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    Just wanted to say hi. I'm in Tulsa Oklahoma, I just moved from a small town. I've been shooting rifles for most of my time and always wanted to shoot hand guns I never bought one, though. Now since we have moved we have a range down the street from us(Tulsa Firearms).

    My father and I rented a 9mm Springfield XD last weekend. I've always loved the styling and the XD in itself. My first time shooting a hand gun and it was quite different than a rifle.

    I'm looking at getting a .22 pistol, I think it would be good for me to learn with something smaller like the .22. The ammo is also cheap and plentiful.
    I'm not really to sure what to get, I would like something in the $250 or lower price range if possible and used or new doesn't make a difference to me. I'm also left handed which I found it very hard to hit the slide release on the XD.

    Thank you,

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    Senior Member Baldy's Avatar
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    Welcome from the swamp. Get yourself a Ruger Mark I or standard and practice sight, trigger control, and breathing. When things start coming together for you then you'll be ready to move up. Good luck.

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    Using the slide release lever is not required; many shooting schools teach releasing the slide by grasping it at the rear with the support hand, pulling the slide rearward until it stops, and letting go of it. Works just as well (maybe better, as the extra slide travel distance might help chamber reluctant rounds), no shifting of the shooting-hand grip is needed, the motion is similar to the ones used to clear many stoppages/jams, and it's a "universal" method of operating a self-loader that can be used with almost any model/style of weapon.

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    Senior Member Mike Barham's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard!

    Starting with a .22 is a very wise idea. Look at the Browning Buckmark in addition to the Ruger already mentioned.
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    Senior Member Charlie's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum.............and Howdy from the South of you in Texas

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    Dec 2007
    Thanks guys. I'm going to look into a used Ruger Mark III, 22/45, 4 1/2 bull barrel.

    I'm also going to look at the Browning Buckmark.

    Thank you for the help.

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