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  • .45 or .44

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  • .40 or 10mm

    20 14.49%
  • .38/.357

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  • 9mm

    48 34.78%
  • 0.380

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    Surely no one will ever forget that very first time?

    So, when you finally bought your FIRST SD handgun with your own money (not gifts or inherited) what factors were you thinking about?

    Knock Down Power?

    Revolver or Semi-Auto?

    Concealability?

    Capacity?

    Cost factors?

    Ergonomics?

    How it looked in that Sonny Crockett shoulder rig you also bought that day?

    How it would look if you painted it Pink?



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    My first SD weapon purchased with my money was a Sig P-230 in .380 which seemed to be an adequate SD round, easily concealable, affordable and felt good when I held it.

    Unfortunately, it is the worst handgun I have ever purchased.

    Every time I fired, it would take a little piece of my hand in token sacrifice. After the first day on the range, my wife thought I had been shot when I placed it on the table and blood was dripping onto that new little gun rug I had bought. It was/is accurate and did the job for a few months until I bought my second one.

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    First handgun I ever bought was a Glock 32C.

    Bought it because it was a Glock and I had just turned 21. Someone got me convince that I needed knockdown power.

    Then I got training and ditched it for a 9mm.

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    First gun I owned was a Ruger SR9, however, that was a gift, so I voted ".38", as the first gun I bought with my own money was an LCR. I wanted something that I could easily conceal at work without fear being found out. I'd likely lose my job if it were discovered.
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    My first was a Taurus PT111 Millineum Pro. I used it to get my CHL then traded it in to buy a Springfield XD9sc. Sometimes I miss that Taurus.

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    The original P-230 was a knock off of the Walther PPK series (James Bond gun). Both have a tendency to "bite" or "slide bite" the holder.

    You do have to adjust on your grip. The newer versions (P-232 and newer PPK/S) have a larger beaver tail to keep the webbing out of the slide and reduce the "slide bite" from happening as much. This happens more for those with larger hands and if you really grip it high.



    My first pistol was a Beretta 84F in .380ACP - it was during the ban so only have 10 round magazines (originally designed for 13 rounds).

    My first SD gun was my Colt 1991A1 Officer's Compact Model45ACP. Completely gunsmithed. It's a thing of beauty and function. It's basically a 1911 - renamed for 1991 - Yes, I was in the Gulf War so it has sentimental value. I carried a 1911 during the war - they ran out of M9's.
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    Para Ordnance P-14, stainless in .40

    I still miss her.



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    HK USP Compact .45. Still my constant friend.
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    *Puts on the retardent suit and prepares to be flamed*

    HI-POINT C9.

    And yes, I OC thatbaby every single day. I bought it because I felt that I needed a gun, and it was the best I could afford. I researched its funcionality and handled one. Most of the people who had taken the time to actually write a review on a C9 that they had actually played with gave it fair to positive reviews, althuogh there were plenty of haters commenting.

    I figured any functioning gun is better than no gun at all. So far, I love it. I've put about 200 rounds through it with good results. I'm also looking around for my second, at which point the C9 will probably become the home-defense.

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    TP - It is not the instrument which makes music, but the musician who plays it

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    daddy4count wrote:
    TP - It is not the instrument which makes music, but the musician who plays it
    And that's music to my ears, my friend.

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    I grew up shooting, but never really had much to do with handguns. Once I decided it was time, I got the M&P .40

    I wanted a nightstander, as well as a solid piece for when we traveled. My son recommended the M&P (he'd carry his .45 as his service weapon if the Navy would let him). He was right about it being a good weapon to have. After about 2000 rounds, I just had my first feed hang today.

    I have since gone to a GP100 (6") for the nightstand, and the Sig P329 is the travel companion. But, the M&P is still my hi-cap best friend!! In fact, we went out and played a little today and I need to finish putting it to bed.

    As for the wife, she settled on the SW model 60, for a couple reasons. The grip fit her hand, and the pull--while stiffer than the SP101 I thought she would go for--is tight enough to help her feel like she has some accident-proofing.

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    About those HighPoints, They will never win a prize for pretty but they have a good reputation for going BANG when asked to. Lifetime warrantee is hard to sneeze at too.
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    The Wolfhound wrote:
    About those HighPoints, They will never win a prize for pretty but they have a good reputation for going BANG when asked to. Lifetime warrantee is hard to sneeze at too.
    Well put. I've kinda grown to like the way they look... It's like the ugly chick with a soul so beautiful that you stop seeing the ugly. :P

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    I didn't have a lot of money, so I bought a little Astra Constable .380. I was happy with it at the time. Swapped it for a Ruger P89 soon after. Then, the hunger grew :celebrate for bigger and better.
    ‘‘Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.’’ Thomas Jefferson

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    PT-145 Mill Pro from Taurus. Holds 10+1 in .45 its light weight and recoil is like a dream its very managable.

