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    Hi guys, new here, about to buy!!!

    Hi, thought I would introduce myself here and tell you my story.

    Started to think seriously about buying my first handgun a couple/few weeks ago then I came across this forum. Great resource you have here for newbies and the experienced alike.

    I have been around rifles and shotguns since I was little but don't have too much experience with handguns. I have rented several over the years and shot with friends but I decided it was time for me to get one of my own. I am already pretty set on what I am going to get, it is just hard for me to commit.

    At first I was trying to decide between a Springfield 1911 and an XD .45 but after my time doing research I think I am going to stick with the XD. Couple of reasons here. The first being price. If I got a 1911 I think I would only be happy with a Stainless Mil-Spec. I like the sites better and I just think I would regret it if I got the GI-spec. That being said, when comparing to an XD in either the 4 or 5 inch barrel it seems like it is a much better deal price wise. I also like the way it feels in my hand better and I shot and XD 40 a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. So as far as the XD goes, should I go 4" or 5"? I will be getting one with the stainless slide of course

    So I think I am going to get an XD .45, but the problem is I go to school in Oklahoma and still have my TX drivers licsence from when I lived with my parents since I am not usually up here all the time. Though I will be now and I plan on switching licenses when mine expires this summer. But I was told that I could get a state issued ID and that would work in place of a drivers license. I hope this is true as this is what a gun shop owner told me and I think it is the route I am going to go so I can purchase in the state of Oklahoma.

    So yeah, thats my story, sorry if its too long and you don't want to read it, hehe, but any advice or questions are welcome and I am always open to suggestions. Thanks guys!!!

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    Welcome down in the swamp. Enjoy.

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    I know you said you've pretty much decided on what you're going to get but have you looked at the CZ's at all? They're supposed to be amazing guns and I'm starting my handgun collection on tuesday with a CZ85 Combat 9mm Dual Tone, as well as a CZ 2075 Rami P 9mm. Just a thought!

    -Jeff-

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    I'm starting my handgun collection on tuesday with a CZ85 Combat 9mm Dual Tone
    A more than excellent choice! Here's mine - top right corner....

    PhilR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    So as far as the XD goes, should I go 4" or 5"?
    If you will carry, then go for the shorter barrel. Otherwise, a longer barrel will give you a longer sight radius, which might well improve your accuracy. A bit more weight might also dampen recoil and muzzle flip a bit. You will also get a bit more velocity too, but in most cases, not enough of a gain to make any pratical difference.

    PhilR.
    p.s. evidently, pratical above is missing a "c"......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Hi, thought I would introduce myself here and tell you my story.

    Started to think seriously about buying my first handgun a couple/few weeks ago then I came across this forum. Great resource you have here for newbies and the experienced alike.

    I have been around rifles and shotguns since I was little but don't have too much experience with handguns. I have rented several over the years and shot with friends but I decided it was time for me to get one of my own. I am already pretty set on what I am going to get, it is just hard for me to commit.

    At first I was trying to decide between a Springfield 1911 and an XD .45 but after my time doing research I think I am going to stick with the XD. Couple of reasons here. The first being price. If I got a 1911 I think I would only be happy with a Stainless Mil-Spec. I like the sites better and I just think I would regret it if I got the GI-spec. That being said, when comparing to an XD in either the 4 or 5 inch barrel it seems like it is a much better deal price wise. I also like the way it feels in my hand better and I shot and XD 40 a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. So as far as the XD goes, should I go 4" or 5"? I will be getting one with the stainless slide of course

    So I think I am going to get an XD .45, but the problem is I go to school in Oklahoma and still have my TX drivers licsence from when I lived with my parents since I am not usually up here all the time. Though I will be now and I plan on switching licenses when mine expires this summer. But I was told that I could get a state issued ID and that would work in place of a drivers license. I hope this is true as this is what a gun shop owner told me and I think it is the route I am going to go so I can purchase in the state of Oklahoma.

    So yeah, thats my story, sorry if its too long and you don't want to read it, hehe, but any advice or questions are welcome and I am always open to suggestions. Thanks guys!!!
    So why don't you just go get an Oklahoma drivers license now and be done with it. It is probably as easy or easier than obtaining an ID card.

    You shouldn't need it to purchase a gun as that can be done in either state.

    You have selected your pistol so what else can we help you with?


