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Pistol for first time owner?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by SuzukiGS750EZ, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    Id also add....

    Keep in mind, if you plan on carrying, spend the money on a decent holster. Just like the gun itself, there are a multitude of options, and what works for one person may not for another. But, sticking with a popular firearm will also mean more options for holsters.
  2. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    And gun belt. For years, I simply would not accept that a belt could make that much of a difference if using a quality holster. But one day finally decided to try one. Hole-ee-cow what a difference it made in all day comfort.


    Sent from my mind....using Tap-a-Thought. (tm)
  3. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    It's funny how many people don't want to spend the money on a quality gun belt, and the irony is that in the long run it's a better value just due to the durability alone. Why buy a new cheap belt every year when you could buy a good one that will last for many years? Even if I stopped carrying a gun (which is highly unlikely) I would still use a gun belt after seeing how much better they are.

    As for the original topic, I agree with the others about seeing if you can try out some guns before you make a decision. There are a ton of good handguns out there and it really comes down to what features you want and what fits your needs the best. The big name brands like Glock, S&W, Sig, Ruger, and Springfield will have more aftermarket support in accessories. Holsters, magazines, and sights will be easier to find. Also try to factor those things into the total cost of the gun. If a gun only comes with one magazine and you plan on changing the sights, it might not be as good a deal as it seems at first.

    Used guns are similar to used knives in the sense that people often sell them to fund new purchases. Just like other things, if you buy used you don't lose as much if you decide to sell it later. Good deals can also be found on police trade-ins. They come in varying degrees of wear and can sometimes even be found with night sights already installed.

    These are the two I carry the most often. A M&P 9c and a Ruger LC9s Pro if I want something slimmer.
    [​IMG]2017-03-28_12-10-08 by Daniel Pfeiffer, on Flickr

    The M&P is a bit heavy for it's size, but it is easier and much more fun to shoot than the Ruger.
  4. Monofletch

    Monofletch Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    If I had some extra cash to spend I would be buying a Sig 320. It is a 'modular' build. Which you can purchase other sizes and caliber kits for less than half of a new pistol.
    For sexy I'd go with an FN-X!
  5. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Another thing to consider is grip safety, thumb safety or both. Will you be around kids? Are there kids around the house?

    If you are eventually CCW how does manipulating a safety factor in with operating it under stress.
  6. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Safety are for the shooter not to prevent injury to children, nor are key locks, that's why you know where your gun is at all times, on your hip or in the safe. If you have guns in the house you don't hide them from kids you educate them.
  7. vanslem6


    Oct 4, 2014
    Small enough to carry, large enough to shoot easily.


    I can't shoot a DA revolver worth a crap, and I don't want a handgun with a safety. The shield is great as an only gun, but if I were doing it over I'd probably get a Kahr P380 instead because I now have a larger gun to accompany it.
  8. Reswob


    Aug 27, 2006
    If you're relying on manual safeties to prevent kids from discharging your weapon, you've already failed.

    For the OP, the correct answer is Glock 19. End thread.
  9. NCHunter78

    NCHunter78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    I am a Glock guy myself -- check out the Glock 43. You can pocket carry that one fairly easy and it is a 9mm


    I also like the Sig p238 and Sig p938 but your price starts climbing quickly with those.
  10. NCHunter78

    NCHunter78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    Glock 19 is a great one. The only downside to the 19 is that I really like to pocket carry my concealed carry pistol so I usually end up leaving my Glock 19 at home and taking my Glock 43 (same caliber, smaller frame).
  11. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    Yes, two kids. Turning 8 and 9 this year. I enjoy thumb manipulated safety
  12. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    My exact thoughts!
  13. Reswob


    Aug 27, 2006
    I think anyone who has their CCW for long enough, will (or at least, SHOULD!) end up owning a G19, a G43 or Shield, and an LCP. This covers all your bases, year-round to winter parka to gym shorts. Even though I carry a Shield much more often, I would still heartily recommend a G19 as a first pistol.
  14. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    Actually the safety is for states and jurisdictions that have their noses all out of joint about guns.
  15. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    The shield has definitely peaked my interest... but I will see what feels good in the hand. How about holsters? Gun belts? I'm not huge but ice got a bit of weight which I think will help concealing as it will give my shirt some room to sit over the gun, but what holsters would I look into? I think I want cross draw left side, kydex.
  16. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I shouldn't have led with that. It's more can I ccw, and pull off in latching a thumb safety under stress versus the overall security of not having it discharge accidentally.

    PS my father in law is a first time owner and he went with a shield.
  17. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    Just keep your finger off the trigger
  18. SuzukiGS750EZ


    Dec 30, 2008
    I never considered pocket carry... I'd like to get a gun I can comfortably shoot for fun at the range but carry as well. I don't mind size or weight as long as it doesn't print large.
  19. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    I love my wife's 238 so much I'm considering a 938 for myself for pocket carry - but I am also considering the 43.

    I personally recommend new owners stay away from the super-sub-compacts for their first gun. Mainly because most of them can be fairly 'snappy' to shoot, making it uncomfortable to properly train on a regular basis. Additionally, the slightly larger compacts (XDs, Glock G19 G26, etc.) are more controllable in hand, as you get more purchase area in the grip, again making it easier to shoot for a wider range of hand sizes. And they still conceal fairly easy compared to full size offerings.

    Of course, this is all just my opinion. But I've seen a lot of new shooters go out and buy some of these really small guns, and never want to practice with them because they are too uncomfortable (sometimes painful) to shoot. Though I will say, both the Sig 238/938 and Glock 43 are relatively easy shooters, especially for their size.
  20. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    This is a good line of thinking for new shooters.

    Not sure if I missed it or not, but what, if any, experience do you have with handguns?

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