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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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first handgun purchase.

hello, im looking for some advice on a first handgun buy. Asking some advice, simple things, like for example to be completely an idiot, whats a good hand gun!
But really, what is? i look at handguns, used them before... but when looking i dont know what a "Good one" is, like i know a good shotgun for what i want it for.

Basically what i DO want the thing for is simple, well to Carry. i own my own business, and i get to nervous with "oddballs" anymore... I do not want to spend more then 500 dollars, and i do not want to be shooting a dollar a bullet. so obviously im thinking in the lines of a 9mm to smaller. i want a Semi auto. I was looking at the Smith and wesson sd9ve whats the word on those hand guns?
I'm over the bigger the better. so if you guys even recommend a nice .22 im fine with that. i wouldnt be afraid to defend myself with it.

SO any good advice would be appreciated. Again, Simple preforming semi auto, no larger then a 9mm. affordable around 500, and a reliable gun. and not so hard on the wallet to plink.(i know that limits immediately to a .22 basically but i can be persuaded into something different if its better, if that makes sense) thanks
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Re: first handgun purchase.

I would recommend the S&W SD9. I just picked one up this fall and I love it. Its accurate and reliable. I've put a couple hundred rounds through it already with no failures. Also well within your price range.

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Re: first handgun purchase.

If looking for a self-defense handgun for western Pa, I would go no smaller than 9MM. I know nothing about them but a new company SCCY. They did get a good review from Guns & and Ammo for an inexpensive handgun. But like everything else they too will be hard to find. I know guys will say the 380s are a good cheap handgun, how every 380 ammo can be more expensive and harder to come by than 9mm. I would also look at the used market. Most guns are over priced now. But there are a few good deals out there. Check the gun shows to get a feel for what you like, I would not buy at the gun shows. You also need to know what options you want. single action or double, or striker fire, do you want a de-cocker, as well as frame or trigger safety, you need to check into these things before you buy, as well as will a sub-compact fit your hand or would a medium to large frame fit your needs better. Good luck with what ever you decide on.
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Re: first handgun purchase.

Look at the Glock 26, 9mm. Very reliable, concealable,and simple to operate.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/73391

If you want a 9mm the size of most .380's. Look at the Kahr PM9, or the CM9 which is more in your price range. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/76031

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Re: first handgun purchase.

Ruger is a very good gun for the price...

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Re: first handgun purchase.

Bull, I would suggest going with a glock 9mm. If your experience with pistols is limited, the glock will suit you well. They are simple to function, maintain, and will take a ton of abuse and function reliably. Go with a compact or sub-compact version and you should be able to conceal carry if you choose to get a LTCF.
Whatever you do purchase, practice, practice, practice, so you are confident in your abilities and know the capabilities of the firearm. After your first purchase be ready to start research on the next purchase because you will want more!
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Re: first handgun purchase.

Your local issac Walton league might offer a basic handgun course.
If so, please consider taking it.
Covers a lot of good, practical info and actual shooting instruction.
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Re: first handgun purchase.

good stuff so far, thanks. i've been looking for used ones....nothing immediately is popping up... i'd like to get one before the end of april.

i kind of chuckled though at you hornaday... whats being in western pa being a self defense gun, no smaller then a 9mm?
I'm just saying i've seen what .22's do, and lets put it this way, i wouldnt wanna get hit once, let alone multi times with one.
if you have a gun, i sure as heck dont know what it really is by just simply seeing it holstered. as a person, i wouldnt want to get shot with anything. and when you dont know, is when you're most cautious.
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Re: first handgun purchase.

Anyone know if Glock makes a 380....
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Re: first handgun purchase.

G28 is a .380

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