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Well, the time has come where I have decided to purchase my first firearm. I'm looking at a 9mm Beretta pistol. What kinds of guns do you all have and which would you recommend for a first timer?
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I've been considering getting my permit and getting one of these.
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I went to the armoury today I was surprised at how easy it is to get a gun. You just need to take a multiple choice test in CA. When I was there I saw some ghetto gangstah looking peeps loading up on shotguns lol.
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Is it like the written driving test?
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If I lived in a non-urban area, I would like to have a gun, to learn about guns. The thing is, the only possible use I would have for it would be to kill myself.
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
Well, the time has come where I have decided to purchase my first firearm. I'm looking at a 9mm Beretta pistol. What kinds of guns do you all have and which would you recommend for a first timer?
Are the brown folk closing in on you?
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matt beat me to it
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Well, you probably won't like my advice, but my suggestion for a first handgun would be a good .22. Since you like auto pistols, firms like Smith & Wesson, Browning and Ruger all offer nice .22 auto pistols at reasonable cost. I'm a little chary of the Rugers only because they are hard as hell to strip and reassemble, my friends tell (I've never owned one). The advantages of a .22 are that you can master the fundamentals without the distractions of recoil and muzzle blast, and you can do a helluva lot of shooting at minimal cost.

Some people here may try to talk you out of the Beretta 92. I won't. Like any gun, they have their good points and weaknesses. I don't believe there is any more reliable auto pistol made than the Beretta. Those I've tried have been very accurate. The trigger action of the Beretta is usually quite decent. Overall quality control is high. It is one of the easiest auto pistols to field strip and reassemble. I certainly could live very happily and feel well defended against the powers of evil with one of the Beretta 92 variants as my primary defensive sidearm.

Downside to the Beretta 92. It is bulky for the power it delivers and is consequently not an easy pistol to carry concealed--concealed well, anyway. It also is somewhat wanting in durability compared to competitive pistols. I have heard this at several shooting ranges. In general, it is good for about 10,000 rounds, then it kind of comes apart like the one-horse shay! This may or may not be an issue depending on how much shooting you intend to do.

Some may bad mouth its 9mm Parabellum chambering or the fact that it is a double-action. I think with well-selected loads, the 9mm P can be an excellent defense cartridge. Nor is the double-action trigger system a great handicap, provided the pistol is a decent fit in your hand and the reach to engage the uncocked trigger with the distal joint of your trigger finger is not too long and awkward.

I have owned and tested too many good guns of all types--revolvers, single-action auto pistols, double-action autos, DA-only autos--and a tried fair number of clunkers as well to have a strong preference for any one type. As long as a gun is well-made, accurate and reliable and it fits my hand well, it will suit me fine. I am reminded of the great samurai swordfighter Musashi Miyamoto's dictum to the effect that one should not have a favorite weapon.
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If I lived in a non-urban area, I would like to have a gun, to learn about guns. The thing is, the only possible use I would have for it would be to kill myself.

I would like to have one of these:

http://www.hollandandholland.com/gun..._double_rifle/





The Nitro Express .700 version, but only to hang on my wall. I would never actually fire it. It’s a bit to expensive to actually use at 131,250 pounds, plus if I recall correctly each shell costs $100!

Jon.
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Are the brown folk closing in on you?

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Edited by tiecollector - 8/8/11 at 1:08am
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Having an enormously pricey solely as an object of aesthetic contemplation seems like a perversion of the firearm's purpose. Guns were meant to be used--the harder the better, IMO. If I just want something pretty to look at, I'd get a painting or a vase of something. Guns belong out in the field, working for a living!
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I am reminded of the great samurai swordfighter Musashi Miyamoto's dictum to the effect that one should not have a favorite weapon.

My favorite weapon is my mind. That and my deadly, rock hard, ham-sized fists.

The USP45 is also nice.
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If you're a first timer, I'd recommend looking up your local shooting ranges. The few I frequented in LA had a wide variety of firearms for rent so that you could get a feel of what you will be owning. 9mm's pretty standard for a beginner. I was raised around firearms at an early age starting with a Red Ryder BB gun ala Christmas Story when I was 7 or 8, then my grandfather's Remington .22 when I was 13, and so on with a collection of Ruger 10-22's, Ruger Mark III, and a Colt .38s from the 1950's I believe. I've never been to big a fan of Beretta's styling or grip. I prefer a Glock 19 for 9mm's. It's compact and fits better than the G17. Guns are rather expensive here in CR, sometimes about double the price as in the US, so I'll have to wait another few years before picking up the G32. Really enjoyed firing it last time and love the quality and general lack of issues associated with Glock.
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JLibourel, thanks for the info. I will look into the .22 then. I'll see what they have there.
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If you're a first timer, I'd recommend looking up your local shooting ranges. The few I frequented in LA had a wide variety of firearms for rent so that you could get a feel of what you will be owning.

9mm's pretty standard for a beginner. I was raised around firearms at an early age starting with a Red Ryder BB gun ala Christmas Story when I was 7 or 8, then my grandfather's Remington .22 when I was 13, and so on with a collection of Ruger 10-22's, Ruger Mark III, and a Colt .38s from the 1950's I believe.

I've never been to big a fan of Beretta's styling or grip. I prefer a Glock 19 for 9mm's. It's compact and fits better than the G17. Guns are rather expensive here in CR, sometimes about double the price as in the US, so I'll have to wait another few years before picking up the G32. Really enjoyed firing it last time and love the quality and general lack of issues associated with Glock.

The place I went to only had 2 Beretta pistols. They had a display case full of Glocks though. I will try a firing range and rent some guns. Good suggestion.
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