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    Starter tips?

    Hello all,
    Im looking for some advise, as I dont know much about pistols. I am 20 years old and in college. Ive hunted with shotguns since I was young, but I have only shot a few pistols. Once I graduate I plan to become a police officer. Since my life may depend on my gun skills someday (I pray I never need to use my weapon) it's best to be prepared. I want to get a pistol soon after I turn 21 (state law). Now I am looking for advise, even though I know it is best to go to the range and try some guns out and see what fits me best, I would like to have an idea of what I am looking for. For my first pistol I think it would be good to start with something similar that officers carry while on duty, since this would be my primary weapon in my life. Later I will probably get something to conceal, but I think it would be best to get experience before the academy and before I start my career. My dad has a small ruger that he purchased a year ago, sorry but the model passes my mind. Ive only shot it once because he doesnt have time to go shoot, but once I get my own I plan on practicing often. So what are some good guns that officers carry on duty? Being a college student I dont have a pocket full of money, but was thinking $400-$500 would be a good budget? Thanks in advance.
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    In your price range, the Springfield XD, in a variety of platforms, would make sense, since it operates much the same as the Glocks that police seem to favor. Glocks tend to run about $100 higher, with no increase in quality, as far as I can tell. I own both, and don't really favor either one, except in price.
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    Glock's, Smith & Wesson M&P's, Beretta 90 series or Sig Sauer are very popular... HK is out there too. Pick one and practice. The fundamentals and skills you learn will apply to any handgun you are issued by a Dept. Take a handgun class so you don't develop bad habits.

    I would bump your budget up $100, a lot more options will become available. This is an investment, don't be cheap if you don't have to. I learned and practiced on a Beretta 92G-SD and earned a Top Gun award in my Police Academy, but some of the best shooters in the Academy never shot a handgun before or had little prior practice. No bad habits to break.

    I would suggest looking at a Glock 19 (Gen 4)... easy handgun to learn on and will make a nice off duty carry gun/CCW.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate all the advise. I really want to go shoot some guns and see what fits me best. What are your opinions on used pistols?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate all the advise. I really want to go shoot some guns and see what fits me best. What are your opinions on used pistols?
    You can get some great used guns.
    Every gun I ever traded in , had reliability issues. But that's just me

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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate all the advise. I really want to go shoot some guns and see what fits me best. What are your opinions on used pistols?
    If you know or can find someone very knowledgeable about hand guns, take them with you to look at any used gun you are interested in. They are more likely to spot any problems, rust, etc than you might be. (Like looking at used cars. You find one you like and may not see (your brain ignores anything that detracts from what you like) glitches or things that might interfere with a gun's performance.)
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    Since its a training gun than its best to start with a cheap one but once you start getting better I would recommend a Glock.

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    buy a new glock or springfield xd in the caliber you like to shoot. easy to work with. VERY reliable, light to carry all day

    rent them. then decide

    best of luck

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