What's the first handgun you bought............would you buy it again?


January 18, 2003, 03:59 PM
First handgun I bought was Ruger 9mm semi auto, and I paid much more for it than I should have. Had little knowledge of handguns and basically got talked into this one by gun shop owner.

Wouldn't buy it again unless it was DIRT cheap. And for price and other reasons never went back to that gun shop either. :)

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January 18, 2003, 04:33 PM
My first handgun was a S & W 686 which I got before their sellout to the Clintonistas. I paid a fair price and got a first rate firearm. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

January 18, 2003, 04:37 PM
Mine was an Astra A-80 in 9mm. Worked fine and gave good service for many years.

January 18, 2003, 04:42 PM
ERMA KGP68 in .380. Paid all of $89 for it back in 1973. Really liked the Browning HP 9mm with 13 round clip for $125 but at the time I wanted a handgun that would be hard for my son to chamber a round if he ever got a hold of it. I ended up trading it in for a Taurus CH85 in 1994 after I noticed that the slide was developing cracks. Knowing what I do now about guns I would not make the same choice today.

January 18, 2003, 04:45 PM
my first of many was a kgp-161 , best $357 I ever spent (easy to remember price a buck a caliber ) it has seen some hard use and still is accurate I would buy another one i did awhile back but sold it needing some cash

January 18, 2003, 04:48 PM
SIG Saur P229 (40 S&W).

Should have gone straight for the 1911s.

January 18, 2003, 04:48 PM
Ruger KP97D and yes I would.

Matthew Courtney
January 18, 2003, 05:05 PM
S&W 5906 9mm. With the same choices I had then, I would buy the same gun, with the choices available now, I would buy a Glock 23 .40.

January 18, 2003, 05:07 PM
SW 686, and yes, I would buy one again...

January 18, 2003, 05:10 PM
Glock 17. Yes, I'd buy one again.

January 18, 2003, 05:15 PM
USP40F and no. No more .40 for me.

January 18, 2003, 05:16 PM
Ruger P89 9mm

been extremely happy with it.

That said, I would get a CZ75 if I could do it all over.

January 18, 2003, 05:18 PM
S&W Model 27 357Mag 6" bbl

Dad and I bought new together, still have it. haven't shot it since he was killed in a plane crash. It's my keep forever gun and recieves no finger prints.

January 18, 2003, 05:22 PM
My first was a Ruger Blackhawk .357M with a 4-5/8" barrel. Yes, I would buy another one.

Stay safe.

January 18, 2003, 05:23 PM
A 6" Charter Arms Pathfinder .22 Magnum. Bought when I was 16. Don't need to buy it again, still have it. :)

January 18, 2003, 05:25 PM
Walther P99 in .40.

In 20/20 hindsight I'd probably stuck with the Walther but gone with 9mm. I can shoot it well enough but I have to work at it a bit harder than I'd like. The softer recoil of the 9 would be just perfect.

Swamp Yankee
January 18, 2003, 05:26 PM
Actually it was the first two, bought 'em both at the same time.

One was a blue Ruger Single Six with extra .22 Mag cylinder. The second was a used but like new Colt Lawman Mk III with 4" barrel.

The Single Six I later sold to a friend. He still carries it raccoon hunting. The Lawman wasn't one of Colts better efforts, however if I could pick one up today in the same condition for the $99.95 plus tax I paid, I'd grab it in a heartbeat. As for the Single-Six maybe someday my buddy will sell me back the original. I'd kinda like to have it as it was the first handgun I ever bought. At least I know it has a good home.

Take Care

January 18, 2003, 05:31 PM
My first handgun was a Kimber Custom, and I would do it again in heartbeat.

January 18, 2003, 05:33 PM
Mine was a Springfeild Armory P9, and no I wouldn't buy it again.

January 18, 2003, 05:45 PM
G19 - Of course, I'd buy another one!!!


