Advice about first semi-auto handgun
I am brand new to the world of handguns. I own a Winchester rifle, but I never held a handgun until yesterday. I'd appreciate some advice from anyone experienced with a semi-automatic pistol. I am looking seriously at either the Springfield Armory XD 40 or Smith & Wesson M&P 40 or Glock 23. All of these handguns received excellent reviews. Has anyone ever owned or fired one and can recommend one over the other? Or are there better first time semi-automatics to also consider, e.g., Baretta?
The gun will be used primarily for in-home self-defense and also for concealment. I will, of course, use it just for fun at the shooting range.
Good advice from everyone...
Thanks. I am so new I do not even have a permit yet! :smt083 But I have the application and will take a class this week, so it's in the works. Once I have the permit, I'll decide, especially after getting a chance to do some shooting. Will post back then. You've all been very helpful!
Actually not a weak arguement
Originally Posted by PhilR.
In over 50 years of shooting, carrying and in law enforcement, and 30+ years of testifying in firearm cases, I have never found a single case of a revolver hanging up. Study why the semi became popular with LEO. We are seeing more and more experienced police officers being killed or injured due to semi malfunction. The reality: most shooters are casual in their practice. When they need the sidearm, they are not so familar with it that they can work or disassemble it in total darkness. A jamb in a semi causes people to redirect their attention to the firearm and away from the issue at hand. There is a lot of difference in firing on the range along with all the fun than in an actual confrontation that no one should have to encounter. And yes, I have been in two actual shots fired confrontations, had the frayed nerves during and the emotional damage afterward. I know what goes on during the confrontations and the ways a person can be distracted.
That said, there is a case on record in NY where an officer never used his gun and it sat for years with the same ammo in it. When he finally needed it in a robbery, the revolver failed to work because the cylinder had seized up. I still question how he qualified to keep his post certification. It may be possible he used a different firearm.
Granted, good mags will reduce the potential for failure. They also weaken with age. The sad fact is most people will leave their mags fully loaded and on the shelf, in a drawer or where ever. Time, pressure, dust, dewpoint condensation and such takes over and after a while, the mag no longer works. People do not rotate mags.
I need to mention H.R. 45 being considered for next years Congressional review. It takes away all guns using mags, autoloaders and forbids the manufacture and sale of magazines. Take away the mags and even if you are able to keep a semi, without a mag, it is then a single shot. The political climate this year is not going to allow HR 45 to go through but read the Congressional Record and see how it is being supported by the Adimistration. The First Amendment says we can own firearms but does not say what type. Under the new Congress and White House staff, the attitude has changed and their attitude has been, "does the First Amendment allow an individual to own a bazooka or an anti aircraft gun?"
Reality also has shown the 300 million guns owners do not practice. They buy, keep and store. Less than 1% are avid shooters. I shoot often and lots but I get paid for it. I also write letters to politicians and news media as well as speaking in public simply because I am passionate about firearm ownership and the rights of Americans to own them. If even 20% of firearm owners would practice, there would be lines of people waiting at the ranges and we would see a lot more people passionate about the Right to own firearms.