Suggestions for first Handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by DankYouKindly, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. DankYouKindly

    DankYouKindly New Member

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    I recently turned 21 and am interested in purchasing a handgun. My only problem is my budget which is around $400. I'd like to get a decent quality gun and have considered buying a used one. The only criteria I'm looking to meet is a larger caliber than a .22 and not a revolver. I'm open to any suggestions. I have plenty of experience with guns and gun safety; I'm just not that knowledgeable with different models.
     
  2. patches

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    Are you looking for a steel or polymer frame. I decided I just don't like the polymers and decided to go with a Stoeger Cougar 8000. They run about 400 shipped. If you are looking for a polymer, Sig sp2022 and Ruger SR9 and SR40 std and compacts can be had for that price also.
     
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  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Patches pretty much said it for me. I personally have and carry the Ruger SR9c and I strongly recommend that, but ultimately you need to go to some local gunshops, look at their inventory, see what feels the best to you, and fits the bill. There are two very important things I recommend for a first handgun or for a new shooter, start with the 9mm, because it will allow more range time, be less expensive, and is easier to learn off of, and secondly consider going with a handgun you can get all your fingers on the grip, because it's harder to shoot a subcompact handgun, it's harder for a new shooter to handle, and it's harder to learn off of.
     
  4. Werminator

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    There are tons of offerings in your price range that would all be excellent choices. Look at Ruger, FNH, Glock, Sig, S&W, Springfield, and all the others too!:D Do yourself a favor and go to a gun store. While there, hold as many as you can to get an idea of what feels good. Then start researching specific weapons to get a better feel for what others think of them. No one gun is an end all be all perfect first pistol.. I went with the Ruger SR9 standard and I love it and the ammo is about the most affordable of all centerfire sidearms... You sir have some homework to do!
     
  5. DankYouKindly

    DankYouKindly New Member

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    Really appreciate the advice, definitely helped steer me in the right direction and narrow the field. A week until payday gives me time to research.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    another bit of advise, check out many and narrow it down to a few. if you find one that you really like that fits in your hand well, and it's out of your budget, wait and save the extra up, because if you settle for less than what fits well, you will be disappointed. better to spend a little more and be happy and be able to shoot it well. like the others i recommend the 9mm for same reasons, lower cost ammo allows more practice and the recoil is tame for a first time pistol shooter. when you narrow it down to a few, come back and let us know and we will be glad to give more advice or opinions. good luck.:)
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Does it have to be new? There are some deals to be had in the used market.
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    yes, i agree, you can sometimes find great deals on used pistols if you look around. here is my suggestion on this, if buying used, buy from a reputable gun dealer or shop, so as not to get someone else's problems. i recently bought a few months ago, a SA XDm40 for $475+tax, MSRP $697, dealer sold it for $670+tax NIB. so ther are some great deals if you shop around. mine had less than 50 rounds put through it, so it was just barely used. :)
     
  9. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'd look hard at a Ruger SR9c for that price range.
     
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    My first thought was a 4" GP100 but then I saw that you didn't want a revolver.

    You can find a used XD in 9mm for that money. I think 9mm would be a good first round as it's got enough power for self defense yet it's recoil is very managable.






    I still think you should look at a GP100....
     
  11. sparky80

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    Ruger SR9 or SR9c would be two guns to look at. Also I have seen xd9's in that range. Do your research and handle a bunch of them. Don't make a purchase you'll regret, it'll cost you twice.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    go to a well stocked gun store, that carries many different brands and handle as many as you can. remember some makers have the same type of pistols in different calibers. what others like and shoot well may not be the right pistol for you. don't buy one based on what others suggest or so-n-so says is the best pistol he has ever shot. everyone is different and has different hands and what works for one person, may not be acceptable for you. if the gun doesn't work for you, it's not comfortable and pleasant to shoot, then you will never be accurate with it, and it doesn't matter whether you spent $400 or $1000 on it. it will be money wasted. this last weekend, i put a compact 45 on layaway, my first compact large caliber pistol ever, i held it, worked the slide, pointed it, compared it to about four others in the same platform for about an hour before i made a decision to buy it. it's not my first large caliber pistol, just my first compact large caliber, the others were less in price, $1000 and under, the one i picked was listed for $1270, but it seems to fit my hand the best, so that's the one for me.:)
     
  13. DankYouKindly

    DankYouKindly New Member

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    Thanks again for all the advice. I went and handled some different pistols at my local shop. I really really liked the glocks but they were a little out of my range. I looked at the XD's and I really liked those as well but they were priced right around the glocks. After looking at buds online I found an XD for almost a hundred bucks cheaper than at the shop. Just placed my order last night.
     
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  14. Polygon

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    If you're willing to go over your budget a little I would suggest a CZ 75. If not, perhaps a Ruger P95.

    EDIT: What XD did you get?
     
  15. orangello

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    I was gonna say a P95, not too fancy but sturdy and reliable. I was also gonna point out that i picked up a used CZ75b for ~$400 last year. I LOVE my XD45, though. Have you shot yours yet?

    DO NOT use that "holster" without smoothing the edges first; a buddy got a nasty scratch on his the first day from some grit in the holster thing.

    Does anybody know if the special on free extra mags is still going on on the XD's?
     
  16. DankYouKindly

    DankYouKindly New Member

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    I got the 4" XD 9 mm, i just ordered it yesterday so it'll hopefully show up at my local shop in a few days. Appreciate the heads up on the holster. I'd be so mad if I scratched it the first day I got it.

    It comes with two 15+1 mags
     
  17. sparky80

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    If you fill out the paperwork and if purchased before 11/30/11 you can get three free mags and a holder!:cool:
     
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  18. HOSSFLY

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    +1:cool:
    One of my NEVER get rid of autos ---------
     
  19. DankYouKindly

    DankYouKindly New Member

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    Wait how is that?
     
  20. orangello

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