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Discussion in 'New Gun Owners' started by HammerMill, Dec 1, 2010.
Im looking to get my first handgun. Any suggestions around $400-500?
There are many different guns that could fit in that price range but thats not really a question anyone can answer for you. It comes down to what you want to use the gun for and which one fits you best. So, what are you wanting to use it for, ie, self defense, target shooting, concealed carry, etc. Do you have any prior experience or training with guns? Left or right handed? Sensitive to recoil?
What you are really going to want to do, once you get to the point that you are ready to purchase a gun, is find several that fit what you are looking for. First maybe find ones that appeal to you on the net or at a store that sells many different types of guns. Then handle several of them to see what fits you and feels most comfortable in your hand. Once you narrow your choices down, look for a gun range in your area that rents guns and see if they have the guns you are interested so you can try them out.
Another thing that should really be done, budget in for some basic handgun instruction with the cost of your gun. Knowing how to use your gun correctly is invaluable to you as well as others around you.
BrianB has some good points there. Concerning the training I would say there are a lot of courses out there. Some are expensive and some cost almost nothing. Some local clubs really just want you to be safe and will offer training for almost nothing. Your State Game Commision probably offers entry level classes for a very low cost in addition to some gun clubs. I took three or four really cheap courses before taking one that cost real money.
give ya a few great brands to look into that you can get for that price, new and used.
all four are durable , reliable and come in a variety of calibers from .380 up to .45. most are around $500 and change. but if you search used guns.....you can get them cheaper. as other posters have said. get some certified training in, hit the range, practice safety and shoot shoot shoot. no pill that makes you gun savvy. just gotta practice :-D happy shooting!
I don't know if you have purchased a Gun since your Last Post, but I personally would recommend a Glock for reliability, IF it fits your Hand, You are once again Well Trained with it's because they can be a bit tricky being a Hammerless Weapon. Many love Sigs, but I have had 2 Cops comment they like theirs, but would feel better if it were a Glock! However, you are looking in the $525.00 Range as a New Weapon, the only kind I am Comfy with! But that's just MHO, I am sure others will disagree. But it's like a Car, I never Buy Used as a personal preference!
I agree with the suggestion of the Glock and specifically the G19. The new 4th generation pistols should take care of the grip angle/fit problems that have dogged Glock. As to used Glocks, their arsenal refurbished weapons are a good deal.
i've bought almost 10 used glocks. havnt broken one yet.....untill last night. the slide stop spring popped.......so my slide stop was stuck in the upward postion. tiny little spring........BIG consiquences in a defense situation. if you do go with a used weapon. take it to your local gunsmith *not the place you bought it* and have it checked out, tuned up
If you get a generation 3 or earlier, just take a dremel tool to it and carve out the bottom of the trigger guard for your strong hand middle finger and another one further forward for your off hand pointer finger. This allows you to grip the gun higher and avoid those nasty blisters and bleeding, plus find your off hand grip quicker. Grind away boys.
i love my smith and wesson sigma 9mm and only paid 279.00 brand new
Just ordered a Beretta px4 .40 sc, can't wait to try it out. Anyone out there using this firearm?
You should really enjoy your PX4. I don't have one but have handled one and know many that have fired them. It's a fine handgun and you should get many years of good reliable service from it.
I own several handguns and just recently purchased a Bersa Thunder Ultra Carry SC in 9mm. It's one of the nicest, most reliable, easy to shoot, easy to field strip, accurate guns I own. The price of $300 at a gun show made it an absolute treasure!! Anyone considering a first or fifth gun should look at a Bersa. They're a fantastic pistol that comes at half the price of anything as good!
There is a bit of a difference between the PX4 and the SC. Being I'm not a big guy, (130lbs.) I had problms with the SC with FTE's, but I had none with the regular size model. I can't blame the Gun, the 300 lb Rangemaster came in and had no problems with the SC, but he could hold it like it was in a vise. He told me I could not let it kick or it would jam and also mentioned it was not a good Weapon for smaller people or Women. Otherwise it seemed to be a well made Weapon. Luckilly they took it back!
Thanks Gloc, that was excellent advice!
I try my best to help where I can, but even after Carrying for 30 Yrs I can see you have a lot more experience than I with a lot more Weapons!
Good Luck, being I see in the Posts you just came back after having problems! Typical for Gun Sites! lol
I do enjoy reading your Posts!
Thanks Buddy! I'll never consider myself more experienced than anyone else. We can learn from each other on a daily basis and that's what brings me back that often!! If we don't share the knowledge we all have, we all lose. I don't want that to happen under any circumstances! I'm glad you're here!!
Thank You! I find this Site more user friendly than most others! I don't see everyone argueing here. lol
It is kind of silly of Mgmt. to screw around with a Moderator with 5700 Posts!