Picking a gun. Help/suggestions.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Day V, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Day V

    Day V New Member

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    Ok, I've VERY new into guns. 3 of my best friends have recently bought guns, a couple shotguns, and a couple handguns. Today I went shooting with them, shot a 1911, and a Glock 23. I liked both of them, and I'm thinking on Black Friday I'm going to a gun store and buying a gun. I'm not going to spend a lot of money, so the 1911 is out of the question, plus I liked the Glock better anyway. So after shooting, we went to Scheels and looked at guns. And I'm leaning towards the Glock 21, I kinda want a .45, but a .40 is fine. And I've also been looking at a Kahr CW40. So basically I just want some input on those guns, maybe other guns that are similar and in the same price range. I'd be using this gun for home protection mostly I guess, and just to shoot and have fun. And then of course I gotta be prepared for the zombie apocalypse :)

    And I'm really loving guns right now. And I could definitely see myself becoming somewhat of a collector, will probably buy a rifle or shotgun in the somewhat near future as well.

    Thanks for any help I get.
     
  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Day V, drop by the Intro and tell the membership a little about yourself when you get the chance.

    Personally, I like a weapon with a steel frame if I'm going with larger calibers like the .40 Smith and the .45ACP.

    I did buy a Taurus 24/7 Pro in 9mm and although I have had no issues with the weapon, there are better choices out there.

    I would recommend Nighthawk, Springfield and Colt in 1911 .45ACP.
     
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  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    He likes the glock better than the 1911, rofl!!!

    After being here a while you'll see why that is hiularious. PErsonally, I have no problem with that, to each their own. My dad prefers the 9mm to the 45 for his own reasons, Bill likes his coffee black and Sam doesn't etc...

    Welcome to the firearms addiction. Gather as much information as you can and make your own decisions.We're here to help any way we can. I'd suggest looking at the springfield xd's as well! :)
     
  4. cpttango30

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    Of the Khar and the glock I would go with the glock. They are known to run forever. I don't like them myself but I know plenty of people that stake their lives on them every day all day. I don't know much about the Khar because I have never shot one. I would also look at the Springfield xD series of pistols. I shot one that a buddy own's and I feel that the ergonomics are head and shoulders above the Glock. If I were to buy a Tupperware pistol It would be the xD in either 40 or 45.
     
  5. NitroxAZ

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    +1 - Definitely try the XD. Find a range that rents guns so you can get a real idea of how each one performs and the way it fits you. As said above, welcome to the addiction.
     
  6. DrJason

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    Also, try the S&W M&P, similar price range as the Glocks and xD....like someone else said find a range/gun shop that rents then try as many as you can and see what feels right in your hand....another thing to think about is the cost of ammo, 9mm is going to be cheaper to shoot than .40 or .45
     
  7. JonM

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    you might think about looking at one that has a conversion to .22LR available. cheap ammo alows you to practice a lot with your gun without having to always use pricey ammo. might add SIG SAUER P220 to your list they are hands down better than glocks and XD's and only second to a 1911.
     
  8. User Name

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    I think the 9mm is the best all around round. Its extremely cheap to shoot 1/2 the price of .45 ammo just about. You can also get pretty powerful personal protection rounds to carry. Just sayin, im a fan of 9mm. The .45 is a great round just too expensive for me, as I do enjoy going and shooting on a regular basis.
     
  9. GreySmoke

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    OK I may still be a newbie but I have done this recently and will share my experience. I spent about 3 months researching which handgun to buy. Lurking on several forums, asking questions, like this one. Then I went to a large gun store and tried them out for hand feel but didn't shoot any. They didn't rent the ones I liked. I finally decided on a Springfield Armory XD45acp 4" Black Service w/Thumb Safety. Researched the best price on-line, found a local FFL and ordered one for about $100 less then the local shop. Researched where to get ammo and bought about 1000 rds.
    Went to my local indoor range with an X Sheriff friend of mine and ran through about 300 rds. Loved, loved loved it. Then I started thinking 300 rds that about $150 (Non Wally world prices) maybe I should buy a gun with cheaper ammo. Hence the CZ 82 Makarov 9mm 300 rds only $60, I can shoot 2-3 times as often. Now an opportunity to get a XD 9mm at a great price comes around guess what now I have three guns because I can shoot the XD9 for about the same price as the CZ. By now I've been to a few different ranges both indoor and out and have shoot around 1300 rds of various ammo but am still craving more, much more. Again the Neos! Now I can shoot a brick of 500 for the price of a Box of 9 or a Mag of 45.
    Yes I'm an addict, I cant get enough. Maybe I need a 12 step program, oops really I think I need a 12 gun program, yea that's it a 12 gun program.....:D
     
  10. canebrake

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    If you shot both and do not find the 1911 trigger worth the extra money, yea, you'll be happy with the brick.
     
