I knew nothing about handguns but started thinking about picking one up. Mostly just for "fun" at the range or outdoors. Don't really have a big need for home protection but; you never know.
When I first started looking I was (and still am) really drawn to the .45 ACP's. There is just something very "classic American" about owning a 45. Not to mention that the 1911's are beautiful guns. However the consensus seems to be that the 1911 might not be the best gun as a first gun. So then I started leaning towards the XD line. The XD45 at first........but then the more I read the more I began to think that the XD9 might be the better first gun. Not a huge fan of the 9mm though......can't really say why.....I know it would do the job if I ever needed it.....but it just seemed like EVERYONE has a 9mm and I like to be a little different. (Not that "being different" will dictate my choice in the end).
But then.....then I discovered the versatility of the 357mag Revolvers! My research has led me to conclude that if you could only have one pistol. A pistol you needed to learn on and use for HD if necessary that it is hard to beat a .357......especially in the 4"-6" S&W 686, Ruger GP100 or Colt King or Python varieties. Easy to maintain, reliable, accurate and can learn to shoot using .38 rounds and work your way up to .357's.
All that being said here is my game plan (thanks to all of you). Take a safety/training class. Rent a bunch of different guns of different cals and figure out what works for me. What fits my hand. What's fun to shoot so I'll practice more.
I'm not worried about the cost of ammo. If I really LOVE a 1911. Then I'll get a 1911 and shoot it as much as it takes to get proficient with it....even if that means putting thousands of 45's through it. If it means the 357 then I'll figure out whether or not I want a 4" or 6" when I come to that bridge. I don't plan on carrying. It will be a home/range/woods gun.
I'm 40 years old and have two young one's at home. The gun will be kept in a safe at home.....I'm thinking biometric (anyone have experience with the biometric safes?)
Where are you?
If, you're close to me you're welcome to try mine.
West coast Fla.
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Read about bigtime issues one guy had with his biometric gunvault over on the beretta forum due to a cable being worn by a pulley from a motor.. but that's about it on the biometrics... I'm considering a standard combination gunvault brand.. possibly in the multi-vault line.
Great plan as for safe I would recommend a manual push button combination, less to go wrong.