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Reading the other thread piqued my interest and it has me wondering what would be a good handgun to start with? I've owned rifles and shotguns, but I am not really a hunter; I am just looking for something to keep in the nightstand. I dont want a pea shooter, but I also don't need a Dirty Harry gun either.
Thanks in advance.
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What sort of price range/features are you looking for? I keep a S&W .357 magnum in reach at home, plenty of stopping power and if I just want to have fun I can save money and put .38 special rounds in it, just can't beat the reliability of a revolver.
If you are more a fan of semi-automatics the service weapons ; Glock, S&W M&P, and Springfield XD/XDm are all high quality and similar performing weapons and available in a variety of calibers.
ETA: feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions, I spent several years working as a gun salesman and still do my best to stay on top of things
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by rdnkkicker 16 months ago
Great advice on here so far. That thread on sixpack was a great one! I just bought a new Sig Sauer. I've tried several times to buy a Glock and I just can't make myself like them. They feel horrible in my hand I would think that is important. You can't argue with their reliability though.
This post was edited by DownwardDawg 16 months ago
There are lots of good quality guns out there. I really like the 1911 model Springfield .45 that I have. I bought mine about 10 or 11 years ago and since then prices have doubled for what I bought it for. I could make pretty good money on mine if I wanted to sale.
Yeah Glock has a vastly different feel than anything else on the market, but after shooting S&W's most of my life it's the grip angle that I can't get over on a Glock, I start out shooting high with them every time without fail. The mods and accessories available for Glock are second only to the 1911 though.
Smith and Wesson M&P 40. Best all around.
I love the 1911, best feeling gun I've ever held. I hate the price of .45ACP though.
Yeah there is nothing you can't find for a 1911 model (except for ammo) at the current time. The only downside to my 1911 is it is a little heavy for carrying it around on you at all times.
Ammo is in short supply across the board. Glad I started stocking up 5 years ago ha.
I have a Stainless steel one that I paid $500 for back then and now i have seen them go anywhere from $900 to $1100. I wish i had more ammo I buy what I can when I can now with this current Administration.
I wish I had gotten into reloading and started stockpiling primers and casings, but now you can't even find those.
Rumor is that ammo will be in supply before reloading materials... Supposedly the ammo companies are buying up all the reloading materials to make the ammo.
Yup, just sayin I wish I had started the same time I started buying ammo so I'd already have it.
My dad is into reloading and he cant find anything for reloads either. He started stock piling ammo when Clinton got elected so he got a real good supply of .223 ammo and several hand gun sizes.
Springfield XDm 9mm is the best deal all around. When you purchase one it come with a holster, 2 high cap mags, a case and 3 different sized rear grips. Also very easy to clean. I bought one for my dad about 2 years ago for 545 at Scruggs in Tupelo. I'm sure they are more expensive at the moment. You can't go wrong with a 9mm that holds 19+1. Just point and pray.
Just have to go out and hold em all...everyone has a different opinion on what feels best. Accessories should be secondary to comfort. Alot of people don't like the XDm or Glock because it feels fat in their hand regardless of the backstrap used. The M&P and XD tend to be more comfortable for people with small to average hand sizes.
Are you trying to say I have small hands kicker? Lol.
Not at all, I have huge hands and still prefer the M&P and XD over Glock and XDm. My primary semi is an FNP-9 though. Fell in love with it after I spent a day at the range with an FFL buddy of mine.
S & W .38 Chief Special. Clean and easy to operate.
Got a 9mm S/W black matt 13 rounds , I have a hard time with it, I think its me, paid around 400 in 1990. It will spit them out fast, wondered about knock down power, my friend at the gun shop says in your home you need a short barrel shortgun with #4 , high brass, he sells a gun like that that's legal. Don't know the brand. Have a Browning 9mm older gun, but can hit with it . I see air force guys shooting those Glocks at the range a lot. It's what you can hit with. My old buddy who lives in the woods like a hermit has a Ruger 22, single action. He's good with it.
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