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    Smith & Wesson 6906

    Steel/ aluminum

    Medium Frame

    Trigicon night sights

    Houge Grips

    12+1 capacity

    9mm caliber

    still got it! :-)

    still my favorate pistol out my collection , and i oc with it regularly

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    First one i bought with my own money was a Taurus PT-145. I wanted something smaller for my wifes hands and knock down. Oh and cheap

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    My first was a HK USPc in .357 Sig. I had gone to gun shops all across the state looking for a handgun that fit my tiny hands. That was my biggest concern, next was conceal-ability. The last factor was that I really wanted a .357 Sig so that cut my options down significantly. I chose the USPc because it fit my hand like a dream and was in the correct caliber, plus I got a crazy deal on it from Target Sports Inc. Brand new 550 bucks! Can't beat it! She's on my side right now, and she never leaves it. She's the best girl a man could ask for ;-) she's never cheated. not once! Awfully beautiful as well.

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    The first self defense weapon I bought was a used Remmington 870 pump action shotgun. Best home defense weapon. :-)

    The first pistol I bought was a Sig P220 Carry. I love Sig's but the gun is too big for me to conceal without a jacket or shirt which can conceal much larger guns anyway.

    I made the mistake of thinking it was going to be my only gun so I wanted it to do everything. Silly me I have since bought many more guns and change what I carry depending on weather, clothing, OC/CC & mood. :-)

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    S&W Model 19 with a 3" barrel. Home defense. I kept my match-grade rifle and pistols (M1 Garand, Custom .45 ACP and .22 cal S&W Mod 41) for HD as well. I didn't start carrying regularly until after I retired in 2005.
    "If I know that I am headed for a fight, I want something larger with more power, preferably crew-served.
    However, like most of us, as I go through my daily life, I carry something a bit more compact, with a lot less power."
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    SERPA retention or concealed...

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    well the first hand gun i bought was a ruger p89 in 9mm but that was with money i got when my grandma died, i have just inharited my dads colt lawman mkIII in .357, but again i didnt buy it with earned money, but now i got a glock 21 in .45, which i fully earned.
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    First one I bought was a Sig P229 .40, I loved that gun, then some heartless waste of humanity broke into my place and stole it. Now I carry a Walther PPS .40 and someday I will replace that Sig.

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    Putting .40S&W and 10mm on the same choice is like putting .22 and .223 on the same choice. Sure they have the same diameter, but they are COMPLETELY different animals...
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
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    First purchase (and current EDC) was a Springfield XD40 Service in black. It's also my only handgun as of this post.

    I looked at 9mm, .40, and 45ACP. Settled on .40 as a good balance, plus I am planning on adding a .40 to 9mm EFK Firedragon conversion barrel for versatility as well as lowered ammo costs for practice.

    I evaluated Glock, M&P, SA XD & XDm, and H&K P2000 & P2000sk.

    My XD40 won on feel, function, reputation, & price... in that order.


    Knock Down Power?
    I was more concerned with controllability, but also wanted sufficient stopping power.

    Revolver or Semi-Auto?
    Wanted higher capacity & simpler reloading of a semi-auto. Also, I haven't found a revolver with a LH cylinder release yet, and I just can't seem to find a reliable and quick way to reload due to that fact.

    Concealability?
    The 4" XD Service should be pretty good. I'm not a small man and I can hide it fairly well with a big t-shirt or light vest when carried in my OWB Serpa CQC. Once I get my CHL and my CB ST gets here things should be even easier. That said, I am already shopping for a good deal on a SA XD40sc for warmer weather.

    Capacity?
    Covered above

    Cost factors?
    Moderate cost was acceptable. It was more important to get a proven & reliable weapon and I am willing to fork over a little more for one that fits the bill.

    Ergonomics?
    I'm a LH shooter so ambi mag release was a minimum requirement. I also prefer the 1911 style grip angle to the Glock's angle. But, I can shoot the G17/19 rather well and may add one or two .40 Glocks one day if the price is right.

    How it looked in that Sonny Crockett shoulder rig you also bought that day?
    Ummm.... nope. Not a factor. For me it's function over style in a SD gun every time.

    How it would look if you painted it Pink?
    ewwww! :shock:

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