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    First handgun, suggestions

    Hey everyone, I was hoping I could get some educated suggestions for my first gun. I'm looking for something simple. All I want to do is shoot at the range so no significant safety features are necessary since I don't even plan on having ammo unless I'm at the range let alone have the gun loaded any other time then when I'm shooting. I was looking for a 9mm that is of decent size. I have fired a 9mm and feal fairly comfortable with the recoil for learning to shoot and the smaller guns I have held feel pretty uncomfortable in my hands. I'm hoping for something durable and simple that I can learn all the mechanics of. If I could get some suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, I'm looking to spend a fortune on my first gun but I'm not shy about spending some money either. At a glance I have noticed quite a few that were around 300-600 and that is a price range I am comfortable with

    I do plan on going to a shop to make my purchase since I want to be sure I'm comfortable with it but as with all salesman, they are going to want to make the sake and I'd rather have an idea of what I'm looking at rather then being force fed information.

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    with that price range and what you are going to use it for, there are hundreds of guns. If i were you i would go into a gun shop and start talking to someone there and tell them basically what you wrote here. Let them know from the get go that you are not buying today though and are merely getting a feel for what you want. Any good gun shop will still be more than willing to help you out and show you plenty of guns. Also, do not say i have 600 to spend, start at like 300 and ask to see a few guns, than move up in price range and so on.

    IMHO I would not spend $600 on a gun that i will only be using at the range, every now and than. but thats up to you.

    every manufacturer makes a 9mm in the price range you have so it really comes down to feel and comfort of the gun...

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    There are many very good handguns in the 9mm variety and the price point you are looking at. Good luck with your purchase and be safe with your new gun. Learning to use the gun you have is as if not more important then the gun you buy. So many manufactures make good 9mms. Stay away from the cheap built or shotty looking ones. If it is made in Florida or has Point for the second word I would steer clear. You will get many suggestions on the internet, some actually based on fact and experiance. My experianced suggestion is also very biased as i do have a personal favorite. It is not everyones and my shooting buddies who do not use my brand are equally loyal to their guns. I just know if I were to buy a gun for say my second sons first gun....I would get him a CZ75B and thats what he would get. 2 yrs ago I bought my first son a gun and I bought him the gun he wanted a Ruger SR9. I liked it so I bought another for myself.

    Many factors to consider....many options to choose. Stay with a good name and a company with good CS dept just in case.

    Good Luck

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    See what feels good in your hand, and base your desicion from there. My first gun is a Beretta 92 fs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    If it is made in Florida or has Point for the second word I would steer clear. You will get many suggestions on the internet, RCG
    oh come one the Point ones aren't bad. I have one and will recommend it to anyone looking for a gun at that price point, now seeing how the OP has a higher price points it makes no sense to reccomend a hi point..

    Im not trying to take over the OP thread with a "my gun is better, argument" I just don't think it is fair to automatically steer him/her away from a certain gun

    But I agree there are way too many good ones out there to be had for $600 or less..

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    Welcome Imkons: When you get into this gun stuff this is what happens. You see something you like shoots well feels good and you buy it. Now you think you have what you want and you may be right , at least for now. Somewhere down the line you will see something else and the same thing happens. I know because I have been doing this for about 65 years. I will never quit doing this because I am addicted and I like it.

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    Wow... interesting entry criteria. Range gun means nice sights and long barrel.

    The Beretta 92fs is probably the cat-daddy under $600. Respected as quality by everyone, I'd say.
    The Taurus PT92, a less costly and arguably improved version of the Beretta, is well regarded by it's owners even as other Taurus products crap out.
    ... but the list could go on for days. Practically every pistol maker sells a 9mm and most of them in multiple models.

    I like the above advice. Find a dealer and tell him your interest but not your budget. Ask back here if you doubt the quality of the pistols he recommends.

    Q: why pop for a 9mm when a .22lr target/hunting gun is a way less expensive to shoot and, in a lot of ways, easier to learn on and more fun to fire? I'm not knocking things that go "BOOM!" but what takes you right to a 9mm, if you don't mind me asking?

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    Re: First handgun, suggestions

    Wow I wasn't expecting so many responses so fast. Thanks for all the input guys. See I plan on eventually buying a larger caliber once I find my place with things. The first gun is purely for practicing and finding what I really want. I actually had someone at my work suggest getting a used gun seeing as my objective getting one solely for practice and investing more into my future gun purchases. What do you guys think of used guns and what would you recommend I should really be looking to spend on both new and used? Would it be safe to say around $200, probably less would fetch a suitable gun for what I'm looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnyMorales View Post
    oh come one the Point ones aren't bad. I have one and will recommend it to anyone looking for a gun at that price point, now seeing how the OP has a higher price points it makes no sense to reccomend a hi point..

    Im not trying to take over the OP thread with a "my gun is better, argument" I just don't think it is fair to automatically steer him/her away from a certain gun

    But I agree there are way too many good ones out there to be had for $600 or less..
    I never said for anyone else to steer clear I said I would steer clear. My point wasn't to get a Point guy to chime in it was to show that there are many opinions on the web and this is mine. Take it as an opinion. I will attempt to be clearer if I post like this again. Sorry Sonny.

