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I'am looking for a good handgun to buy what should i go with?

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I'm not a big fan of the 9mm or the .44 but I would like to hear from those that have been carrying for awhile

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Beg, borrow, steal, (well not really steal) as many handguns as you can get your hands on... every make, model, calibre.  Some gun ranges rent guns, maybe you have friends who are shooters.  Whatever, however, get your hands on a lot of guns.  Pick the one you shoot best with and are most comfortable with.  You will know it when you see it. 


The selection of a firearm is about as an individual a choice as there is.  You may as well ask what color you should like best.  I am not trying to be a wise guy here, just trying to explain that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to tell you what works best for you. 


Don't be dismayed if, later, you feel your first choice was not the right one.  Start again.  Welcome to the gun world.  Best of luck.


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There is a wide assortment of handguns in a wide assortment of calbers. In order to determine what to suggest, it helps to know the intended primary use for the handgun.... There are very few handguns that can serve all purposes....


Target / Competition shooting?  Hunting?  Personal Protection? Do you prefer a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol? You could just as easily asked "I'm looking for a good AUTOMOBILE to buy what should I go with?" see what I mean?


Once you (and others) know what function it's intended to fill, better advice could be given beyond what LEODAVISM suggested...


Best of luck..


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I like the feel of the 1911 and i like how its single action but the 7 round clip leaves alot to be desired.

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Ina_Pickle is right.  Knowing the purpose for the gun is useful information.  I use them only for patrol work and self defense, so I sometimes forget that other people have other uses.  You say handgun and I don't see a badge by you user icon, my mind goes straight to self defense.  Sorry.


You mentioned the 1911 and listed what you feel is a drawback.  For self defense, I love the single stack 1911 in .45.  It is the gun for me.  That is not the same as saying it is the gun for you.  I stand behind my original comments.  Get your hands on and shoot as many guns as you can before purchasing anything.  The feel of a handgun in your hand is an entirely personal thing.  Nothing anyone can say to or do for you will change that.  Also, you must be able to manipulate all the controls; preferably, while changing your grip as little as possible.  People don't practice with guns that are not comfortable to them.  Accuracy and essential gun handling skills suffer.  I have seen too many people improve their shooting scores, handling skills, and confidence dramatically just by changing guns.  (I shoot an average of 10 points higher with a 1911 than any other gun.)  The gun has to fit your hand.  I would never advise anyone to buy a gun they have not shot, especially not someone new to handguns.


If you feel the 1911 might be the gun for you, but want higher magazine capacity, you might look at Para-Ordinance.  They make several 1911's in .45 with a 14 round capacity.  Some are single action, some are double.  Don't rule out the doubles.  That is a very good trigger system for self defense.  I have never handled one but, I imagine the grip frame will be thicker than a single stack 1911.  If it is, that will change the feel of the gun in your hand. 


A side note.  If you go with a 1911, I highly recommend trying out one with a checkered front strap.  For me, they add so much to control.  Of course, some people don't like that they can chew up you fingers.  Again, it is an entirely personal thing. 


Best of luck.


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For home defense, I would say a to buy a .357 mag. revolver.  Colt, Smith, Ruger, whatever.  Semi-autos are great only if you practice a lot and maintain them well.  When choosing a handgun, test out several (gun stores with ranges usually have rentals).  Next, try shooting a semi-auto (or revolver) weak handed only.  There may be a situation when you can only use that hand.  If you can, shoot prone, kneeling, sitting, on your side, etc.  The only real drawback on semi-autos are the possibility of malfunction after the 1st shot.  I carry a Glock 17 on duty and have a S&W 67 near my bedside.


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I'm not a big fan of the 9mm or the .44 but I would like to hear from those that have been carrying for awhile


 


Just an opinion - The .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) was born in 1911 (hence - the "1911") because the US Military wanted something with increased stopping power over their .38 Specials. 


Over time, we've seen changes to .357, 9mm, .40, etc, etc, etc.   Now, if you really look close, everything is coming "full circle" back to the .45.   To me, this says something, especially after seeing the performance of the .45 at a couple courses.


Go with the .45.  Whether you choose a Colt, S&W, Glock, Sig, whatever. They're ALL good, quality guns.  I'm just partial to the Colt, but as anyone will honestly tell you, it's personal preference.


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Springfield XD series 9mm, .40, .357. .45 etc. A good revolver works well too. I agree, what you need it for will determine what you get.


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I've ben carring a Kahr K45 for the past 2years. It's small easy to conceil, and not a problem to shoot. I also have a Glock 23 40 S&W, it's a little bigger but it has more fire power. Hope this helps.

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I have carried this weapon for over 10 years, shot thousands of rounds through it and never had a problem. Hands down, it's one of the finest handguns I have ever used. If you can afford the high price tag, it might be the weapon that gives you the biggest BANG for your buck. 

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Thanks for the info everyone. I'm going to the range this saterday, so i'll try out a few and see what feels good.

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Anything Glock, and Bigger is better. I hear that alot, but it is true.


