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best handgun for a beginner?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by wildjerseyfirefighter, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Jan 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter [OP] I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    i know this topic has been beaten to death, but im just wondering what would be a good reccomendation for a gun for me?:confused:

    nothing to carry for a daily weapon
    possible self protection(walking in woods,fishing in remote spots)
    since i do drive on dark roads alot, and its happened before, if i have a collision with an animal, to put it out of its misery:(

    with that being said, what would be a good recommendation?
     
  2. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:01 PM
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  3. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter [OP] I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    nah..cant impress nobody with a 22..lol
     
  4. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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    well them get a 44 and shoot it with one hand
     
  5. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM
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  6. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:13 PM
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    If you just want a gun and not really shoot that much then there is a lot of choices. But if you want to master handguns and become really good then you need to get a 22. for your first. If you start out with a pistol thats just to big you will develop bad habits when shooting. Trust me, it happened to me. I since bought a cheapo berreta 22 auto. And I have improved 100%. A pistol is nothing like a rifle or shotgun. There is more variables that come into play. And you need to shoot a lot to get good at it. So a 22. cal is a good start. Then you can start to buy more toys later on.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:20 PM
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    I've got a 22 beretta for plinking, a H&K usp compact 40 for defense, and an AR-15 for when the zombies, aliens, and robots attack. The H&K is loaded with 12 safety slugs under my bed in an electronic safe. I would highly recommend this weapon. It is comfortable, easy to shoot, and also has an external safety. I know a lot of swat guys here carry both the full size and compacts so I think it's trust worthy. Also, my two fifteen year old sons and my wife have no problem handling it either. After around eight thousand rounds, still no misfires.
     
  8. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter [OP] I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    if you dont mind, how much did the h&k run ya?
     
  9. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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    Sig 229 .40 cal Great side arm $800. new
     
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    Not enough to mention on this one. Give me time!
    Springfield XD .40
     
  11. Jan 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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    i like more of the classic flashback models of the 1800's try the colt 357 mag i have a few if you interested and a few 45 long colts
     
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    My first gun is the gun that I carry now. Its a bersa .380. I was always around guns but never really got profecient at pistols. I coudlnt hit shit with that gun at first. Being such a short barrel everything that I was doing wrong was exgerated. I got a little better with my next pistol. It was a .357 ruger. But I pretty much broke the bank shooting that. I finally starting to put things together when I got my beretta .22 Neos. Now when I go back to my .380 its a world of difference. And to think I always thought I knew more then the older guys at the ranges and classes I took. I wish I would have listened to their advice and got the .22 for my first handgun. I would have a few more bucks in my wallet and less frustration.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2009 at 5:03 PM
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    Your choice of .380. Very easy to manage.
     
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    Dont get my wrong, if I could conceal a big .50 caliber in my pants I would. I would love to see the look on a bad guys face when you draw down on them with a pistol capable of putting a golf ball size hole in them.
     
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    A glock or a revolver.

    Both are similar in that there is no safety lever. When you pull the trigger, both are good to go.

    Therefore, you have to realize the you are the safety and practice the NRA's three golden rules of handgun safety. Uniquely, a violaiton of the two while still practicing one should prevent a severe mistake.

    But in an emergency situation, they are both so simple that you don't have to fumble for any lever, you essentially load and for the Glock, rack the slide and let it go, don't ease it back, and fire.

    Both very simple to maintain as well.

    1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.[​IMG]
    2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.[​IMG]
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    3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
    Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2009 at 5:26 PM
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    i like the idea of either a .40 or .45..hmmmm
     
  17. Jan 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM
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    my vote is the 45 long colt, wyatt earp and billy the kid couldnt be wrong
     
  18. Jan 17, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    OK I have a question about glocks. I know they are carried by law enforcement. But I have heard a lot of bad things about them. I just took a NRA course for handguns. I didnt need to but thought why not. Anyways.... the instructor bashed glocks the whole time. He owns a couple along with a million other handguns that he brought in for the class. He claims that they are throw away guns. And that the polymer doesnt last like a good quailty gun. I know that they are not considered a highly accurate handgun. But has anyone else heard negative things about them. I would like to buy one someday but I dont wanna spend a lot if it is only trendy to do so. My friend has one but he can be bias, seeing how you would never want to diss a expensive gun that you bought.
     
  19. Jan 17, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    no matter what you decide on, make sure you handle them, and if possible, go to a range with them.

    as everybody says, a gun that you aren't comfortable with is just as good as no gun at all.



    i plan on getting a p226 or p229 in .40 on or shortly after my 21st birthday.
     
  20. Jan 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    So What do you know about the .357 in auto. I guess they shrunk down the mag to more like ACP so its a lot shorter. how is that for knock down power?If I was to buy a pistol tomorrow I would want an auto but with a shit load of power. I wouldnt mind carrying it when I am hiking in bear country. I did see the tarus ,thats a .45 colt and also a .410 shotgun. I think its a 5 shot revolver. Any other idea's
     
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