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    Newbie from Michigan

    Hi all! I'm from West Michigan and I'm rather new to the whole gun world...I just have a .22 rifle that I really enjoy. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to shoot a friend's Taurus .44 Raging Bull (way too big for my tiny hands!). Now, I'm determined to get my own handgun and become proficient with its use.

    I've actually been a lurker on this site for a couple of weeks without joining...trying to figure out what kind of gun I wanted, what brands were the most reliable, etc. I figured it was about time I stopped observing, though, and joined the conversation.

    (and, yes, I've read the forum guidelines )

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    WELCOME TO THE FORUMS!

    You have quite a few options out there. Best thign to really do is to find a local range that rents guns and try out a few. What caliber are you looking for? Full size? Compact? Polymer frame? lots of options.

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    Hello from Ct. I'm also new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Reaper View Post
    WELCOME TO THE FORUMS!

    You have quite a few options out there. Best thign to really do is to find a local range that rents guns and try out a few. What caliber are you looking for? Full size? Compact? Polymer frame? lots of options.
    Thanks for the welcome! An acquaintance of mine has recommended a range, and their rental rates seem pretty reasonable. I want a gun that I'll enjoy shooting, and one that will be highly effective against an intruder in my home...one that's loud enough to tick off my busy-body neighbor wouldn't be unwelcome, either (hahaha). I've been mostly looking at double-action revolvers. I like the relative simplicity of them, and I think it's the direction I'd like to go with my first handgun. I want a .357 Mag because it would allow me to practice with a cheaper round (.38 sp), but still use a larger round for home defense. I've heard fabulous things about Rugers, so I'm leaning towards the GP100 or the SP101. I'd like a smaller frame since my hands are small - I could barely get my finger on the trigger of my friend's .44, even after it was cocked. Since I'm not planning to concealed-carry anytime really soon, I'm not looking to get a sub-compact or light-weight gun. I'd rather have the longer barrel (and accuracy) and extra weight to absorb some of the recoil from the .357 mag rounds. Sorry, that was a lot of information.

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    Welcome to the forum!

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    Welcome to the forum. Just a suggestion, since you are looking for a longer barrell and extra weight you might want to stick with the GP100. The SP101 will be a little small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunluver View Post
    Welcome to the forum. Just a suggestion, since you are looking for a longer barrell and extra weight you might want to stick with the GP100. The SP101 will be a little small.
    Thanks for the suggestion! The SP101 is at the smaller end of what I think I want, with the 3.06" barrel. I'll probably 'try on' a few to find one in my price range that I really like.

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    Welcome from North Central Texas - I think you'll like it here.


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