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Just think of it like this, a man comes at you with a 22cal, he takes 5 steps. You pull out a 40 cal or Hell a 44mag, you will knock him bacdk 15 feet. Case closed. Never let anyone come at you, but this is a just in case I needed too story!


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Well I enjoy the 45.... and 44 and nothing smaller then a 357.... not a 40 fan either...but do love those .41...... for hand guns for duty and back up and off duty.... but if I am going to a fight...give me a long gun...in either a 12 guage and or a rifle.... smiles

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Buy what ever leaves the biggest whole


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Well heck, I might as well carry around my E2S A3 Shorty Carbine BushMaster.

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  What ever you feel comfortable with and can afford.. I'm from the school of shot placement over caliber.. You can shoot a howitzer at the SOB but unless you hit him, you are just wasting ammo.. I have worked  more Handgun related deaths from .22, .25, .38, and 9mm than any other caliber..


  As far as the make of Handgun... Glock all the way...


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I'm going out to the range later on today so i'll try alot of the gun some of you have spoken about and i'll see what fit me best and go with it.

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If you are looking for a duty weapon, I would go with Glock all the way.  I  carry the .40 and love it.  It seems to be a good comprimise between stopping power and amount of ammo.  If you want something for off duty carry or if you have a family, you may want to look at something with an external safety.  HK USP and compact are great options for this.  I agree with Kaidan when he says that placement over caliber is really the best way to look at it.  If you can't hit it, it doesn't matter the type or caliber.

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Go and see what feels good to you because a good grip is important. You have to be comfortable with your gun. Get a good 40 or 45 Like a glock or a sig. If those do not feel good to you than try the 1911's like a Kimber.

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Ok rule of thumb never shoot anyone with any  handgun wise that does not start with a 4.  But if the only thing you can shoot well because shot placement means more that anything is a 9 mm carry 147 gr hollowpionts.   Perfect Practice,  Perfect Practice, Perfect Practice makes Perfect.  Glock, Sig, S&W M&P, Springfield XD, well made 191's are all good pistols.  But as Clint would say " one is none two is one"  buy a backup if you can afford it, if you can get something in the same caliber as your primary weapon that is a big plus.  examples Glock 22 / 27 -  21 / 30  - Springfield Duty carry size and  Sub-compact.   

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I've see "back up" guns mentioned.  Good idea, although alot of PD's (such as the one I was with) did not allow them.  A back-up gun actually saved two guys that I worked with. I would suggest something that you could conceal under your shirt. 


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  Sig Sauer P226 in 357 Sig, it will last you your entire life and save it to.


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I'm also looking into buying a pistol.  I'm pretty new to shooting handguns, mostly a shotguner in the past.  But I'm looking for something that would be good for protection but also something that I can take out to the range and fire a lot of rounds out of.  I love shooting, but so far I've only shot a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .22.  I wasn't particulalry impressed with either. 


I'm drawn to the 1911 because of its history and how classic it looks.  But I've read that it's not a great pistol for a beginner.  Do yall find this to be the case?


Thanks.

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I'm drawn to the 1911 because of its history and how classic it looks.  But I've read that it's not a great pistol for a beginner.  Do yall find this to be the case?


I don't accept the whole 1911 is "not a great pistol for a beginner"  idea.  Of course, I LOVE the 1911.  But, that's me; try one out and see what you think. 


As I said before, try out as many guns as you can possibly get your hands on.  They will all feel different to you, and have different performance characteristics for you than they would for me, or anyone else.  Pick the one that feels most comfortable to you and you shoot most accurately with.  Whatever handgun you choose, enjoy.


Mike


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The 1911 is an excellent choice!!  There is nothing wrong with it for a first handgun.  I'm sure there are plenty of veterans that will tell you that the first handgun they ever fired was a 1911 and they learned to trust their lives to it.  I carry a 1911 everyday on duty because I know that a .45 ACP in a 1911 work if you do your part.


That being said, you will have to make the decision based on what works and feels good to you and the only way to make this decision is to handle a lot of handguns and see what you like.

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But if you want more of a concealable gun i would go with a Sig Sauer P229


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If budget is a big problem, www.hi-pointfirearms.com makes three models of the same gun 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP. All three can be had for under $200 dollars. Everything I've heard says they are a little ugly, but are ultra dependable and ideal for home defense.


If you want a "lifetime gun" try an XD, Glock, or 1911. (Although this list starts at $500 and climbs from there).

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 Everything I've heard says they are a little ugly, but are ultra dependable and ideal for home defense.



Huh? Everything I've heard is contradictory to that statement...I've heard of people dropping them and them no longer functioning properly...I've taken a few apart and they are just overall pieces of crap. The slide is a BRICK, but the lower receiver is just crap! There's also WAY too many moving parts...


I'd stick with a glock, not a 150-200 dollar paperweight that just happens to shoot bullets.


 


In the end you have to ask yourself one basic question...


"How much is your life worth to you?"


 


If it's only worth $200, then get a Hight-Point....if it's worth more, get a Glock.


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I'm looking for a Springfield XD .45ACP--4" or 5"--know any good online dealers? (And no, the Hi-Point hasn't failed me yet).

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