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Considering buying a handgun - any advice?

Posted on 05/18/2011 1:23:42 PM PDT by jda

I'm looking for advice concerning buying a handgun.


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KEYWORDS: 357magnum; banglist; firearms; handgun; handguns; revolver
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I'm considering buying a handgun for personal safety, particularly when driving around (I live in a right-to-carry state and have hunting guns for protection at home) and am looking for any advice the FReeper nation may have. Thanks.
1 posted on 05/18/2011 1:23:46 PM PDT by jda
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To: jda

Recently purchased a Ruger SR40...like the SR9 as well...for a smaller version check out the LC9 or LCR and LCP versions. Reasanably priced, very reliable.


2 posted on 05/18/2011 1:25:30 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: jda

Let’s stop this potential 500 post non-news thread right now. Glock 32.


3 posted on 05/18/2011 1:26:26 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: jda

http://ruger.com/products/p95/models.html OR
http://ruger.com/products/sp101/models.html


4 posted on 05/18/2011 1:27:13 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers!)
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To: jda
Yes - don't drink and drive.

:^D

5 posted on 05/18/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: jda

If it’s your first handgun consider a used small frame .357 magnum revolver.


6 posted on 05/18/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: jda

I rented potential choices at a gun club/range. Got to practice w/them and eventually found a couple that felt like an extension of my arm/hand.


7 posted on 05/18/2011 1:27:58 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: FlashBack

Also...attend some training classes if this is all new to you, as it is for me, I’ve attended three courses so far and look forward to a few more. Various instructors have varying ideas...go in with an open mind and learn all you can.
The NRA is a valuable source as well.


8 posted on 05/18/2011 1:28:04 PM PDT by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: FlashBack

Go with a Glock 17 or 19. I’ve had a 17 for over 15 years and still enjoy shooting it, despite the fact that I have several others to choose from.

I recently got a couple other Glocks, just because I’ve been so happy with this one.

Light, inexpensive, lots of accessories available, ammo is cheap (relatively) and pretty much foolproof.

Enjoy!


9 posted on 05/18/2011 1:28:22 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: jda
Springfield Armory's XD or XDM.
10 posted on 05/18/2011 1:29:22 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: jda
If money is tight, I recommend the Hi-Point line. .380, 9mm, 40 S&W, .45 caliber. Most less than $200 with a lifetime, transferable guarantee.
11 posted on 05/18/2011 1:31:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: jda

One other thing—when you’re at the range practicing, keep an eye out for other shooters whose firearms jam. That will assist you re: making a suitable choice. Good luck and have fun!


12 posted on 05/18/2011 1:31:52 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: jda

Go to a good range that rents guns and try some out. You’ll be best with what feels the most comfortable. Take some classes. Learn how to clean your gun and the local laws about securing and, God forbid, having to use it. Don’t be swayed by the experienced shooters preferences on this thread or what the gun mags are touting this month. What works for you is a personal thing. If you want reliablilty check out revolvers, simple to use and clean. Good Luck.


13 posted on 05/18/2011 1:31:58 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: DTogo

What’s the difference between XDs and XDMs, anyway?


14 posted on 05/18/2011 1:32:02 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: Lurker

“If it’s your first handgun consider a used small frame .357 magnum revolver.”

You’re the only poster on this thread with a brain (besides me :)). A gun is a machine and thereby the more complex the more risk of a failure, plus requires more training. Your suggested handgun is simple to operate (pull the trigger and it goes bang) and almost fail proof and will shoot the 38spl which is good if a small person or woman.


15 posted on 05/18/2011 1:32:51 PM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: FlashBack

I think for the money, you can’t beat a Ruger.


16 posted on 05/18/2011 1:33:42 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: dblshot

A lot of ranges won’t rent a firearm to someone who comes in without their own firearm for fear of suicide by rental.


17 posted on 05/18/2011 1:34:43 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: papertyger
What’s the difference between XDs and XDMs, anyway?

the "M" designates a Match Grade barrel.

18 posted on 05/18/2011 1:34:43 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: papertyger

Higher capacity magazines and a few new goodies. I have an XD40 subcompact that is my go-to. Reasonably priced and small enough to carry without causing carry fatigue.


19 posted on 05/18/2011 1:34:49 PM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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To: DTogo

1st define what you want the hand gun to do.

Personal Cary ? — go small but not tiny.

Target accurate ? - .22rf

Home Defense ? — Full size Auto or Revolver

Hunting ? -——— Large Frame Revolver

When in doubt for your first hand gun, a .22 is never a bad choice, ammo is cheap, so you can practice a lot.


