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    Quote Originally Posted by EWC88 View Post
    Yea I'm going keep looking the shop I went to is real cool and wasn't caring at all on how long I will look or how many guns I want to see, real cool mom and pop shop. When I was there I did like the feeling of that one sig, nice and light, looked sharp to me. Berretta was nice as well, felt great, little heavier then sig but not to bad, and the glock was just blah to me. He also showed me a tauras the mock up of berretta but I wasn't liking that at all, grip was rough (yea you can change but first impressions are EVERYTHING) and it was way heavier then berretta. I'm going be going back again and also looking at another gun shop.
    You might want to find a local shooting range and see if they have the brands that you are interested in for rental. Therefore, you can actually shoot the firearms you want and make a sound decision on what feels right in your hand.

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    maddmexy, that is really smart, I didn't think of that at all. That shop I was actually at does have a indoor shooting range, I will have to call them to see if they have any rentals and which brands so I can give it a try!

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    my wife and I both have the ruger sr9c and we really like them I did what others are telling you go handle as many different guns as you can then narrow down the ones you really like and if you can shoot them for me I kept going back to the ruger but everybody is different it is what fits and feels best for you my next one is going to be a ruger sr22 then sr45 hopefully

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    A 22 is nice for cheap practice.

    I subscribe to the John Wayne school on killing; "There are 2 reasons to kill, meat and survival".

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    I agree with bigplow, the SR9 and the SR9c are sweet shooters. But like others said, you need to try as many different guns in various calibers as you can to see which one works best for you. The SR9c is my EDC in the warm weather.

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    I'm taking the advice and going to try out guns first before I purchase, I just called my local gun store and they do rentals for $15 plus ammo and range time fee. So I will be doing that soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWC88 View Post
    So now I'm looking at other guns such as berrettas, glock, etc. My dilemma is I do not know what caliber or what brands are good and not crap! So I'm asking for advice on some good brand names that will not put me down in the bank ($1,000) and also what caliber you think.
    Don't buy anything just yet. Take some time to educate yourself about the current crop of firearms. When you're ready to take the plunge, go with a 9MM. There are just a ton of really excellent models from so many fine manufactures. You really can't go wrong. Try to shoot as many models as you can. Before you buy anything, go to youtube and do a search on any model you're interested in. You will find a ton of gun videos there, over 2,000,000! But I warn you. Watching these videos can become addicting. It is for me.

    Happy shooting and always be safe.

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    S&w and Ruger are the top two USA manufactures. Glock numbers are even bigger but the industry data base doesn't break down by caliber like they do for USA manufacturers. As for sig their numbers are good but some are made in USA and others imported

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    I would look closely at the sig 226, the glock 34 and the FNH 9

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    Thanks hideit, I will see if my local gun shop carries any of those in rentals to give a try.

    Question, this might be dumb but oh well lol. Does it matter what kind of bullet I fire? Like what brand and makes? Will that make a difference in reaction to gun?

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    no dumb question is this forum
    we're here to help
    i don't have a lot of knowledge to ammo sensitivity

    one other thing - remember the sig 226 actually won the army tests in 1985 - the gun that is - they lost the contract due to the Maintenance bid was higher than Beretta's

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    I tend to stay away from any cheap ammo...Tula, Wolf, etc.........you don't say what caliber? As far as reaction...If you mean recoil, yes it matters...example....I shoot mostly .40 cal.......If I shoot 180 gr., there is less recoil than if I shoot 165 gr....faster bullet, more recoil.
    Quote Originally Posted by EWC88 View Post
    Thanks hideit, I will see if my local gun shop carries any of those in rentals to give a try.

    Question, this might be dumb but oh well lol. Does it matter what kind of bullet I fire? Like what brand and makes? Will that make a difference in reaction to gun?

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    Also, some firearms have a longer breakin period than others, and some are more finicky with certain types of ammo.
    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    I tend to stay away from any cheap ammo...Tula, Wolf, etc.........you don't say what caliber? As far as reaction...If you mean recoil, yes it matters...example....I shoot mostly .40 cal.......If I shoot 180 gr., there is less recoil than if I shoot 165 gr....faster bullet, more recoil.

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    You've received some very good advice so far. When you buy a firearm, stick to a major brand. You simply cannot go wrong with a Beretta or a SiG.

    Some will poo poo the 9mm caliber, but it's more about shot placement than caliber. If you aren't any good shooting a gun, then you should reconsider buying one.

    Having said that, even poor shooters can get to be very good ones, by just practicing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWC88 View Post
    Does it matter what kind of bullet I fire? Like what brand and makes?
    For practice, just use the cheapest stuff you can find. If you shop around on the internet, you can find 9MM for around $200 per thousand, or $10 a box. For self defense buy one box of something like Hornady Critical Defense. Shoot just a few to make sure they function OK in your gun. Then pray that you never ever have to fire another one as long as you live.

    Happy Shooting

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    Well far as caliper I'm still debating on which one. But I figured I'll do this rental process first to try different guns and calipers to judge what I would like to get. I was asking about bullet make and brand because I didn't know if it would make the gun feel different, and if it does should I try a cheap bullet with it or a more expensive one weather to get a clean feel or stronger. So do you guys think regardless of caliper and gun I should get higher grade bullets or cheaper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWC88 View Post
    Well far as caliper I'm still debating on which one. But I figured I'll do this rental process first to try different guns and calipers to judge what I would like to get. I was asking about bullet make and brand because I didn't know if it would make the gun feel different, and if it does should I try a cheap bullet with it or a more expensive one weather to get a clean feel or stronger. So do you guys think regardless of caliper and gun I should get higher grade bullets or cheaper?
    For practice, all I ever shoot are my lead bullet reloads. Again, use the cheap stuff for practice, and get just 1 box of the good stuff for serious social work. A cheap 147 grain 9MM and an expensive one are gonna feel exactly the same when fired. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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    Is that same in a 40 caliber? Cause I will be trying a variety of guns and calipers on Monday to figure what I'm going buy.

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    I suggest you get some inexpensive FMJ ammo from Walmart in 9mm, .40 and .45 then rent the guns in different calibers and shoot them to see which caliber will work best for you. I myself like the .45 ACP round but other people like the 9mm or .40SW. For target shooting, I prefer the 9mm because 9mm ammo is easier to find and it's cheaper than the .45 & .40 rounds.

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    Ok cool thanks a lot everyone for everything being answered! I am just trying make sure my first gun is something I will love and is good! I'm hoping all the suggestions of guns my local gun shop/range carries all the kinds listed. I know I will probably have more questions so be prepared to see this thread increase lol. I will update results after trying rentals out.

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