GUN Good handgun for starting out

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  1. maddog

    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    I joined up with a pistol club a couple of months ago, and I'm waiting for all the paperwork and my license to go through.

    In the mean time I'm looking at what would be a good pistol as my first handgun?

    The guy at the club suggested something like a Browning .22
     
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    9mm Sig
     
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    timmy8151 New Member

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    A .22 lr handgun is a great beginner gun. You can learn trigger control and grouping control at a very low cost. I learned to shoot on a Browning Buckmark myself. The Ruger MK II is another great beginner pistol.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    Yeah I don't mind the look of the Buckmark. Will definately try to get hold of one to see how it feels.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    What's the LR stand for, too?
     
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    SS109 3100 FPS OT Supporter

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    Long rifle ironically since you are going to use it in a pistol.

    .22LR is the most common calibre out there. Cheap and easy to practice with.

    My Browning Buckmark is my most accurate pistol.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    By the time I can buy it (couple more months), I can also take it home . Just need to buy a safe and an ammo box for home.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    I'd pick up a .22 first. They're cheap and great to learn skills on. Plus they're always a blast no matter how many guns you may have in the future.
     
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    Buckmark or Mark II
     
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    Ruger 22/45.

    Or a Glock 17.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    Not sure if we're allowed to own the Glock 17 here.. Will have to look into that.
     
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    +1 for the 22/45. I got one and love it. Definately shoot it the most since it's really affordable to shoot often.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    Affordability is a good thing. A lot of the guys seem to have bought loading gear to do their own loads, to save on cost, and also to have smaller loads since it's just paper target shooting.
     
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    i second or third or fourth a Ruger MkII. it is a bad ass gun, and i love shooting mine so much. the only downsides to 22 pistols in my mind is the limitation to a 10 round magazine.

    the only downside to a MkII is that it is a PITA to clean. I just spray mine down with CLP or bore cleaner and rub it down with Q-tips. then oil it back up.

    i really like my Beretta Neos, also. the open breech design keeps it a lot cleaner than my MkII. but for some reason, the recoil seems greater on the Neos.
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    Do any of you have pics of your MkII's or Buchmarks handy?
     
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    Here is one of my Mark II MK4 model, posted in the other .22 thread.

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    Just put 160 rounds through it today in fact. I'd like to get some wood grips and better sights for it soon. Lots of fun to shoot.
     
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    yup, what he said

    all the stuff you learn w/ the .22 you can use when you upgrade later, that is if you choose too
     
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    maddog Mantis Motorsports - #346

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    What's the weight of some of these guns? I'm guessing something light weight would be good while you're getting used to holding it level and aiming.
     
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    the MkII is fairly hefty for what it is. however, the balance of the gun is absolutely superb and aims VERY naturally
     

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