What gun should I get? (I have no gun experience or gun knowledge)

Discussion in 'Illinois Gun Forum' started by death01, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. death01

    death01 New Member

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    I have no gun experience and know nothing about guns. I dont know anything so now i have to learn perhaps not everything about guns, but certainly alot. Id like to hear if anyone has any recommendations of a specific gunshop(s) in Illinois mainly in or around Joliet,Illinois. Im 21 and have a FOID card. I heard glocks are beginner friendly so glock is certainly a top option for me. Ill use the gun for range shooting and maybe home defense. I want a cheap gun but not too cheap that it may malfunction and whatnot. I just want a reliable non expensive easytouse handgun.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    If you are going to a good gun shop I would recommend Mega Sports in Plainfield IL. I use to call on them and they use to have a pretty impressive selection. And yes a Glock would be a good first semi auto pistol for you. Probably 9mm would be best to start with.

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  3. death01

    death01 New Member

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    Thanks.
    Right now Mega is my first option since its the shop closest to me.
     
  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The first thing you should do is attend an NRA Shooting clinic. Buying a firearm without understanding their function and use is not a wise decision.:)
     
  5. Ken_inWA

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    We just did the same thing....
    I agree that taking the Fire Arms Class is the best choice..

    I by choice started with a Sig Sauer Mosquito.. its gets bashed alot. IT can be fussy.. and I bought it knowing that...

    But one of the reasons I got it was to learn.. I like the controls and the safety features. I like that it's need for high Velocitry Ammo etc. made me read more about Ammo.. I like that in an effort to avoid issues others had I took the time to learn about cleaning and etc. I like that unlike many .22LR it looks and feels like a full gun. And I expect we will add a Sig 226 or 229 to what we have in the future.

    Before you buy anything.. if you can find the class take it.
    Also there is a lot go good info on the Internet (and bad info) read, read, read.. it does give you a chance to learn what people think and what problems they have had with certain guns..

    Before you buy anything.. KNOW THE LAW.
    In WA state if the gun were loaded but in my own car. if I didn't have a conceiled carry permit.. I am committing a crime.

    BUDGET for a good Gun SAFE or Vault.. Lots of info about which ones are easily bypassed...

    We have a kid in the house so the gun never enters the house or is loaded in the house.. But you want to make sure YOU are the only one that has access.. vs vistors invited or otherwise.

    When you get one.. I found buying some metal dummy rounds (just metal.. not blanks etc) and snap caps were good for getting familar with the gun at home without ever loading it there. (currently only loaded at the range)

    The dummy rounds let you practic loading.. unjaming / ejecting the round and the snap caps let you get used to the trigger and firing without damaging the gun.. (if you start with at .22 LR etc most can't be "dry fired" whith out possibly damaging the gun.

    I have always supported gun ownership but never had one.. so take your time.. guns are not safe or unsafe.. people are.. if you screw up.. it can have permanent consequenes..
     
  6. KJG67

    KJG67 New Member

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    As everyone stated above - take a class first and foremost. Safety, safety, safety, safety.

    There's a lot of variables - what do you want to do with it? Then there's caliber selection. Then hammer vs striker fired. Then DAO, DA/SA, SA, striker, safety switch, trigger or grip safety, DA/SA. Overwhelmed? Don't be - we can guide you but can't decide for you.

    Once you've taken a class which should include live fire, find a range where you can rent various manufacturers and a couple different calibers if you haven't already decided on one. Note - ammo is scarce right now and usually when you rent you need to buy ammo from that shop and hope they have that caliber in stock.

    There is no 'best' gun. Don't buy a Glock because it's common and popular. Buy the one that feels best in your hand and has controls that are comfortable. The 'best' gun is the one that feels most confortable and that you shoot most accurate with, and no one can tell you what that is. They are not all the same. And as mentioned above, you need to consider how you're going to store it. Even if there are no kids in the house, you need to keep it away from stupid friends, curious guests, deranged family members, and of course bad guys.

