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5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:24 PM

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Alright so I've been looking into purchasing a handgun for myself, my first one to be exact. Researched into gun laws for the state of NJ and all that jazz.. also have been reading up a bit on what I could find for the few things I've heard about different companies like S&W and Springfield.

Being in the Military I have experience mainly with M4s, M16s, 240b and 249.. handguns are a new field for me. What would be advised/recommended for a decently priced, no more than $1,000, for a first time handgun. Appreciate the advice in advanced.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:27 PM

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first handgun

i feel that revolvers are a great choice for a beginner due to less complicated operation.ruger,s&w,taurus,are all excellent manufacturers

5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:37 PM

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greasypaws wrote:
i feel that revolvers are a great choice for a beginner due to less complicated operation.ruger,s&w,taurus,are all excellent manufacturers

As far as a handgun goes I don't have the desire to have a revolver.. I'd much rather prefer a pistol. I probably should have mentioned that in my original post. Though I definitely appreciate the advice you gave greasy.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:54 PM

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go to your nearest range and rent out differant guns and differant calibers, see what feels good to you. keep in mind the 9mm ammo is the cheapest to buy.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 10:06 PM

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Solid Advice

Thanks ebear.. sounds like a good idea for me to go out and try out the various types to figure which fits me best. I'll have to wait till I go on mid-tour leave before I'm able to do it. Thankfully its coming up though.. I'll be back stateside in about 2-3 weeks I hope. I'll grab a buddy of mine who has some guns to go w/ me and we'll find a place.. appreciate it.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 10:11 PM

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that's the same advice that was givin me here on this very site. it's still great advise..just get back safe bro.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 7:55 PM

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check out a sig p226 or p229. my personal favorites

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 8:10 PM

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Thanks Reaper, I'll make sure I try them out for sure when I go test fire everything.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 11:36 PM

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Irishguy66

H&K USP 9mm. Not Sure on the price but i have fired a ffew rounds down range with them. They Come In a Variety of calibers From a 9mm to .45. The 9 iron holds 15rnds. Just a thought.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 8:33 AM

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I strongly recommend going with a 22LR for a lot of reasons: a lot of shooting for least $$$, easy on hands (less chance of carple tunnel over long run)...great weapon for teaching other new shooters in years to come...

A good one like a Ruger or Browning can end up being a life long freind/favorite...the one you go back to most for target & plinking.
Specific recomendation: Ruger 5 1/2" bull...about $500
Sugest going to Ruger-firearms.com and looking at their line.

by the way: 22's kill a lot of people every year...make good personal carry and bedside weapons. Remember: placement is an important factor in self defense...nothing subsitutes for study & practice.

My wife and I each carry Walther P22's

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 8:52 AM

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Im sorry but i have to dissagree. 22LR seems a little small for a first time pistol owner. Even though they do kill alot of people. I would reccomend a .380.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:04 AM

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Recommend...

first hand gun, properly manintained, and well chosen, can be a lasting and useful weapon in overall inventory.
Again: 22 is least expensive ammo to purchase...less than ANY reload.
Physical size of gun can emulate most higher caliber weapons...
More shooting can mean better skills and better handling habits...

all three 380's i've owned are all history in my household, but my 22's and 9mm have been around for decades...

for what it is worth...

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 5:58 PM

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how tempermental is the p 22 on ammo.Im getting a .22 for my daughter to shoot with me. I want the Sig Mosquito but i keep hearing its picky with ammo.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 9:11 AM

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Mr.Stanford

I see your point. Sorry to trouble you. I will support the .22LR.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 10:13 AM

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first gun

I love the 22LR for plinking and target. But for home protection I use a 45auto 10+1 no crackhead is going to get up and walk around after 11 jhp's The springfeild XD's are nice and under 600 bucks.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 11:11 AM

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Sig SAS

3 to 5oo.oo

5 years 33 weeks ago, 11:13 AM

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Or Kimber 1911

Not sure on the price.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 12:23 PM

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Around $700-900

5 years 33 weeks ago, 3:27 PM

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Things to think about

First and formost the handgun has to feel good in your hand and you have to feel confident while using it. Deffinatly shop around and spend some time at the range with different weapons. A 9mm is a good all around round that isn't going to break the bank when you spend some time on the range. Just remember you get what you pay for. I prefer a glock or h&k but it all depends on how they feel to you.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 3:40 PM

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Revolver's

I know you said no revolver but try a replica of a SAA .45LC Packs A Punch. I own An Original SAA. By the way how much do you say an original is worth?

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