20 posted on 05/18/2011 1:34:59 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: DTogo

1st define what you want the hand gun to do.

Personal Cary ? — go small but not tiny.

Target accurate ? - .22rf

Home Defense ? — Full size Auto or Revolver

Hunting ? -——— Large Frame Revolver

When in doubt for your first hand gun, a .22 is never a bad choice, ammo is cheap, so you can practice a lot.


21 posted on 05/18/2011 1:34:59 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: jda

If you have little or no experience with handguns, I suggest a 357 revolver with a 2-4 inch barrel. If you have lots of experience, consider a 9mm, 40, or 45 semi auto. Glocks are my choice, however, do not buy one until you have enough discipline to keep your finger off the trigger.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 1:35:20 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: jda
It really depends on what you're using it for. Carry? Then you want something thin, like a Kahr or maybe the Springfield EMP (if you have the money for it). Admittedly, I've never carried, but most experts agree thinness is the number one attribute for concealability.

If you're only going to use it IN the car and for home defense, a .357 revolver is excellent. The .357 is hands down the best man-killing round for handguns. Of course, .45 is right up there, and probably easier to shoot.

If you don't like revolvers, I personally recommend the Stoeger Cougar. It was my first handgun, and three guns later it is still the my favorite. Extremely comfortable in my hand. Very simple design and very reliable. I've had only one jam in over 1000 rounds, and that happened when my wife limpwristed it after it hadn't been cleaned in a while.

23 posted on 05/18/2011 1:36:09 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Silentgypsy

How are they supposed to tell the difference between a limp-wristed shooter and a lousy pistol?


24 posted on 05/18/2011 1:36:11 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: CarmichaelPatriot

That hasn’t been my experience but I see their point. Has that ever happened?


25 posted on 05/18/2011 1:36:11 PM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: stuartcr

I love my Kimber .45, but I have to admit - I shoot my Ruger .380 a LOT more than anything else I have.

Small, compact, reliable - and I recommend it to others as well.


26 posted on 05/18/2011 1:37:07 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: jda

Bigger is better............


27 posted on 05/18/2011 1:38:18 PM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Bidimus1

40 caliber Glock 23!


28 posted on 05/18/2011 1:38:24 PM PDT by tonysamm ('")
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To: jda

Go to a range that rents handguns....and find one you like.


29 posted on 05/18/2011 1:38:33 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is an enemy of the United States of America)
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To: Hacklehead
If you have little or no experience with handguns, I suggest a 357 revolver with a 2-4 inch barrel.

Ahh, I don't think a newbie should be shooting .357 out of a 2 inch barrel. If you mean him to run .38 out of it, then maybe.

30 posted on 05/18/2011 1:38:33 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: papertyger
How are they supposed to tell the difference between a limp-wristed shooter and a lousy pistol?

Let me shoot it - if it shoots straight, then the other party's a limp-wristed shooter. If I shoot poorly, it's a lousy pistol.

31 posted on 05/18/2011 1:39:33 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: snoringbear

Additionally, you can use Federal Hydrashocks (sp? and if they make them any more) for additional stopping power. To get the most bang for your buck, read thoracid and abdominal surgery journals for ballistics info.


32 posted on 05/18/2011 1:39:41 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: jda; 2ndDivisionVet
If money is tight, I recommend the Hi-Point line. .380, 9mm, 40 S&W, .45 caliber. Most less than $200 with a lifetime, transferable guarantee.

I agree with 2DV. Hi-Point is also American made. I have both the 9mm pistol ($159) and the 9mm 995TS carbine ($300). I find 9mm ammo to be more available and less expensive to acquire than other calibers. If you carry for protection, load with jacketed hollow-points.

33 posted on 05/18/2011 1:40:33 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The stench of dependency is a sickening smell. Strive to become an asset, not a liability.)
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To: jda

A “friend” of mine owns Glock, S&W, Ruger, Sig and maybe 8 or 9 others. If he had to pick just one it would be Glock, caliber your choice but it ought to begin with a 4


34 posted on 05/18/2011 1:40:51 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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FN-Herstal FNP 45 Tactical with Trijicon RMR LED (4 MOA reticule) optics, a Viridian X5L integrated green laser/taclight with dazzler strobe, and an AAC TiRant 45 suppressor.

There you go. Perfect gun for home and car.

Don't buy one before I get mine, please.

