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    From North Georgia...Looking for first handgun

    First time on this site. Am looking for a suitable handgun for personal protection at home and auto, but will not be carrying concealed. I am also interested in practicing on a range with my business partner who recently bought himself a handgun.

    Will also be looking for opportunities to take in depth training for safety and effectiveness.

    I will be researching options online and am counting on this site to help me find the right weapon to meet my needs. I am confident this site will be a wealth of information and look forward to being a part of HandGunForum.net.

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    Welcome.

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    Glad you're here, welcome to the forum! New guy buys cigars.

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    Welcome from down in the swamp. I think a good all around gun for what you want would be the Springfield XD-9, service model. Cheap to shoot and fun gun to have. With good ammo you can use it for home defense. Really not that bad to carry if you decide to get your CCL. Good Luck.

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    Oh, don't listen to Baldy. The best gun is a Glock! Then Shipwreck will say Walther and Scooter will say 1911. Good luck and get ready to be very confused on all the advice. Eventually it will all come together for ya when you realize that you may as well just buy one of each.

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    If you want a revolver, get a double action 357 magnum and practice with 38s Smith and Wesson is a reputable brand, but almost any will do in this style of firearm. If a semi auto is more your speed go ahead and spend the extra money and get an HK or a SigSauer. I have shot and own almost every type of handgun and these are my favorites.

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    Welcome !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    Glad you're here, welcome to the forum! New guy buys cigars.
    I thought the new guy bought ammo?

    Samplemaven:

    Welcome. What's your price range? Have you shot a handgun before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    I thought the new guy bought ammo?

    Samplemaven:

    Welcome. What's your price range? Have you shot a handgun before?
    I really haven't thought that much about a price range, but now that you've made me focus a bit, I'd like to be at $1,200 or less.

    I've only pulled the trigger on a handgun once before, on a .357 magnum revolver....around 20 years ago. I had training in the army on an M-16 rifle and that's about it.

    I don't think I will be considering a revolver at this time...a 1911 is what is catching my eye at this point. I think "tnoisaw" was right when he said "Good luck and get ready to be very confused on all the advice", but advice is what I was looking for when I joined this forum and look forward to the imput.

    I will be reading through a lot of threads and searching topics quite a bit before I post any questions. I am going to enjoy the process of finding my first handgun.

    After I buy the handgun, I will immediately get training and practice a lot on the range until I am confident and develop some proficiency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samplemaven View Post
    After I buy the handgun, I will immediately get training and practice a lot on the range until I am confident and develop some proficiency.
    Well its dirty work but "somebody" has to do it

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    Yeah...I really dread the "dirty work" of selecting the firearm and then having to practice until I can hit the broad side of a barn. Then I'll have to become dissatisfied with my choice, do some more shopping and buy another one. I'm getting worn out just thinking about it.

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    Well now you didn't say you wanted a 1911. So if you want to go that route don't pass up looking at the S&W line. They are shooters right out of the box. They run from $650 to about $1,300. I have two and they have been flawless with more than 4,000rds through them. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Well now you didn't say you wanted a 1911. So if you want to go that route don't pass up looking at the S&W line. They are shooters right out of the box. They run from $650 to about $1,300. I have two and they have been flawless with more than 4,000rds through them. Good luck.
    Yeah, I have to say from the first day I started my search the 1911 has been my first choice and the S&W's look great. Thanks for the imput.

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    Welcome. Great way to start off by soliciting views on which gun to get! I love 1911s. Just make sure you're comfortable having a cocked and locked gun in your home (you said home defense was a primary reason for owning.) If the answer's yes, a 1911 is a great gun and fun at the range. .45 ACP is a little more expensive to fire than 9mm or .38, however. You should be able to get a good one for $1200. I'd recommend full size, steel frame. Springfield, Kimber, Colt all make good ones.

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    Talking 1911's

    Quote Originally Posted by Samplemaven View Post
    Yeah, I have to say from the first day I started my search the 1911 has been my first choice and the S&W's look great. Thanks for the imput.
    Here is our two the SS was $625 out the Door bought used.
    It 5" barrel Government Model sku#108282


    Here is Commander 41/4" barrel scandium model sku#108283. Cost $710+tax.


    These are box stock except for the grips on the Commander that I carry. I quit counting at 4,000 trouble free rounds.
    Good luck with what ever you choose.


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    Beautiful handguns.

    Would the shorter barrel be a better idea for a first time buyer? Self protection and learning to shoot is what my first handgun is being bought for. This may be the only handgun I will buy.

    I've looked at some of the more compact pieces, but I think I prefer the standard size.

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    So far as shooting difference between the two the commander being 27oz and the government being 40oz there is a little more felt recoil and muzzel rise. It's no big deal and after you get use to it. It will not affect your shot placement.
    You might check prices at our sponsor Bud's at the top of the page. They got some deals going on with Colts right now

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    I've got two suggestions for you:

    1). You don't have any experience with handguns. Get some. Find a range that rents handguns. Try different calibers. I'd stick with the Big 3 - 9MM, 40S&W, 45 ACP. Try different types - 1911, DAO(double action only), SA/DA(single action/double action), Striker fired, Polymer guns, Metal guns, etc. You may find that a particular caliber or type of gun sticks out for you. In other words, begin to narrow down the field.

    2). Buy a .22. They're cheap to purchase, they're cheap to shoot, they're a lot of fun, and they're a great way to become a "pistolero". With a budget of $1200 you should be able to purchase a nice .22 and a quality centerfire, depending on your gun choices.

    Let the fun begin!

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    I say go with a 357 revolver. I have so much fun with mine.


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