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    Quote Originally Posted by MuteTurkey View Post
    What does HD stand for?
    He meant Home Defense. My EDC is the PT145 or SR9c depending on the weather.

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    Re: About to buy first gun, advice

    Oh ok. There is already a 12 gauge in the house for home defense.

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    Re: About to buy first gun, advice

    Went to the range last night with my dad and a couple buddies. Ended up doing pretty well even though it's been a while since I've shot a handgun. We shot my dad's glock 19 and my buddy's Taurus pt-809 9 mil. I preferred the way the glock shot but still enjoyed the Taurus. Probably going to end up getting a glock 30 .45 because a local shop has a killer deal on one. I'm going to borrow a buddy's glock 30 and shoot it before I pick one up.

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    I just bought the Ruger SR40c and it feels good.I have not even cleaned it yet.My everyday carry is a Beretta Nano.I also own a couple EAA Witness pistols.They are a great gun.I have one in 9mm and .40 cal.The SR40c has a 9 round magazine and a spacer with a 15 round magazine.Perfect for a few situations.It was $399.00.Ruger makes some work horse type guns.The SR40c also has a 3.5 inch barrel.The SR40 has a 4 inch barrel.

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    I don't know enough about your comfort requirements, recoil tolerances, cosmetic preferences, manual dexterity, or what "feels right" to you, to suggest a particular handgun.

    So, yep, here is my same old answer......



    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike.


    Get some basic training FIRST. At this point you need fundamentals, not run and gun, or force on force. Reputable instructors will provide a host of handguns and holsters for you to experience in class. That will give you some idea of where your preferences might lead you in handgun selection. Then.....


    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 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... again....get some training......proper shooting techniques, 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. Most gun shops have a box of used holsters that you can experiment with after you've chosen what gun works best for you. There are many options for concealed/open carry.


    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.


    If you're buying a handgun for home protection, and you choose to NOT have it on your person, you should consider where in your home you might be if someone kicks the door in. I don't see a person in a position to be able to ask an intruder to "hang on a sec, while I get my gun"


    There always will be a trade-off..... light weight, more recoil...... shorter barrel, more recoil...I've known more than a few gents who didn't care for the recoil of what's often called a "ladies gun"... just sayin....


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


    Shoot Safely....

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    Re: About to buy first gun, advice

    I have been "trained" by my dad for years who has taken multiple handgun and handgun self defense classes which is why I feel comfortable enough buying a gun before classes. I am certainly going to take classes in the near future. I know how to completely take apart and clean it properly as well. So I'm not just a kid buying a gun because I can (not that you were trying to say that about me, just reassuring my knowledge and experience with guns).

    On the topic of trying out guns, we are going Friday to shoot with my dad's buddy. I'll be shooting a glock 17, 19, 21, 30, kel-380, a second 380, Taurus pt-809, and a couple others.

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    Re: About to buy first gun, advice

    I do greatly appreciate all the ideas and advice that has been given.

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    Re: About to buy first gun, advice

    Well went to a local gun show this morning and finally got a gun. After shooting my dad's buddy's glock 30, I fell in love with it. Found one for a good price a snatched it. Glock 30 3rd gen. Came with 2 10 round mags, cleaning kit, lock that goes through the chamber and out the stock, and a case. I'm extremely excited to hit the range tomorrow (all the local ranges close before I get off work today). I think spending the morning at a gun show with a slight hangover is a great way to start your 21st birthday lol.

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    Congrats on the Glock 30!

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