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First handgun: .22lr or 9mm?(specific models)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by T-Ray, Jul 6, 2008.

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  1. T-Ray

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    I'm hoping to expand my range of guns and a handgun is next on the list. Should I start off with a .22 or do you think I could start with a 9mm? I could shoot a 9mm semi and a .22lr revolver at my grandma's, but I probably won't be able to go for a while. I have held some .22's and the Beretta Neos fit me best. I'm pretty sure i'm going to get a semi, so do you think i should get a 9mm or a .22lr to start? (i have smaller hands (10 glove size))

    Has to be under $300 new or used, doesn't matter. Mainly for shooting little targets here and there, possibly for rabbits, and occasional range days
     
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  2. Rmart30

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    22's are cheap to practice with..... that would be my first choice.
     
  3. T-Ray

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    Ya, i was kinda (really) leanin towards a .22 b/c the gun is cheaper, and the ammo is wayyyyyy cheaper. I just wish i could buy sooner...
     
  4. MrAnteater

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    You didn't say how much money you are willing to spend or the primary use for the handgun. That makes all the difference.

    If you are only using this handgun for plinking, get a .22 cal. Nothing comes close to the ammo price.

    If you want a home defense/CCW piece, get a 9mm. Some 9mm's, like Glock, have .22 conversion kits available from Advantage Arms for an extra $250. It might be worth it if you shoot frequently.
     
  5. Luis Leon

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    If you want to do a lot of shooting go with a good .22. Half the fun is making the choice of which to buy. Just decide on a price range and shop/research/read... then finally buy. I always take a .22 or two the range, good fun, inexpensive to shoot.

    regards,

    Luis Leon
     
  6. yhtomit

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    There are well-known and evidently well-liked .22 top-ends for Czs and Witness pistols as well; I plan to get one for my yet-to-pick-up Witness .45. On the other hand, there are some excellent .22 autoloaders (esp. if you watch sales) that might cost you no more than one of these half-a-gun conversions, and which in the event of a problem with the internals leave you with at least one functioning gun.

    Shooting .22 is undeniably fun -- it's eyebrows-on-the-ceiling fun, and cheap enough to get in a lot of real practice. However, to me it's more satisfying to shoot a larger caliber at least part of the time, even if it means fewer shots to savor the cost of the ammo.

    So whichever you choose, your next step is to start saving for the other ;)

    timothy
     
  7. presspuller

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    Everybody needs a .22 or four.
    Some day when you move on to something bigger and you need some trigger time its always good to pull out the .22 for some cheaper practice.
    If I am kinda out of practice I will use a .22 to get back in the game before I start burning up the expensive stuff.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    For a range gun, a .22LR autoloader can't be beat. Ammo is still relatively cheap, and 500 rounds at $22.00 can go a long way through a couple of range sessions, at least. Now compare that to 5 boxes of WWB at $22.00 a piece, and I think you'll be able to see the savings pretty quickly. The Beretta Neos is very nice pistol; I'm also partial to the Browning Buckmark series as well.
     
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    Last I checked ammo prices at WMT 9MM Winchester white box [100 rounds] was $18.42 and FEDERAL "VALUE PACK" .22 [36 GR HP/550] was $11.97. If you are just starting out and want to shoot a lot need one say more ? I recommend a Ruger MKII or MKIII pistol; I have a plain Jane MKIII678 with a red dot scope that works for me. :)
     
  10. T-Ray

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    bump
     
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    Any modern CZ-75 variant plus the .22 converson Kadet Kit.
     
  12. Luis Leon

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    lots of bangs for the bucks

    I will second what many say about a conversion kit for a full-size 9mm like the CZ.

    I own the following .22 rim fire handguns, S&W K22 (circa 1947), model 63, model 41, and a p22. The .22 that always comes to the range is the kadet kit that fits all three of my 9mm CZs, (P01, 75b and 75bd). I will always love shooting .22s.

    regards,

    Luis Leon
     
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    GREAT combination!
     
  14. T-Ray

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    how much would that setup cost?
     
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    or six or seven or eight:D

    If you are starting with handguns, start with a .22 for all the reasons above: low cost ammo, great learning tools, inexpensive ammo, low recoil, etc. Besides for punching holes in paper or bunnies, a .22 is a fine addition.

    In the under $300 range the S&W 22A, Ruger MKIII (blued) or some of the base Buck Marks are good starter pistols. All are accurate, reliable and well built. When I decided to start shooting after a very long time of either not shooting or shooting only for military qualifications, I started with a 22A. Two of my next three handguns were .22lr's. Although I shoot a fair amount of centerfire, I shoot 5 times the number of .22 rounds. Just plain fun to shoot.
     
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    I held both the 22a and the neos and the neos fit me better and was lighter (+for me), and since it seemed like they were pretty much the same gun, besides a few things, i figured i would like to spent the 10 or so dollars more on a gun that fits better. I still haven't bought one yet, am hoping to hold out till i can go to the range, but i figured i like the look of the neos better than a buckmark, MKIII, it fits me well, is cheaper, is a beretta, and haven't heard any real problems (people complain about the look, but i prefer it over the others mentioned). Really, it's between the neos and the 22a, and i'll probably hold each a few more times, then buy the one that i like better. But i still like to hear from yall.
     
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    My first handgun was a .45; I initially skipped getting a .22 because I needed one gun that could pull duties for HD, learning to shoot a handgun, and CC. If I could have afforded it, I'd have started on a .22. However, if HD/CC aren't in your plans, and you're just buying a handgun to learn to shoot handguns, the .22 will be fine.
     
  18. T-Ray

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    cc isn't in my plans. Neither is hd, but if need be, i'll use what i have. but i'd probalby grab the 12ga before a .22 pistole. I just want a pistol to have cheap fun with.:D:D:D That's safe fun, of course;)
     
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    Ruger Mark II or III
     
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    I agree on a CZ 75 with the Kadet kit.
    Im sorta kicking myself for not buying a CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical last weekend.

    But unless he finds some good deals on used guns, its gonna be hard to do that on a $300 budget. Atleast from the prices Ive seen.

    Oh yea, my first handgun was a 9mm.(XD9) Now I have another 9mm(Kahr PM9) and am looking for my 3rd,...and 4th 9mm. rofl
    I wouldnt mind a .22lr in the collection tho. I could buy 5 or 6 thousand rounds of 22lr for what I paid for 1Krds of 9mm Saturday.
     
  22. welldoya

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    Get yourself a good quality .22 - Ruger MK, Colt Woodsman, Browning Buckmark, Smith K-22, Colt Trooper or maybe a Ruger Single Six.
    You will have a ton of fun and do it cheaply. You can get a 9mm later.
    Everybody needs a .22 handgun.
     
  23. Old Grump

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    Ruger single six

    Reason for the single six is it is almost bomb proof. It has more accuracy than you will know what to do with until you get really good. By restricting yourself to a single action your practice will be slower forcing you to take more time with your shots. The discipline of sight, trigger and breath control will transfer to every gun in your arsenal long or short.
     
  24. T-Ray

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    Would that stay in my budget?
     
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    I would opt for a .22 for my first pistol. Fun as heck to shoot and cheap too.....I think any of the big names will do fine....Ruger, Browning, S&W.....I chose the Neos and really love it.....This model can be had for around $250 or so....It's very easy to clean and will eat up almost any type of ammo

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