January 18, 2003, 05:49 PM
Glock 17

Thought I wouldn't buy it again?

k say
January 18, 2003, 06:03 PM
NIB back in the 70's Ruger Security Six stainless 357 mag still havit, still lovit :)

January 18, 2003, 06:17 PM
I bought a blue 5.5" Ruger Single Six Convertible in 1972.

Yes, if I ever sell it I'd buy it back.


January 18, 2003, 06:35 PM
Colt Agent .38 special, 2" barrel, aluminum alloy frame. Kicked like a mule and chewed up my hand the first time I shot it. New grips cured that but I never could hit anything with it. The screws would work loose everytime I shot it and I would have to tighten them every 18 rounds. It was light and easy to carry but I would go for something better quality next time, maybe a used *&*.

January 18, 2003, 06:36 PM
S&W 686+. A great gun, and a great first centerfire handgun, for all the reasons folks usually give (versatility, affordable shooting, accuracy, smooth action, bone reliability, etc, etc, etc...). Yeah, I still think it's a great first handgun. And, I can't really imagine gettng rid of it, though I don't shoot it as much as my Glock, now.

January 18, 2003, 06:45 PM
S&W Model 39-2, sometime back in the 70's. Taught me to be suspicious of "home-grown modifications" - it had a botched front sight. Sold it and bought a Ruger Blackhawk. Bought another Model 39 last year, this one was box stock. Like it better.

January 18, 2003, 07:14 PM
G 19 and I would buy it again just not from the crooks I bought it from.

January 18, 2003, 07:44 PM
Raven 25acp,NO!!!!!

January 18, 2003, 08:19 PM
Rohm 22 revolver, I can grab the barel and wiggle it in the frame, for a great price I'd buy it again, didn't pay much for it the 1st time.

January 18, 2003, 08:20 PM
I've been trying to buy the :cuss: thing back...

January 18, 2003, 08:27 PM
Laseraim MkII, 1911 clone.

It's stainless, built like a tank, but no, I wouldn't buy it again.

Impossible to find a holster for it.

January 18, 2003, 08:53 PM
My first purchase was a Norinco 1911 .45

I have evolved to a fairly cool Colt 1911 .45 that I did all of the work on from a Colt Govt Enhanced Model.

I sold the Norinco to a fellow who threw away everything except the frame and built a very trick .45

1911's are like Harley's. You can build one from scratch without a single original part:D

January 18, 2003, 09:07 PM
Colt's Huntsman .22LR, a Christmas present from my father in 1971. A burglar took the gun; leukemia took my father.

I miss 'em both, but guns can be replaced.

January 18, 2003, 09:10 PM
Hi-Point C-9 9mm.

I would buy one again if I had to, but as durable adn reliable as it has been and with the lifetime warranty on it, I doubt I ever will have to.

January 18, 2003, 09:11 PM
Ruger P-95. And YES I'd buy another one.

In fact I've been kicking the idea of buying another one just so I'd have two of them.

But I think a second 686 or Hi-Power are going to beat out the P95

January 18, 2003, 09:12 PM
My first handgun was a Ruger Super Blackhawk 7-1/2" .44 Magnum that I bought as a "bear" gun shortly after moving to Alaska. The guys at work laughed and told me to "file off the front sight" in case I ran into a griz. At least that way I wouldn't chip a tooth. No, I wouldn't buy another one. Not a revolver guy I guess.

Mike Irwin
January 18, 2003, 09:24 PM
Charter Arms Off Duty .38.

Probably not. The Charter was a great first gun, but it's hamburger, which at the time was all that I could afford for my first carry gun.

Now I can afford steak.

I'll never get rid of my Charter, though. It was my first regular carry gun!

2nd Amendment
January 18, 2003, 09:35 PM
A full size Llama...in 9mm. I had no clue what I was doing. Still, it wasn't a bad old gun for the money and I kinda miss the sorry looking old thing.

January 18, 2003, 09:45 PM
Hi-Standard Sport King, 4 inch barrel. The older style with the barrel disassembly lever, rather than the newer pushbutton model. I'd buy another one, especially at the 32 dollar cost of the first one(Don't ask how long ago) but I'm not holding my breath.

