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Hey everyone. New to the forum and just wanted to ask for a little advice from the community. I am looking to purchase my first handgun. First and foremost the reason is to protect my beautiful family. I have been around a lot of guns just not handguns. I was wondering what your opinions were on first handgun purchases. Do yall think it would be better to purchase a full size handgun to start with to learn proper shooting and safety or purchase a gun that I could hopefully carry once I get comfortable doing so? Thank you all in advance for any advice to a new shooter
 

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Go to a range and get some training first. Then go back to the range a few times each time rent a difere nt handgun or caliber. Then carefully choose a handgun. Ask friends and family who have handguns and know how to shoot to take you out to the range.
Hey everyone. New to the forum and just wanted to ask for a little advice from the community. I am looking to purchase my first handgun. First and foremost the reason is to protect my beautiful family. I have been around a lot of guns just not handguns. I was wondering what your opinions were on first handgun purchases. Do yall think it would be better to purchase a full size handgun to start with to learn proper shooting and safety or purchase a gun that I could hopefully carry once I get comfortable doing so? Thank you all in advance for any advice to a new shooter
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Several questions: are you planning to carry your new firearm or will it be dedicated to home defense? Any ranges nearby where you can rent handguns and give them a serious checking out? Don’t mean to sound unsupportive but there are literally thousands of firearms that make a great “First handgun”.

My first handgun purchase, which led me to this forum, was a ?Taurus MilPro 40S&W. Since then I have bought 18-20 others a mix of handguns and long guns. I currently carry a Sig 1911 in 45ACP but have another 6 or so staged throughout the house for rapid deployment should they be needed. The rest are all locked up. Quick disclaimer: we have no young’uns in the house and I do lock ‘em all up - except my EDC - when the grandkids visit.

Might want to check out our “Conceald and Open Carry” section.

And, welcome to the forum!
 

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My best piece of advice is if it doesn't feel right in your hand don't get it no matter what you call it. I bought my PT140 because it was the one.
 

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All good points above. Ask some questions about what you need vs what you want.

Do you need a pistol that will be primarily concealed carry? If so it will be a smaller pistol with a shorter sight radius, and usually more felt recoil. Smaller pistols are often much harder for newer pistol shooters to master.

If it's going to be a nightstand gun or a openly carried pistol then size isn't a big concern and go for a longer barrel and higher capacity pistol and if weight isn't a huge concern (?) Then get a steel / alloy framed pistol vs a poly as it will soak up lots of recoil, which typically is a issue for newer shooters.

Like said above try to handle as many pistols as possible to find the fit that feels as close to "custom made for you" as possible. Gun shows are good for fit testing. Make a list and take that to a good gun range and rent the tops on your list, and compare them. Be honest, tell the range you're new to handguns and ask the range officers for pointers. Many are happy to help.

 

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Of course it is always easier when there is someone you know to assist you, another shooter. Without that support like stated, finding a good instructor that you feel comfortable with and can communicate with w/o feeling intimidated is a huge advantage. Then rent guns, as many as you can of differing types, hammer, striker, revolver, double action, single action full frame, compact, though I think I would stay away from subcompact pocket guns for now. Shooting them is the only true way to get a feel for what you want. We can suggest and describe them all day but it's not the same as you doing the actual shooting.
 

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Since you came here, I assume you're looking at a Taurus. If so, the new G2 is a very good first gun for both home and carry. It has very good capacity for its small size, yet big enough to shoot comfortably.

I would suggest finding a friend/coworker who shoots, go to the range with them. There are also NRA instructors around the country who could help you, many ranges have members who are instructors. Check with local gun shops for ranges who may have instructors.

If money is a factor, the Taurus G2, the new Ruger security 9, the S&W sd9ve are all good choices. If money is not a concern, we can help you spend a lot of it. :)

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Go to a range and get some training first. Then go back to the range a few times each time rent a difere nt handgun or caliber. Then carefully choose a handgun. Ask friends and family who have handguns and know how to shoot to take you out to the range.


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Great advice ^^^^^^^^^

Find a first time shooters class and attend. Then go to a range and rent a few to try out.

If you buy something without knowing what you're looking at / for you're going to go through
a lot of guns and money until you hit what is right. Money spent on training and renting will
be a lot less than what you spend blindly buying guns.

All the Best,
D. White
 
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Get more experience and training with handguns before deciding on carrying it around. That's a whole different layer of responsibility.....

