What should i get?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by y0L0slick, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    I don't know very much about weapons. I'm starting to learn a little bit here and there. I would like to know what pistol I should purchase. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Magnum27

    Magnum27 New Member

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    I am in the same boat as you. Have been on here for a couple months. This is BY FAR the best place I have found to ask questions & learn about different options.

    My extremely limited opinion is to get a 9mm. It is a useful caliber and inexpensive to learn to shoot. I will probably get a Glock 17 or Smith & Wesson M&P 9. There are a lot of great options out there.

    all will tell you - go to a range and see what you like. I agree!
     

  3. trip286

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    Many here would recommend a .22 pistol to learn the basics with, and I tend to agree got the most part.

    What would be a great idea is to find a range that rents handguns, try as many as you can, with as much ammo as you can, and get what feels best to you.

    Some folks want the latest and greatest, or the prettiest, or the one they hear about the most in online forums like this one. That is not the way to go.

    You need something that you are comfortable with and enjoy shooting. If you don't like it, you won't shoot it, if you don't shoot it, your skills with it will suffer.

    Shooting is a perishable skill, just like riding a motorcycle, driving a car, and many other things.

    To ask what gun to buy is similar to asking what work boots to buy. Everyone's feet are different, as well as the job they work. What suits one, may not suit anyone else.

    You also need to know for sure what the primary use will be. Carry gun? Plinker? Wall hanger? Collectible? Let us know so we can give you better advice.
     
  4. jeepejeep

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    Pretty open ended question. What do you intend to do with it? Self protection? Target? Hunting? Will you be carrying it on your person, leaving it home for home protection? Lots of stuff to consider.
    If you just want a good gun to learn with, IMHO you'd be best off with a .22 revolver. Easy and simple to load and shoot. If you really want a semi-auto, I'd suggest a Ruger MKIII. Great pistol for not too much money. I can't really suggest a particular revolver as I don't own a .22 revolver and it's been a while since I've shot one.
    Hopefully you can get someone you know who knows about guns to help you pick one out and bring you to a range to learn to load and shoot it properly. If not, find out if there's a range near you that rents guns so you can try some out with their help.
    Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of guns! Kiss your $$ goodby! :)
     
  5. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Slick,

    If you want a pistol to learn the basics. I would recommend you look into the Ruger 22 Semi-Auto Target Pistols, Browning Bench Mark or similar pistols. They are great pistols to learn basic fundamentals and handling techniques and are not that expensive. I addition, 22 ammunition is very reasonable to shoot! These pistols will rapidly develop confidence and good techniques and will be a good choice! I would recommend also that you check around and find a good instructor to get you started on the correct fundamentals!

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  6. TacticalSenior

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    I see you got some good advice already. A basic gun instruction course with a focus on safety is a good way to get things started. Often these courses will let you shoot a range of hand guns in a range of calibers. A .22 is a good entry point and a great way to work on mechanics. I would also start thinking about the mission the gun will support. Will it be for fun, competition shooting, home defense or possibly concealed carry. My thinking is you don't need to know all the answers right now if you start with the .22. Have fun as you explore and be sure to keep us posted!
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    1. Go take a class on handguns. Here is a NRA site that will help find something... http://www.nrahq.org/education/training/index.asp

    2. Go try lots of different guns. Much of purchasing a gun is how it feels to you.

    3. Buy two guns: a .22lr and a major caliber (9mm, 357, 40, 45).

    If there is one thing everyone on here can agree upon, it is everyone needs a 22. It will always be the most economical way to shoot and therefore means you will shoot more often and become more proficient.

    Honestly, if the 22 isn't your first gun, it should be your second.

    Don't get hung up on brands. I own Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Winchester, Remington... Any of the major manufacturers make fine guns... even Glock (ugh).
     
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    Glock 19 (9mm) IMO ;)
     
  9. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Trip286 and Scott have it right just follow their post. Good Luck.:)
     
  10. TacticalSenior

    TacticalSenior New Member

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    I like that one too! But then again there are soo many I like! :)
     
  11. fupuk

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    Ive been shooting handguns for about four months now. And i first bought a Ruger Gp100 .357, and for me its a great gun to learn the basics of gun ownership. Ive been shooting long guns since i was 10 and know saftey, but there is a big differance in a handgun. But my next pistol is gonna be a Ruger Mk lll because how cheap it is shoot. Same with my oldlady, she wanted a handgun after i got mine and she got a Glock 17 9mm. And i got her a Sig Sauer Mosquito .22 for christmas and she loves it. If i could do it again i would have bought the .22 first because you can always "refresh" with a .22, and every shooter should have a good .22 in their safe.
     
  12. Spad2137

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    Here's my advice, give it a little time as do some research on what it is your exactly looking for in a handgun. While the choices are endless, the the pros and cons are going to drive you insane, it honestly took me 3 months to figure out just what I wanted. But if your lookin to just start shooting definitely go with a .22. They are cost effective and a pleasure to shoot for extended periods. Again like they say there is no "perfect" handgun. Look around figure out realistically what your going to use it for and pick one that best suits. There is nothing worse than buyers remorse on something you plan on having for many, many years.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Shoot... trade it in or buy more.
     
  14. Spad2137

    Spad2137 New Member

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    Hahaha agreed, if it were that easy I'd add a section on my house for a very large collection. Only thing in the time in between purchases seems to be getting longer. Drives me nuts
     
  15. shadamai

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    Good advice here. Definitely try out different types of guns if you can before you buy. If you are very unfamiliar with guns (like I used to be), I strongly recommend you take a class. For me, the class was the first time I ever shot a gun and it was definitely money well spent.
     
  16. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    Thank you all for the advise. I can actually say the advise I got was a big help. I know now what's a good start.
     
  17. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    Well my primary use is just going to be shooting targets at the range. I did it once and fell in love it with. So now I want to purchase a weapon of my own and become proficient in shooting
     
  18. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    I actually shot a Glock 17. I enjoyed it. That might be one of my options. Thank you.
     
  19. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    Everyone is saying for the most part, to start out with the 22. I guess I'll try it out. I'm trying to become proficient as possible as shooting. So starting out small should be good for me... Thank you for the link.
     
  20. y0L0slick

    y0L0slick New Member

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    Is the recoil somthing to be worried about, since I'm a first time shooter?