Don in Ohio

Shooter 2.5
January 18, 2003, 09:56 PM
Colt Walker .44

I still have it. Handguns don't take up enough room where I have to sell them to make room for something else.

January 18, 2003, 09:59 PM
In '73 my HS grad gift to self was a Colt Combat Commander. Yes I would do it again. Got hooked on 1911 when 6 or 7, been that way ever since...see no reason to change. Yes I do continue the affair...leaning toward Mil-Specs as a favorite.

"Less is more" makes more sense as I get older.

January 18, 2003, 10:11 PM
S&W 686 in 94. Loved that gun. Yes, I will buy another one. Shouldnt of gotten rid of the first one.

January 18, 2003, 10:14 PM
My first was an used Smith & Wesson CS9, back in the day I tought that small and ligth (the gun as well as the bullet) were the best for CCW. The gun wasn't that accurate beyond 15 yards, maybe the guy sold it to me because of that.

Then one day I shot 10 rounds with a Colt s/70, all but 3 weren't on x ring, that's when I turned into a 1911 freak. Now my carry piece is a goverment model from Springfield.

I won't ever buy a CS9 again, but I am going to keep mine.

January 18, 2003, 10:20 PM
Ruger GP-100 6". Great gun for a first. Have since sold it. Would deffinately buy again.


January 18, 2003, 10:24 PM
glock 19. i did my homework beforehand and paid a fair price for it. in hindsight, i'd definitely buy it again!

Bob Locke
January 18, 2003, 11:01 PM
First handgun I bought was a Sig P239 in 9mm. Bought it second hand from a dealer who I was working with on a project for the Republican Party in Portsmouth, VA. Paid a little too much (not REAL excessive, but about $30) for it, but I figured it was worth it because he was sponsoring an event of ours for $200.

Would own it again in a heartbeat. I sold it a few years ago to fund my G19 purchase.

January 18, 2003, 11:31 PM
Ruger Mark II Target 5.5" Bull barrel (KMK-512.) I don't have it anymore (have a KMK-678GC now) but I would definitely buy it again. Great gun.

January 18, 2003, 11:46 PM
My first handgun was a Hi-Standard Sentinel, 9-shot .22LR revolver with 6" bbl. Carried it around the farm to deal with pests, and acquire the occasional rabbit for the pot. Still have it.

January 19, 2003, 12:06 AM
Taurus 82. Good gun but I wanted a .357mag instead of a .38 and didn't think I'd have so many guns back then (I guess I've changed) so I sold it when I got a medium framed .357. I am now starting to look for a nice used 82 or a great price on a new one, I should never have sold it. That said, I would probably start with a .357mag (like I wanted to at the time) and not let myself be convinced by the price to get the .38spl first instead.

First auto was a Ruger P89. Very reliable but accuracy was disappointing. I miss it for nostaligic reasons but otherwise, well I probably should have bought something else instead (either the Ruger P90 or Kahr K9 that were on my list at the time or a CZ 75 which I discovered a little later).

Mark IV Series 80
January 19, 2003, 12:19 AM
Ruger Security-Six.


January 19, 2003, 12:27 AM
Ruger New Model Single Six. The classic plinking gun.

January 19, 2003, 12:29 AM
Nope, my 1st handgun was a POS Taurus 380 that I sold to help pay for my P7M8. I wouldn't get another unless it came free w/ purchase of my next HK :D

January 19, 2003, 12:41 AM
Nope, my 1st handgun was a POS Taurus 380 that I sold to help pay for my P7M8. I wouldn't get another unless it came free w/ purchase of my next HK

What the heck, did you have 10 Tauruses (Taurii) laying around or something?

January 19, 2003, 02:20 AM
S&W 586 Distinguished combat magnum. Id buy another one in a heart beat

January 19, 2003, 02:27 AM
Baby Eagle in .40 I still have the gun, but if I had it to do over I would have gotten the 9mm with the frame mounted safety.