...as for the platform? I'd begin with a SA/DA revolver.....or a SA/DA HAMMER FIRED semi-auto.

Since we are in the Taurus forum, I'll recommend the Taurus TH9C:

Firearm Gun Trigger Gun barrel Gun accessory

Or the Taurus 605 series:

Firearm Gun Revolver Trigger Starting pistol



Any of these would make great entry-level platforms without breaking the bank.
 

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Much sound advice is to be found in the above posts. Since you stated that you want to become familiar with your firearm choice and eventually carry it, the main question is price. I would say that if the possibility exists, hit a range that allows rental to try out several guns, but if that isn't possible, then at the very least, hold a few in your hand and see how they fit and feel. Give a few trigger pulls, if possible, to see how the trigger feels. If you are only familiar with guns, then I would also strongly suggest looking for a weapons safety class and a carry class (may be required in any case, depending on where you live).

Some options from my meager experience by price range:

$150-$200 compact:
Hi Point C9 9mm - holds 8 rounds standard, single stack mag. Heavy (which helps with recoil) and ugly as sin, but the ergonomics aren't terrible; trigger is surprisingly not awful either, and they work.
SCCY CPX1/2 9mm - 10 round double stack magazine, pretty small and light weight but manageable recoil; comes in multiple color combos. Medium weight double action only trigger, long reset, fun and kinda purty. Somewhat large grip.
Taurus G2C 9mm - 12 round double stack magazine, not quite as small or light as the SCCY but is close. Really good ergonomics and manageable recoil.

$200 - $400:
S&W M&P
S&W SD9V
Kahr CW9
Ruger LC9S
Taurus 709 Slim
Taurus TH9
Walther PPS

$400-$600:
Canik TP9
Glock (19 or 23)
Ruger American (comes in full and compact)
Beretta PX4 Storm (also multiple sizes from sub compact to full sized)
Sig P365/P320
EAA Witness


Just to name a few...
 

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Thank you everyone for your advice. Budget is a big factor in what I am purchasing as most of my cash goes to my sons Soccer and daughters Dancing LOL. I have not been able to find a good range close to me yet with decent instructers. I only have a couple friends who own handguns and they both own Glocks. I just did not like the feel of the Glock in my hand personally even though I have not fired them yet. I do want to eventually carry but more than that I want to learn the proper mechanics and safety involved with owning,handling and shooting handguns especially since I do have children. So with that in mind I am still open to a full size Home Defense Gun or a carry gun still. The G2 does look like a good all around type gun just wasnt sure if I was hurting myself learning with a Compact over a Full Size. Thanks again for everyone help
 

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Welcome from Northern Illinois! You sound similar to me...I was raised with firearms and they were all long guns. Probably the first handgun I fired was the 1911 for qualification in the military, along with a number of other very interesting firearms! I always owned long guns and fired them very sparingly.

My wife, sister and cousin decided to take a handgun safety course some 10-12 years ago and I tagged along. Shortly thereafter I decided to buy a revolver and found a Dan Wesson Model 15 which has lightly used on Gunbroker. Then a desire to buy a 1911 brought me here and I bought a PT1911.

An introductory gun safety course is my first recommendation for yourself, your wife and any older kids (12+/- if the instructors permits). Regardless of your children's ages, you must inculcate the four rules of firearm safety into them and repeat at regular intervals. The next would be to think a lot about how you will secure that firearm when it is not in your immediate possession. Kids will find them not matter how smart that you think you are in hiding them. I know because I did, but I had the advantage of being raised and taught about the rules of handling guns. If the course you choose has an instructor who will school on revolvers and semi-auto pistols so much the better. You can begin to decide which is a better option for your needs.

If your goal is strictly home defense, a tactical shotgun may be the best answer either in 12 or 20 gauge. A drawback here in our area are limited ranges where you can practice with them.

Further down the line, if you decide to carry concealed, there are many very good and inexpensive choices of pistols. One of mine is the PT 111 G2...now sold as the "G2C". A note about beginning to shoot handguns with a concealable gun is that they almost always have short barrels and short barreled guns are more difficult to be accurate with...with the short sight radius smaller discrepancies in sight picture means a bigger miss down range.

If you decide to carry concealed you might want to check into clubs such as USPSA or IDPA if they operate in your area. The competition usually involves working from a holster which is great practice in presenting the gun and acquiring your target.

Let us know how your search goes!
 
