Recommend Me A Handgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by FightinTexasAggie, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. FightinTexasAggie

    FightinTexasAggie New Member

    While I am waiting on all my AR parts to come in (which will be several months at least), I decided that I want to pick up a decent handgun. This will be my first handgun purchase.

    I want to get either a .40 or .45. It will be used for home defense, target shooting, plinking, and maybe eventually a concealed carry weapon.

    I have been looking at the S&W M&P handguns and also the Sig Sauers. I want to get something decent that will be dependable and last me many years.

    Yall are the experts, you tell me what would be a good buy for me.

  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    Personally, I'd buy a 9mm but then I also carry a .45 Colt Government. To recommend a weapon for you would be presumptuous as I don't know your size, shooting experience or anything else about your desire in a hand gun except that you want to use it for home defense. Remember any of the calibers mentioned will zoom through uninsulated interior walls and out of the house, placing family and neighbors in danger. A nice 12 gauge would work better, or if a hand gun is your absolute desire try the Judge and other .45 Long Colt/.410 revolvers by Taurus. They all will fire .45 long colt or .410 shotgun in a 5 cylinder revolver.

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  3. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

    Personally I'm a revolver guy, however a friend of mine has a compact Para Ordance pistol in .45 ACP and it's sure sweet to shoot and accurate as well. I dont know what model it is and is is 20 give or take years old. Just a thought. You might check them out.
  4. kdog

    kdog Member

    CZ75 series pistol plus a Kadet conversion kit for cheap plinking with 22`s.

    The cz75 will last many years.
  5. 172pilot

    172pilot New Member

    Well im not an expert, but I have been shooting all my life and I own several firearms, so I know that gun advice may be biased and not reflect the most economical choice. Since I get a chance to be "Walther biased":D I will take it and say get a P99. I love mine, have never had a problem with it, and it comes in an awesome version with an O.D. green frame and black slide. A 9mm is probably the most economical cartridge for you because it sounds to me that youre relatively new to handguns and I know it would be better for you to be able to practice practice practice and not let cost or availability of ammunition get in the way. Competence with a 9mm is 1000x better than incompetence with any other round (hell I carry a .380 and feel perfectly comfortable). Now in keeping with "economical" advice, all the guns you listed are fine handguns and you can probably get them cheaper than the P99. That being said you should also look at Glocks, I personally hate them because of the way they look and feel but they are fine guns with a huge potential for customization, they are extremely durable, and as a 1st gun it wouldnt be a bad choice. You should feel out all your choices before you decide. It may be the best gun out there but if you dont like to shoot it then its useless.
  6. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    I'm XD biased. .40 subcompact for carry or any of the mentioned above.
  7. Volomon

    Volomon New Member

    Ya for a 40 I would go with XD as well.
  8. Rare Faction

    Rare Faction New Member

    Personally, as a Sig fan, a P229 in .40 would be quite nice...I'll prolly be picking one up before the year is out to complement my P228
  9. Chr

    Chr New Member

    Grown partial to 1911's 45acp

    I own a number of hand guns and find myself carrying most of the time. My first was a Sig P220. Great Gun!! If you want a small gun look at the Khar K9 stainless. However I have grown partial to 1911's 45ACP made by Kimber. Just ordered a Eclispe Pro ll for my summer carry. I do not mind the weight of a steel gun.
    Try shooting a number of different guns at your range. Worst thing that will happen is you will have to by more than one.
    Let us know what you settle on.

    SGT-MILLER New Member

    Let's see. Recommend you a handgun.............

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  11. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Oh comes cane!

    Hands down, a 1911 Light Weight Commander (preferably a Colt model O4860XSE) chambered in 45 ACP with a trio of Tripp Research 8R-45-RG Cobra Mags loaded with Hornaday 45 ACP+P 230 GR TAP-FPD!

    You'll love it and the BGs will avoid you just because of the Jokeresk smile on your face!


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  12. WDB

    WDB New Member

    The 1911's are the cream of the crop but if your thinking polly frame check out the S&W M&P 45 or the FNP-40. Both are good pistols in the $500-$600 range.

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  13. ktmboyz

    ktmboyz New Member

    I am no expert by any stretch!! A month ago I would have leaned twards a plastic gun like the glock, xdm or a m&p but I have since got a couple of kimbers and my eyes have been opened to the 1911 family and I don't think i'll be looking back :eek:
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    JD, this is just gettin' easier every day! All they need to do is get one in their hands and presto, the JMB magic gets them!

    WELCOME to the TRUE autoloader fraternity!

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  15. freefall

    freefall New Member

    Hate to disagree with the likes of Cane, but for serious social work I'd rather have my .357 any day. It goes bang EVERY time and I can hit a walnut with it at 30 yds. Try that with your Colt or Kimber. By the way, I heart my Kimber. Just will never trust it as much as my Security Six. "How do you spell security? RUGER."
  16. JNA

    JNA New Member

    Colt Glock yadi yada ya

    Get a CZ99 [You can have it in 9mm Luger or .40 S&W], its a excellent pistol and many people are fond of it

    If you can, get the better version of it [CZ999]. Its much more better and it has the 'Ammunition is low' indicator, which tells you when you only have 3 rounds left [But it doesnt use the .40, just the 9mm Luger and 9mm Parabelum].
  17. tekarra

    tekarra New Member

    I agree with the cZ75 and a Kadet Kit. A good reliable pistol in 9mm that can quickly be converted to .22lr for plinking or training.