January 19, 2003, 03:35 AM
Mine was a Taurus 92 in 9mm. It was between that and a Beretta 92. I didn't have a lot of money and was not shure how l'd like this whole pistol shooting thing. I used to think I should have just got the Beretta, but now the Taurus has been just fine and I would get another if I didn't still have it. It has been the training gun for me and many of my friends and co-workers. I has feed everything with out failing.

Dave Williams
January 19, 2003, 03:57 AM
Great condition for around $200. I would definitely buy it again.


January 19, 2003, 04:19 AM
It was stolen along with a Star PD, and a Smith & Wesson 2206. and while I liked the Smith and The Star, I would pay gladly to get my first HP back
it was an extension of my hand.
I then moved on to S&W 3914 pretty gun, lousy trigger, and then on to 1911s:D

January 19, 2003, 06:33 AM
First handgun I bought was a SA Mil Spec .45 in 1988. Kept it till this year.

Bruce in West Oz
January 19, 2003, 07:25 AM
Beretta Model 76 in .22 rimfire

Magic gun -- wish to God I still had it.

January 19, 2003, 09:22 AM
Charles Daly 1911
I would buy it again for about $100 less than the $500 I paid for it, now that I know other places price it better. For $500, I should have saved a little more for a Kimber! :)

January 19, 2003, 09:33 AM
Taurus Model 66 .357mag 6 inch blue.

I saved my lunch money for a year and sold every comic book I had when I was 16 and bought it from a gunsmith friend NIB
for $160.

I have reloaded about 7500 rounds for it and have fired about
the same in factory and factory reloads. It still shoots like a dream
and looks about the same as the day I got it 17 years ago

The out of the box trigger pull was perfect that I have had
folks ask where I had it done

I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

January 19, 2003, 09:40 AM
S&W 686. Yes.

January 19, 2003, 09:48 AM
My first handgun was a Ruger 4 5/8" Stainless Vaquero in .357 magnum. It's a lot of fun to shoot. I would buy it again. In fact, I hope to some day but in .45lc. as that is the only thing I would change. Of course, right now it pairs nicely with my Marlin 1894cs in .357...


January 19, 2003, 10:04 AM
Bought a 1911A1 because I was familiar with it from the Army. I don't care for a SA pistol as a house gun. Should have bought a Model 66 Smith or something like it for that purpose.

January 19, 2003, 10:29 AM
A 686 back in 1987. And yes I bought another and another. At one time had three 686's - 2.5" , 4" and 6". Oh yeah , went on to buy a 4th later!

January 19, 2003, 02:12 PM
Argi BHP 9mm (and I still have it).

As to whether I'd buy it again, I've just spotted another at a great price and have almost bought it a couple of times.

January 19, 2003, 04:29 PM
"Makarov" and "Yes".

January 19, 2003, 04:49 PM
A used S&W 686 4" back in 97. And no I won't buy it again,I'll never sell it!
I would buy another just like it though.

January 19, 2003, 05:09 PM
Ruger P95 9mm. After buying a .357, a 45acp, 41mag the 9mm didn't thrill me much anymore so I traded it. I'd buy another if I found a good deal on one.

January 19, 2003, 05:34 PM
Excam TA-90 chromed 9mm. Liked the weapon but didn't care for the 9mm. I was actually quite put-off that all those gun rags in the 80's lied to me so badly about the 9mm. :fire:

Traded it off for the FIE TZ-75 9mm/.41AE combo. Much better. That .41AE was a hell of a cartridge. I wish I'd not sold that one! :banghead:

Would I buy another Excam? I'd have to buy EAA these days, and yes. Their all steel .45 is on my short-list

January 19, 2003, 07:11 PM
S&W 32 Long. Dont know the model#. Don't have to buy it again because I still have it. Still makes a pretty good pocket gun.

January 19, 2003, 07:56 PM
No, I would opt for its bigger brother the Glock 17

January 19, 2003, 08:12 PM
Star firestar plus 9mm. As I recall, it was one of the early "pocket rocket" 14+1 double stacks, and single action. Sold it when I needed some cash. It never missed a beat, I've been trying to pick up another one on the auctions, used ones can be had way cheap. I think its a good gun for the money. The single stack firestars, in 9/40/45, have nice lines as well, IMO.

