Advice on buying first handgun.
I recently spent 2 hours at the range shooting a variety of weapons in different calibers, and am really suprised by what I learned. First off, as a qualifier, I have ape hands. Huge.
Sig full size (226?) 9mm - sucked, no push back, but gun wants to jump straight up every time I fire it. frame too small.
Springfield XD .40 cal - nice - accurate, great controls, only complaint for function is that the trigger is a little hard. This gun was somewhat uncomfortable in a weaver grip. I could get my hands on it, but after I wrapped my right hand around it, there wasnt much real estate left for the left hand to make contact with the frame. So I ended up pretty much gripping my right hand fingers with my left and getting maybe an inch of handle contact with heel of left hand. somewhat uncomfortable. much easier to shoot one handed. very little upward recoil sights resighted easily.
Kimber full size .45- I hated this gun, but loved the cartridge. the gun is WAY TOO SMALL. I was literally pinching my right hand with my left to get them into the weaver grip. oh yeah, and it jammed with in 40 rounds.
Glock 21 .45 - handle is big enough, but the finger grips dont fit me right, has more real estate on frame than the XD, which is nice, but the sights suck, no external safety, and it literally felt like the slide was floating on the frame. I couldnt shoot very straight with this gun, Im hoping that a new set of sights and some practice could solve that problem
I think have it narrowed down to either a Glock 21, or a Springfield XD. With my huge ape hands, the 1911 or Sig is just too small.
The guys at the range say the 21 is the largest frame semi available, except for the para, and that felt like junk, so I didnt even bother shooting it.
I have also played with revolvers, and the only that seem to fit are the extra large frames, like the S&W .500 ( havent shot this tho). I really dont think that an elephant gun is what I want for my primary weapon anyway.
Im leaning toward the XD, and getting it in .45, hoping the handle might be a tad bigger, and thinking I can shoot one handed if the weaver grip just gets too uncomfortable.