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Good Suggestion for a First Handgun

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Augusto86, May 7, 2006.

  1. Doc Martin

    Doc Martin Well-Known Member

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    ahem!!!!

    as much as I love you all - lets have a little reality check.

    in the history of mankind, nobody has ever bought too little gun for their first firearm.

    save the revolving shotguns (as cool as they may be) for after you feel comfortable with something a little easier to use.


    I second this, as I think Augusto86 was asking a serious question. Let's aim him in the right direction! [​IMG]
     
  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    ahem!!!! as much as I love you all - lets have a little reality check. in the history of mankind, nobody has ever bought too little gun for their first firearm. save the revolving shotguns (as cool as they may be) for after you feel comfortable with something a little easier to use.
    I kid, I kid! I doubt anyone has ever seen one of those in the flesh anyway [​IMG] You know where I stand an all this stuff anyhow, Zach. You know it may be a good idea to go to a local shooting/gun club, see if you can look at what people are using/recommend (never been to one but I think they would be able to ). I assume they would be able to point you in the right direction and see what the aforementioned firearms look like. Well, minus the Rhodesian special above of course [​IMG]
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I'd recommend purchasing a .22 first to simply learn the basics of shooting, cleaning, and how the gun works. Revolvers are really simple, but semi-autos are also nice. If you like shooting the .22, and I was in your position, I'd probably get one of these as a next step: [​IMG] Taurus PT92 9mm semi-auto. Nice solid gun.
     
  4. Huntsman

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    I doubt anyone has ever seen one of those in the flesh anyway [​IMG]
    I wouldn't be too sure...[​IMG]
    in the history of mankind, nobody has ever bought too little gun for their first firearm.
    This is very true (well, perhaps pardoning the 2.7mm Colibri!!), and a corollary can be developed. The biggest mistake people make in choosing which first firearm to buy is getting too much gun. Further, see if you have an indoor rifle/pistol range in your area. They typically will have a variety of rentals to try, so you can get a feel of things, and will provide critical instuctions to first timers. Because many of these questions are far too subjective -- there's lots of props here for the polymer-frame guns, the Glocks and Sigs, which is deserved, but they have an entirely different feel from a solid-frame auto like the Taurus VM posted, or its progenitor, the Beretta 92, and this needs to be experienced. I still say .22, though. Regards, Huntsman Edited for clarity
     
  5. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I don't suggest the Glock as a first gun. IME it's pretty inconsistent accuracy-wise from the first shot to the last in a magazine (as the gun empties out and gets a pound lighter, all from the grip) and it can be somewhat discouraging for that. Also, being lightweight it flips around a lot on an inexperienced shooter and could lead to a flinching habit, and they can jam if your grip isn't great, etc.
     
  6. Mute

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    I agree with everyone who suggested a .22 to start. If fact, if you get it in a revolver all the better. Once you've learned the fundamentals of good shooting and have the four rules of firearms safety drilled into your brain and become second nature, then start looking at other handguns. Most ranges will have instructional classes and guns you can rent at the range. Take advantage of those services.
     
  7. GreyFlannelMan

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    I don't suggest the Glock as a first gun. IME it's pretty inconsistent accuracy-wise from the first shot to the last in a magazine (as the gun empties out and gets a pound lighter, all from the grip) and it can be somewhat discouraging for that. Also, being lightweight it flips around a lot on an inexperienced shooter and could lead to a flinching habit, and they can jam if your grip isn't great, etc.

    I didn't have much of a choice, as it was the weapon issued to me. I had never fired a gun prior to being trained on the Glock. Subsequently, I used the Sig and have also fired a Beretta 92. All of my handgun experience is on 9mm, so I have nothing else by which I can compare. (I never claimed to be a well-rounded shooter!)

    That said, I also have also used a Remington 870. That thing kicked!
     
  8. Garfieldthecat

    Garfieldthecat Senior member

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    I'd go with a .22 as well, but autoloader instead of a revolver. For me, an autoloader always had a better weight balance then a revolver, which made it "point" easier.
     
