As the title says I'm as green as they come. I've never even shot a gun (hard to believe since I'm from WI), well I had a bb gun when I was 12, but that obviously doesn't count. I joined this forum b/c I was thinking of getting into target shooting and I wanted to learn as much as I could about guns. From what I can tell a .22 is one of the best calibers to start with. Seems to be cheap to shoot (which I'm sure you need to do a great deal of if you want to get good), accurate, and all around a good gun to shoot with. I've read a few opinions on good .22s, seems the Ruger MKII is well liked, mixed reviews on the MKIII, also the Browning Buckmark seems to be another well liked one (although from the threads I've read it seems to be less rugged than the Ruger). I really can't say just summarizing the opinions of the threads I've read. It's not my intent to spark a debate over this, although any opinions are welcome. Truth be told, I don't have the money to buy a handgun at the moment. Further, I may be leaving the country for two years and I doubt I would be able to bring any guns with me. Still I would like to learn as much as I can about handguns.
Assuming I learn how to shoot well, I'm sure I will want to get something other than a .22. If there are other calibers that are relatively cheap to shoot or just plain fun on the range feel free to chime in. I admit I always thought 1911s seemed damn cool (I feel by saying that I've made some of you love me and a few others hate me), probably not much of a target shooting gun though, but it seems that many people love to shoot them (I believe I saw an entire forum dedicated to them on this site). I suspect that I will eventually want a .45 of some kind, I read somewhere that Kimber makes some of the best 1911s, very tight tolerances (of course looks like you will pay at least $1300 for it), springfield also seems to be well liked. Ok, well I won't dwell on that any longer, to be logical I don't know much about the gun or if I would even like it, so it seems a little pointless to go into it now. I should also mention the Smith & Wesson 4506, if I'm not mistaken LAPD was authorized to carry it shortly after that Hollywood shoot out, it seems to be well liked. 9mm also seem to be very popular, Glocks in particular. I don't know if it's good for target shooting, or expensive to shoot.
Sorry folks, this is getting a little long winded and admittedly it's not particularly organized, I'm dead tired (and that makes me a little punchy), but I thought I should introduce myself. To recap, I'm mostly looking to target shoot, but I would still be interested in larger caliber guns to shoot just for fun. As far as home defense goes, I have not thought about it much being the cocky, single, youngster that I am, but it certainly doesn't strike me as a bad idea. I assume you have to be damn good with a handgun to use it well in a case of home defense considering factors like adrenaline, fear, and the high probability that you have just been awoken by a noise and are still half asleep. I've heard of a lot of people using a sawed off shot gun for that sort of thing.
I'd appreciate any thoughts, suggestions, or opinions any of you may have on anything I've touched on here. In particular if any of you have any thoughts on buying a used gun or a gun based on fit (I'm 5'11", very solidly built, and from what I can tell medium to large sized hands) please let me know. Any of you know a good way to measure hand size? Lastly, feel free to throw any gun related physics equations my way, I love that stuff. Well, thanks for reading my unbridled, stream of consciousness intro, I'm looking forward to learning a few things here.
Welcome from southeast Texas. Congratulations, you have your head in the right direction as you are doing research before you commit. Lots of newbies forget how to do this. You will get lots of info, help, and advice on this forum.
Welcome to the forum. I agree with Tekhead, you are doing well by researching first. Without getting into opinions of what is best, and so on....there is a lot of useful information here. And you can't go wrong with a .22, I've been shooting for 20 years and I still shoot my buckmark more than any other gun I own. It's just cheap, accurate, and fun!
welcome to the forum, Dah. you definitely have a lot to learn. and you came to the right place. you are gonna get advice you can use and advice that you can't. good thing is you get to read both sides and can make an informed decision about your handgun purchases.
You sound like you have a head on your shoulders, and you're on the right track. I would also reccommend stopping by a couple of local gun shops. They are usually a good source of information on where you can go take a shooting/basic pistol instruction class. I took one myself and it really is a great learning tool for someone who hasn't been around shooting and/or pistols very much.
Also, there is a really good thread on here for choosing your first handgun. It was excellently written and is a great one-stop post to get a good idea of what you need to think about when choosing a handgun for yourself. Newbie to guns? Need help? Where to start?
READ THIS THREAD!