GUN Good choice for a first handgun?

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  1. RyeLou

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    http://www.springfield-armory.com/prod-pstl-1911-ms.shtml

    I know a lot of companies make a 1911, so should I consider something other than Springfield? I really like their M1A Scout Squat rifle, too. With the 20-round magazine and the optic sight:wackit: Anyhow, back to the handgun. I'm getting it for myself for a 21st birthday next month. Just doing my research now. And before I buy anything I'll go shoot a bunch of different sizes. Is the 1911 too much to handle for my first? Opinions welcome.
     
  2. Don_Rumsfeld

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    I would not recomend a 1911 as a first handgun!


    Try a ruger 10/22 rifle - great little rifle for the money
     
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    go away gun hater
     
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    :ugh:
     
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    I just looked up the ruger 10/22 rifle online. Not a big fan of the looks. I want something that I like the looks of as much as I'll like shooting it. 1911 = too much I take it?
     
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    well they can be tempermental


    what kind of gun do you want? rifle? pistol?
     
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    45 gets kinda pricey to shoot if you don't reload. Nothing wrong with getting one for a first gun. If you wanted to shoot a little more, get a 9mm. Perhaps a Browning High Power, Beretta 92, or you can get into the polymer like a Glock, Walther, HK, whatever you like. Get what fits well and shoots well for you.
     
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    The fuck are you talking about?
     
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    1911's tend to jam on the last round with limp wristed noobs - not to mention the mechanism can be tempermental if you get a cheapo


    nothing wrong with .45 but I wouldn't recomend a 1911 for someone who has nver fired a gun
     
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    Good advice. I'm obsessed with that 1911 and more or less all of the Kimber guns, haha. I'll look at some smaller caliber handguns.

    And to answer the question of the other guy, I want a bunch of different types of guns. But being that I'll be turning 21, I'm looking for a handgun.
     
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    Yeah I would go 9mm - can't go wrong with a glock


    hk, beretta, ruger are all good
     
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    That can be argued about ANY cheap gun.
     
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    but 1911's have problems with grip causing a jam on the last round - and that can't be said about most guns -


    why do you think I'm a gun hater? :ugh:
     
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    Nice gun, but still doesn't do anything for me. We just have different tastes. I'm sure I can find a good 9mm somewhere. I really like that Browning Hi-Power Tactical I posted.

    I guess I have another newB question. What's the best way to buy guns? $846 is the price on their website. Do I want to buy a new gun, or would I be okay if I found a used one? Platinum Thunder, I'm sure you know about the Gun/Knife shows at Gibralter that they have practically every other weekend. Would I be safe going there to get one, or would I end up coming home with a piece of crap? And how do they deal with licensing if you buy from somewhere like that?
     
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    www.gunbroker.com :cool:
     
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    Same question then, how is licensing dealt with on there? Is there some sort of age verification preventing me from buying a pistol before I'm 21? I feel like I did 5 years ago when I found out what an online forum was...:o
     
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    They ship it to an authorized gun dealer and then you "buy" it from them.
     
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    I don't have any experience with gun shows so I really don't know what's there. If you can buy a gun slightly used, that's the way to go IMO. Guns on company websites are MSRP. I would go to a dealer. And don't let online prices totally throw you. Yes it's very possible to get an awesome deal online, but you also will have to pay for shipping and transfer. I have found that if you shop around a little, it's just as cheap to buy semi locally.
     
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    You will have to get a pistol permit from the police or sheriffs office...they check your ID :o
     
  24. Don_Rumsfeld

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    My friends have bought guns from local shows and I feel they got ripped -

    One bought a Sig 357 and another a Sig .40 - both jam like crazy no matter the ammo - and a SIG shouldn't do that.


    But that only one experience -

    I like gunbroker.com just because the prices are decent as long as you factor handling and processing fees like plat thunder said.


    Not a good selection of guns in my area so it's my only good resource.
     
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    Around here there seems to be a ton of different places that carry most anything if you're willing to drive up to an hour. I'd imagine buying from a gun show would be much easier if you were the kind of person who could pick up a gun and disassemble it and inspect everything, etc. Maybe I'll give that a shot in a few years.
     

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