View Poll Results: Best "First Gun" company

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  • S&W

    17 32.08%
  • Ruger

    16 30.19%
  • Bersa

    0 0%
  • Glock

    6 11.32%
  • Other

    14 26.42%
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    does anybody have any personal experience with the thunder9? i have heard good things about the .380...


    any thoughts on the CZ P-07?

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    I own a number of Sigs across the board and the SP2022 deserves a good look, they can be had under 400.00 and are totally reliable as well as having a lifetime warranty should you ever need it, excellent customer service as well. The grips can be changed for different hand sizes. The Bersa is a good handgun (own 1) but for HD and protection the .380 is a bit underpowered so I would go 9mm at the least....

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    Get the CZ! You can't go wrong, nicer than my hk, glock, and ruger!

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    Lots of amazing guns out there for sure. I did a lot of research, lot of shooting, and lots of reading posts on forums like this one. In the end, as you already know, it comes down to fit, feel, reliability and maybe even if you are anything like me (watching the budget at some level). With all of that...I went with the M&P Full Size 9 and then followed it up with the S&W Shield in 9mm. Couldn't be more satisfied. Good luck and happy shooting and gun buying!

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    Re: Advice on first gun

    Another manufacturer that makes fine semi-auto pistols is Springfield Armory... If you are looking for a good 9mm semi-auto go to a range that rents guns and try the Springfield XDM 9mm, the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm, the Kahr P9 9mm, and a Sig Sauer P250 9mm. All are good, reliable pistols that won't bust your budget. See what you are most comfortable with and make your decision. Ruger and Smith & Wesson make great revolvers that will fire both. 357 Magnum as well as. 38 Special. I prefer the Smith & Wesson personally but YMMV. The important thing is to find one you like and get some training... Happy shooting...!!!

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    that's my big problem. i have yet to find a range with rentals anywhere near me, in the des moines area

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    Make a road trip, to somewhere that does.........

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    I'll get to Omaha eventually, but between school and work, its hard to find time

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    I am 6'4 and the beretta 92fs fits me like a glove, also the px4 beretta in a great first gun. Always look at the safety of each brand, ie glock has no external safey if someone picks it up and pulls the trigger it will fire. Other great option for larger people is the trusted 1911, remington makes a entry level model that is a good shooter. Of all the guns in our group kimbers, glocks, sigs, s and w, walthers I shoot much tighter groups with the beretta and the 1911 with my big hands. Both have external safetys which is a must for me as I have a family and kids around. Would never leave the gun out for them to get ahold of, its either on me or in the safe but the added protection of a safety is a plus.

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    I had a bersa thunder. 380 and have a friend who still has theirs and it is awful to jam. I bought it as my first pistol because I liked how it looked and the price tag, but it definitely wasn't reliable. It jammed 3 times going through one box of bullets

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    I hear great reviews of the bersa, did you allow 500 rounds to break it in? After the initial break in, I hear it's one of the most reliable semi autos around.

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