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      looking to buy first handguns, much needed advice.

      I am looking to possibly get a Sig Sauer 226 or 229 .40, Beretta PX4 Storm .40 or S&W M&P .40. Pros and Cons for these guns or any other suggestions? Thanks.

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      I mean no disrespect or disparagement, but you seem to think that you are the very first, or only, person to ask this question.
      You are not.

      Please check out the following discussions already in progress (start from the very beginning, and read the whole thing):
      newb needs help choosing first handgun
      60 yr old rookie with first LTC needs handgun advice

      Please also read the following advice to beginners (once again, read the whole thing):
      Newbie to guns? Need help? Where to start?
      FAQ for New Shooters

      Then use the "search" function, to find more specific information.

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      If you’re planning on buying your first handgun, you should try to put your hands on as many handguns as possible and shoot as many as possible. Everyone has different hand shapes, sizes and finds different types of sights easier to use. The best first gun is the one that you can shoot most accurately. Once you find that, then you can start fine tuning your decision based on weight, concealability, caliber, etc.

      There are gun shops that rent handguns to try before buying..... Hopefully there are some in your area......

      How To Make Sure Your Handgun Fits You

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      You seem to have your heart set on the .40S&W for your first handgun. While not a bad choice in caliber (one of my gen4 Glock 23's is my primary carry gun), I would suggest you'd be better served by not limiting yourself that much for starts. You might also want to consider offerings in both 9mm and .45ACP as there are a lot of fine guns in those calibers as well.

      There have been a lot of recent threads on this site from folks seeking recommendations for their first handguns. Do as Steve suggested and peruse those first to see what others have been told. You might gain a lot of good information doing this. You will find the most common suggestion is to visit a lot of gun stores and guns shows if possible and make a list of candidates for your consideration. Then being narrowing that list down by going to shooting ranges that rent guns and trying to fire ones on your list. You will get to a point where you have just a few remaining and at that point, it is much easier to take a good decision.

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      Go with the Sig P229 it is a great handgun and large enough for duty and small enough to carry concealed with the proper holster. IT is accurate, reliable, and just plain awesome.

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      I am more prone to a sig because I was a police cadet for 5 years, so I was trained to shoot with a sig Sauer. I'm looking for something compact to carry concealed. Sorry I didn't read the other posts just don't have the time to sit and spend hours looking though a bunch of posts; figured this would be quicker. I looked at the Glock 23 gen 4 just never been a huge Glock fan, which is probably a little ignorant being that I've only ever shot with a Glock once. What advantages would the .45ACP have over the .40 S&W?

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      I would go with the Sig. I think they are better pistols, but the Sig fits better in my hand. Both are great weapons! I would try shooting both calibers and go with the one you shoot best with. Beretta makes a nice pistol, but they are more complicated than the Sigs, and for me, if the Navy SEALs and British SAS use a Sig P226...that's enough for me! You really can't go wrong either way. Whatever you feel most comfortable with is the pistol for you.

      You may also want to have a look at the S&W M&P series pistols. Priced about the same as Glock, and really nice. A lot of people are switching from Glock to the M&P, and as a Glock fan, I admit the M&Ps are very nice.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zawill21491 View Post
      ...Sorry I didn't read the other posts just don't have the time to sit and spend hours looking though a bunch of posts; figured this would be quicker...
      Sorry...I don't have time to repeat everything I've already written to other people with the same question.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zawill21491 View Post
      I am more prone to a sig because I was a police cadet for 5 years, so I was trained to shoot with a sig Sauer. I'm looking for something compact to carry concealed. Sorry I didn't read the other posts just don't have the time to sit and spend hours looking though a bunch of posts; figured this would be quicker. I looked at the Glock 23 gen 4 just never been a huge Glock fan, which is probably a little ignorant being that I've only ever shot with a Glock once. What advantages would the .45ACP have over the .40 S&W?
      If you can't shoot better with the .45, none! I went through the 9, .40, .45 and found I shoot best with the 9mm, so that is what I carry. Next I shoot best with the .45, so I threw the .40 out altogether. No matter what I am shooting, Glock, Sig, S&W MP, whatever, I shoot better with the 9mm. And with the technology in ammunition today, there really is no NEED to carry anything larger than the 9mm. It is really a personal preference issue. I carry the Glock 19 Gen 4, btw. It has the best CC profile while offering the maximum payload of any pistol on the market, IMHO.

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      all are excellent choices. it depends on your personnel preference. shoot all these if you can and make a decision after that. i have a beretta 96a1 and love it. but that doesn't mean you will. test fire first if you can. i carry a glock g19 gen4 and love it too.

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