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4 years 37 weeks ago, 2:16 PM

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Buying first handgun

Just trying to get some advice for a first handgun. I have been looking at the springfield xdm and have been seeing good reviews.
I have handled weapons before but not in a professional setting so I am trying to learn now.
I guess I wished I would be able to handle it and see how it feels in my hand etc
any suggestions?

4 years 37 weeks ago, 2:19 PM

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go to your local shooting range, and see if you can rent one..usually about 12 bucks plus ammo.if not shoot simuler guns and see if thats the caliber you want.The springfiels xdm is a very good gun.

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4 years 37 weeks ago, 2:46 PM

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Welcome Gigalce, take some time and go thru all the old posts in the community forums. Besides a lot of goofing off there is a lot of good info to be had. Gunslot also has a list of guns and brief descriptions.

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4 years 37 weeks ago, 3:04 PM

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Gigalce,
Welcome to the site. XDM's are fine handguns. I don't think you could go wrong with one. But, you have already come accross a very important point...go find one and see how it fits your hand. That's one of the most important things in my opinion when deciding on a handgun. There are many fine handguns out there and you will see on this site, everybody has their favorites, but it really comes down to what fits you best. I shoot glocks better than anything else I have, and somebody like fordvdog on here prefers 1911's, but you may not like how either of those feels to you. So, go find one and fondle it a bit. As far as reliablity goes however, I'm pretty sure you can't beat the XDM. Other recommendations with good reliability you might also try to fondle are Glocks, Sig's or HK's. Sig's and HK's are a bit pricy however and I'm not sure you would get much more benefit from them as opposed to the XDM. Have fun and happy shooting!

4 years 37 weeks ago, 3:12 PM

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don't listen to Catfish....he can't survive out of water!!!! pick the gun that matches your shoes....

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 12:51 PM

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thanx yall...i did go a range and signed up for the ccw class ...guess i'll get a feel for some different ones thru that training
now i was there at the range at i saw some prices, i saw different prices online and other spots...what would you reccomend as the best place to buy from...reasonable pricing with good stock.
i saw the xdm online at around 525...but at the range it was around 640

4 years 36 weeks ago, 2:24 PM

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$525 for an xdm is really cheap. was it new or used? remember if you buy online, there will be shipping fees, and they have to ship to a FFL who will likely charge you between $25-50 to receive shipment.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 2:57 PM

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I am a novice gun owner and shooter..I am in the process of getting my CCW here in south carolina.. I have a g17 and a XDm. I went to a gun shop and held each pistol and fired them as well before I made my choice..I suggest you do the same, stay away from buying something site unseen..the money you spend out front buying from a pro will be rewarded later on..and btw heed the things that you are told on these pages..it will help you from making dumb rookie mistakes...good luck pal

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 2:47 PM

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XD or XDM you cant go wrong life time warrenty whats more to say .go to a range that rents handguns and see what fits your hand the best before you buy.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 3:20 PM

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gotta ,go with Reaper on this one...Allthough I buy allot on line...unless you really know your way around, such as having a good ,but cheap ffl dealer.it may only save you about 20 bucks after the shipping and handleing. With a new gun and it being your first..go the safe sure route. You will buy the gun that you hold in your hand.Later when you know a little bit more , you will be able to get the bargains out there on the internet.And believe me they are out there. Try SummitGunbroker. Mark did me good on my last purchase.

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