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      About to buy a new gun?!? Decisions, Decision.. Need an extra safety?

      I'm about ready to purchase a new gun, first time buyer. I'm really impressed with the glock but I don't like that it doesnt have a thumb safety or decocker. Is this necessary for a first time gun owner?

      I did take the 4 hour course and now hand gun safety, do you think I should get a gun with another safety and decocker if I'm not going to be using it as a concealed weapon? Its mainly for range use and to have it at home for safety (a big disaster happens, etc).

      I don't have any kids, I'm 33 y/o and married.

      I'm currently shopping the g19, and g17. Beretta and S&W have caught my attention a bit as well.

      Thanks in advance.

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      An additional safety couldn't hurt.

      How does your wife feel about the whole gun thing?

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      I have the M&P .40 The ergonomics are great, fits well (especially w/ choice of three grips) shoots excellent and is super reliable. I am a huge S&W fan to begin with, especially with all the new work they have done! Can't go wrong.

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      Just my personal opinion, I prefer a thumb/decocker safety. The reason for me is I have more experience with revolvers than semi autos and I feel more comfortable with additional safety. That being said, I own 3 without additional safety/decockers and I love to shoot them at the range and are quality guns. I have a few with decocker/safetys and I will carry one for ccw at times. I believe that being inexperienced and new to firearms, you need all the safety precautions you can get. Once a gun goes bang, you can`t put the bullet back in the barrel and saying I`m sorry doesn`t quite cut it with guns. My EDC is a SP101 .357 wheel gun and I feel very safe with it.

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      the glock is like a revolver - neither have locks - just pull the trigger
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      the Glock has 3 internal safeties that prohibit the gun going off unless the trigger is intentionally pulled

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      Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
      the glock is like a revolver - neither have locks - just pull the trigger
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      the Glock has 3 internal safeties that prohibit the gun going off unless the trigger is intentionally pulled

      A Glock is nothing like a revolver unless the revolver is DA only and has a short 5.5 pound trigger. Most revolvers have between an 8 to 12 pound trigger in DA, coupled with a longer trigger pull and a much longer reset. Many revolvers likewise are DA/SA. Any trigger w/a somewhat short 5.5 pound pull is much less forgiving than a much longer 8 to 12 pound trigger in my opinion. I have no problem dropping my S&W 637 in a pocket w/o a holster, but a Glock 26 I'd never dream of it.
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      My wife is okay with it now with everything going on in the world these days (including huge disaster, election, world in turmoil, etc). She's not ecstatic about it, but she says its my choice. She's from Europe and guns are highly revered over in those neck of the woods.

      A question regarding non-glock guns, to put one in the chamber what do you have to do? rack it, take off the thumb safety, then pull back the trigger? after you shoot one, the trigger goes back and ready to fire. for some reason you want to decock the gun, use the decocker? i know this might sound simple but most of my experience has to deal with glocks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
      My wife is okay with it now with everything going on in the world these days (including huge disaster, election, world in turmoil, etc). She's not ecstatic about it, but she says its my choice. She's from Europe and guns are highly revered over in those neck of the woods.

      A question regarding non-glock guns, to put one in the chamber what do you have to do? rack it, take off the thumb safety, then pull back the trigger? after you shoot one, the trigger goes back and ready to fire. for some reason you want to decock the gun, use the decocker? i know this might sound simple but most of my experience has to deal with glocks.
      Beretta, Sig, H&K to name a few, which employ the DA/SA trigger have decokers/safetys, or just decockers, but of course there is a number of different models with varients and even Walther I believe has a striker fired pistol that you can decock. Unless you opt for a Beretta tomcat, jetfire, or cheeta(flip up barrel) you must rack the slide on a semi-auto to chamber a round. The exposed hammer, (unlike a striker fired pistol) will be ready to fire in SA, or with beretta for example, if you leave the decoker/safety engaged(down) the hammer will automatically decock and you would just need to flip up the safety to fire the first DA shot. Or you can rack the slide to chamber a round w/ the decocker/safety off and then you would need to activate the decoker/safety on to decock the pistol. i don't know if you understood this but it was the best I could do.
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      So with a Beretta, lets say you put in the mag, what do you have to do to fire a shot?

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      Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
      So with a Beretta, lets say you put in the mag, what do you have to do to fire a shot?
      Which Beretta? I believe if you read my post above a little closer you should be able to find the answer. But for the sake of clarity, a 92fs, you fully seat a loaded magazine into the pistol, rack the slide, if you have the safety/decocker down the pistol will load and decock automatically and remain on safety. From that point the pistol is fully loaded, and what you would have to do is flip up the safety/decocker to the firing position and there you have it. To decock the pistol flip the safety/decocker down and it will decock the pistol and the pistol would be on safety until you flip it back up. First shot DA, the rest SA, or you could manually cock the hammer back and start out SA.
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      Thanks for clarifying! For for the first DA, how many LBS of pressure do you need the 15lbs? like a revolver?

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      Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
      Thanks for clarifying! For for the first DA, how many LBS of pressure do you need the 15lbs? like a revolver?
      I'd say between 8 to 12 pounds and a pretty long pull at that, so yes, like a revolver. You could go with a "D" spring at lighten the trigger pull quite a bit, but I'm just fine w/ the stock and shoot DA very well. A glock trigger in my opinion is easier to master than the DA pull on DA/Sa's because of the consistent short light pull. The SA mode in the 92fs is really sweet.Im a Beretta guy, but if I were to buy a striker fired pistol it would be the venerable G-19.
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      Lets say you have one in the chamber on a beretta, to unload, do you drop the mag and rack it? like a glock?

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      Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
      Lets say you have one in the chamber on a beretta, to unload, do you drop the mag and rack it? like a glock?
      If you are serious w/ a question like that please take more classes in addition to the 4 hour safety course you attended. Sounds like you need some hands on training by a professional. Yes you would, unless you owned a flip up barrel Beretta Cheeta 380, Bobcat or Jetfire .22, or .32 Tomcat, or a Taurus pocket pistol . To unload you flip a lever and the barrel pops up ejecting the round, likewise to load you can either rack the slide or place one in the barrel and snap it shut.

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      I learned on a glock what can i say!

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      You simply cannot go wrong buying a Beretta 92FS.

      It has a safety and a de-cocker.

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      Repeat Thread?

      Didn't you post this exact same thread yesterday and receive ample opinions??

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      And they keep suggesting Glock.....wow
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLAGuy View Post
      My wife is okay with it now with everything going on in the world these days (including huge disaster, election, world in turmoil, etc). She's not ecstatic about it, but she says its my choice. She's from Europe and guns are highly revered over in those neck of the woods.

      A question regarding non-glock guns, to put one in the chamber what do you have to do? rack it, take off the thumb safety, then pull back the trigger? after you shoot one, the trigger goes back and ready to fire. for some reason you want to decock the gun, use the decocker? i know this might sound simple but most of my experience has to deal with glocks.

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      The best safety available is a well informed operator.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kerrycork View Post
      The best safety available is a well informed operator.
      ^This guy

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