GUN Another first handgun thread

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  1. mds2004

    mds2004 OT Supporter

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    I am looking to purchase a first handgun and need help deciding which.
    Well I turn 21 in about a month and a week and plan on purchasing a handgun when I can. I have little gun experience shooting handguns, only a Magnum Research .22 and an older Glock 17. I did not like the feel of the Glock much. Other than that I have plenty of rifle experience if that matters(ie. owning an AR15, Mosin, 12 guage, 44 mag lever action, AK build in process, and few more).

    I do plan on purchasing a membership at the handgun range and want to test fire and fit them. But I would like to get an idea of what you guys think would be good choices so I can hunt those guns down knowing where I can purchase them at.

    Here are some of the factors pertaining to my gun choices:
    -I live in CA, restricting magazine capacity to 10 rounds.
    -I have very long hands, not wide but able to palm a basketball while bouncing in air.
    -I *think* I want a 9mm as it will only be my first handgun. Primary use will be to learn the handgun well with relatively cheap ammo being a range gun. I guess it could be a self-defense but I do have a shotgun for that.
    -I was thinking of CCW more as a vehicle gun for extended safety (my county is shall issue and I know a higher up in the Sheriff's department to help me with good reasons)
    -Used will not be a problem, as I was thinking Sig CPO, used USP, XD, 1911, all depending on the ergonomics to my hand and how the overall feel while shooting.
    -Budget is ~$700. The less I spend the better but I want a great first handgun to teach me the basics and last me forever.

    What I have been eyeing on so far is Sig 226 9mm, XD9, USP9, 1911.

    I hope I gave enough details, and sorry about the long post.
    Much appreciated in advance, Mark.
     
  2. mds2004

    mds2004 OT Supporter

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    Yeah that is what I intend on doing. When I become a member I get free rentals but I was mostly curious as to what types of guns will best fit my hands from other people's experiences. They will not let me rent any yet until I am 21. So another month until I can do so but in the mean time I am trying to research everything and try to narrow down my list to make it easier by the time I can purchase the gun.
     
  3. lt1aggie

    lt1aggie what?

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    For under the $700 range, you might look in to a Walther P99. I say that because it comes with different size backstraps that might help fit your hand better. I know there are some other guns out there that also offer this, but I'll let someone else fill you in on that since I can't remember.
     
  4. MTech

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    M&P 9mm Fullsize w/ Large Grip FTW!
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  5. Slick26

    Slick26 Gun|Bike|Cigar|PS3|Beer |Whisky|Night Crew

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    +1 for M&P. At least give it a look. I love mine.
     
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    +2 for the M&P

    love mine
     
  7. Dr. Fuckface

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    You can also check out the steyr m9 and m40. Thunderbear daily carries one, and most people say their ergonomics are the bee's knees.
     
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    Baretta 92fs
     
  9. Paul Revere

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    +1 you can get a NIB 92fs for like 500-600 and spend the rest on a case or two of ammo and/or training.

    get used to that long first pull ;) :wavey:
     
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    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    motherfucker needs some hand lotion.
     
  11. Slick26

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    :rofl:
     
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    just bought my first gun. sig p226 9mm
     
  13. Coottie

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    +3

    I'm so in love, I sleep with it. lol
     
  14. Slick26

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    Its the new Glock. :bigthumb:
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    lol

    And the guy at my local range told me they were going to come out with a 5" barrel!! :x:
     
  17. Slick26

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    Possibly. Considering how popular they are... I wouldn't be surprised if they come out with more versions.
     
  18. mephistopholes

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    The guns you list are fairly different as far as safety/features are concerned. All are high quality handguns, I would pick the one whose features suit you best.

    My first handgun was a fullsize Springfield Milspec in .45 acp. For California it gives you the advantage of a slightly larger caliber and the single stack frame. They make 1911's in other calibers but the .45 is very manageable on this platform and is what the pistol was originally spec'd to function with.
     
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    I think this might be my first gun. I'm just trying to decide on either compact or full size. I shot the full size but they didn't have a compact available so I shot the glock 26. Are the glock 26 and m&p compact similar?
     
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    Yeah, very similar. I can't tell you which one to get, but I can tell you that I really really really really really really really really really love my compact.
    I got a 9mm. But I strongly considered a 40. That's up to you as well.

    The one thing I will tell you, is that if you get a compact, you can use the full size mags and an extender that lengthens the grip to meet the end of the longer mags. Something you cant do with a full size.

    That said, I'm sure I will pick up a full size for my next hand gun... that's how much I like this gun. S&W really has a hit. Hope this helps. :bigthumb:
     
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    That helps a lot :cool: I think i'll go shoot the 40 next time i'm at the range. I also want was considering the xd9 sub compact but the range doesn't have one I could rent. I think i'm going to stick with a 9mm for my first gun only because it would because the ammo is cheaper and I could go to the range more often.
     
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  22. Slick26

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    9mm is a good starter. I started on 9mm for handguns (G17), then went up to 40, then 45.
    Now I'm back down to 9mm, for a carry gun, and a 40 for a nightstand/range gun.
    I want more, but funds are limited. So is wifey's patience and understanding. :mamoru:
     
  23. Coottie

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    Yeah I considered the .40 M&P also but they didn't have one to rent at my local range. I too was concerned about ammo costs so the 9mm was the answer for me.....at least for my first gun. I'm glad too....in a little less than a month, I've put over 1,000 rounds through my 9mm and I'm not slowing down, I'm only shooting more. I love it.
     
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    1911 or USP9

    M&P is unproven, I think Mtech is krott reincarnated as an M&P lover :mamoru:
     
  25. MTech

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    [​IMG]

    :ugh:

    read more reviews/tests and get with the program.
     

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