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    Hi from NC. I need some advice.

    Hey guys. I'm new here and hope to pick up some good advice here. I grew up hunting and shooting rifles and shotguns, but never shot a handgun more than a few times.

    Just finished up my first handgun range session yesterday. I went with a couple of buddies and got to shoot multiple calibers and models. I am looking for my first handgun and need some advice choosing the right one. Yesterday i shot the following.

    Taurus 1911 .45 ACP - Great feeling gun with alot of power. Although, it might get expensive shooting that one alot. Also, power may be more than i need for a first handgun.

    Walther .40 S&W - This gun seemed a little small for my hand and recoil seemed to be more apparent.

    Springfield XD-9 - Probably my favorite out of the bunch. I put close to 100 rounds through this baby and really like the feel and ease of use.

    Springfield XD-M .40 S&W - Probably my second favorite. Very similar to the XD-9, but had more 9mm shells so that is why i shot it the most.


    I am looking for any helpful advice from experienced handgun owners about these and other handguns.


    Here is what i am searching for.

    $400-$600 range
    Great Warranty & Reputation
    Size somewhere around XD/1911


    Not sure what else to look for in a handgun, but it is a start.


    Help me out guys and let me know what i should be looking for. Thanks alot

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    Welcome to the forum! i think you will end up with some great advice. as always, there are lots of opinions here and other places.

    first, what would be your main purpose of the hand gun, personal defense, range use, or a combination of both.

    if you are looking at range use, plinking, consider calibur when chosing. typically the prices go from low to high, 22-9-40-380-38-357-45. i really enjoy my 22 at the range, and have a 9 for personal defense and practice with it as often as the 22

    second, if you like the 1911 and the larger caliburs,stay with that format, the 1911 in 45 is a heavy weapon and usually will run much higher than your budget, IMHO, so save up!

    third, for personal defense, there are lots of opinions about calibur, knock down power, magazine capacities etc. again IMHO shot placement will overrule volume!

    this forum has lots of great advise, most can be found with the search engine, and will help avoid asking questions without definitive replys

    Enjoy and welcome

    John

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    I will be using it for both plinking and self defense.

    Thanks for the advice

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    i recommend at least trying a glock 17 or 19, simple to use, easy to clean, and very reliable. great first handgun.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Here are a few things I've learned along the way.
    1. Everyone has a different opinion about which guns are the best. It will ultimately depend on your intended use of the gun, how it feels in your hand, amount you want to spend, etc.
    2. Listen to the experience of others, but remember that what is right for one person may not be right for you.
    3. Surf the internet for reviews and compare them to what others say to get confirmation.
    4. Keep an open mind.
    5. Consider a used gun. There are some deals to be had.
    6. Visit your local gun shop, handle the various guns and don't be afraid to ask questions.
    7. Look at the various websites that sell guns, to get an idea of what they are charging and compare to local prices. I personally like to buy locally as long as there is not a significant price difference, doing so will endear you to the shop (at least most of the time) and could pay some future dividends.
    8. Have fun learning like so many of us and readily share your knowledge with others.

    Check out a Stoeger Cougar. Stoeger Industries is a subsidiary of Beretta. The Stoeger Cougars are made in Turkey using the same machinery that Beretta used to make the original Cougars. It is every bit the quality of the Beretta. The Stoeger 8000 in 9mm is identical to the Beretta Cougar L Type P (Cougar L slide, lighter barrel and beveled slide, but with a full-length magazine).

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    Welcome to the forum from SC! I have a SA XD 9MM sub-compact and I really like mine. It is my primary CCW pistol. Good Luck and find the one that fits you the best and you are the most comfortable with. Good Luck!

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    I just bought a Springfield XD 40 compact...love it, feels great in my hands. I am replacing my Taurus Mill Pro .45 with the Springfield as my CCW.

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    Hi Jason, I purchased the SA XD40 SC as well, they are a sweet weapon.

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    Ask questions, try to rent different pistols and try them out for yourself. take a basic handgun safety course. try more different handguns. Oh by the way welcome from the mountian top in Haywood county N.C.

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    Thanks for the advice and tips everyone. I plan on going to handgun shops and renting many different brands, models and calibers. I am not gonna rush my decision. I am gonna be out of the country from May - June. I plan on making a decision as soon as i get back.

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    First of all, welcome from NC as well!

    Secondly, check out this thread. It helped me out a great deal when I was searching for my first handgun. http://handgunforum.net/showthread.php?t=14198
    Answer these questions as truthfully as you can and learn what all of the terms mean as well as what your preferences are.

    Most importantly, handle as many different types of weapons as you can, shoot them if possible. This will give you the best idea of what fits you best.

    I would recommend going with a 9mm. This will provide you with an adequate self defense round but one that is still very affordable.

    I would recommend either and Xd, Glock 19 (compact 9mm) or a stoeger cougar. These are all great guns. I bought the Glock, but my next purchase will be the stoeger. good luck!

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