Thread: My 1st HANDGUN!
hey guys, on my last thread, i was leaning toawrd a shotgun, but now i decided to finally get a handgun. I am now, 100% sure. I want something that is EXTREMELY reliable, good qaulity, POWERFUL, and near cheap.
here are some of the guns I am interested in. But Im only going to buy one. The price below is the MSRP, will the gun shop sell it to me at the same price or more?
Beretta PX4 Storm Full Size .45ACP $650.00
Beretta 96A1 $690.00
Sig SP2022 .40 S&W $613.00
Sig P250 .45ACP $712.00
S&W M&P40C- COMPACT SIZE $719.00
S&W M&P COMPACT .40 $719.00
ps: i live in SOCAL
Last edited by twindragons; 08-17-2010 at 02:54 PM.
Add CA tax also.
Have you considered a revolver? My first gun was a 4" barrel .357 Magnum revolver. Forty years and many guns later, I still carry a .357 Magnum revolver; it is my favorite caliber.
You can save A LOT more money if you go with a smaller caliber. But that is upto you.
I had an Sig P220, but sold it (dumb move). It was really nice!
I personally like the .45 ACP; but I hear the .40 Cal is a formidable round.
Nothing wrong with any of the guns on your list. You might also check out Springfield XD's and Glocks. Reliable and cheaper than the ones you listed. Personally not a fan of the P250. I would rule out the M&P compact unless you will be conceal carrying.
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You can't go wrong with an all-steel Sig or most all-steel 1911s.
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You really need to handle each of the guns on your list to see if it is comfortable for you, shoot them if possible.
Having said that, I would get the Beretta 96. I have a Beretta 92 that I like so I am certain I would like the 96 also.
You also need to be able to get 10 round mags for whatever you end up getting.
1911 ! Once you go 1911, you never go back... or something like that.
If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training. You will become a minister of death, PRAYING FOR WAR...
Rock Island 1911. Hell, in that price range, lots of 1911s. Why is this standard-by-which-all-others-are-measured not on your list?
I have a list.
Things I could drink to prevent death by dehydration:
case of beer
box of nails
Gosh guys, which one should I buy? Water? What do you mean, water? What's that?
Last edited by ixtow; 08-18-2010 at 07:28 AM.
The M&Ps (at least the ones I've shot) do not have nice triggers. Can't really go wrong with Sig. Check out HK. As has been said, consider 9mm to save beaucoup bucks. It was my first, and I carry it just as often as my .45.
+1 on getting the hell of out CA
Last edited by t33j; 08-18-2010 at 07:48 AM.
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The firearms on your list are all fine and dandy but you forgot one.
Try out an fnp 45: $600 to $700. Well within your price range and a great gun for the money(compares to the sig p220). It goes where ever I go. Good luck with your choice
I would recommend a single, consistent trigger pull with a grip size that fits your hand comfortably. I don't know your level of shooting with guns, so I can't speak on how you'll manage the recoil of said guns. Of the ones you have listed, I'd lean towards the "convertible platform" SIG P250.
Edited to add : Just looked up a local dealer for a Full-Size P250 .45 ACP. They want $729.99 for theirs.
By comparison, Buds Gun Shop shows it at $513.00
As the others noted, check with some other suppliers online and see what kinda prices you'll find. Also, try to shoot any/all of the above if you know someone who may own some.
Last edited by T191032; 08-26-2010 at 09:51 PM.
I agree with what others have said, get your hands on these and actually shoot them. Find what fits YOU the best.
I'm going through this same process right now. A local range has ladies day on tuesdays - ladies get 1/2 price lane rental, and as long as you have a lady with you, gun rentals are free. I've taken my wife there the last three weeks - she shoots our .22, I've been taking advantage of the free rental and trying different guns in different calibers. Found that I can handle the recoil of a .45 better than a 9mm. Purchase decision (and hopefully purchase) tomorrow!