welcome from southern oregon
I have neither owned nor shot a firearm that wasn't a BB gun. Nonetheless, I am looking to buy my first handgun(s) and can absolutely see myself becoming a connoisseur of firearms on a tactical, practical, sporting, collecting, and tin foil hat level.
I am looking to spend a maximum of $2500 for 2 or more handguns. There is a second budget for accessories and ammunition. I am not necessarily trying to cover my bases with this purchase. I am also not particularly trying to get the most handguns for my dollar. I intend to do something along the lines of firearm purchase every year after this in the decades to come.
In order to narrow things down a little my criteria is as follows
Caliber: .45acp, .40sw, or 9mm (redundancy allowed)
Magazine Minimum Capacity: 8(+1), 10(+1), 12(+1)
Composition: Metal over Polymer but I’d go both ways.
Must have a rail
Action: SAO, DAO, SA/DA, DAK, I do not care.
Size: Any – I won't ccw for awhile but will eventually.
Exceptions: I would certainly consider a revolver chambered in a .45 variant such as .454 Casull
Nuances: In the great debate I support the 1911 over the Glock for largely unfounded reasons. Despite that, I would still purchase a Glock without concern.
I feel that if I where to purchase a 1911 I would want to wait a few years and purchase a safe queen. Something that would only see that light of day in an open holster on trips to expensive steak houses in red states (I assume that is what you do there).
I like brand names that may suffer from the Veblen Effect and would almost defiantly rule out the likes of CZ and Taurus. In other words I have a natural bias towards HK.
Considerations: If I was to call something a nightstand gun I think I would be looking for something with as much .45acp as possible and the ability to easily install (not requiring drilling or 3rd party assistance) aftermarket red front and rear green tritium sights. Thus far it seems that the FNH FNP-45 and Glock 21 fit that void if any of my opinion on what a nightstand handgun should be is intuitive.
For a workhorse .45 I've so far considered an HK 45, Sig Sauer P220 w/ a long beaver tail (ex. Elite Dark, Scorpion etc.), Colt Rail Gun, Sig 1911 w/ rail, or a SW 1911 w/ rail.
For a 9mm I've considered HK P30, HK P30L, Beretta 92A1, Beretta 92FS, M9A1, Sig P226 w/ a beaver tail, or a Sig P229 w/ beaver tail. No reasoning for the beaver tail affliction.
For a .40 I've considered a Sig P226 Elite Stainless or Sig P229 Elite Stainless under the assumption that a heavier gun leads to reduced recoil.
As a filler, beater, mass market sorta handgun I've considered a P250 2Sum, Glock, S&W M&P,
Springfield XD or XD(m), Ruger SR9/40, Ruger P345, Beretta PX4 Storm, Steyr, or a Walther PPQ.
So there you have it in a rather long first post.
What would you do in my position?
Thanks for any and all replies.
PS: I intend to rent/borrow test as many as possible before purchasing.
welcome from southern oregon
Welcome. You've named off a lot of fine weapons there, and it would be hard to go too far wrong with any of them. Enjoy.
I would agree that you have made some sound choices and renting is great idea also, the first thing you should do is take a basic shooting course to learn safe handling and basic cleaning. I would also include a .22 cal for learning and practice. .22s are a good way to practice nad keep the costs down while learning the basics.
Shoot safe and have fun
Your budget would likely be better applied to only one pistol, plus a lot of practice ammunition and some shooting-and-tactics lessons.
You will learn more easily if your first pistol is full-size and full-weight, as this will aid you in controlling recoil.
You may find that learning trigger control is easier using a single-action semi-auto.
Pistol shooting is a difficult-to-learn skill, and to maintain that skill requires lots of practice. Practice involves lots of ammunition. So invest either in practice ammunition, a reloading outfit, or ammunition-manufacturer stock.
I agree with Steve. I would find one pistol with great reliability. Since you are new to handguns I would also recommend getting something that is easy to maintain and work on to help keep that reliability high. I would say look into a Glock, XD, or my personal favorite a M&P since these tend to make a great gun for people just starting out. Invest in one of those then later on purchase a different gun later on.
But like was said you mentioned alot of nice guns. I would also recommend doing some research take your time and find what you like. But most importantly is to try to rent say your top 3 picks if possible. You will learn quickly what you do and don't like. Me personally I love the M&P's, I also have yet to find a Beretta that I like. But that is just me. Good luck with your search and your new addiction because, it is just that an addiction.
Welcome from snowy AZ....JJ
Might want to look at Sig P 250 as it has the ability to become a range of different pistols and they are inexpensive and a great place to start.....JJ
Very good suggestions, likewise, buying different caliber handguns all at once means you would need to buy different caliber ammunition, and while you can find relatively good deals on ammo in certain calibers, all in all, it ain't cheap, especially if you go to the range as you should. If Obama wins a second term watch out. I recall the ammo dry up a few years back and I couldn't even find 9mm at Wally-world for months.
As long as cost of ammo isn't a problem, and this is just me, I prefer metal guns with a hammer, in sa/da, so I probably would purchase(just Me) a 92fs for 9mm, a 96 for 40 cal., and for .45, I am not sure, probably HK or Sig......
I'll probably wait a little while for proper instruction on hand loading before taking it up but it is most definitely a great idea.
I feel that besides always having a firearm for the ammo, multiple calibers would allow me to be more frugal when allocating a percentage of ammunition each year towards long term storage.
If I where looking strictly for a nightstand gun what would you recommend? If I wanted to maintain the need for a high capacity .45 for that application what else would fit the bill.
Thanks again for the replies.
Oh, any range suggestion for the New England area would be greatly appreciated.
Of the choices you mentioned I like
the FNH FNP-45 and Glock 21sf and Sig Sauer P220 w/ a long beaver tail and Sig 1911 w/ rail
the Beretta 92FS and Sig P226 w/ a beaver tail
both 9mms are all steel and so for a polymer frame I would suggest the Glock 17
most important is how they feel in your hand
you may know the beretta 92fs and the sig 226 were the two finalists in the military tests in the 1980's
the Sig won but lost the contract due to higher costs for the maintenance part of the military contract
Lots of fine weapons and you could not go wrong with any of them. I have a P229R basic 40 S&W and the .357 sig barrel to go with it they are 12 round. I have two Berettas, a 92f and a 92fs Centurian both are 15 round I also own a S&W5903TSW 15 rd. All are Ex Pd guns with the exception of the Centurian. As I have already mentioned tho you have some excellent choices named. Good luck on your hunt.