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      Advice on buying first handgun.

      I recently spent 2 hours at the range shooting a variety of weapons in different calibers, and am really suprised by what I learned. First off, as a qualifier, I have ape hands. Huge.

      Sig full size (226?) 9mm - sucked, no push back, but gun wants to jump straight up every time I fire it. frame too small.

      Springfield XD .40 cal - nice - accurate, great controls, only complaint for function is that the trigger is a little hard. This gun was somewhat uncomfortable in a weaver grip. I could get my hands on it, but after I wrapped my right hand around it, there wasnt much real estate left for the left hand to make contact with the frame. So I ended up pretty much gripping my right hand fingers with my left and getting maybe an inch of handle contact with heel of left hand. somewhat uncomfortable. much easier to shoot one handed. very little upward recoil sights resighted easily.

      Kimber full size .45- I hated this gun, but loved the cartridge. the gun is WAY TOO SMALL. I was literally pinching my right hand with my left to get them into the weaver grip. oh yeah, and it jammed with in 40 rounds.

      Glock 21 .45 - handle is big enough, but the finger grips dont fit me right, has more real estate on frame than the XD, which is nice, but the sights suck, no external safety, and it literally felt like the slide was floating on the frame. I couldnt shoot very straight with this gun, Im hoping that a new set of sights and some practice could solve that problem

      I think have it narrowed down to either a Glock 21, or a Springfield XD. With my huge ape hands, the 1911 or Sig is just too small.

      The guys at the range say the 21 is the largest frame semi available, except for the para, and that felt like junk, so I didnt even bother shooting it.

      I have also played with revolvers, and the only that seem to fit are the extra large frames, like the S&W .500 ( havent shot this tho). I really dont think that an elephant gun is what I want for my primary weapon anyway.

      Im leaning toward the XD, and getting it in .45, hoping the handle might be a tad bigger, and thinking I can shoot one handed if the weaver grip just gets too uncomfortable.


      any thoughts?
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      Quote Originally Posted by aonghus View Post
      Im leaning toward the XD, and getting it in .45, hoping the handle might be a tad bigger, and thinking I can shoot one handed if the weaver grip just gets too uncomfortable.


      any thoughts?

      Did you try any of those guns one handed? That may be a good solution for you.

      Also, I found that shooting a gun a second time helped in making my decision(s). Sometimes, what seems like an annoyance the first time around wasn't so bad after shooting other guns.

      Welcome to the site. Others here will have better informed discussion for you. Enjoy the hunt for your first (not best) gun.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
      Did you try any of those guns one handed? That may be a good solution for you.
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      Yes, I tried them all one handed actually, and the XD was the most comfortable one handed as well, though for some reason the grip felt a little short.

      I really expected the glock to be the best gun, but I just couldnt get it to shoot straight, and it really didnt feel like I was shooting so much as wielding a wet noodle. damndest thing.

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      HK USP has a big grip. Try that and the Beretta 92. My hands are rather small, and these two are kinda big for me. I've owned both, but they are not as comfortable because they are kinda large.

      Also - on the polymer framed guns - add a Hogue slip on grip for about $10. It will make the grip a bit fatter too.

      I had put the hogue wrap around grips on the Beretta 92 I used to own - made it too big for my hands. Didn't shoot as well with it. Maybe thats what U need, though...

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      Dang.....you MUST have huge hands. I sold my 21 because my fingers are too short.......But at least I have big feet....so it evens out

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      Hey Aonghus
      I looked for a year to find just the right gun.I shot alot of gun before I got

      my XD 9mm. I realy like the hole XD line so My Vote is for XD .

      I bet you will love the XD with a Hogue slip on grip like Shipwreck said.

      Good Luck and let us know what you get.

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      It sounds to me like a USP 45 is exactly what you is looking for. It has an external safety also.

      This is not the best picture; but you get the idea.

      http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r...1/100_1184.jpg

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      Quote Originally Posted by VTDefender View Post
      Dang.....you MUST have huge hands. I sold my 21 because my fingers are too short.......But at least I have big feet....so it evens out

      yeah, the glock would probably be okay size wize if it didnt have those damn finger grips on it. Since they are square, I actually have to back my hand up a quarter inch so the first knuckle breaks on that corner.

      I could live with that if Im sure I can get it to shoot consistently and cleanly. as I said, the sites on it suck bawls.

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      All the above are fine weapons, whatever you choose will suit you well. That said, to shoot the Glock straight, you need to master it's trigger. There's a short take up followed by a heavier break...once you get used to it your groups will be much tighter. You did not mention what sights were on the Glock you shot, so I will assume they were the standard issue sights. These are combat sights designed for quick target aquisition, not bullseye shooting, they serve their purpose well. The "no-external safety" concerns some who are not familiar with Glock, but I have found the Glock to be a very safe weapon, due to the safe-trigger, don't let the saftey issue concern you, they are very safe weapons. The Sig is a beautiful gun and ultra reliable, maybe trying a .40 or .45 would suit you better.? As for the grip, I have really large hands as well, and shoot out of a modified weaver stance usually, I have a G30 and my right hand hangs off the bottom of the grip, I just wrap my left over right, push/pull and all is fine. As for the finger wells in the grip, see if you could find a Glock with a second generation frame-no finger wells. Also you may want to try the Glock models in .45 ACP- fatter grip than the .40's. Good luck-happy shooting.

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      Not to defend Glocks too much, but the best thing about Glocks is that YOU make it to fit your needs by customization. Some sand off the finger grooves to make it a 2nd generation reciver or grab a bike tube and slip it on or melt/solder the reciever.

      Good luck with your decision. Spend more time shooting different guns. I would have a "Top 3" before you lay down the cash. Thanks for sharing.

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      i have large hands too. i put hogue wrap-around grips on my beretta 92fs and it helped a ton. it is by far the most comfortable handgun for me to shoot. the full sized h&k USP models also fit quite well.

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      Try a Para double stacker in .45acp. You said you like the round. They are wider than the standard 1911.

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      the hogue wrap-arounds are available for a large variety of handguns with replacable grips. they are add some size to the grip.

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      Thumbs up 1st handgun

      Go get yourself a Beretta 92FS!! Great shooting pistol!! 9mm ammo is cheap! Box of 100 rounds $12.00..

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      I vote for the xd-45 i have big hands myself and its almost to big for me.

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      Didja try any doublestack 1911's?(para ordinance) the have a HUGE grip as far as my hands go...........

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      I'm a new member and this is my first post. Along with the other great suggestions I will mention the Ruger P90. I'm a big guy with big hands and it fills my fist and it is not as exspensive as some of the others.

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      I know you said you didn't like 9mm but the Taurus PT-92 has a large grip width and length. It comes in .40cal if that helps(PT-101 i think) And i agree with a lot of people, just add some aftermarket grips to what ever you like and it'll even out.

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