Post By CW
New here. Looking for first handgun $350 budget...
Hello everyone. Looking to purchase my first handgun. The use will be home defense and something to carry with me in my vehicle until I get my CHL which at that time I will buy another gun for EDC use. IN the meantime I'm looking for a full size 9mm. I have narrowed it down to 2 options but am open to suggestions as well.
EAA all steel Witness full size 9mm
Due to an affinity for CZ.... and metal... EAA.
Either is a nice choice, but don't be afraid to check the used rack for a CZ75.
+1 for the EAA Witness. I had 1 in 45 poly, compact that I wish I hadn't gotten rid of. I would not hesitate to purchase another EAA Witness.
Also, as CW has pointed out; don't be afraid of the used gun rack at your LGS. You can pick up some nice, quality guns from the major manufacturers at reasonable prices. Just be sure that if you are going the used route that you take someone with you who understands what to look for in a used gun. Some of the "bargains" out there may not actually be a good buy.
Your choices are the first two pistols that came to mind. I have owned and shot neither, but heard good things about both. Until recently, I would also have recommended the Stoeger Cougar 8000F which is an all-metal, hammer-fired, DA/SA pistol which Academy Sports had been selling for $299 NIB for the last couple of years. But Stoeger has discontinued production of the Cougar, alas, and even if you found one, getting additional magazines could be an issue.
I know better than to recommend any specific gun.
But I can recommend a couple of choices to make.
1. Buy a used gun that appears to have been well cared for. You'll get lots more "bang" for fewer bucks.
2. Buy either a single-action (SA) semi-auto (for instance a 1911) or a double-action-only (DAO) semi-auto (for instance, Glock). Do not buy a pistol which forces you to switch from a double-action (DA) first shot to SA subsequent shots. A beginner needs a consistent trigger action because trigger control is the hardest pistol-shooting thing to learn.
If it's possible, try before you buy.
Some gun shops are also shooting ranges, and they rent pistols to people who want to try them.
Try as many different guns as you can afford to. Take careful notes. Go home and review the notes you made. Then make your choice.
Here is a thread on another forum which might be of interest to you:
I think I'm gonna buy the EAA all steel full size Witness. It's $330 shipped from buds. Plus I will get to learn on a DA/SA gun so if I go striker fire down the road it will be an easy transition or I'll have the experience if I want say a Beretta or CZ.