What was the first gun you bought
- 04-01-2011, 03:46 PM
What was the first gun you bought
My firearm handling is minimal at best, minimal being me and dad out in the wilderness with some pop and coffee cans.
500-600$ is my max, which should be do-able from what i have been pulling up.
I am just trying to feel out what the bro's on AM like to fire, and why. One gun i have been checking is FNP, along with glock, springfield...sig's look nice, but are a little more on the pricier side.
I will be taking a basic certification to become more familiar with firearms before my purchase.
- 04-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Do you have a caliber in mind? What will you be doing with it? Personal defense? Just shooting at the range? If at all possible the best advice I can give is to go to a range that rents pistols for use at their range and shoot them and see what is most comfortable to shoot.
- 04-01-2011, 03:57 PM
I think, and I'm sure others will agree, that the type of firearm you are looking for is directly dependent on what you intend to use it for. They are a tool, not a toy, and not a fashion accessory - despite looking really dang cool. lol
Is it for protection? For target? For hunting? I'm assuming you're going for a handgun here, too - revolver or pistol? Do you want something that you can handle easily, or something to really pack a punch? If you are going to be using it for target, does the price of ammo cause any concern? Also, when looking at the frame size itself, consider the "fit" of a gun to your hand. I have big hands, and anything smaller than a large sized frame doesn't quite work for me.
For me, my ideal first gun was what I went with:
Taurus PT-99 (9mm)
9mm, adjustable rear sites. Replaced the stock grips with Hogue rubber and that's it. I've shot a few thousand rounds out of it and never had any problems. It has an internal locking mechanism with a special key - something important to me because at the time I planned to have kids, and now I have a 2 yr old daughter. Some call it a "Beretta Knock-off", but like I said, no problems with it. It's ergonomic and does the job. Bought it during the Clinton era so it came with a 10rd clip. Bought an aftermarket 15rd one for it, too. I've done a timed "fire for your life" run, all rounds + mag change, in about 4 seconds. Sure, I may not have hit anything, but I'm sure that if you have 25 rds coming at you that fast, any adversary isn't going to have dry pants for very long.
Why 9mm? Why not larger? A well-placed shot counts, no matter what caliber. If you take the time to learn to shoot it well, and in different situations (eg, advancing on a target, backing away in defense, etc), you don't necessarily need to be blowin huge holes. Also, in defense of the 9mm, ammo is a lot less pricey than that of a 40 or 45. If you want a bigger hole, buy a better bullet.
Price when I bought it: $450-RecoverBro Zombie Specialist and Paracord Wrangler
-Independent due to lies that hurt my family. Loyal to myself and my Bro's.
04-01-2011, 03:58 PM
04-01-2011, 04:11 PM
i bought a used glock 23 (40 cal) back in august when i moved to a sketchy area while in college. i just take it to the range and also have it for personal safety as well. its a really fun gun to shoot, but it is not the most accurate. then again, im not the best shot lol.
if i had to do it over again i would probably go with a 9mm just because i like shooting so much and bullets are too expensive right now. my next gun will be a 1911 but that wont be for quite some time.
04-01-2011, 04:14 PM
The first gun I bought I wasn't even in my teens yet and it was a single shot 20 gauge shot gun.
What are you looking for. If in the wilderness then get you a rifle or a shotgun, if just for fun, a handgun... what are you looking for?
The Historic PES Legend
04-01-2011, 04:35 PM
I only go .45 cal. Shot placement is great - but the fact is ... at close range under combat situations ... there is so much adrenaline that the pinpoint accuracy of the range goes bye-bye. Sanford Strong studied this in his book "Strong On Defense".
According to Sanford Strong, retired San Diego police SWAT team instructor and author of “Strong on Defense,” police officers miss with 75 percent of close-range shots while criminals miss with 96 percent of close-range shots. And a moving target is even more difficult to hit.
Based on this - if you're the one doing the shooting for defensive reasons - you're going to be lucky to hit - and if you do hit - you want a round that is significant enough to STOP.
Which is why I go .45. I have an Colt 1991-A1 and a Taurus compact semi-auto ... both .45 ACP.
04-01-2011, 04:44 PM
04-01-2011, 05:07 PM
First pistol 13 years ago was a Glock 19 (9mm) and I've owned many Glock's since. My favorite, and the one that sits on my nightstand is a Glock 22 (.40cal).
