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    New to pistols!

    I am new to this forum and pistol shooting and would liike to say hello to all. I just got my restricted license and am now shopping for my first pistols. I am a huge rifle and shotgun nut! any and every caliber rifle, and as many 12 gauges as a guy can get! I ran into an old friend whos new hobby is pistols and he took me to the range and got me hooked! I shot a Glock 9mm, S&W 44mag, Ruger 22LR.

    I was hoping to get a couple different pistols. I would like a 22LR forsure, easy to use, ammo is cheap, and i own 3 22LR rifles as well which means i always have ammo around. I have not the slightest clue on a 22LR pistol though. second i was thinking of a 9mm. I have always loved the look of the Beretta 92FS and is where im going to be starting my search. finally, i love the traditional 1911 looks! 45 ACP in a Kimber, Springfield or Colt. Notsure which is best or what. I was looking for some suggestions please on calibers, and pistols.

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    Some quality pistols you can buy can also be converted to shoot .22 Lr, a 1911 .22 is also a good choice, hi and welcome.......JJ

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    is this going to be your conceal carry or just to have? if CC i would prefer a sig p250 or ruger lc9 small compact pistol, easy to conceal, an not to heavy. good luck an welcome

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    Welcome to the world of pistols! You have a lot of choices. One way to go is a good quality 9mm with a .22lr conversion kit. Has the advantage of training cheap with .22 but using the same platform. The big advantage of separate pistols is that you have two pistols! Look at a lot and handle a lot and for your first pistols buy good quality but not crazy good - you want a worthwhile gun to learn with and grow with but your tastes and such will change with experience. Beretta, Glock, S&W, etc all good guns and a good place to start. 9mm is fairly inexpensive, which is an advantage compared to a lot of other calibers. I shot 100 9mm yesterday for about half of what it cost me for the 100 rounds of .45 I shot. You can get an excellent 9mm in a 1911 configuration, for that matter. I have nothing at all against Kimber, but you can get both a fine 9mm and a good .22 for less than one Kimber would cost you - and have money left over for ammo.

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    Welcome..........I own two 96's and an 84fs......a 92fs is a great place to start...........

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    This is not for conceal carry or home defensive!! just to have and target shoot with.

    Im thinking of sticking with a Beretta 92FS or 92A1 for the 9mm. I have a friend who is willing to sell me a Browning Buckmark for 150 bucks and its in great condition. As for 1911, im still stuck. i have been doing some major research the past couple days and i am now debating in putting a couple hundred bucks more out and getting a decent one like a Dan Wesson Valor black. I really like the looks of these and the reviews on them are awesome! thats the route im thinking about

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    Make sure you check out the Walther PPQ in 9mm it's a real sleeper and has been getting very good reviews, in videos and firearm forums. I have one and it's a super good handgun.

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    We could offer better advice if we knew what a "restricted license" is. All states differ in regard to their licensing of handguns. What does that license allow?

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    I've always wanted a Ruger MK III, and based on the quality of my Ruger 10/22 and my friends Bearcat, I'd have complete confidence in any Ruger .22lr. I just picked up a Sig Sauer 2022 9mm, havent shot it yet but my first impression is very positive. Other 9mm I've owned and loved: CZ-75 compact and S&W sigma (highly underrated. I bought it $250 from a friend, not a single FTF or FTE)

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    This is a little personal bias, but how do you feel about a revolver? 9mm is pretty comparable to .38 special, and if you got a .357 magnum you'd have the versitility of using less expensive 38's or more powerful 357's in the same gun (or even in the same cylinder ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt3479 View Post
    I am new to this forum and pistol shooting and would liike to say hello to all. I just got my restricted license and am now shopping for my first pistols. I am a huge rifle and shotgun nut! any and every caliber rifle, and as many 12 gauges as a guy can get! I ran into an old friend whos new hobby is pistols and he took me to the range and got me hooked! I shot a Glock 9mm, S&W 44mag, Ruger 22LR.

    I was hoping to get a couple different pistols. I would like a 22LR forsure, easy to use, ammo is cheap, and i own 3 22LR rifles as well which means i always have ammo around. I have not the slightest clue on a 22LR pistol though. second i was thinking of a 9mm. I have always loved the look of the Beretta 92FS and is where im going to be starting my search. finally, i love the traditional 1911 looks! 45 ACP in a Kimber, Springfield or Colt. Notsure which is best or what. I was looking for some suggestions please on calibers, and pistols.
    In .22 caliber, I would go with the Ruger or Browning. In the 1911 department, the choices are endless, but I tend to like the Springfields myself. Good luck in your quest!

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    Just picked up my Beretta 92fs and i love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt3479 View Post

    Im thinking of sticking with a Beretta 92FS or 92A1 for the 9mm.
    Good plan. Berettas rock


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Good plan. Berettas rock


    You really like your Beretta's eh! whats the difference between the FS and A1 other then the rail. is one better in your opinion?

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