GUN First handgun questions

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  1. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    So I'm 24 and decided its perhaps optimistically foolish to not have a good means of self defense in my home. I live in Illinois and I filled out the paperwork for the FOID card at the first of the month. I'm still waiting on it to come back, they certainly take their time. In the meantime though I'm looking at options for my first gun.

    I'm thinking a 9mm would be about right to learn with. Money isn't too much of a concern because I'll most likely have only 1 now, 2 at most in the future I'd guess, and I figure it'll last forever. Illinois isn't a concealed carry state, so that isn't a concern for me. I might be moving to one in the future though so I guess having that option might be nice. I'm a big guy, never wear shorts, and seldom even just a tshirt so that should help I imagine.

    Anyway, so far I'm most interested in a Walther P99 in quick action(to me this seems like the best option for my uses, agree?). The beretta 92fs, sig p226 (used), and maybe the glock 19 are also on my list to shoot. Is there any others that I should add to that? USP? HK and Sig both seem to be getting up there in price, is there really a quality difference between them and beretta or walther? The Springfield XD9 I ruled out because of some quality issues I hear about, true or not its not worth the risk/hassle to me.

    Is there like a newegg of guns that I can look at for comparison pricing? I may just buy it locally no matter what since buying online sounds like a hassle.

    Btw there is a range about 75 miles away I plan to go to for lessons, practice, and to try the guns before buying.
     
  2. Platinum_Thunder

    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    just make a decision and go to training
     
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    Bigger is always better, remember that...
     
  4. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    I'm sure I've asked a question some of you get all to often and you're probably tired of it. However "make a decision" doesn't help me find out what a fair price on a P99 is, if quick action is the way to go for a home defense gun, etc.
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    I had a TDA P99 and it's an fine blaster. I like my Glock 19 better though
     
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    prices on the P99 have gone up... given a certain % upcharge, you are looking at ~$550.

    for that price, i would buy a CPO (certified pre-owned) Sig or a CPO glock.

    go to www.ordnanceoutsellers.com and talk to james. he is an awesome guy to talk to and can answer any questions you have. he also has the best prices on the internet. just be sure to tell him that Ian referred you.
     
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    as long as you are referring to capacity, you are correct.
     
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    NormanNormal Where it all ends I can't fathom, my friends...

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    75 miles away is the closest range? that sucks :hs:
     
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    No revolvers on the list for consideration? I love my Ruger GP100 in .357, plus I can practice with .38s through the same gun, which is a lot cheaper. No jamming, no magazines, a lot fewer parts to fail, no safety, etc. Just a nice, simple, faultless shooting machine.
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    IF you want to shoot slow, revolvers are the way to go
     
  11. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    So is like Sig definately a step above walther in quality? I kind of get that general feeling it seems.

    NormanNormal: tell me about it, it is indoor though which is a plus since the heatindex tomorrow is supposed to be 125. I'm in a rural area and I guess most people have buddies in the country they can shoot with at their place.
     
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    Painkiller The Synarchy of Molten Bones

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    What is your budget? be realistic too.
     
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    Learn to shoot smart and you can get things done just fine.
     
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    Soybomb New Member

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    Its fairly limitless. I figured under 1000 I should wind up with a nice gun, case, some ammo, a few extra magazines, a means to lock it up, and maybe a little time at the range. If thats not enough though I'll spend more. I want a quality reliable gun that should last my lifetime if well maintained. Fun to learn to shoot on too. That doesn't mean that I want to buy a $1000 gun because its just slightly better a $500 one. I won't be shooting every weekend or anything so theres no reason to waste money. If an $800 gun is significantly better than the $500 for my uses (I guess thats the central theme) than sure its worth it.
     
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    GlocksRock Glock > You

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    Jerry Miculek would beg to differ with you.
     
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    GlocksRock Glock > You

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    :bigthumb: I never would have thought you would say that. :bowdown:
     
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    Painkiller The Synarchy of Molten Bones

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    If you want a fullsize get a Sig 226, in compact a 228 or 229.
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    It's nice walking into a shop and being able to get accessories/parts :love:
     
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    I notice the NRA offers some classes that are about $125 for the 10 hour basic pistol class. Is this something worth taking, or is it better to hit up the range and see what they have to offer for training?
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    Take a safety class, then take tactical classes.
     

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