    Inkoms.................$200 is not a reasonable amount to spend and expect to get a quality handgun..........even used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    .....Stay away from the cheap built or shotty looking ones. If it is made in Florida or has Point for the second word I would steer clear.....
    i could not agree more... and while i do have a few pet guns on my "stay away, far far away" list, i shall expound on your suggestion .... the cz/tz 75 platform is ALWAYS on my great gun list. capacity, ergo, quality.... and since its not a carry piece, the size and weight isnt a concern unless you are a smaller person. +1 on what rcg said

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    Quote Originally Posted by recoilguy View Post
    I never said for anyone else to steer clear I said I would steer clear. My point wasn't to get a Point guy to chime in it was to show that there are many opinions on the web and this is mine. Take it as an opinion. I will attempt to be clearer if I post like this again. Sorry Sonny.

    Inkoms.................$200 is not a reasonable amount to spend and expect to get a quality handgun..........even used.

    RCG
    no apologies needed, we are both trying to say the same thing to the op, take opinions you get here or on any site with a grain of salt.

    Would it be safe to say around $200, probably less would fetch a suitable gun for what I'm looking for?
    Now this is were my above post comes into play, as well as recoil's post...If you were in my shop and said you wanted to spend in the area of $200, i would recommend the Hi Point C9 (please refrain from bashing on this thread)..It is cost effective, would be bought new at that price, great shooting gun (and yes i own and shoot one) and warranty and customer service is top notch with them.

    for what you are looking to do with it, it would work great, assuming you only had $200... If you didnt mind spending $600 on a gun than i would steer you towards the Glocks, S&W, Rugers, etc...

    Just keep in mind, just cause you spend more doesn't mean you get more and vice versa

    there is also a sticky on here to a good site were you can compare guns side by side, i find it very useful..(sorry dont have the link)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnyMorales View Post
    ...If you were in my shop and said you wanted to spend in the area of $200, i would recommend the Hi Point C9 ......
    back when i had a shop i used to sell grendels to fill the same gap... an entry level, low cost gun that was better than making no sale at all..... never felt good about it tho, still wouldnt.... better to save up and buy a used , quality gun than a mediocre gun new .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
    back when i had a shop i used to sell grendels to fill the same gap... an entry level, low cost gun that was better than making no sale at all..... never felt good about it tho, still wouldnt.... better to save up and buy a used , quality gun than a mediocre gun new .
    Its not to just make the sale, its to meet the customers needs. Like i said it all depends how much he is wanting to spend..It started out at 3-6 than went to around 2..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnyMorales View Post
    Its not to just make the sale, its to meet the customers needs...
    right

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    Quote Originally Posted by XenaWarriorCat View Post
    Q: why pop for a 9mm when a .22lr target/hunting gun is a way less expensive to shoot and, in a lot of ways, easier to learn on and more fun to fire? I'm not knocking things that go "BOOM!" but what takes you right to a 9mm, if you don't mind me asking?
    This was my first reaction.How much shooting experience do you have?If you are just starting,a good 22 is the wisest choice.Actually,everyone should have a 22 whether it's a handgun or rifle.

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    I guess, no matter what other's opinions are, new shooters must go through the "shooting" pains, like the rest of us probably did. If I could give any advice at all, it's save your money, and buy a quality firearm....it's so worth it in the long run. You can eliminate the early problems that people can have with certain(ahem) firearms.

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    Re: First handgun, suggestions

    Alright so initially I was planning on spending about 500 give or take but of course if I can get good quality gun for less money, why not ya know. I'll check out that High Point and I was actually going to check out the glock 17 and glock 34. I just wanted to have an idea when I go in so I don't look completely stupid. I noticed it here where one of you sold a gun just to make the sale. I'd rather be told to save my money if there are no quality guns for that price instead of settling but I understand it's a business. If I spend some money, I want it to be decent, I'm putting out bare minimum, I just want it to work.

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    hmmm..i thought i had responded to this, but must have not submitted it or it got deleted

    Anyways, ill make this one shorter, you really cant go wrong with a glock. simple well made dependable gun, and you should be able to find a used one under 5..

    I will say, dont worry about looking stupid, the only stupid people are the ones who don't ask the questions to educate themselves and think they know it already..ask away!!! thats what employees are there for!! once you walk into any gun shop, you will notice how many 9mm there are and why its hard to give an answer to your general question.

    Grab them, hold them and if you can fire them, thats the only way you'll know if you like it.. Just like a car you don't just buy what your neighbor has, you buy what fits your needs and you are comfortable with, and IMHO just like in the car industry, most every gun manufacturer makes a good gun now a days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex View Post
    How much shooting experience do you have?.
    Please answer this honestly.The Hi Point is basically a Yugo,if you remember those cars,don't waste the money.The Glock would work but isn't a beggining gun,you said you were wanting to learn to step into a larger caliber.The 9 is wimpy,but it recoils.You may shoot it fine,but the chances of learning trigger control can be compromised over learning on a non recoiling round as the 22 is.The recoilers can set in a flinch,and you can shoot that gun fine when your flinch settles in,but pick up something else and you'll group off every time.You don't now you're flinching unless you test for it either.Get a good 22 for $3-400 and buy a few bricks of ammo,they're a bargain compared to 9s.Get that trigger finger and hold ingrained and then grab a 9,the learning will go much quicker.As I said,having a 22 around should be a requirement anyway.

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    Re: First handgun, suggestions

    In case anyone was wondering, I went out to a couple shops this weekend and found a shop with a range that seemed to have significantly more knowledgeable and pleasant employees. Showed me some stuff, let me rent for free and I ultimately decided on the Gen4 Glock 23. Felt comfortable and sturdy, fired nice and I was fairly accurate with it. Grouping was very close and on point. I appreciate all the help and think I'll be sticking around these boards.

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