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    My $.02 here. I'm going to suggest not getting a .45 as your first gun. Unless you're really well off (and you may be) the cost off feeding a .45 may be prohibitive to getting in a lot of range time. You may be better off with a 9mm. Cheaper ammo = more time on the range. And, as has been discussed many times, today's 9mm defense ammo works pretty darn well; if you're planning on using the gun for defense.

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    Thanks guys, like I said, I am open to suggestions so I might consider the 9mm, college student here so not too much money lol, but I don't think I will have the time to go to the range more than once a week if that so I think I will do some ammo shopping comparisons while i decide exactly what I get. I still keep changing my mind some the more I think about it, but i think it will be a xd45 maybe the 9mm and i dont plan on it being a carry weapon so i think go for the 5inch. thanks again

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    TOF covered the license so I'll say that while I love my Ruger P345.... shooting it is a bit pricey. You can shoot nearly twice as much of that girlie 9mm stuff for the same price. Now if you buy a .22 toy gun you can still afford to go get a Big Mac when you're done at the range. I'm set up to reload so it cuts the price down a bit but not much.
    All kidding aside.....Buy what you will enjoy shooting the most. You'll shoot it more and be a better shot because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmaske View Post
    TOF covered the license so I'll say that while I love my Ruger P345.... shooting it is a bit pricey. You can shoot nearly twice as much of that girlie 9mm stuff for the same price. Now if you buy a .22 toy gun you can still afford to go get a Big Mac when you're done at the range. I'm set up to reload so it cuts the price down a bit but not much.
    All kidding aside.....Buy what you will enjoy shooting the most. You'll shoot it more and be a better shot because of it.
    You know after looking around a little more and thinking about it I think I might go with the 9mm. Both the gun and the ammunition is considerably more affordable. The way I see it is this gun is going to be for pure enjoyment of going to the range and shooting. I don't see how a .45 is going to satisfy me any more than a 9mm and I have a feeling this wont be my only handgun lol. So I think I will go with a 9mm and be able to afford to shoot more rounds and shoot more often!!!

    As far as the licsense thing, I plan on moving back to Texas in the next year or so. I just dont think It would be practical to get an OK license then I would have to worry about registration for the 2 vehicles I have up here too. I am just going to get an ID issued by the state. I have been told that it is valid and it is only about $10.

    Thanks again guys I really appreciate all the criticis.... I mean help just kidding, you all have been a great help. hope to stick around here for a while

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    Nice choice

    The XD in 9 will serve you well. It's really is a great weapons system. Mine is a .45 and I've actually thought about buying the 9 so I could save money on ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noproblem5671 View Post
    The XD in 9 will serve you well. It's really is a great weapons system. Mine is a .45 and I've actually thought about buying the 9 so I could save money on ammo.

    Well I am glad you think so!!! I just purchased my XD 9mm 4" in Bi-tone a couple of nights ago and I am waiting for it to be shipped to my local FFL, should be here late this week around Thurs. :crosses fingers: It also came with an XML light which is kinda cool if I decide to use it for home defense

    I will be sure to post up what I think about it when I get out to the range.

    Looks like I found some ammo for $11.99 per 50 at the local gun shop as well. Seems like a good price to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post

    Looks like I found some ammo for $11.99 per 50 at the local gun shop as well. Seems like a good price to me
    Welcome Drew. Check your local Walmart. Just stocked up myself: $8.62 per 50 and $15.75 for the 100 pack. (WWB, or Winchester White Box). Nothing fancy, but it's fine FMJ brass ammo for the range.

    BTW, I might suggest that while breaking in your gun, for the first few hundred rounds or so, also feed it some of what you plan to use for your defense load. That way as the parts "seat" it will get acclimated to the stuff you will be relying on. In a battle you don't want to be finding out your firearm doesn't like what it's being fed. It's also a good idea to feed it at least some of the defensive loads everytime you go to the range. This will also get you used to the way the high powered stuff shoots with your weapon.

    G'Luck with the new pistol.

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    You'll be happy with the 9mm. Not a bad defensive caliber by any means and much cheaper to shoot, which means you'll shoot more and get better.

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    I have to heartiley recommend the Beretta 92FS. The caveat, though, is that it fits my hand and I shoot it well (for me). Rent/shoot as many as you can, one of those times you will pick up a pistol and know it's right.

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