glock until after I'd already bought my M&P, and it just didn't feel right in my hand at all. But if it fits you, go for it - just shop around a bit first.
     
  13. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    *yawn*......
     
  14. WDB

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    45 is a huge jump for your first pistol but if that is what you have chosen the the 1911 frame is the way to go. It will fit the natural grip, Already expressed you can refit to shoot 22 ammo, it isn't a cheap conversion but will pay off if you plan to shoot a lot. IMHO far better than practicing with snap caps in your living room, might lack the recoil but eye on target and result will make you a better shooter.