I am looking for another pistol ,probably a 9mm. So this is a 2 part reply. One ,if there is anyone who can suggest a 9mm "house gun" I would apprecite it and the 2nd part is this:if you are looking for a 22 pistol avoid Browning. I have a Buckmark and I am sorry I bought it. Its picky as to ammo and more important Browning customer service is horrible. When I got the gun I noticed that the front sight blade was warped. I called Browning's customer service and explained that while you could use the gun the sight was defective and needed to be replaced . I asked if they would send be a replacement (since its a screw- on part) so I could use the gun in the interim) and I would send back the defected part when I got the new blade. I was told in a VERY rude manner that my word would not be accepted and if I wished to claim that there was a defect I must mail them the entire gun to them at my expense. I repeated that my suggestion would allow me use and possession of the gun(at least for home defense purposes) and sending the entire firearm to them meant no shooting at the range(even with defected sight ) and no possibility of home defense and said that going along with my suggesting would be a show of good will and encourage me to continue as a customer. To this the representative replied that Browning had plenty of customers and that if I wished to make my next purchase from another company I should feel free to do so. In sum .Browning did not care in the least that they sold me a defective product and did not care about keeping me as a customer. It is clear that they are too big to give a darn about an individual buyer. I wish I was warned about their terrible attitude and rude customer service representative. I say representativeS because I called back ,got another representative but,the same "we don't care about the little person" attitude. I'll never buy from Browning again . Sooner or latter you need customer service and Browning's is virtually non-existent. There are plenty of other makers and as the saying goes,"fool me twice shame on me". Anyway,as to 9mm ..If you have a suggestion,especially if you dealt with the company's service department and they were helpful,please let me know what you think. So far I'm considering ,CZ,Springfield,S&W ,Sig and Ruger.
That is the way I started my Wife with her first 22 pistol. Sit down, go through the manual, strip and clean, demonstrate familiarity. All before the first trip to the range
I was at my local LGS today, and they had a brand new Phoenix .22 there for $200. What a piece of junk... magazine didn't fit the gun properly, slide didn't slide properly, trigger was like a plastic toy. I know there are some posters on this thread that are happy with them for the price, but there is no way that I would own one of those things at any price. To compare, the Walther PPK .22 felt and worked like a real gun, and was only around $350. Trigger pull was heavy, but otherwise a very nice gun.
My 1st .22 handgun was an H&R 686 revolver, looked like a single action but was double. Trigger pull was VERY heavy & gritty & I could hardly hit anything past 20 ft with it but for $129 new I was happy. Later got a 6" Dan Wesson. Loved it. Very accurate & great trigger. Then got a used Ivor Johnson pocket .22 cheap, looked like a Walther PPK, fun to shoot. Jammed a lot until I polished the feed ramp. Then a Browning Buckmark, decent trigger & quite accurate. Now have a Ruger 22/45 I recently posted about in the Ruger section. This one's a keeper for sure.
Started with a Ruger Mk1 4", went to a Mk II 5.5 BBl target. It ate anything. If it jammed it was because of too many rounds-crud and not enough cleaning - because it was a bear to reassemble.
Was lucky enough to get a Beretta 87 Target. Just beautiful is all I can say.
And since the 87b .22 was not in production/could not be found, I traded the Ruger for a Mosquito.
A little frustrating but after some TLC, its a nice shooter. Then I nabbed a Beretta 71. Another fine pistol. In all - the pistols did fine with quality ammo.
Cheap usually bought problems as my HK MP5 can attest. (had a slam fire that blew the extractor out.)
For a 9mm "house gun" any of the better American manufacturers will do but try and find the one that suites you best, I'm thinking along the line of Ruger or S&W, another option is the Glock. I especially like the ability to shoot without having to fumble for a safety, that's the beauty of those striker fired guns that are made along those lines. I carry my SR9C with the safety off because it is redundant be cause of the trigger safety. I know there are tons of good imports but I personally would rather support our own people than some other country. We need the jobs and the businesses here!
I'm new also. I bought 4 guns in the last 6 months. A full size 9mm, a subcompact .40, an ATI 1911 in .22 and a Heritage colt in .22. The 9mm is great and very accurate but the subcompact .40 shoots all over the place. I would never use it as a CCW, which is why I bought it.
What I've learned is that the .22 and .22magnum are the most accurate by far! I can group to 3" at 20 yards with them. I'm not completely new shooting, I was military many years ago and was quite good with a Colt and a Thompson. So I have to look at this way; do I want to carry a .40 that is too powerful for it's size or a .22 that could place 10 rounds any where I want to put them? I'm 64 years old, I'm not going to chase or hunt anyone. Contrary to what most people say, in my case a .22 hollow point well placed, will bring anyone down.
I may buy a compact 9mm but I really don't care to carry anything on my belt. If I can't find one that will slip into a nylon pocket holster, I'll settle for a small caliber pocket rocket!