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5 years 51 weeks ago, 12:59 PM

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Hello Gun Enthusiasts - I need some recommendations on what sort of handgun to purchase (while I still can!).

5 years 51 weeks ago, 1:13 PM

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first decide on the caliber. next decide on the frame size that you like (full size, compact, sub compact etc...), then the make.

I would suggest a 9mm because the recoil isn't too bad, and it still has pretty good stopping power with the right ammo. I bought my girlfriend a 9mm and it's perfect for her.

I suggest you go to a local gun range and rent a couple of guns and go with what feels best to you. My only recommendation, is to not compromise on the quality. don't just pick something up because its a bargin. Buy a name brand that has built a reputation on reliability (glock, XD, HK, Sig, Ruger, CZ, smith and wesson, etc...). they will cost a little more than some of the cheaper brands, but it will last you your whole life.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 1:30 PM

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Thank you

I didn't realize you could rent guns at a shooting range. I will do that. I plan to go to a Gun Show in Austin on the 15th so I'll follow your advice and try out a 9mm. What can I expect to spend on a good name brand?

5 years 51 weeks ago, 1:42 PM

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depends

it really depends on what brand and options you choose. you can get a new reliable 9mm for $300-$350 all the way up to $1000 or more. you obviously don't need to spend near the later.

A new S&W SW9VE or a Ruger will be in the $300-$400 range. A new glock or XD or S&W M&P will be in the $500-$575 range. An HK or Sig will be a little more. You can also find used guns that are still in great condition for a little less, but like I said above, go with a good name brand.i don't trust the cheaper guns (anything under $300 for an auto). some will disagree with me. you can find some cheap guns that are fun to shoot and would be a good addition to a collection... but if you are only buying one gun, and using it to defend your life and your family's lives, get something that will work everytime.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 2:22 PM

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9mm handguns

I am looking for a 9mm pistol as well so I thought I'd offer you some information that I've acquired that may help you decide. I'm a Captain in the Army with 19 years in, so I'm no dummy when it comes to weapons. But, like you, I always want to talk to experts before I make an important purchase.

I've asked several of my Army buddies, all whom own multiple weapons, as well as a few of my friends that are cops, what they think would be a good choice for a 9mm pistol. I even asked a secret service agent this summer when the president visited Cedar Rapids, IA to inspect the flood damage. After all this I've dicided that the Sig P250, the Glock 19, or the Beretta M-9 are probably the best choices for me. Here's why......

1. 9mm is very cheap to shoot. Typically 9mm rounds are $18-20 per 100 where other calibers are about price that for 50 rounds.

2. 9mm is excellent for target shooting and, when you put a higher grain, hollow point round in the chamber, you have a more than adequate personal protection program in hand. Regardless of what you hear, the 9mm is just as deadly as any other handgun. The military has been using it for over 20 years.

3. Sig Sauer and Glock are two of the most reliable, accurate handguns PERIOD!. The Glock 19 is about $550, and the Sig P250 about $600. You can spend $200 less and get a gun that goes bang, but don't have the proven track record of the Sig, Glock or Beretta.

4. Bottom line, Sig, Glock, Beretta, mean nothing until you get your hands on one and find out what fits your hand and your wallet. The Glock feels weird to me but it's light. Beretta is full size and heavy, The Sig was perfect.

Please let me know what you decide on.

http://gunsandammomag.com/cs/Satellite/IMO_GA/Story_C/One+Serious+SIG

http://www.americancopmagazine.com/articles/SIG/SIG.htm

5 years 51 weeks ago, 2:31 PM

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Scott 9mm

Good choices on the Glock 19 and Sig p250.

I'm not a fan of the Beretta. It is real temperamental compared to a lot of the others. I have found that it will jam if its not sqeaky clean, and it may be picky on ammo. Also more complicated to field strip than the others.

In the end, it's your choice, just thought I'd add my two cents.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 5:23 PM

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Thanks

Your comment about being squeaky clean is very interesting. I realize that I will have a lot to learn since at this point in time I don't even know how to load a gun, much less clean it. I would really like to buy a gun at a gun show rather than a dealer because I don't want to have to register. Can I buy a new gun at a gun show or is it only used guns?

5 years 51 weeks ago, 5:21 PM

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Great info

I sure appreciate all this information. Years ago I dated a Marine Lt who had several guns and he took me out to shoot - As it turns out, I was a pretty good shot. I believe it was a Bersa? Does that sound right?

5 years 51 weeks ago, 1:53 PM

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Great - thanks

I really appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with me. I am just planning on a single gun and I'm glad to know I can get a good one for around $500. Thanks again!

5 years 51 weeks ago, 7:10 PM

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I would look at a 357 mag. revoler but shoot 38 spl thru the revoler. A revoler is a very easy pistol to learn with. You can get a revoler for around $300 to $500. Smtih & Wesson and Taurus are two good companies that make and sell revolers. I taught NRA personal protection class for a year a few years back.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 3:20 PM

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fordvg wrote:
I would look at a 357 mag. revoler but shoot 38 spl thru the revoler. A revoler is a very easy pistol to learn with. You can get a revoler for around $300 to $500. Smtih & Wesson and Taurus are two good companies that make and sell revolers. I taught NRA personal protection class for a year a few years back.

Rossi makes a good 357 mag. Stainless steel as well. I have 2 for my wife.

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