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    Hello all! I'm New to the world of hand guns and I could use some advice in finding the right weapon. Apart from actually trying it out are there any suggestions for finding the right (starter gun) for me?

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    welcome from southern oregon

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    Hi and welcome...it might help if you would narrow down your intended uses.......JJ

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    Recreational Target Shooting. As I get more comfortable I may have more uses. Other than a Beretta 9mm, and my fathers Glock40 I've never even held a handgun. And I've never fired.

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    Welcome to the site!
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Take a class. Befoer you buy. A good instructor will have a variety of handguns for you to experience, and likely shoot. He should also teach you how to select a handgun that "fits" your hands. In the meantime.....

    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike. Buy a handgun just like you would buy a pair of shoes. If Ol' Joe over here says he likes Charlie China tennis shoes, and you're looking for a new pair of shoes, do you run out and buy Joe's pick, just because HE likes 'em? Probably not. If a new shooter is asking what to buy for a carry gun, it doesn't matter what works for me, or anyone else. I suggest telling that new shooter to go to many gun shops, and/or gun shows, and handle all the guns they can get hold of. Just like they would try on shoes. Before long they'll be able to make a list of guns that feel ok, pretty good, real good, and "that really feels great in my hands". The last two are the ones to pursue, and here's why I say that....
    If a given handgun doesn't feel "right" in your hands, you'll not shoot it enough to become proficient with it, because it's not comfortable, and you won't like shooting it. Just like you rarely wear shoes that are UNcomfortable. If you're not gonna become proficient with it, save your money, and buy a ball bat to carry. With proper training, and fundamentals, he/she can learn to shoot almost any handgun, or any caliber. Very few folks can re-train their hands to make just any handgun feel comfortable. The last suggestion...get some training......proper shooting techinques, practiced slowly, but proficiently, will breed speed. Do it slowly, and do it the right way, every time.......If you practice speed first, and introduce less efficient techniques into your training, you'll have to do it all over again to get it right.

    By the way..... anyone who introduces a new shooter to our pastime by having them start with a large-caliber handgun, makes a very poor decision. Yes, some folks do ok starting out with large calibers, but the vast majority will not continue to shoot if their very 1st experience is with .50 S&W. Start with a .22 caliber something, and as your technique/accuracy improves, work up from there. Caliber doesn't count until after you can hit your target.

    There always will be a trade-off..... light weight, more recoil...... shorter barrel, more recoil... just sayin....

    Again, just my ramblings.... but they work for me...

    Shoot Safely....

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    Thanx for the advice. I think I was looking for Which caliber to start with rather than wich brand.
    Now, Shorter Barrel = more recoil? is that just for handguns?
    As for the gun class This Commonwealth requires 2 courses before you can get your FID Card. So I will be doing that; as soon as I cover the FID Application Fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firephool View Post
    Now, Shorter Barrel = more recoil? is that just for handguns?
    I think it's a bit more noticeable in handguns, than long guns, but the inertia principle applies to both. The more weight a given firearm has, the less recoil it will be perceived to generate. Look at the difference between a revolver and a semi auto handgun... most of the weight of a revolver is in front of your hand, while a semi auto sits a bit further back in your hand. Given the same caliber, the recoil seems about the same because the revolver dampens recoil due to more weight in front, whereas the semi auto absorbs some of the recoil during the cycling of the action.

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    Agree with usmcj 5:45 post.....

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