Hey all! New to the forums, looking to buy my first handgun.
Hi guys and girls. My name is Chris. I am 29 years old and I live in Cleveland, OH. I have never owned a gun before, but always wanted to. Just the other day, I took myself and the wife over to a local shooting range (stonewall incase you are interested..) and took a beginners safety / learning course. We are hooked. We shot a wide range of calibers including .22, .38, 380, 9mm, .45acp and .357 magnum. It was a total blast (no pun intended....:numbchuck:) Anyway, I am planning to make a return visit to the range to shoot more rental guns before I make a purchase. I want my first handgun to be used for home defense, and also for carry, as I plan on getting a CCW license if I am to purchase a gun. So far I am looking at 3 models:
- Springfield XD Sub Compact (.40 or 9mm)
- Walther P99 QA (.40 or 9mm)
- HK P30 (.40 or 9mm)
Are their any other models that I should be looking at? Any warnings or comments about the 3 guns I listed above? I have yet to shoot a .40 weapon, but I am planning to. It would be great if my local range had all 3 of these available to rent, but I doubt it. What are fair prices that I would pay for the above guns new? Also, there is a gun show in my area in a couple of weeks. Should I buy a gun there? New / Used? Sorry guys but I'm kind of a noob at this. Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!