  9. alflauren

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    I agree with everyone who suggested a .22 to start. If fact, if you get it in a revolver all the better. Once you've learned the fundamentals of good shooting and have the four rules of firearms safety drilled into your brain and become second nature, then start looking at other handguns. Most ranges will have instructional classes and guns you can rent at the range. Take advantage of those services.

    I agree with this recommendation. A revolver is about as idiot-proof as a gun can get, and a good choice for beginners. A friend of mine works part-time at a gun store (so he can get discounts) and told me a few months back that the Ruger Single Six model was flying off the shelves. People love em.

    Personally, I learned on an SP101 with .38 spec., so really...you can start with anything. I probably should have started a bit easier though.
     
  10. Get Smart

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    My first gun was a S&W .357, but I'd say a .38 revolver is a great first gun. You can keep it loaded for home protection without worrying about the clip spring getting un-springy from being kept loaded. The trigger has a harder pull so you're less likely to accidentally set it off, assuming you forgot to set the safety on a semi-auto. For practical home-defense purposes, you can't beat a good stainless revolver, and it's much easier to clean.

    But if it's for range shooting, it's always fun to have a few guns to shoot with and I would agree a semi-auto will be a more fun gun to shoot. I would say go with one of the best right off the bat and get a Sig Sauer 9 or .40, if your intent is target shooting.
     
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    Springs do not lose tension from compression. They lose tension from transitioning between compression and expansion. You can leave a magazine loaded for more or less as long as you want and it won't wear out.
     
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    Springs do not lose tension from compression. They lose tension from transitioning between compression and expansion. You can leave a magazine loaded for more or less as long as you want and it won't wear out.


    it is still not recomended, although that may be a"wives tale". it may be more about corrosion of the spring.
     
  13. Arethusa

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    It is a bit of an old wives' tale, though there is some basic, common sense in it: if you load your mags regularly, you know regularly that (or at least how well) they work. That 70 year old mag should still work in theory, but plenty of other things could have happened to it in that time that you don't know about.
     
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    My first handgun was a Ruger Super Redhawk 44 Mag with a 9.5 inch barrel. I would load only 4 rounds randomly in the chambers to train out the nasty flinch when I would fire it. The embarrassment of twitching when the hammer would fall on an empty chamber was motivation enough to learn to fire it correctly. Once I figured out the .44, the 1911 was cake. I probably should have gotten the Colt huntsman .22 instead.
     
  15. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I'm ordering this one:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Fabienne: You might later advance to this: [​IMG] Seriously, I support the .22 advice given here; it's a nice start, ammunition is cheap etc. etc. I don't really have that much experience with modern firearms, but I had a Glock 17 in the army, and so far. it's the best handgun I've tried, among, say 10 different models. It's fairly light, suits most people ergonomically, it's easy on maintenance because of the various ceramic parts, etc. The Glock 19 is a development of this, and should be even better. The only thing I didn't like about the Glock is the safety, which isn't that safe at all. But, altogether: [​IMG]
     
  17. Fabienne

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    I don't like pink, and besides, it's the garter belt I'm into.
     
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    Lately I have been admiring the Smith & Wesson Performance Center 586 L-Comp. It's a seven shot .357 revolver with a compensated barrel that loads with full-moon clips and has been through a Performance Center tuning. Having seen many new shooters of semi-autos fumble through action-clearing drills (some due to cycling failures from improper grip), I think a fast-loading 7-round wheelgun is a great choice.
     
  19. Doc Martin

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    A great option if you can afford/find one is a Colt 1911 with the .22 training barrel, then you can move on up to the 45 with the same gun. I've heard that the training barrel is getting harder to find though.
     
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    A great option if you can afford/find one is a Colt 1911 with the .22 training barrel, then you can move on up to the 45 with the same gun. I've heard that the training barrel is getting harder to find though.
    Not a bad idea. I'm pretty sure there are still aftermarket .22 conversion kits for 1911s and clones.
     

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