  11. 700WFNGC

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    There are many good handguns on the market, S&W, Glock, Springfield Armory, etc but I really do like and recommend the Sig Sauer P226. It is top quality and shoots like it is an extension of your arm. The Navy Seals used them along with many European law enforcement agencies.
     
  12. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    If you like the Gl*cks, check out Springfield's XDs.
     
  13. User Name

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    The 1911 is really one of the best handguns on the market. They also reflect that in the price. If you could afford it I would hands down get a 1911. They also have the badass factor :D. If you are looking at the polymer guns in the 4-600 range. Glock or Springfield XD is probably your best bet.
     
  14. masterPsmith

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    Well Stated !!!!

    Jim:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  15. orangello

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    Another vote for trying out an XD. I have the XD45 and like it, especially the comfort of the grip. I would seriously suggest you try to rent or borrow (under supervision) a few more pistols to get a better idea of what you like best. Have you considered a revolver?
     
  16. lonyaeger

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    +1 on that, I've owned a few Glocks and then bought an
    XD45. I don't have Glocks any more as a result. The Glock grip angle always felt unnatural to me, the Springfield has two safety systems to Glock's one, and IMO, the Springfield was much more accurate. I don't like the long trigger pull because I'm used to shooting 1911s now, but there is a trigger kit available from SA that can help with that.

    But for not much more than you pay for your Glock.....you COULD have a 1911. The Taurus 1911 is pretty darned good for the money, and only about $100-200 more.
     
  17. Day V

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    So I should pay almost twice the money because of the trigger...? Look, I have no problem with the 1911, it was a nice gun, I just liked the feel of the Glock better, and it's so much simpler to clean/take apart. Also, I won't even have enough money to buy the 1911. I will look into the XD, idk anything about it, and the reason I was looking at a Kahr is because it's cheap, and my 2 best friends don't have one, we will all let each other shoot each others guns, so I kiiiinda want to get a gun that neither of them have.

    I don't know of any places that rents guns around here, so I can't do that, and I only know a couple of people that own guns. So I don't really have any way of using other guns, unless I go up to some random person at the gun range and ask if I can use theirs, and I'm not the type of person that would come up to someone and ask that.

    I also never even looked at ammo, I still think I'll get a .40+, but like some of you have said, it's an addiction lol. So I wouldn't be surprised at all if I bought another gun, probably 9mm for cheapness after my next-next check.


    To whoever mentioned a revolver, I don't really want one right now, I was looking at some (not sure what kind, like I said idk much about guns) and I could see myself getting one in the future. Just not right now. The .454 that I shot was ridiculous, almost hit myself in the face from the recoil lol.
     
  18. sweeper22

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    First handgun, sub-1911 category...here's my thoughts:

    Take a long look at the Sig p220 (.45acp) and p226 (9mm, 357sig, or 40sw). They're full-sized pistols, but relatively lightweight and compact. Both can be purchased through Sig's 22lr-to-centerfire conversion program, where you'll end up with a gun that can also fire ultra cheap 22lr ammo. These are a little spendier than Glock. If you get both the 22lr and centerfire, you're looking at an inverstment in the neighborhood of $900 ($750+ for centerfire only). But these are fine pistols for experienced or beginning shooters alike. Also durable and great resale value.

    If you like the Glock, it's a solid purchase. It won't let you down. But before buying a Glock you should give SpringXD and SW M&P a try. Maybe the Glock is for you, but these are two similar platforms that should be explored in order to make an informed decision.
     
  19. Kage0113

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    I just bought a Smith&Wesson M&P .45 and I couldn't be happier. I love the 1911, but the M&P is much easier to shoot. You can see pics and my range report here: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/new-gun-19912/ this was the second time I ever shot a handgun, and the first time with this gun.
     
  20. Bighead

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    I might have missed it, but are you going to be carrying?...if so consider the Glock 30 instead of the Glock 21.

    Also Springfield XD & XDm series pistols, as well as Smith & Wesson M&P pistol are other good choices in the polymer, striker-fired arena.

    I agree with others that the Sig Sauer pistols are very good, and if the pirce point is a little high you might look for a used P220 or P226. They have been around a long time, and while there have been some improvements even the oldest ones are still good firearms if they are in good repair.

    There is also the classic wheel-gun if you really don't mind trying something different. My recommendation would be a Smith revolver in .357 Magnum. Check out Model 65, 66, & 686. Again, these have been around forever and you can luck into a fair deal searching for a used piece.