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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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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.

The most important thing for you to do is go out and see what is comfortable for you.
 

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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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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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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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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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G28 is a .380
 

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I would recommend the Smith & Wesson M&P9c or Shield in 9mm.

 

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I'd second the M&P 9c or shield. The 9c was my first carry gun and it never let me down. A used one would be under your $500 mark. Overall I would stick with a big name...Ruger, Smith, Kahr, etc. Taurus makes an okay product...idk if I would bet my life on their semi's though...just my opinion. Other people love them...
 

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i have a S&W M&P SHIELD 40, it's a great gun and about 425. for a holster look at a remora, great slim, easy to wear. i like 40 cals because you get more bang for the weight. if you carry and draw your weapon you better be prepared to use it and hit what you're aiming at. cheap and small is not always good when talking a carry gun.
 

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Don't discount an officers sized 1911 for carry either......

I used to carry a small 1911 a lot, and I just purchased another with the intent of carrying it.....
 

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This is an opinion forum that said it is my opinion a 380 or 22 should never be a primary carry weapon. I do carry a 380 in the summer months. This time of year with added clothing I do not believe a 380 is an effective defensive gun. Yes people have died from 22 wounds. Pellet guns have killed, that doesn’t make a pellet gun a defensive gun. It’s your choice, Do a little reading most gun enthusiast will say the 9MM is the bottom end of the defensive gun preference. With the 40S&W or 45ACP being a much better choice, But you mentioned ammo cost, If you are happy with a 22 as a self defense gun, go for it I will opt for a little more stopping power.
 

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hah yes it is an opinion i respect yours, but it was just funny to hear someone say in "western pa" like kansas people are different... well, they might be different....
 

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People will tell you a 9mm is the very minimum. If you look at ballistics, a .380 or .38 will do the job as well. IMHO, I think a .380 is a little bit on the light side, but some swear by it. I just invested in a SW 642 (.38) and feel it is perfectly sufficient. Not only do they make some killer (no pun intended) self-defense loads, but it is probably the cheapest to plink with aside from the 9mm.

Just my opinion...
 

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Just my Opinion but what is BEST for one will not be for another!
My wife selected and purchased a Ruger LCR revolver in 22WMR last SATURDAY. I am sure she will get proficient enough to place the Hornady Critical Defence rounds where they will make a BAD DUDE a GOOD ONE!!
Our plan is, 2 in the face/throat, 2 just below the naval and 1 for behind each ear!!
Smage
 
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