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What is a good gun Caliber to start out with?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by XDGirl, Jul 29, 2008.

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  1. XDGirl

    XDGirl Member

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    What is a good caliber to start out with? A good friend of mine is wanting to buy her first gun this weekend. shes wanting to buy a .45. I was told when i bought my first gun that i should start of with a 9mm and work my way up. Do you think this is good advices for my friend?
     
  2. doc2rn

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    Try cornered cat . com and take her to a range that rents guns. If she developes bad habits now it will be harder to unlearn them. Start slow usually with a .22 lr.
     
  3. CountGlockula

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    Whatever caliber they can handle.

    I started out with .40S&W and been in love with that caliber.

    Most hate it, but why be normal?
     
  4. lions

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    She might be fine with a .45, she might not.

    +1 on taking her to rent guns and try some out.
     
  5. Dr.Mall Ninja

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    i just bought my frist handgun and it was a 1911, i wish i would have practiced with a 22lr more first
     
  6. CountGlockula

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    EXACTLY, that's why I ALWAYS recommend first timers to take a course and try out different guns to fit them.
     
  7. Drgong

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    I second the idea of going to rent range guns to see what she likes. I know very smallish girls who love a .45, and others think 9mm kicks too much.
     
  8. def4pos8

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    I started my daughter (and sons) on .22 rifles. Some folks truly are sensitive to recoil, blast, etc. My daughter now enjoys her S&W, M&P 9 Compact but still thinks my Model 66 revolver, with .38 +Ps, "kicks too much." So it goes.

    Daughter-in-law, initiated with .22 rifle and pistol, turned into a monster when provided with a .38 Special, 6-inch barrel, S&W Model 14 revolver. That's now "her" gun. My son gets growled at if he tries to shoot it. Thoroughly comfortable with the .38, she thinks it will take a few more months to become used to son's .45 ACP, 1911.

    Start with a .22. If enthusiasm endures, you can always add to the battery or "trade up".
     
  9. Azidiot

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    +1 on the .22.

    I found my wife made the transition from my .22 to my .38 & later to my .357 Mag. easily after becoming very comfortable with the smaller caliber before moving up. However, every individual is different.
    My brother is still uncomfortable with a .44 Spec., yet he has shot .38 Spec. bullseye competition for several years. Big guy, too.

    Like I said, everyone is an individual. But it is easy to start small and work up.

    Azidiot
     
  10. Chester32141

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    If she's not looking to start a collection then a good 9mm like a Keltec PF9 or a 5 shot 38 special would be guns she could keep and shoot forever w/ a wide variety of affordable loads ... if she's not adverse to owning several, start w/ a 22 lr or have her rent some guns to determine her preference ... we really need more info, such as previous experience and anticipated use ie. strictly target or concealed carry ...

    I do not know of any ranges local to me that rent, can anyone advise what that normally costs ?
     
  11. machinisttx

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    How much experience does she have? If she's never handled or shot a gun identical to the one she plans on buying, she may be buying the wrong gun. If she can't handle the recoil or shoot the gun accurately, she will probably become discouraged or refuse to practice. Neither of those is a good outcome.

    IMO, she needs to handle and shoot as many different handguns as possible before buying anything. If she can shoot the gun in question well, buy it. If not, find something else.
     
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    Remember that just because she can handle a large frame 9mm doesn't mean she can handle a smaller pocket gun.

    The range I go to is $5 to rent the gun but you have to shoot their ammo through it which is where it can get expensive.
     
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    try before you buy.

    .22LR is cheap practice.
     
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    Start with a 22 and then find out if she will be a revolver or semi auto person. After determining this you can find out the largest caliber that she is able to handle properly.
     
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    I saw a handgun in 45-70govt. That might be a nice one to learn on :what:

    Seriously, .22lr for a starter. If the starter has to do duty as a carry/defense gun, then a .380 is pretty mild in a big enough gun.

    Try before you buy.
     
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    My wife was 120 lb and 5'7" and 27 years old when I started training her to shoot. I only had a 1911 and Smith 29 at the time. First time out, I taught her a two-hand hold and to hold firmly but let the pistol rise as it wanted to. She did fine.

    She shot quite a bit of factory loads in each that first day, her conclusion was the .45 was "a toy gun." With both ear plugs and muffs, she was not intimidated with either but "her" guns are a snubby .38 and a Black Hawk .357. She's more than twice as old, twice as heavy and out of practice now but I would pity the fool who tried to harm her or anyone she loves.

    Mostly, I think it's important to keep beginners from thinking any gun is going to break their hands or whack their foreheads. And proper noise abatement is important for anyone.
     
  18. Walkalong

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    .22, 9MM auto, or .38 Spl revolver. ;)

    But hey, I fell in love with the 1911 .45 the first time I shot it at 17 years old. It did not recoil bad then (and I was puny) and it still doesn't much, even with my old bones.
     
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    First one = .22lr no question about it......
     
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    .22.

    Every pistol shooter needs at least one .22 to learn to shoot well.

    And to fall back on later to break bad shooting habits that tend to creep in from time to time with the big, loud, kick'n blasters.

    I have never seen anyone develop into a really fine pistol shot that started with a big center-fire gun.

    rcmodel
     
  21. Black Knight

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    A good 22 is a fine place to start. If she is going to use it for home defense, concealed carry as well as target practice a good K-frame (medium) sized 38 Special or 357 Magnum (loaded with 38 Special +P) is also hard to beat. The main thing is to go somewhere where she can try many different types, styles, and calibers. Let her choose the gun she wants. That way it is her gun not the gun you just happened to pick for her. My wife tried my 4" S&W 10, 2 1/2" S&W 66, 4" S&W 686, S&W 59, Beretta 92F,and Colt Series 70 MK IV 45ACP. She settled on the 66 as her home gun.
     
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    I was gonna say Winchester 458 magnum, but since the consensus seems to be .22, I'll defer to majority opinion.:D
     
  23. Colt46

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    .22 revolver

    Easy to master, economical and fun. Then move up to something a bit bigger.
     
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    My wife started with my Ruger Blackhawk in 357mag, but was shot 38 Spl's from it. When she was confortable with it, I started her on 357 Mag's. The shock was not so great. Now it is her Blackhawk.
     
  25. Ala Dan

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    Agreed~!

    .22lr
     
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