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      First time buyer. Which gun to get

      I am a new gun enthusiast. I am looking to get a new gun. I have been reading up a bit and really have no clue what to get. I am looking for a pistol, no revolver, pretty high quality, not too expensive, just a good gun. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance

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      Thats a can of worms....... :-D
      You really need to be more specific about wht its uses will be to get good suggestions..Concealed carry? range beater,target ,rabbit plinker?

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      mostly probably range shooting. I don't think i will need to conceal it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by fiscomi
      mostly probably range shooting. I don't think i will need to conceal it.
      Personally, I think you should consider a Beretta 92FS. I'm sure once everyone chimes in you should have a pretty good idea of what to get.

      The 92FS is a great handgun... safety, decocker, double and single action, 9mm, well built, easy to field strip and clean, etc.

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      thanks for the input. I looked at these guns, now is there a difference other than apperance between the 92fs brigadier, inox, or regular?

      Thanks

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      Quote Originally Posted by fiscomi
      thanks for the input. I looked at these guns, now is there a difference other than apperance between the 92fs brigadier, inox, or regular?

      Thanks
      The brigadier has a somewhat thicker slide, reducing recoil. The Inox models are mostly just appearance... except for the Inox Brigadier. The Inox brigadiers are being discontinued from what I understand.

      Here's more info on the 92FS:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_92F/FS

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      XD45 Tactical. It doesn't get better than that. Except maybe a nice 1911 but that's a whole other story.

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      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!!!

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      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. Good Luck!!!
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      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!!!
      +1

      Shoot all the different guns you can, go from there. Just remember, once you get one, you won't be able to stop there!!!! :-D

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      Personally, I think that the best value on the market are police trade-in 3rd generation S&W autos. They typically don't have high round counts and are very well constructed.

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      ruger p series,(with acception to p345 maybe) built like a tank, 100%reliable, (1000s and 1000s of rounds through my p90 and not 1 hiccup) and very affordable.(you can get a good used one for between 200 and 300 bucks according to its condition) in my opinion the best product on the market for the money. jmho

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      Re: First time buyer. Which gun to get

      Quote Originally Posted by fiscomi
      I am a new gun enthusiast. I am looking to get a new gun. I have been reading up a bit and really have no clue what to get. I am looking for a pistol, no revolver, pretty high quality, not too expensive, just a good gun. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance
      Being a "new gun enthusiast" brings up several ideas, however, it really boils down to what you're intended use is for. If it's just for the range, then a decent quality .22 would be good. .22 caliber handguns are good to learn with. If your ambitions are elsewhere, like home defense, possible carry, hunting, etc, then you need to figure out which is most important. It seems that you want a semi-auto, so there's a start. A .22 is cheap to shoot and generally pretty inexpensive to buy. Other calibers/ models will cost more for both. If you intend it for hunting, then check your state laws, as most states won't allow but certain calibers. I kind of like Taurus because the price point vs quality is pretty good for new handguns. Used handguns will usually be just fine, but they're like buying a used car.

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      I have to agree with viper a P Series Ruger is a real good place to start.There not real expensive ,reliable and easy to clean.

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      Guess you can see from my name what I like. :-D

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      U will find that everyone here has their own idea of what is best. To some degree, you will take a chance, no matter what - Trying to find a range that rents guns will be your best bet. I have bought guns before that felt great in my hand at the store, but at the range, I didn't like them.

      I have seen some Beretta 92FS base models for $409 at the past couple of gun shows in my area. XDs are pretty good. I love the Walther P99, but the trigger style I prefer is not around much right now, and I don't care for the QA trigger.

      I really lik ethe HK USP compact - the grip is more manageable than the fullsize USP. But, it ain't cheap. The HK P2000 is also nice. Glocks are good, if you can adjust to the trigger - some people have issues.

      So, listen to what everyone here tells U to give U some ideas - don't go buy a crappy brand of gun. But, try to rent some...

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      By now you have seen lots of different opinions expressed, including my own.

      The most important thing is to find a pistol that works well for you. Pretty much all of the toplins makers such as S&W, Ruger, Glock, Sig, H&K, et, will provide a good product and service to you. The most important thing is to find a pistol that feels good to you, performs well for you, and is within your price range.

      If you can find a range that rents pistols, it is a good idea to try out several of the pistols that you are considering.

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      Take a ckose look at the XD. It is the gun of the year and you shouls beable to pick up a new one in the low fours. It's safer than the glock and I would start of with a 9 mm.

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      Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy
      Take a ckose look at the XD. It is the gun of the year and you shouls beable to pick up a new one in the low fours. It's safer than the glock and I would start of with a 9 mm.
      He must like his subcompact.... :-D

      Have you invested in an after-market holster for it yet?

      or

      Are you going to keep and use the one that came with it?

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      The one that came with it sucks. I'm looking for a after narket.

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