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    New First handgun

    Im looking to purchase my first handgun, mainly for home defense and to keep in my truck. I plan on carrying but I have not gotten my carry permit yet. Ive narrowed my search down to 9mm and compact. I do not want a full-size or sub compact yet I plan on buying more guns down the road so i want my first one to be one that does it all. Ive narrowed it down to the glock 19, sw mp9c, or the ruger sr9c. Ive done a lot of research and everywhere i look it says glock and im leaning towards glock just because they are easy to use and I like the size of the glock 19 its not to small and not to big. Ive shot a glock 26 and a glock 17 and the grip angle and ergonomics really did not bother me. Ive also seen a lot about the sd9ve. Price isn't really a factor but i do not want to spend more than $700 right now but i want to get something that will last and is easy to use.
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    Have you had the chance to Czech out CZ PCR, or 75 Compact, or if a rail is needed, a CZ P01?

    You have a nice list, I just don't want you to miss these often overlooked gems.
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    I can't stand the so-called ergonomics of Glocks, but if they do not bother you the Glock 19 is the safe bet.
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    I hate to be that guy that suggests a totally different gun but here goes. Check out the Walther P99c. Right around $500 with a lifetime warranty. It's a DA/SA striker fired gun with a decocker. Truly excellent trigger. Extremely accurate. As reliable as any Glock but sexier IMHO and world class ergonomics. Very versatile like Glock as well. Comes with two ten round mags, one with pinky rest, and one flat base. You can also use full size 15rd mags from the P99 with a grip adaptor giving you greater capacity when not concealed and a full length grip. And down the line if you ever get a full size P99 or PPQ M1 it will accept the mags from either of them. I really can't say enough good things about it. Oh and James Bond used the full sized version in a bunch of the Pierce Brosnan films. Here's mine



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    Oh yeah, if we are allowed to think outside of the list there are a number of pistols I would recommend before the four listed by the OP.

    The Walther P99 is one. Some others are the SIG P320c, the HK VP9, and the Steyr M-A1 and probably the Beretta PX4 Storm compact.

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    Bear in mind that shooting a pistol is not easy to learn, nor is it easy to do well.
    The best thing that a new shooter can do is to make the learning process easy on himself/herself.

    Compact handguns are more difficult to shoot effectively and well than are full-size pistols.
    Therefore, it may not be such a good idea, to start out with a compact gun.

    Equally, lightweight polymer handguns are also more difficult to shoot well.
    Heavier, all-metal pistols absorb recoil in their mass, and are much easier to learn to shoot.

    You may find it hard to believe, but it's not all that difficult to carry and conceal a full-size, full-weight handgun.
    If you want to end up carrying a concealed weapon, you have a lot to learn first, and a lightweight, compact pistol is not a good learning tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    Bear in mind that shooting a pistol is not easy to learn, nor is it easy to do well.
    The best thing that a new shooter can do is to make the learning process easy on himself/herself.

    Compact handguns are more difficult to shoot effectively and well than are full-size pistols.
    Therefore, it may not be such a good idea, to start out with a compact gun.

    Equally, lightweight polymer handguns are also more difficult to shoot well.
    Heavier, all-metal pistols absorb recoil in their mass, and are much easier to learn to shoot.

    You may find it hard to believe, but it's not all that difficult to carry and conceal a full-size, full-weight handgun.
    If you want to end up carrying a concealed weapon, you have a lot to learn first, and a lightweight, compact pistol is not a good learning tool.
    That is a good point. I have looked at full size handguns too maybe a glock 17 or mp9. I'm open to all suggestion not just what I listed above. Thank you


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    here is mine, XD MOD-2


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    I recently brought home a Glock 23, Gen 4. I have a Lone Wolf barrel and three Magpul magazines that let me set it up for 9mm practice. I like shooting both 40 cal. and 9mm with it and it is a comfortable gun for me. It is the first modern handgun that I own, and it is my first semi-auto. I have run 550 rounds through it (combined), and I like the way it feels. Saturday I expect to run some more 40 and 9mm rounds at a wooded property that I have. The purpose of my trip is to sight-in a couple rifles for whitetail season. What a great morning it'll be.....

