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    For mostly range time, go with a 9mm. The ammo is much cheaper than larger calibers.

    Read up on proper grip then rent two pistols at a time. See how they feel in your hands. Then do your own eliminations and playoffs.

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    new purchase

    Read my post on "New purchase"....DO NOT buy any of these complicated Semi/Autos...if you are new to handguns. Buy a simple "Point and Shoot" Glock in whatever caliber you are comfortable with. These other weapons are fine quality pieces, but will only confuse the devil out of you. Learn on a simple system first....then buy your "highend blaster"....!!!

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    New Shooter......needs a safe, reliable pistol.....
    and I would think, a good value.

    Perhaps you should consider a Ruger P series...
    they are an excellent value per dollar.

    Good Luck

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    Ruger P90DC

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    Good advice all.
    Especially from P97:
    Quote Originally Posted by P97
    The reason there is so many different guns is different people's taste. My advise to anyone that don't know what they want is to go to a gun show and handle, and look at as many as you can. Then go to a Shooting Range and rent the ones you like, or find a friend that will let you shoot one. That way you can find out what is best for you. I did a lot of trading and selling before I found what I liked best. Good Luck!!!
    Colt 1911 Government 38 super is my choice for your 1st gun.
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    I've been interested in the 38 super before. But I think that round is a bit harder to find in some areas, and is more expensive. I don't think that would be a good 1st gun for those reasons.

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    While you may be correct about ammunition being difficult to find locally, it is readily available on line.

    And as for price, the Colt .38 super is a superior pistol and is widely used in competition. I would not put it in a class with Para, or Springfield, and, I would not complain about the satisfaction of "getting what I paid for."

    It is a traditional 1911 and is a joy to shoot. It would be a fine choice for a beginner to learn the mechanical function of the 1911 handgun and a fine choice for refining skills needed in the shooting sports.

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    The 9mm XD

    It's a good first pistol.

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    Re: new purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by 1911driver
    Read my post on "New purchase"....DO NOT buy any of these complicated Semi/Autos...if you are new to handguns. Buy a simple "Point and Shoot" Glock in whatever caliber you are comfortable with. These other weapons are fine quality pieces, but will only confuse the devil out of you. Learn on a simple system first....then buy your "highend blaster"....!!!
    What's so confusing about the other firearms. I teach cadets to shoot all of the time on TDA pistols, and it is never an issue.

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    I don't see what's so hard to learn or confusing about all these guns people talk about. If you practise with them you shouldn't have a problem. I had someone tell me how hard Sigs are to learn to shoot. Why? Get what feels good to you then practise with it and you'll be fine.

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    Go to a range that rents guns and try a few. I'm sure you'll find one to your liking.

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    Like everybody else I would recommend trying as many as you can before you purchase (include revolvers). I think if I was a new gun purchaser with little experience I would buy a good quality .22 and practice with it quite a bit. It would get you familiar with guns, it would be cheap to shoot, and much cheaper than buying a larger caliber right off the bat. You would keep the .22 when you decide later what your next gun will be and probably have a better idea of what type fits you best. Good luck and good shooting.

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    Get a nice 38/357 revolver say a Ruger GP-100 4 inch barrel.you cant go wrong.

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    Either a .22 or an XD9 tactical.

    The 22 is great to learn on and very cheap to shoot.
    The XD9 has pretty cheap ammo (half the price of .45 and only a bit more than lowend match .22), very manageable recoil and can do double duty as home defense. Plus it makes a bigger boom, has high-cap magazines and is retardedly easy to tear down. Lifetime warranty as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scoop
    Get a nice 38/357 revolver say a Ruger GP-100 4 inch barrel.you cant go wrong.
    That should be where you start. But you said no revolver . If your gonna start with a semi auto. A 1911A1 is the perfect pistol. You cant do any better.

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    A Ruger MKII or III . May be a Browning 22. You need to learn to shoot and a 22 is a good cheap way to start . Then you can move to a larger caliber later. If needed a 22 MKII can put a person in a hurt if used for SD

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    See, I don't agree that you HAVE to start w/ a 22 - it can help - sure. But if he wants a gun to double for a home defense weapon - and later a CCW - I think 9mm is fine to start on. I have started a few people on 9mm. Heck, that's how I started.

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    He ought to be planning to get two to four guns. Get a .22 for cheap plinking/practicing, then move up to a 9mm for more of the same and self/home defense, then go to a .45 for home defense (carry the 9 or vice/versa), then...........well, you guys know.........it's addictive. :-D

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