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Help choosing first gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fastford, Mar 4, 2007.

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  1. fastford

    fastford Member

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    I'm about to turn 21 in a few weeks and Im gonna go get my concealed license, and of course a gun. This probably sounds weird to most of you, but I have shot an M16 before, but I've never had or shot a hand gun before (except for like air pistols and BB guns). Its gonna be for protection, not hunting, so I don't need anything extremely huge, just enough to drop someone if i have to. Of course I want something reliable, and also not too bulky, since Ill be carrying it with me. Can anyone throw me some suggestions?
     
  2. waynedm

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    Go to a range with a lot of rentals. Yeah.
     
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    I would look at the CZ75 9mm .. They are really nice .. alot of people around here will agree..
     
  4. ugaarguy

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    Take the NRA Basic Pistol Course. The instructor should bring a variety of guns so you'll get to try several different types and see what you like in general. Once you get a general idea of what you'd like we can help point you toward more specific ideas. Call your local shops and ranges for course info & availability.
     
  5. 10-Ring

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    There are ALOT of good choices out there. The best thing to do, as mentioned, is rent & shoot as many as possible & get the one that works best in your hands & fits your budget! ;) Me, I'd recommend the usual suspects....Glock 19, Beretta 92fs or varient, HK USP/USPc, SIG...whatever works ;)
     
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    Best advice EVER. I did this last weekend and here's the list my instructor brought out:
    • Taurus Model 94 4" .22LR
    • Ruger Mark II .22LR
    • Springfield XD-40 .40
    • Springfield XD-9 Subcompact 9mm
    • Ruger GP100 .357
    • Glock G17 9mm
    • Glock G26 9mm
    • Auto Ordnance 1911 .45
    • SiG P226 Navy 9mm
    Also my fiance fired several more revolvers that I ignored as I played with the autos. Fired probably 300 rounds total between them all. And I learned several important things, I suck with sub compacts cause my hands are big, and I love Sigs. :) All for $100 for both of us. Best $100 I've spent in a long long time.
     
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