January 19, 2003, 08:15 PM
Llama 1911 .45, paid $209 NIB. I would not buy one again, there are way to many better choices for the money or a little bit more.

Several years later, I did trade it and $30 for a customized Norinco. Maybe it was worth it.

January 19, 2003, 08:20 PM
A Ruger Security Six, 4"bbl, blued.
I would buy it again, I wish I still had it. :(

January 20, 2003, 09:09 AM
G-22 and yes, would buy it again.

January 20, 2003, 10:26 AM
SigPro 2340. And I'd buy another one if I had to, but right now its next to me on the computer desk.

January 20, 2003, 11:59 AM
First handgun I bought was my beloved Dan Wesson 22 revolver on the 357 Mag frame. Bought it used for $125 with two sets of grips. It was the gun with which I learned to shoot well at 25 yards and 100 yards. It's killed plenty of birds, rabbits and squirrels. It's accurate, reliable, attractive. What else is there to want? The definition of a good gun.

January 20, 2003, 01:05 PM
When I was still a young'en I saw Rooger Moore in Live and Let Die, you know the part where he is in the graveyard watching the witch doctor with the snake and Jane Seymor is tied up, ready to be bitten. Then ol James comes to the rescue with that big nickle plated Pthon and saves Jane from that nasty ole snake bite. WELLl thats when the gun bug bite ME!!! I justhad to have one of them there Pythons!!! Had to wait quite a few years to get it. Loved it- then sold for some stupid reason -am now trying to buy it back from the guy. So am trying to buy my first gun again all over!!!!! :banghead:

January 20, 2003, 01:26 PM
My first was a S&W K-17 .22 six inch barrel with the target trigger and hammer and patridge front sight. I traded it off, and have regretted it ever since. Darn right I'd buy it again; in fact, I plan to as soon as I see another one like that one!

January 20, 2003, 03:54 PM
6 1/2" barrel 357 Mag Blackhawk.

Would buy same again.

Chris Rhines
January 20, 2003, 03:58 PM
My first pistol was a CZ-75b Military model. If I were to do it over, I'd probably go ahead and get the -85 Combat model instead. But I still love my CZ-75...

- Chris

January 20, 2003, 06:57 PM
S&W K-38 Masterpiece (Model 14 - 6" barrel).

Loved it. Would I buy it again? Yes, I've regretted selling it ever since I traded it in. (In fact, I've regretted selling almost every handgun I've ever sold.)

But... having said that, I'd buy it strictly for sentimental value. It couldn't do anything that one of my present guns can't do better.

Small game hunting - Ruger Single Six.
Larger game hunting - Ruger Super Black Hawk.
SD - Kimber Compact CDP or S&W 686 4" (first iteration).

I shot the heck out of that gun. Only change was a pair of target grips with a thumb rest that we ground off. I learned to handload just to keep it stocked with ammo! Lee Loader. Hammer the shells in, hammer 'em out. Slow going, but cheap! :D

The handgun I miss the most, however, is what replaced the Model 14, a NIB Model 19, 4" barrel. Probably the sweetest looking and handling handgun I've ever had the pleasure to hold!

January 20, 2003, 07:18 PM
First was a Ruger single six 22lr/mag. No I wouldn't buy it again because I have since learned that I cna't shoot a revolver worth a crap.
Second was a Kimber Custom match target. I wouldn't buy it again either. When I spend $880 on a handgun, it should work with FMJ ammo every single time.
I should have saved myself the trouble and started with a CZ-75B. I like my SIG, but the CZ has it beat for half the cost. I am gonna keep the SIG, because I have actually shot smiley faces on targets with it, on purpose.
I also have a Browning HP. I think I'll keep it, but I wouldn't buy another. The trigger is too heavy for my tastes.

January 22, 2003, 12:45 PM
Coly Python 6" Blued in 1982 $672, and yes.

Forgot to add, still have it and always will (so will my son)

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