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    New to handguns

    Hey guys. Just signed up at the forum. Seems like a great site. I am considering getting a handgun and just shot my first a few days ago at a local range. I tried my friend's Glock 19 and we rented a Glock 26. What are some others that I should try before making a decision to purchase? Also, what is the difference between semiautos and a 1911. I see a different thread for these on the site. I was looking over there but couldn't tell the differences. Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome Blades.

    The 1911 is a semi-auto pistol. It is a specific model, sort of. The original 1911 was designed by John Browning, manufactured by Colt, and adopted by the U.S. military in 1911. Currently this design is made by various manufacturers, the various makes referred to as clones of the original.

    Because the gun has been around for so long, is so popular, and the various makes all share the design, a separate forum is devoted to this gun. But it is a semi-auto pistol.

    Spend some time around here just reading and asking questions before worrying about what gun to buy. Plus, before we can make a recommendation we really need to know what your primary reason is for purchasing a firearm, i.e. hunting, defense, target shooting etc. You also need to try some different calibers and decide on that before making a commitment to purchase a specific gun.

    BTW, you will find really, really good info on this site. There are many guys here who know their stuff. I'm sure some of them will be along shortly to give you better advice than I can.

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    Welcome from the mountian top. Wyatt described the basics on the 1911 which is my favorite carry pistol. You should try many different makes and models pistols and revolvers. Which will be best for you only you can decide. Everyone will have thier favorites for them but you need to check out many then narrow your favorite then buy until you find the next one you want.

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    Yes, we don't ever sell, we just keep buying

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    Terms.

    !Blades!: Sir; primary differences: Semi auto are Semi auto's; am not being a smart-ass.
    1911 is a ?model? 'designee' Military 1911 from the early war. Many different manufactures have adopted the 1911 design.

    Manufactures have "with the shooting" community; simplified 'designee's
    such as Semi auto, Single Action, Double Action, Breech block, and so on.

    The hand gun community uses terms .45-.44-.40-.357-.38-.22 plus a bunch more. Revolvers are 'revolvers' with a rotating cylinder and they too are placed into "community" terms.
    Semi Automatics [some] using 9mm ammunition.
    Cougar 8000 .40- 9mm
    Ruger SR9 9mm
    Springfield XD 9mm
    Glock 9mm

    Plus a bunch more. Many look very similar; yet are markedly different disigns. Width, length, weight, material, magazine capacity, and on and on.

    A very simplified approach. Go to a firing range and rent and shoot as many different models as possible. One time just shoot the 9mm's next what ever and so on. You will hit on something that has a ?Feel?

    That ?feel? is very arbitrary and very important to the end user.

    When you find something; research the mess out of it. Ask here. There are some very very knowledgeable folks. They will offer specific and not so specific advice.

    Do follow up with your thinking.

    Thanks for asking.

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    +1 to Craig

    As a newbie, rent and shoot as many guns as you can. Determine your price point. You will find most pistols hover around the $500 price point. More isn't always better, cheaper isn't always worse. Most likely, your first gun will NOT be your last, as your taste, needs, and preferences will mature, as a gun owner.

    Read a lot, listen a lot, and try a lot. BEFORE you buy.

    Start simple, and with a 9mm. They are easy to shoot wel, cheap to feed, and availible in EVERYTHING! Within a few months of regular shooting, you'll discover likes, and dilikes about your gun.

    Too big, too small, too heavy, too light, too long of trigger, too light of trigger, etc, etc, etc.

    Like above... Is it for daily carry, for range plinking, for target shooting, for hunting, or for all four? Like cars, there are great trucks, great sports cars, and great luxury sedans... but no one car good for all three rolls... What is the gun for?

    By "start simple", I mean start with a low maintenance, modern design, reliable, durable automatic; or a revolver. Depends on taste.

    Learn that gun front t back, top to bottom, and be ultra-safe and responsible with it. Shoot it a lot until you shoot it well. THEN choose what is perfect for you.

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    Thanks for the replies. My primary use will be target shooting. Of course, I will also use it as home defense, (although I certainly hope that I never have to).

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    The other guys have covered it pretty well, so I'll just say: welcome aboard!
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    As a fellow newbie to this forum, I also say welcome. Also, +1 for those who advised renting/borrowing/shooting as many different pistols as you can. My current favorite is the Beretta 92FS because it feels as if it were born in my hand. Big, yes, but I shoot it well (for me).

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    You didn't mention if you have a .22. My advice is for anyone's first gun in Rifle, Pistol, or Revolver be a .22. I have a .22 in every kind of gun I have except shotguns. A .22 is the best there is to learn all the basic skills of shooting and to practice with. I agree with the above posts to shoot as many centerfires as you can before deciding. Different people liking different pistols is the reason there are so many different kinds. Good luck, and I hope you find one that you really like.

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    glock 19 as I've posted on a few other threads as it's easy to shoot and cheap to shoot. Big concern for a first time shooter though IMO the need for a on/off type of safety until you become acclimated to carrying a gun in general.

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    I would suggest that you take an NRA firearms safety course first and consider how you will safely keep your gun at home, especially if you have kids.

    Proper training will teach you not only how to operate a handgun but can help you learn your own preferences when shopping for a gun.

    Generally, revolvers are more reliable and easier to learn for beginners (will not jam from limp wristing, no safety or slide stop to learn). If you can master trigger anticipation (a common problem causing righties to shoot low and left) with a DA revolver, then DA/SA crunchenticker, DAO, SAO, glock etc. pistols will be no problem to shoot accurately.

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    + 1 on all of the above. Just one more recommendation. Buy an annual "wish book". It will have all of the models, specs, and manufacturer list prices for each model. Besides that, I like all the pictures. lol

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    Welcome. One thing I recently tried was to head to the range with a friend that has a decent assortment of guns. We spent a few hours so I could get the 1st 100 rounds through my new CW9 and put a few clips through his guns just to get the feel.
    You have any friends with different guns.

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    I gotta agree with Camguy - the Beretta 92fs in 9mm is a really good range gun and fine for home defense. It has a long sight radius (so it's more accurate than shorter barreled guns), is very soft-shooting, easy to break down and clean, feels good in the (my) hand and comes with a 15 round mag. I'd have that one on my list of possibles.

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