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4 years 34 weeks ago, 11:33 AM

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Hello - I am new to this forum and pretty new to guns. My experience is limited to some pistol target shooting a few years ago. I live in the Detroit, MI suburbs and am looking to purchase a gun for home defense and range shooting. I went to a local/reputable gun dealer yesterday and they showed me 4 guns (all 9mm), Glock 17, Smith & Wesson (Sigma 9mm), Springfield Armory (XDm) and H&K. The dealer suggested a 9mm because it would be the easiest to shoot and for my wife to handle. I had always thought that it would be better to have a .38, .40, .45, .357 because of the stopping power less change that it would go through the person and the wall behind it. I liked the feel of all of the pistols and seem to like the XDm the best, but need to shoot a few rounds first. What do you suggest in terms of brand/model/make of gun? What calibre would be best given my needs? I also have two kids under 4 at home, which is my greatest concern in purchasing so and advice is greatly appreciated.

I appreciate any guidance/advise you can provide. Thanks

4 years 34 weeks ago, 12:04 PM

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On that note

9mm is not a bad round plus it wont travel through your neighbors house as easy as a larger caliber, now on the issuse of 9mm vs .38 and up; depends is your wife a lady or a fighter, you should have her shoot a .40 and see if she doesnt like the kick from it. I personally like the Glock 17 over the sigma 9mm, but I would rather get the Glock 22(.40) since I have never had a problem with mine and the accuracy for a pistol is just great. Whatever you decide I hope you're happy with your decision, good luck and happy shooting!

P.S. Just put the gun up high in a safe place the kids will never find it and if you dont feel safe enough with that put a lock on the gun or in a locked box, or seperate the ammo from the guns (I dont know the laws for detriot on guns.)

4 years 34 weeks ago, 12:07 PM

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my thought

caliber wise either 9mm or .40 cal will be fine both in power and recoil for both of you.the glock is pretty user friendly and the XD is definietly a high quality piece that will serve you well.

4 years 33 weeks ago, 3:15 PM

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Welcome to the site first.... 9mm is the best if your wife is going to shoot. I have a 9mm and a 40. The 40 has a sharper recoil than the 9mm so I think the 9mm would be easier for her to get used to. Again I don't know anything about you guys. My 9mm is an older S&W and it is all metal so the recoil is not and issue. My Sig Sauer is a P229 and it does have a sharper kick. I just know the ladies don't like it, until they get used to it. I think my next purchase is going to be an XDm, I love the design. Even though the Glock is an ugly gun, they have an excellent long term track record and they don't fail. Just remember a "plastic" gun will recoil differently than an all steel unit. Have fun and be safe. Be Very Safe!!

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 7:44 PM

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welcome, ggpc

for a first gun...get a revolver. a .357, so that you and your wife can use .38 caliber to get used to it. Then use the .357 round to blow away any threat to your home.

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 7:54 PM

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A revolver ebear?

you just wanna look like poncho villa and have those ammo bandaliers strapped across your chest LOL
I think a auto would serve them better, less recoil than a revolver and more rounds.
Glock(ugly but reliable) S&W, Berreta, Colt any major brand has good models you just need to find one that fits you right. Just stay away from cheap models/makes becuase that old saying of you get what you pay for is so true.

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 7:55 PM

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either way, whatever floats your boat

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 8:03 PM

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ebear

that would be the santa and elves that zx12rmike posted earlier LOL

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 9:23 PM

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I just wanted to thank

I just wanted to thank everyone for your comments and advice. One other question . . . what should I definitely stay away from?

4 years 33 weeks ago, 9:32 PM

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Braco,all cheap pot metal,some shoot,others don't but i wouldn't have one as a primary,those are throw down guns.

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 9:42 PM

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qgcp

i like .45's revolver wise go with s&w 625. just my 2 cents

4 years 33 weeks ago, 9:12 AM

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.40 sucks

Recoil is too snappy, follow-ups are easier with 9mm and even .45s than with .40s.

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