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Dr. Morgus
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Help me buy my first handgun
Alright. Looking for my first handgun. Just Something I can have for home protection and easy to carry in my vehicle.
So many choices. I guess it’s a matter of personal preference.

Any recs and why would be appreciated. And where would you buy from?


civiltiger07
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Go to a gun shop check out the handguns they have in stock. There are a lot of good handguns made these days. From smith and Wesson, Springfield Armory, CZ, Sig Sauer, and on and on. I can tell you which handguns I like but you have to decide which handgun you like.


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10MTNTiger
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Glock 19 /thread


MarlinMan
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
You need to see which ones feel comfortable in your hand. Then go to a range and shoot them. You probably have a good idea after that...


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LEASTBAY
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Glock ,kahr, all of the above listed. If you can shoot them I would. Not sure why but I had a Springfield XD and I just wasn't accurate with it. Put a Glock in my hand and it's night and day. I'm sure it's just a preference though.


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Rando
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
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Glock 19 /thread




That is a bullheaded attitude... And also completely right.

It is an excellent first gun, and even if it isnt your favorite, it's nice to have in the stable.


Putty
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I bought a CZ-75 Sp01 for my first handgun and couldn’t have been happier. A good bit of weight and full size to help beginning shooter. 18 rounds and I found it extremely easy to shoot. I now have many but that is still one of my faves to shoot.

ETA Someone mentioned the possibility of a .22 if you are truly a beginner. I’m pretty sure the CZ has a “cadet kit” where you can change out to a .22 while you learn the basics of shooting or just want to plink really cheaply. I thought hard about buying this when I started out. But honestly, the 9mm was as so easy to shoot for me I never had to bother. Will probably get it when I move my son from long guns to handgun.
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LEASTBAY
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
I've never shot a Glock 19, I do have a Glock 22. That I bought from a poster here who is a dealer and it is probably the easiest, and accurate pistol I have ever fired.


Ragnar Danneskjold
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
As much as I dislike Glock, every man needs to own a 17 and/or 19. They (and especially their magazines) are ubiquitous in the World.


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bapple
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Every first handgun for anyone should be a full or mid sized 9mm. This means 4”-4.5” barrel and either a 17 round or 15 round magazine.

Stick with a reputable manufacturer and see what feels best. I personally am a big fan of the S&W M&P and have the newer mid-sized version (2.0 “compact”) based on the Glock 19. It really is the perfect size handgun and I see why the G19 is so popular.


Megasaurus
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Glock 19 /thread


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
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Every first handgun for anyone should be a full or mid sized 9mm. This means 4”-4.5” barrel and either a 17 round or 15 round magazine.




Ehhhhh, ruger single six bags to differ.

Since it's the unpopular opinion around here I'll put it out there, either a ruger GP100 7 shot or Smith 686 7 shot with 4" barrel in 357 magnum. Revolvers are easier to operate, more reliable, chambered in powerful rounds, and easy to conceal. They fall short of semi autos in capacity and reload speed.

My shield .40 jammed this weekend once shooting federal HST. My sig 229 legion has jammed once a while back shooting speer gold dot, my old M9 jammed a few times while I had it. I have only seen one revolver jam in my life, from a rat shot load jumping crimp and locking the cylinder up after shooting a full power 44 mag round.

My personal experience is that revolvers have been closer to 100% reliable by a large margin compared to self shuckers. I carry my sig 229 becuase I trust it and the one time it jammed out of probably 4k rounds it just had to be tapped into battery. But, none of my revolvers have ever failed to go bang.


bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Wilson Combat EDC9 since you didn’t give a $ limit


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bapple
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Member since Oct 2010
10924 posts

re: Help me buy my first handgun
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Ehhhhh, ruger single six bags to differ.


A single action revolver is a horrible self defense weapon, especially for a novice. Yea they’re fun to shoot but he also wants this gun for self defense.

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Revolvers are easier to operate, more reliable, chambered in powerful rounds, and easy to conceal


I disagree that they are easy to conceal. It’s also debatable that they are more reliable, given every law enforcement agency and military in the country has moved to semi autos.

A full sized 357 is a decent defensive weapon and will work just fine but I think it falls short in a few categories compared to a reliable semi auto.


bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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easy to conceal.


A GP100 is no where close to easy to conceal. Plus it’s heavy as hell.

Why not get a Delta Elite instead? Able the same weight and much easier to conceal.


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Clames
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Glock 26 with Glock 19 mags if you want something that's easier to CC later. You give up nothing practical to a 19 and you have the choice of going flush/pinky rest 10rd mags or 15rd mags with a XGrip sleeve.


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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: Help me buy my first handgun
Glock 18

/thread


beerJeep
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Louisiana
Member since Nov 2016
19801 posts

re: Help me buy my first handgun
HK vp9


Popths
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2016
1979 posts

re: Help me buy my first handgun
S&W 686 Plus


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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52520 posts

re: Help me buy my first handgun
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It’s also debatable that they are more reliable, given every law enforcement agency and military in the country has moved to semi autos.



Absolutely not debatable in my experience. Every semi auto I have ever owned has jammed at least once. I have never jammed a revolver and have only seen it happen once, with ratshot.

Military needs offensive weapons so their needs are vastly different. Same for LEO, where there is a real chance of being in a shootout and needing to stay engaged. I'd rather bring an M9 to Iraq than a GP100 no doubt, and I'd want an automatic rifle way more than either of those.

For a purely defensive firearm, especially for someone who isnt going to practice a whole bunch, a revolver is a great choice IMO. Just aim and shoot. Gun didnt go off? Pull the trigger again. Long double action pulls are safer than the mouse click glock triggers, but still dont have any manual safeties.

I carry my 229 here lately, but I have carried a 3" GP100 many many times. It's not hard to conceal at all and I'm not a big guy.

Somebody's gotta knight for the wheel guns around here


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