35 posted on 05/18/2011 1:41:19 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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I think I'd go with two guns, one bigger gun that stays in the car and one smaller gun that gets carried when you leave the car. I think I'd try to keep the ammo the same so I'd go for a Smith and Wesson 686P with a 4" barrel for driving the car to the grocery store and a Smith and Wesson M&P 340 for walking to and from the grocery store. That's just me of course. Opinions will definitely vary.

7 rounds of .357 magnum, dependable, extremely authoritative

Five shots of .357 magnum, tritium sites, dependable, extremely concealable

36 posted on 05/18/2011 1:41:25 PM PDT by RC one (DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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How are they supposed to tell the difference between a limp-wristed shooter and a lousy pistol?

Admittedly, my experience is limited, but it seems to me most jams in most guns are caused by some combination of limp-wristing, not cleaning the gun regularly, and using poor quality ammo on guns that need something better (i.e shooting WWB or Speer Lawman out of a Kimber).

37 posted on 05/18/2011 1:41:34 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: jda

The Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum with a 4” barrel is a great all-arounder. Revolvers are less prone to malfunction than semi-autos.

The aren’t the most svelte gun in the world, but can still be concealed.


38 posted on 05/18/2011 1:41:50 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: snoringbear
You’re the only poster on this thread with a brain (besides me :)).

Hail and well met friend Snoringbear. I've recommended used .357's as a first gun forever for the very reasons you mentioned.

Nice to run into you. Best,

L

39 posted on 05/18/2011 1:41:50 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: jda

Look at every handgun you can find. Make up your own mind.


40 posted on 05/18/2011 1:42:08 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: jda

For about a thousand dollars a S&W .50 cal. will that Yugo into a tank. Start building up those arm muscles now, with the double action you’ll need them!


41 posted on 05/18/2011 1:42:53 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Silentgypsy

Oops—”thoracid”=thoracic


42 posted on 05/18/2011 1:43:09 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: snoringbear

see post 36. revolvers rock. thank you very much.


43 posted on 05/18/2011 1:43:30 PM PDT by RC one (DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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To: papertyger
What’s the difference between XDs and XDMs, anyway?

Mostly the XDM has a slightly higher magazine capacity and some enhanced grip features.

44 posted on 05/18/2011 1:45:16 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: jda

If for home protection I don’t see how anyone could argue against a revolver. Although I don’t have one right now but a .380 there is always the possibility of jamming and you have to be sure to chamber it, take the safety off and get the first shot off which in a life or death situation may be fatal. For accuracy, I don’t think you can beat a .22. I could drill a target with my Ruger bull barrel .22 auto but it would occasionally jam. With the larger calibers there is the kickback and frankly I can’t hit the side of a barn with one. I vote for the revolver even if it is “old fashioned.” For target practice, a .22 rifle with a scope is great fun and CHEAP. I love my .22 Marlin bolt action single shot. I also have a semi auto .22 Marlin but you can chew through the ammo very quickly and you still have to load to refill. You can get off a surprising amount of shots even with a single shot.


45 posted on 05/18/2011 1:45:39 PM PDT by RichardW
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“”If you have little or no experience with handguns, I suggest a 357 revolver with a 2-4 inch barrel.””

“Ahh, I don’t think a newbie should be shooting .357 out of a 2 inch barrel. If you mean him to run .38 out of it, then maybe.”

I certainly agree. I neglected to say that you start with 38s but progress to 357 over time. The 357 obviously allows you to shoot both. For a beginning shooter its hard to beat a S&W 4” barrel gun since it is so hard for a beginner to hit anything with a 2 inch barrel at more than a few yards. Then again its harder to conceal the 4 incher.


46 posted on 05/18/2011 1:45:49 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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“If it’s your first handgun consider a used small frame .357 magnum revolver.” You’re the only poster on this thread with a brain (besides me :)).

Your brains are overrated :)) the small frame magnums are prone for stoppage due to bullets shooting loose from the casing because of the violent recoil. The accuracy is poor, reliability is questionable, capacity is limited: overall lousy choice, IMHO. My choice would be a compact (not sub-) 9mm DAO from a reputable manufacturer.

47 posted on 05/18/2011 1:46:29 PM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: count-your-change

“turn that Yugo” that is.


48 posted on 05/18/2011 1:46:41 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Silentgypsy; dblshot; Osage Orange
Go to a good range that rents guns and try some out.

Thanks. I think that's what I'll do - there are a couple of ranges around here that rent guns.

49 posted on 05/18/2011 1:48:36 PM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: RC one

I totally agree with your choices! Awesome, dependable and deadly!!


50 posted on 05/18/2011 1:49:26 PM PDT by vortigern
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