    There are a lot of knowledgeable people here that are more than happy to help you get started. There are no stupid questions, so just ask.
     
  7. orangello

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    If you are looking for simplicity in a Glock, you may also wish to look at a revolver. You can see how the revolver functions (mostly) from the outside.
     
  8. rickster

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    As others have mentioned, please, do take a class. I also recommend you find a range that rents handguns and try out different ones, semi-auto
     
  9. rickster

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    Sorry, hit the send before I was done. Try out some revolvers. If your new to guns in general, I would buy something with a safety. You also have to decide wether you want something lite with more recoil or an all steel gun which is heavier but has less recoil. Don't rush into it. Taurus makes several reliable and very affordable handguns. Enjoy and be safe.
     
  10. death01

    death01 New Member

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    If you ask them if they could teach how to use a gun will they do it? So I dont have to take a class..

    I think I can learn just about everything online. I think I just need first hand gun experience
     
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  11. orangello

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    I don't understand, especially the last line.

    You can get some good info online, and friends/relatives can probably teach you how to handle the firearm safely and hit the target, but a trained INSTRUCTOR should be able to get the job done faster and with more detail.

    I learned most of my practical firearms handling as a youth and from my father. It would have been helpful to take a class, IMO.


    Additionally, when looking for less-expensive handguns, take a look at the Bersa's. I have been very happy with mine, though with it's manual safety and decocker and such, it might not be as simple to learn to use as a Glock or XD or revolver (Taurus 85's are sometimes available used and under $300 with a bit of wear).
     
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  12. shadecorp

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    Get Some N R A Approved training.
    If you have a range that rents,
    Start with a .22
    Good Luck.
     
  13. johnr43

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    Bad choice. Get the organized formal training course... you are making a BIG mistake if you don't get good training that INCLUDES safety instruction. You really don't want to become "death 01". :eek:
     
  14. c3shooter

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    On-line is NOT training- it is EDUCATION. No feedback on your performance.

    As said, take the class, then rent some guns to see what YOU like. My standard suggestion for a first gun is a decent bolt action .22 rifle, and a Ruger .22 pistol.

    With the price of ammo presently, you will shoot a heck of a lot more with a .22 than with anything else.
     
  15. KJG67

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    Did you just get in a car and drive a death mobile without learning the rules of the road and have an instructor? This isn't COD. People die if you make one stupid mistake. Take a class and learn safety and how to fire on a range with an instructor.


    EDIT: if you want to learn from YouTube, learn from this -

    [ame="http://youtu.be/Et33bbA0GeM"]http://youtu.be/Et33bbA0GeM[/ame]

    Take a class, please.
     
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  16. Shade

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    Before purchasing a gun, take a firearms course.

    http://www.saferusa.com/

    Dave Lombardo lives in Shorewood area and Tim Dalan is in the SW burbs.
    Class are held at a number of local ranges. There are a lot of gun stores in the SW burbs. I am not a fan of Mega Sports in Plfd.

    Revolvers are great for simplicity and reliability, get a 357 Magnum and you
    can shoot cheaper ligher .38 Spl from it and load it with .357's for PD.

    Check your PM's.
     
  17. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Mega Sports has a range and classes!

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  18. KJG67

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    death01 - I hope we haven't scared you off. That wasn't the intent. Everyone here has your best interest in mind, along with the safety of others in your home and the rest of us when we're at the range shooting next to you. If you roam the boards here, you're ready plenty of comments about being muzzle swept by people at the range with loaded weapons. We all take safety and responsibility here very seriously.

    There is a great guy on YouTube - hickok45 - and he has a good intro video, reaffirming what c3shooter stated above. After you take a class, start with renting a .22 and move up keeping in mind some of the thoughts he provides. Take your time and let us know what you're looking for and what you've shot, liked and disliked, and we can probably save you some headaches and some money making the right choice the first time.

    Looking forward to hearing more from you.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/dGYf9AZlSyU[/ame]
     
  19. death01

    death01 New Member

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    where can i get more info on the classes? i couldent find anything on there website
     
  20. KJG67

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