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well there seems to be mostly similar idea and I agree with most of it.
First IF this is to be your first and only hand weapon I would say to find a friend if you know one that is a shooter but has an open mind as to selection of weapons.
get some free instructions from them, if not than save yourself a lot of money and time and hire a professional trainer.
you will end up saving money in making the correct gun purchase, less wasted ammo (this stuff is expensive) and you will move along much faster and remain inspired as you improve faster generally.
after that the weapon needs to fit YOU, by that it should feel comfortable (after you have shot a few different weapons) , it should come on target or near so if you raise the weapon from your side/holster and point it at the target then it should be naturally pointed at the target.
in summation I will say that first money (within reason) should NOT be a determining factor, the gun will likely out last you in life span .
secondly I would highly suggest that you buy a manufacture brand that has great customer support and that a Gunsmith will work on should you have a need for that service.
Not much sense in having a gun for protection IF its gone for repair for 6-8-10 weeks or longer.
hope this helps you in your decisions.
 

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On a budget and fairly new to hand guns I would suggest that you get your hands on as many different guns, in different sizes, in the price range you can afford. Make a short list of what fells best in your hands. Do a little online research on them including YouTube videos. If you have the opportunity to rent a couple first great, if not just buy the one you are most comfortable with after hands on and research. A comfortable feeling mid size gun may be the best way to go if you only plan on one gun.

I understand not being able to afford training. You will need to be able to afford to get some range time in with the gun you do decide to buy. Get as many rounds down range as you can afford to do. Practice at a short distance, say 3 yards. Once you can keep them on a 6" circle at 3 yards move back to 5 yards. Keep practicing and moving back 2-3 yards as you become more proficient.

While at the range seek help from others that are there if you are having problems with accuracy. I have found most people at gun ranges are helpful if you have a positive attitude.

Also take the time to educate your family on safe gun handling. Kids are curious, let them handle and explore your firearm if they want while you are there with them. When my kids were little they handles my guns on a regular basis with me present. They learned to operate them and clean them when they were ready. I did not force it on them and I did not hide it from them. They knew if they wanted to see any gun all they had to do was ask. I think this helped tame the curiosity and took the evilness and unknown out of guns for them.
 

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Thank you everyone for your advice. Budget is a big factor in what I am purchasing as most of my cash goes to my sons Soccer and daughters Dancing LOL. I have not been able to find a good range close to me yet with decent instructers. I only have a couple friends who own handguns and they both own Glocks. I just did not like the feel of the Glock in my hand personally even though I have not fired them yet. I do want to eventually carry but more than that I want to learn the proper mechanics and safety involved with owning,handling and shooting handguns especially since I do have children. So with that in mind I am still open to a full size Home Defense Gun or a carry gun still. The G2 does look like a good all around type gun just wasnt sure if I was hurting myself learning with a Compact over a Full Size. Thanks again for everyone help
IF you are not familiar with handguns then most are going to feel weird at first.
many times the person is simply holding the weapon incorrectly as well.
there are a lot of hand weapons at reasonable prices out there.
if you are looking at a higher capacity ,reliable weapon in a medium sized gun maybe check out Canik or EAA Witness, both usually in the 400 buck or slightly less range.
depends a lot on caliber as well, smaller weapons in calibers above 380 typically get a bit uncomfortable to fire unless you get into the 550-600 plus price range of the Kimber, Sig, Springfield armory, colt line up of 380.
if 380 compact suits your fancy look at the bersa thunder, reasonbally priced, feels like a walther PPK and is a very respected weapon for reliability, priced typically in the low 300 range. again get what feels and shoots best for you.
 

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Several questions: are you planning to carry your new firearm or will it be dedicated to home defense? Any ranges nearby where you can rent handguns and give them a serious checking out? Don’t mean to sound unsupportive but there are literally thousands of firearms that make a great “First handgun”.
Yes indeed! Also discuss with spouse for input as well. They should be comfortable with it as well to support you if needed in a situation. Take a basic handgun class also to learn more about using them compared to long guns. Other suggestions to consider:

- Tryout rentals and friends firearms to see what feels good in hand before and after firing.
- Once you have a couple in mind, research them as much as possible (friends, internet/youtube reviews)
- Don't be moved by price or salesperson's opinions only

Lastly, welcome from Missouri!
 

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I've never been to a range where if I showed interest in a gun, the guy didn't offer to let me try it and I've let dozens of people try my guns.

Not sure where you live? But stop at a range and look around (wear hearing protection), ask questions if someone is around. Ask around, everyone knows someone who knows someone who shoots.
 
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