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5 years 29 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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Hi everyone,
I've been doing a lot of reading on firearms and stumbled across your site. I am a total newbie to firearms. I had no exposure growing up, parents were hippies. Ive taken a couple of courses (Firearm Safety with Advanced Pistol Training Techniques and a NRA Basic Pistol Course)and starting to shop for my first gun. I've been enjoying all you posts and reviews. I've fired two Sig Sauers (9mm and .45) but can't remember the models. I really enjoyed the .45. I've started looking into the Glock 21 and Sig p250 (cool concept with interchangeable calibers). Any thoughts?

5 years 29 weeks ago, 7:01 PM

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Burge

First Welcome to the site. We are glad you are here!
You will start a war with that question. half will say Glock and the others will say Sig.
For pure safety, dependability, accuracy and ease of handeling go with the Glock. I have one and love it. I shoot the G19, 9mm, because ammo is so plentiful and cheap. I love to burn up ammo and am retired, so economy is on my mind.

5 years 29 weeks ago, 10:20 PM

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Welcome

Welcome, Good to see that you have gotten a little safety training. I think everyone should be trained in safety even if its a dad. but since I am sure you did not get that. Good to see that you seeked it out.

5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:16 AM

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welcome to the site. Both glock and Sig are good. Go with the one that feels the best in your hand (I think the g21 grips are too big, but like the g21SF). If you can find a range where you can rent both of the guns I recommend that you do.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
5 years 29 weeks ago, 1:24 AM

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go with the 9. trust me. you wont regret it!! and dont make a purchase without trying the XD-M in a 9mm version. 19 in the mag + 1. how can that be bad?

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5 years 29 weeks ago, 6:50 AM

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My suggestion

Of course the correct answer is to go to a range that has gun rentals and try out various guns to see which you like. But that suggestion isn't any fun, now is it? I concur with samD. I carry a Glock 19 or a Glock 26, and sometimes both. 9mm has less recoil than .40 or .45, thus allowing faster follow-up shots, is cheaper than about anything else, and can be just as effective at stopping a threat as the calibers starting with "4" with the right ammo. Buy FMJ to practice with, but don't skimp on ammo you may use to defend yourself and others. Buy a few different brands and see which one your gun likes the most. Both of my Glocks prefer Cor-bon 115 gr +P JHP, so that's what they're loaded with. Once you've determined which brand, weight, and bullet type (frangible or JHP) your gun likes, buy 30-50 rounds of it to practice with, and stick with cheapo FMJ for training after that.

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5 years 29 weeks ago, 8:43 AM

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Welcome to the site, you have come to the right place. There is a wealth of knowledge around here and we'll help any way we can, and if we dont have a good answer, we'll at least tell a good joke, maybe. As far as .45, I just bought and fired a Springfield XD compact 4" barrel in .45 ACP. The gun handeled superbly. There was very little felt recoil for a .45, it fits the hand well(from numerous opinions), easily concealable, and fairly inexpensive. It also comes with a holster, mag pouch, mag loader, 2 mags, lock, brush, book, and case at no additional charge. Bottom line though, go to a gun store and do what runawygun762 suggests, try out a few, put a few different guns in your hand, try them on for size and see wich one feels best for you. How a gun fits in your hand is, in my opinion, the most important. If its awkward, it going to effect your accuracy and more. Find one you like, or a couple you like, and ask us about it, we'll guide you along, have fun, I'll shut the hell up now

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5 years 29 weeks ago, 10:42 AM

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welcome to gunslot

enjoy!

5 years 29 weeks ago, 9:18 PM

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Thanks all

I am heading out tomorrow to take your advice and try a few on for size. I like the fact the sringfield comes with all the extras. But I will focus on what feels right in the hand. Here is my shopping list in addition to the gun I choose:
Eye protection
Range bag
Ear protection
pistol safe - I have kids and want to lock it up. I was thinking of a smaller single gun safe for now. My kids are little (2.5 yrs and 5 months) so I think I can keep it simple for now. Anything else I should be looking at? Already figuring I am going to be spending quite a bit, so any must haves?

Thanks in advance you guys have already been great and I really appreciate it.

5 years 29 weeks ago, 9:23 PM

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The only other must haves is plenty of Ammo and an understanding wife.

5 years 29 weeks ago, 9:25 PM

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Welcome

have fun and enjoy.

5 years 29 weeks ago, 9:28 PM

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Burge, he is new...

5 years 29 weeks ago, 11:26 PM

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Welcome, Burge

Welcome to the site and enjoy.

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5 years 29 weeks ago, 10:54 AM

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another thing to consider i guess would be a "defensive strategy for defending your home, and haveing the misses understand it too.

We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. Gen. George S. Patton
5 years 29 weeks ago, 11:19 AM

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