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    This poll is just like the US presidential election.


    I don't see anything I can vote for.
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    Glock 19 would be the safe choice for a "First" handgun purchase. The DA trigger pulls of Sig, Walther, Beretta et al would be one concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CW View Post
    Have you had the chance to Czech out CZ PCR, or 75 Compact, or if a rail is needed, a CZ P01?

    You have a nice list, I just don't want you to miss these often overlooked gems.
    Plus 1 for the CZ line of top tier handguns. For a medium size, I'd be looking at the PCR model with the decocking lever. For full size, it would be the CZ 75 BD, also with the decocker. Sometimes CZ gets overlooked I think because the Czech Republic was under Soviet domination for so many years. Czechoslovakia was formed after WW1 and became one of the worlds leading supplier of military arms such that it was one of the first countries overrun by Nazi Germany in WWII so Hitler would have the additional factories and know how to make arms from pistols to tanks. I remember one of the very finest bolt action rifles I ever owned was based on the Czech small ring Mauser action in 257 Roberts Ackley Improved. It was smooth as silk and a real nail driver. That Czech action was always in demand as a base for building wonderful sporters.

    Rent and shoot a Cz 75 (or variant) and I think you'll see why many consider it so comfortable and their first choice. Worldwide, I believe they are carried by more military and police departments than any other sidearm. Several companies import CZ 75 clones from Italy, Turkey and who knows where else. The Italian Tanfoglio line as well as the Turkish Canik or Tristar are all clones. They are probably just fine, but I'd get the real thing from CZ.

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    I would rent the ones you like several times and compare which ones work best for you. I prefer a CZ if I want a hammered gun and a walther(pps or ppq), HK VP9 or SA XD mod 2 If I want a striker fired gun

    Buy what you feel best shooting and practice a lot with it

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    I have a G19 and M&P9c among several others.

    For your criteria, the G19 is for sure my recommendation even if it might seem like the boring choice.
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    The G19 would be a good choice if it fits your hand.
    I never picked up (or shot) a Glock that felt good in hand but they seem to work for many people, just not me.

    Ruger has very good CS and they'll take care of you if there is EVER any problems with one of their guns. No time limit!
    Only thing about the SR9c, too many reports of FTF with them.
    I personally know of three that had to go back to Ruger because of light strikes. So there is that.

    I have no experience with the S&W MP9c so I got nothing on it......

    Good luck with your search.



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    IMG_3403.JPGThe CZ line is more pricey, and worth it. The 75b if you like a larger pistol, or the P-01 as a more compact model. Either one will suit your needs. I have used both to qualify on the Law Enforcement Standards Board shoot. Both guns are superbly accurate at 25 yards.

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    One more vote for the CZ. I have a CZ P-01 with the decocker (CZ-USA CZ P-01 - CZ-USA) . I did not find it hard to shoot reasonably accurately. When I took my concealed carry shooting test, I qualified with a score of 249 out of 250. Personally, I like the idea of a safety. Obviously, not using it is an option.

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    I chose the SW22 Victory for my first pistol. I decided late in life to get a pistol after watching guy after guy have a ball at the range shooting all kinds of pistols
    I wanted to start with a target pistol. Also easy to field strip.
    So far I have put about 200 rounds of all kinds of ammo and it is a nice semi-auto.
    I now have all winter to decide on a 9mm target. Right now I am leaning to the S&W M&P Pro 5".
    The only problem I see here is keeping enough ammo to feed my pistol and my long guns.
    Hope there are some good sales during the winter.

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    Are you familiar with the different gun actions available ? How new are you to firearms ?
    People will argue the point , but some gun actions, revolver, striker fired, DA/SA. Etc are safer then others.

    ask the question , why do some guns have decockers?
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