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      Quote Originally Posted by propellerhead View Post
      No. A .22 can get boring and you'll end up spending more time loading mags than shooting. You don't grip a .22 like you do a 9mm/.40 or higher. You don't even have to grip it. Just hold the gun and it stays put. All that practice goes out the door when you shoot your .40 since you'll be holding onto that gun with a lot more effort. It's a different ball game. Practice with a 9mm.
      You can buy a 22 pistol in the exact same shape and form as a 9, 40, or 45. They have several of them out that are identical to the 1911 frame

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      Quote Originally Posted by charger5579 View Post
      You can buy a 22 pistol in the exact same shape and form as a 9, 40, or 45. They have several of them out that are identical to the 1911 frame
      I know. I have a 22 conversion kit for my Sig P220 and I've owned and sold a Walther in 22. The point of my post was to say that I don't apply the same grip strength when I'm shooting 22 or 45. Sure you can learn how to aim with a 22 but when you go to a 40 or 45 after that, it's a different ball game because now you're squeezing the pistol much harder and the mechanics of your trigger finger change. That's why I still recommend practicing with a 9mm instead of a 22.

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      Quote Originally Posted by propellerhead View Post
      I know. I have a 22 conversion kit for my Sig P220 and I've owned and sold a Walther in 22. The point of my post was to say that I don't apply the same grip strength when I'm shooting 22 or 45. Sure you can learn how to aim with a 22 but when you go to a 40 or 45 after that, it's a different ball game because now you're squeezing the pistol much harder and the mechanics of your trigger finger change. That's why I still recommend practicing with a 9mm instead of a 22.
      Thats a good point for sure!!

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      I have an Olympic-style airgun (Baikal 46M) that I use on a regulation 10 meter range (33 feet) that I have in my basement and using that gun has helped my shooting significantly. If you have access to a basement where you can set up the range (it makes no noise), then I would rather go with the airgun than a .22; you will have more opportunity to shoot (it's in your basement) and it is vastly more cost-effective (500 rounds costs less than $10.00).

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      Quote Originally Posted by propellerhead View Post
      I know. I have a 22 conversion kit for my Sig P220 and I've owned and sold a Walther in 22. The point of my post was to say that I don't apply the same grip strength when I'm shooting 22 or 45. Sure you can learn how to aim with a 22 but when you go to a 40 or 45 after that, it's a different ball game because now you're squeezing the pistol much harder and the mechanics of your trigger finger change. That's why I still recommend practicing with a 9mm instead of a 22.
      The grip should be the same, firm and consistent. Sounds like you may be gripping your .45 too much or your .22 too little.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Packard View Post
      I have an Olympic-style airgun (Baikal 46M) that I use on a regulation 10 meter range (33 feet) that I have in my basement and using that gun has helped my shooting significantly. If you have access to a basement where you can set up the range (it makes no noise), then I would rather go with the airgun than a .22; you will have more opportunity to shoot (it's in your basement) and it is vastly more cost-effective (500 rounds costs less than $10.00).
      KJW G23 METAL Gas Blowback Airsoft Gun - G23 Gas Airsoft Pistol - AirSplat.com - AirSoft Gun Warehouse
      Metal gas blow back slide, same size pistol and weight.

      I use a PX4 version of my real one during the winter in my basement as well. The controls are all the same. Mine makes plenty of noise!

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      Quote Originally Posted by group17 View Post
      KJW G23 METAL Gas Blowback Airsoft Gun - G23 Gas Airsoft Pistol - AirSplat.com - AirSoft Gun Warehouse
      Metal gas blow back slide, same size pistol and weight.

      I use a PX4 version of my real one during the winter in my basement as well. The controls are all the same. Mine makes plenty of noise!
      The Baikal does not resemble any firearm I know of, and the battery of arms is unique to that weapon too. But it is super accurate (far more so than any Airsoft) and very gratifying to shoot. But the 1.1 pound trigger pull takes some time to get used to.

      See: Baikal IZH-46M - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Also: http://www.pyramydair.com/p/izh-46M-...r-pistol.shtml

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      I agree on getting a .22 for practice. I have a SW 22A with a red dot on it. It gives me the opportunity to shoot as much as I want without breaking the bank.
      What I normally do is take the 22 and 1 or 2 of my other guns and start with the 22 then shoot a magazine or two from each of the other guns.
      That way I get my larger gun fix while still getting in as much shooting as I want using the 22.
      I don't see how anyone would think of a 22 as a baby gun. Remember it's all about practice.

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      There's no doubt that shooting a .22 will save you money. If your 40 cal costs $17 per 50, you'll spend anywhere from $7 per 100rd (CCI Mini Mags at WalMart) to $17 per 525rd (Federal Bulk at WalMart). That's $0.27 to $0.30 per round of savings, so if you shoot 500 rds per month that will save you $135-$150 per month. At that rate a new .22 semi-auto or revolver will pay for itself quickly, plus the continued savings.

      Of course practice with a .22 will not be the same as with a .40. Based on the specific .22 gun or conversion kit you choose, the shooting experience can be similar (but not the same) and you're still practicing the same shooting fundamentals regardless of the feel of the gun. The big difference is that you can afford to shoot A LOT MORE.

      My personal experience... I purchased my first gun 3 months ago, a 9mm. I found it to be expensive, so I purchased a .22 of the same weight and size. I'm shooting more and saving money. It's definitely different than the 9mm, but I'm still learning and it's still fun. I recommend it.

