Kahr CM9. After the 200 shot break-in, you will love it.
How we doin? Anyways I'm lookin in to getting my ccp and I'm lookin for advice on a nice model to start out with. I know ya get what ya pay for but I'm not lookin to break the bank. Also any recommendations on caliber? I like the Ruger P944 but I don't want to jump into it, cuz I always hear bout glocks, sigs, and walthers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks from w.v.
All the pistols you have named are from good companies who make good quality pistols and all will do what you probably want. The real question is what will you be the most comfortable shooting, how much training are you planning on getting, and how much serous practice are you planning on putting it? For an everyday carry gun you need a pistol you can grip comfortably, reach all the controls if the pistol has any(safeties, mag. release., slide release, or de-cocker) with out having to change your grip. Size and weight are also a consideration, to large in size and/or weight it often will not be carried, to light it may not be shot(because of uncomfortable recoil issues) enough to gain a decent competence with. Next is the caliber, get one that you trust to be a fight stopper(this is a hard one, some will swear at anything under a .45 cal. others cannot handle anything over a .380 a.c.p. you need to decide this one for yourself) one you can shoot comfortably and afford to practice with often. Last but still very very important is training, get as much as you can know your pistol, how to use it, train till you can use it at a instinctual leavel( don't have to think about what you need to do allows you to concentrate on the situation as it is happing) KNOW THE LAWS OF YOUR STATE AND CITY, you make a mistake here and you are doing time.
There is nothing wrong with that Ruger. I have owned a handful of the Rugers, and regrettably had to sell them all. If not I would have had about 8 of them. My only complaint would be the fact they can be hard to conceal.
Caliber is more or less what you feel comfortable shooting and what you feel confident in carrying. I have no problems carrying a .380 to a .45. I have even carried just a .22 derringer. For me personally i like the .40's. Especially like the M&Ps, and Glocks because fo the ability to buy a seperate barrel and shoot a .357 sig.
welcome from mass. the makers you mentioned all make great guns and don't forget s&w. however imo ruger tends to be a bit heavy, sig, smith, and walther a bit pricey.
i like the glocks becuase they usually make a few different sizes and weight per caliber and your bound to find one that will be comfortable to shoot, conceal, and fit your hands just right. as far as caliber 40, or 357 sig. but your really on your own with that one! its a personal choice. best advice is to try the different makers and calibers before you buy.
Stop by a local gun shop, and find out about any local firearms instructors, and/or ranges. Professional training, at least in the basics, will be well worth your money.
Stopping power comes after hitting your target. Hitting your target, comes after becoming proficient with your handgun. Proficiency comes after practice. Practice comes after selecting a handgun that is comfortable in YOUR hands. Just because it's "great" for someone else, doesn't mean it will be "great" for you. Shop for a handgun like you do for shoes.... TRY 'EM ON... handle as many as you can... THEN start a list of possibles. If you can, rent, or shoot one that you're interested in before you buy. Start out with buying a used .22 to develop fundamentals, THEN move up in caliber. Do NOT get wrapped up in the caliber wars. Caliber doesn't count until your bullet hits your point of aim. A hit with a .22 beats a miss with a .45. Remember there is a trade-off with handguns... longer barrel, larger weapon, more weight... translates to less perceived recoil. Small weapon, short barrel, light weight... translates to more perceived recoil.
Shopping is good... have fun....