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Old 04-17-2010, 01:41 PM   #21
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Springfield Armory XD9!!!

Favorite handgun to shoot and you get a whole package (extra mags, case, speed loader) with the XD9!

I will post pics of mine later.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:42 PM   #22
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And I wouldn't touch a hi-point.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:00 PM   #23
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what about these ?

WALTHER P22 TARGET PISTOL
SMITH & WESSON SIGMA 9 MM PISTOL


TAURUS 24/7 9 MM SS

I would say none of these. I would go with the small glock, or subcompact xd. In my experience with Taurus, I have seen many of them jam up while firing. While I was taking my concealed shooting test, someone had a really nice looking Taurus, and couldn't get a single shot through it.
Just my opinion. I threw around glock, and xd. I went with xd.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:08 PM   #24
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At work we always go shooting on Friday and beer. The Springfield XD everyone has one or two for home and carry. I say get a XD just my opinion, the people I know prefer over the Glock.. Also what ever you get for yourself get it with night sight on it! Night sight are must for carry specially in low level lighting.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #25
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oh...and OP

go to a few gun stores...not just 1...but several...hold every different gun that you fancy...feel it up a little bit...

use grip and feel to narrow down your search...then of the ones you still fancy...find a range that rents guns and go shoot them...then do it again...

THEN decide which one you should purchase
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:35 PM   #27
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Another recommending that you go Glock 19 or XD9. Not a fan of the S&W Sigma series.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:10 AM   #28
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If you want a small cc pistol the Ruger lcp 380 auto is sweet. Not much bigger than my cell phone
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At work we always go shooting on Friday and beer. The Springfield XD everyone has one or two for home and carry. I say get a XD just my opinion, the people I know prefer over the Glock.. Also what ever you get for yourself get it with night sight on it! Night sight are must for carry specially in low level lighting.
Just for the sake of argument-
If it's too dark to see your sights and your target is far enough away to require precision--------
why are you shooting?


Yes, I have night sights on my carry guns, but I don't expect to use them if it comes down to a reasonable shooting situation.
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If you want a small cc pistol the Ruger lcp 380 auto is sweet. Not much bigger than my cell phone
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Take a look at Kel-tec. American made, and simple. Approx $200.00, same dimensions as PPK. I put a $7.00 belt clip on it. They come in most calibers as well. Mine is .40.
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:07 PM   #34
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I have a walther p22 and it is a nice hand gun. no complaints here. I also have a Hipoint 9mm not a bad gun either. I like the p22 its small light and looks awesome ,it shoots nice and priced right. If the odds of u shooting someone r high then go bigger. I bought the p22 so my wife could use it while im out of town. We also have 2 english mastiffs for protection though, not much worry in our house.
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Just for the sake of argument-
If it's too dark to see your sights and your target is far enough away to require precision--------
why are you shooting?


Yes, I have night sights on my carry guns, but I don't expect to use them if it comes down to a reasonable shooting situation.
since you want to argue

i have night sights on both my duty weapon and my off duty weapon

i find the night sights much easier to acquire in lowlight situations...not dark mind you...just low light...
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No matter what you get, as long as its a name brand, it'll work good for you if you take care of it, so dont necessarily go for a brand just because a friend likes it.

After you get a few guns, you'll have a better idea of what works best for you and you can go off of recommendations, but until then, treat a gun like buying a car... test drive first.

A bad experience can be a complete turn off, while a good experience is just the opposite. I dont know what its like in TX, but a few ranges here will rent guns. If you can go while its not busy (non-weekends), you might be able to get some one-on-one with someone to make sure you're being safe.

Also, dont be afraid to check out regular shooting ranges as well. Around here, most people will let you shoot a few rounds of their gun if you explain that you're new to guns and dont know what you want yet. Talk with the range master about it as well, as he'll know the regulars that will be the most friendly towards showing off what they have. But again, dont do it on an overly busy day since the range master's job is to keep the range safe. Most gun people understand the more people we can get hooked on shooting, the better chances we have of keeping our rights.

So, thats my whole spill on it. Fire a bunch of different guns and figure out what feels good to you. Also, since you dont want a revolver, I'd suggest sticking to one of the common 3 calibers (9mm, 40s&w, 45acp for semi-autos). And always remember that if its not something that feels just right, there's ten thousand other guns out that which I'm sure a few will.


Oh, and just to add to the night sights thing... flashlight > night sights. See rule #2, #3, and #4 (http://thefiringline.com/Misc/safetyrules.html). If its dark, there's no possible way you can be 100% sure of your target so a firearm should never be in the equation at that point. Granted there's a 30ish min window twice a day that is not dark enough for a light, but too dark for white dots, but if I had to choose one or the other, I'd go with a light before night sights. Definitely need some type of offset colored indicator though, as the solid sights are pretty useless for any type of defense.
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That would be my recomendation as well. XD9 or Glock19 should serve you well.

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Just make sure you use good quality ammo. I would recommend loading it with Gold Dot ammo for home protection. It has great expansion and reliability. It is used by many different law enforcement agencies.
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Glock and Roll!!! Glock in 9mm!!!! Glock 17 is full size,19 mid size or baby Glock 26 all are 9 mm!!! Glock make the best hand gun !!!! get on you tube and check out all guns you may want buy!! I love Glock because of the amount of lube!!! Glocks need just 5 little drops of lube to function!!! and so many other options!! all Glock 9mm can take a Glock 33rd Mag!!! Sweet!!!!!
I have Glock 19 and 26 9mm!!
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I would suggest that you take a trip to the range with a friend or co-worker that shoots alot. No disrespect, but if you don't know much about guns, then you need someone to teach you the stuff that you won't learn reading this board.

You also need to test your tolerance for recoil. Some guys want to be macho and carry guns that they can't reasonably manage.

Go to a gun range that rents guns and test fire before you buy. There is a lot of difference between a full size 9mm and a sub-compact 10mm. After shooting you may realize that you like a full size gun better than a little bitty one.

When I was younger I wanted semi-autos, but as I learned more and more about guns I realized the beauty of a revolver, especially for a new shooter.
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