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      Don't they make .22 conversion kits for glocks? I just got one for my CZ and it's money well spent.
      Airguns are a fine way to improve one's skills. My favorite Air Pistol is a Fienwerkbau 65 that I inherited. But the Daisy 717 is just as accurate. Not terribly sophisticated, but they work well. I've had mine for 20 years.
      I guarantee that your follow through will improve with an air pistol. Very slow moving pellet in a relatively long barrel... All of the technique is required, you just aren't getting the recoil. Great way to not develop a flinch, or to fix one if you have.
      Fire a few thousand pellets in serious practice and then say your skills haven't improved. I bet you can't.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Overkill0084 View Post
      Don't they make .22 conversion kits for glocks? I just got one for my CZ and it's money well spent.
      Airguns are a fine way to improve one's skills. My favorite Air Pistol is a Fienwerkbau 65 that I inherited. But the Daisy 717 is just as accurate. Not terribly sophisticated, but they work well. I've had mine for 20 years.
      I guarantee that your follow through will improve with an air pistol. Very slow moving pellet in a relatively long barrel... All of the technique is required, you just aren't getting the recoil. Great way to not develop a flinch, or to fix one if you have.
      Fire a few thousand pellets in serious practice and then say your skills haven't improved. I bet you can't.
      I also have a Glock and my first instinct was to purchase a conversion kit. Unfortunately, conversion kits for the Gen4 Glocks are not available yet. In addition, I found that the cost of a conversion kit was relatively close to acquiring a second gun.

      Pellet guns are a great idea -- even cheaper than a .22, plus you don't have to go to a range or other special location. But, they don't go BANG.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ronmail65 View Post
      I also have a Glock and my first instinct was to purchase a conversion kit. Unfortunately, conversion kits for the Gen4 Glocks are not available yet. In addition, I found that the cost of a conversion kit was relatively close to acquiring a second gun.

      Pellet guns are a great idea -- even cheaper than a .22, plus you don't have to go to a range or other special location. But, they don't go BANG.
      Many people recommend dry firing. That's not supposed to go "bang" either. Loud isn't a requirement to improve technique. It could be argued that it may actually be a hinderance in some instances.
      I would imagine that Gen 4 conversion kits are forthcoming in the not too distant future.
      Good kits aren't cheap, but it's nice being able to bang away with my CZ and not worry about hunting for the brass. I have a Ruger MK3, it's a fine gun, and it was cheaper than the CZ kit. I think there is something to be said for being able to use your SD gun for both. The controls don't move and the trigger is the same. I'm seriously considering one for my 1911 down the road.

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      Quote Originally Posted by LowPro313 View Post
      EDITI recently bought my first gun and am loving it. It is a G23. I bought it for self defense purposes but the first time i went to the range I loved it. So after just over a week of owning the gun I have shot over 500 rounds.

      That is way to expensive to do in a .40 cal. I do not feel like spending so much in ammo so I thought of getting a 9mm because the price of ammo seems right.

      Should I do the .22 or would I be alot more satisfied with the 9mm? It will be for range shooting only.
      You bought a Glock 23 .40 for self defense. Step one, is to get some professional basic training.
      The fact that you loved to shoot it at the range doesn't change your need for SD training. You have already put 500 rounds downrange. That's the horse before the cart IMO.

      Forget the 9mm in this equation. It is not THAT different than the .40 and you already got one of those that you love!

      Your best bet in the long run if you want to shoot a lot, is to reload. I know this from trying to compete in SASS with factory ammo!!! DUMB! Reloading will allow you to practice with the gun you are going to use for SD, AND you will be shooting the same general round as well. Practicing with a .22 is a distant second choice from a self defense point of view IMO. A "conversion" while being costly, is your best bet .22 because it keeps you using your actual weapon.

      Could be you will find that you enjoy both target shooting and self defense practice. The thing to remember is that these are two distinctly different modes. Your best to keep it that way!
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      Quote Originally Posted by ronmail65 View Post
      ...I purchased my first gun 3 months ago, a 9mm. I found it to be expensive, so I purchased a .22 of the same weight and size. I'm shooting more and saving money. It's definitely different than the 9mm, but I'm still learning and it's still fun. I recommend it.
      Trouble is, when you switch back to your 9mm, its recoil will come as an unpleasant surprise, since you've been training with a low- (or no-) recoil pistol. That will make your second shot, and subsequent shots, slow and inaccurate as you try to compensate for the unexpected recoil impulse.
      If you want to shoot your 9mm defensively, then practice with it, and not with a similarly-configured .22 LR rimfire.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
      Trouble is, when you switch back to your 9mm, its recoil will come as an unpleasant surprise, since you've been training with a low- (or no-) recoil pistol. That will make your second shot, and subsequent shots, slow and inaccurate as you try to compensate for the unexpected recoil impulse.
      If you want to shoot your 9mm defensively, then practice with it, and not with a similarly-configured .22 LR rimfire.
      This is probably true for a newbie, for the first few times. But I just can't see an experienced shooter, who practices enough to be credible at defending himself/herself, being affected much, if at all.

      Practice with whatever is available, that you can afford, and learn not to be affected by recoil, if you want to be any good at all with a pistol. If you're concentrating on sight picture and trigger pull, a powderpuff like the 9mm is not gonna be that hard to adjust to, after firing a .22...in my opinion, of course.

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