04-01-2011, 05:21 PM
04-01-2011, 05:28 PM
this is your best choice for that (potentially in a different barrel length if you'd like)
357 magnum, will stop a bear. no hammer, it cant snag on anything. Not a semiauto so if one round is bad, you pull the trigger again to fire the next one instead of ****ing with it. It can't jam. You can fire 38 special through it to have a cheaper round at the range.
04-01-2011, 05:33 PM
I own a Kimber M1911 (.45 acp) as my shooting gun (BEAUTIFUL gun); I have a "Judge" for my home defense weapon.
As already stated, it all depends on what you want to use it for.
Evolutionary Muse - Inspire to Evolve
04-01-2011, 05:49 PM
04-01-2011, 05:52 PM
colt .45 1911, it was standard issue us military all those years for a reason
im the sh!t, even your girlfriend can smell it
04-01-2011, 08:37 PM
Lotsa good advice has already been given, all Im gonna do is ask, have you considered a shot gun?
04-01-2011, 08:53 PM
Mine is a glock 22 (40 cal) Got it when I was living downtown Atlanta and got paranoid. I traded $500 cash for it.
Ironically, I still haven't got any bullets. Ill have to use some impressive verbals threats with it if needed.
04-01-2011, 09:02 PM
In the home environment, it easy to leave yourself vulnerable to having it taken from you in close quarters. A handgun that can deliver the same power while kept close to your body is a better bet in home defense (i.e, the Judge.) Otherwise, a shotgun is a fun weapon.
Evolutionary Muse - Inspire to Evolve
04-02-2011, 04:16 AM
04-02-2011, 10:12 AM
04-02-2011, 10:50 AM
My first gun to purchase was a .308 by Weatherby. I use it for hunting and shooting at the range. This rifle is just my cup of tea. Large enough to knock any animal in TX to the ground and extremely accurate.
If you want a gun for the range and personal defense stay the hell away from a 9mm. 9mm's shoot at such high velocities that you will likely shoot through your target, not knock him down. I would go with a .40cal and stay away from Glocks the safety sucks and you will likely shoot yourself. Also make sure you are buying a pistol that isn't too heavy for you. It's very important to be comfortable when learning to shoot. BTW for the range wear good ear protection!
04-02-2011, 01:26 PM
I own a High-Point .380, and a High Point 40 caliber. High Point is inexpensive, American made, and guns have a lifetime warranty.
You don't have to spend an arm-and-a-leg on your first firearm. Its not the gun that puts the end to a situation, its the trajectory the bullet.
Get your CWP for at least the training, and teach yourself to shoot.
04-02-2011, 03:02 PM
04-02-2011, 03:07 PM
i have a Springfield XD9 and im lookn at a Springfield XD9 subcompact to carry. I own others but this is one of my favorites.
04-02-2011, 04:51 PM
04-02-2011, 05:01 PM
The FNP or the FNX (newer version of FNP) are great guns. I owned a FNP9 for a few years. I fired everything from winchester whitebox to ranger SXTs +p+ whithout any issues.
Fabrique Nationale producues the majority of the USA's small arms (M2, M249, M240, even M16's/M4's, etc.) They have had a strong relationship with browning for over 100 years and they service all of FNH's new firearms.
Best bang for the buck next to a used Glock, IMO.
I sold it and bought a FN FiveSeven.
Are you planning on carrying concealed?
04-02-2011, 05:17 PM
As others have stated, you'll want to determine what your going to use the weapon system for:
Home defense, range toy, personal defense, concealed carry, etc, etc...
That will narrow down the choices a bit.
If your not comfortable with firearms you might think about a revolver or a stryker fire weapon system (glock, XD M&P, no external hammer, no external safety)
The FNP(X) will be double action/single action and it may or may not have a external safety (depending on model)
I would reccomend buying something that is being used in a military/police contract by NATO forces for obvious reasons.
Here are some examples:
Any gock (except a 10mm)
HK USP, p2000, p30
Beretta M9 (although I dont like these personally)
All of those should fall in your price range (some used)
Take a look at Magpuls DVD "The art of the tactical handgun" It is hands down the best instructional dvd ever.
04-03-2011, 01:17 AM
I own a kimber super carry pro 1911 45 with crimson trace laser and a smith and wesson m&p 40 with a crimson trace laser grip, both excellent weapons, also have a ar15 smith& wesson tatical, but I haven't been able to shoot the ar yet.
04-03-2011, 12:47 PM
04-03-2011, 04:49 PM
regardless of whether its loaded or not, if I were an intruder and i heard that sound, i wouldn't stick around long enough to see if it were loaded
04-03-2011, 08:21 PM
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