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Wow......never thought I'd get so many useful replies. Life got in the way yesterday and I didn't get a chance to reply until now. Thought i'd only get one or two responses. Great stuff guys--thanks! A lot to digest, but I see many people agree to get some hands-on before making a decision. That makes a lot of sense. Just didn't realize that was an option.
I'll look into those places and all the recommendations!
The advice to rent and try lots of handguns before you choose one is excellent advice, but if you are not guided by some training experience, it may be hard to make useful comparisons.
Yes, from Cambridge. I'd ask if you recognize the handle, but this is the only place I use it.
The first thing you should do is get a 22,and train with it.I would not go to any larger caliber until I get proficient with the 22.When you have that worked out go to a larger caliber,and get some training in carrying a gun.
Hey, if it's good enough for the feds, it's good enough for me
Some of you people are so damn literal lol
You need to update your sources. They're all switching to 9mm.
Not that I would personally use the government as a standard but to each their own.
Sig Sauer P229 is my suggestion. The all metal gun absorbs most of the recoil. Pleasure to shoot. I am a DA/SA guy at heart.
I started on a Glock 23 with the 9mm conversion kit to start. ... I carry it .40 now ...
I still would prefer 185 grains of JHP over 165
OP there is also a Glock .22lr conversion kit you can get for practice but I recommend 9mm for training and .40 for carry. With Glock you can get all of that in the same gun and some over the counter accessoriesWatch it with that talk.
OP wants advice on his first handgun,
and you tout a chambering that literally cooks an assailant.
OP there is also a Glock .22lr conversion kit you can get for practice but I recommend 9mm for training and .40 for carry. With Glock you can get all of that in the same gun and some over the counter accessories
EDIT: this is EXACTLY what I did (skipping the .22) I bought a .40 cal Glock 23, put in a barell to make it take 9mm, got a couple thousand rounds down range, then once I was comfortable with the wepon, started training and carrying with .40. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it worked for me.
Newbie to the forum and to pistols. I have a little experience with 12 gauge and 22 rifles, but have only fired a 22 pistol for 1 mag (horrible 6" grouping at only 5 yards). That being said, I'm anticipating my LTC any day now (might be jumping the gun, pun intended, but doesn't hurt to ask), so I'm starting to think of a first handgun.
Looking for something newbie-friendly, yet something that will give a little growth space. Concealed carry size would be optimal, but I'm open to all advise. My initial thought was a P938, but I heard that 1911 style controls and SA firing might not be the best for new shooters. I also read that this tiny little gun can kick a good amount due to minimal purchase the grip affords. Then thought about 380's, but I see how divisive those are in terms of opinions on real world stopping power. I've landed on a CM9 as a good split of all factors: size, caliber, and room for growth as I get better. The long DA trigger sounds like a good idea too for someone as green as I am.
Would you consider that a good starting pistol? Seems like experienced people carry them as EDC, but would a new shooter be OK with one? Truth is, muzzle flip and recoil look a little intimidating at the moment, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
Everyone's first handgun should by a double action revolver in .22lr. It's the perfect gun to learn with and to master the fundamentals of gunmanship. No recoil, no muzzle blast, inexpensive ammo, potential for superb accuracy, etc.
I hear what you are saying, but f*** that. Everyone's first handgun should be something that will potentially save their life if necessary, even if they haven't mastered their technique.
My biggest bitch with this approach is what if you actually need a firearm and you decided to buy a 22 wheel gun, and that is what you have to defend yourself? Yes, in a perfect world you would learn to snatch the pebble from the masters hand before you carried, and I know that shot placement blah, blah, blah.
But I would be damned if there were people hovering over my casket saying " Gee it's too bad. In a couple of weeks he was going to buy a carry gun...."
OP - shoot some guns. Find one you like. Carry that sumbitch ( get a good holster and belt ) and practice your ass off. Take a class. Lots of good guys here on NES, and everyone speaks highly of Cloverleaf Firearms. Spend a couple of hours with Stu or a guy that knows what he is doing and you will be on paper. Then practice practice practice.
Not a member of a club yet? Shoot me a PM and I will take you to my club as a guest. I might have a few things you will enjoy shooting. And yeah, we can start with a 22. I will get you safe and on paper in an afternoon. You can also rent a lane at AFS - MFS and Manchester Firing Line.
I get the whole " Start with a 22 first!" approach. But really, recoil on a full size service pistol in 9mm ( Sig, Barretta,M&P etc.) is really mild for a full grown adult. Hell, my son started shooting my 686 at 8 years old with 38 special. Thing is a pussy cat.