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3 years 28 weeks ago, 2:40 PM

hot_diggity87

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howdy

Ello everyone, how's it goin? I'm new to the site checking things out. I'm 23 years old 24 in april, have been shooting guns for about 10 years, not every day, but when i get a chance and some extra cash i like to go buy some clay pigeons and some target load and have some fun. have been into pistols for a long time, I've just been pretty clueless about them not to mention the opportunity of money or lack there of. Starting a new job soon, being a sandwich artist... yes... thats what subway calls their employees haha... so when ever i get some extra cash in I plan on buying a pistol and experimenting with them. I'll probably start off in lower classes such as Hi-Point but I do intend on owning sig's, berettas, HK's, glocks and so on as time passes and more money opportunities open themselves up to me. Not sure what else to say, except thanks for having me at this site.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 2:52 PM

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For what it's worth, I'd recommend looking around at gun shows and pawn shops to see what kind of deals you can get on used guns by Glock, Beretta, Sig, even Taurus or Ruger instead of getting a Hi-Point. Their quality control is garbage and you may get a winner or you may get a paperweight. Modern firearms are almost impossible to wear out, and if you do a little research on what to look for to show indicators of abuse or damage, you may very easily come away with a used gun that will still last longer than you.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
3 years 28 weeks ago, 2:59 PM

hot_diggity87

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thanks

haha I've read pawn shops are good places to check but for some reason it just never clicked in my head for some reason. I guess after a certain amount of time i just forget about the existence of pawn shops... keepin it buried in my brain this time though lol. I'll check out a few local shops, thanks for the tip. I've done quite a bit of research on pistols as far as wear and tear goes so im hoping i've gathered enough knowledge to use my judgement when purchasing a used gun. I'd much rather have a new pistol but if the right deal swings by I'll buy a used one.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 7:08 PM

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welcome

hot diggity,At the Gunshow that i went to today hi-points were selling for 159.00(380),169.00(9MM),189.00(.45),a Ruger 22/45 was selling for 230.00(.22),which one of these would interest you the most? IMO,it would be the 22/45 Ruger,why,first off its a quality manufacturer,the grip frame has the same ergonomics as a .45,and its in .22 caliber,which means lots of cheap,readily available ammo,which means lots of practice time for you,considering your limited budget.You will have more fun shooting lots of .22 ammo than shooting 50 rounds of 45@ 34.00 dollars a box,so since you mentioned your occupation,as you progress, you can skip the hi-points and go to that SIG Sauer,and come back to a .22 that will never lose its appeal or place in your gun locker.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 7:20 PM

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Hey little brother if it wasn't for you sandwich
artist I would starve to death. You are feeding
America. How important a job is that?

Always happy to see new shooters.
Check out some of the gun clubs.
I've known lots of people who got
good deals on used guns that had
been taken good care of.

At a gun club you might even get
the opportunity to shoot some of their
guns. Expect to pay for ammo of course.
And you might make some gun friends

A little rebellion is good medicine for the government Thomas Jefferson
3 years 28 weeks ago, 7:47 PM

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welcome

not that i am anyone to be welcoming people (maybe at wal mart but not here ) this is a good site and they have good followers, they treated me just fine. like everybody said , i would get something besides a hi-point for your first gun. i am a big fan of taurus and like there selection and quality and warranty. and then after you have been around some of the better guns, then get a hi-point, and have some fun trashing it. just don't get one first cause you may never shoot again. sarcasm here in case you didn't notice.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 8:00 PM

CharlesW

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Dont forget to check out some revolvers.

I carry a 38spl and am quite comfortable with it.

Nothing says you are going to war and need
a huge amount of ammo.

Taurus has a very good 357 mag that will
stop anything. My wife has one, don't mess
with her lol

It only takes 2 seconds to reload my 38

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 11:31 PM

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Welcome! I agree with runs, I would skip over hi point and move to a used glock or a springfield xd, I think it is much better to learn on a pistol you know will be reliable than gambling to save a couple hundred bucks and struggling because you got a crappy pistol.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 11:41 PM

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Hello and welcome,

If you are just starting with pistols, you should probably buy a 22cal pistol, because the ammo is cheap, also Beretta makes a sweet little 22pistol that looks like a scaled down M9 service pistol. I have one and it is fun to shoot, and you can still learn essential techniques and develop muscle memory, but this gun would only be temporary. If and when you get the money you can purchase a full size pistol. I forget what brand it is but you can get different caliber slides for it one that chambers 9mm,45cal, and 22cal, for saving money and becoming familiar with the pistols handling and become used to what you will actually use, without burning up all your money on expensive larger calibers.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 4:39 AM

hot_diggity87

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yea

forgot to mention that I used to own a lil lorcin .25 ... which sucked unreliable p.o.s's they are. I'm not fond of smaller caliber pistols but I'll check it out. after i get a couple pay checks in ill be goin to a nice lil gun shop round here n see what they have n what they're askin. I went to glock's website and didnt see any MSRP's on their guns... possibly lookin in the wrong place or somethin. gonna check out a few pawnshops as well. thanks for the tips and welcomes all. glad to be a part of an active gun community.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 9:55 AM

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hot diggity

welcome. agree with everyone above..check out Gunbroker.com and AUCTIONARMS, AND OR bUDGUNSHOP ON USED GUNS..I've bought off these sites and got great deals on great guns. what I do is i go to my local gun shop..check out the gun myself. then go on these sites and get that same gun sometimes for half of what the gunshop wanted.

...check... G-AZ
3 years 28 weeks ago, 10:00 AM

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Welcome

Enjoy the site! Screw the Hi Point........Find a LEO trade in Glock, Sig, or Beretta! Low round count, well taken care of, and usually around $300!

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 10:18 AM

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Agreed!

Shakleford wrote:
Enjoy the site! Screw the Hi Point........Find a LEO trade in Glock, Sig, or Beretta! Low round count, well taken care of, and usually around $300!

Just sell sperm and plasma for the other 100-150$, and save yourself the heartache. Be patient when you buy your first, youll regret it later if you dont.

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3 years 28 weeks ago, 11:02 AM

hot_diggity87

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thanks again

thanks for the links, saw an H&K USP 40 for under 600... which made me cream haha... -sigh- it will be in my dreams tonight

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