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Old 07-31-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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I Want a Gun

I took my first gun safety course today, shooting a rented Ruger SR9, never ever having fired a gun in my life at 65 years of age. I was very nervous, sweating, hands shaking, anxious times 10. Whew, but I made it through and somehow was fun through all my preconceived anti gun safety fears. So now it's onward and upward with renting other guns at the range to decide what I want to buy for a first gun. So here are my first target results at a whopping 15 feet, guaranteed distance for success.

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Old 07-31-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Your choice will depend on what you want it for, i.e., target, home defense, carry, hunting, etc.

Rifle, pistol, shotgun?

Nice shooting for the first time, by the way.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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find something that fits you. you'll pick something up and it will immediately speak to you - that's what matters most.
As far as pistols go, HK's, and 1911's fit me best
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Your choice will depend on what you want it for, i.e., target, home defense, carry, hunting, etc.

Rifle, pistol, shotgun?

Nice shooting for the first time, by the way.
Not hunting, not carry, recreation yes, I'll keep it at home but probably will be some time before I'm proficient enough to defend the homestead. Truth be told, of course I realize I will never use it to defend my home. It will be stored at the lowest level of readiness until I have a fuck of an idea what I'm doing. I'm no cop want to be, Rambo, geezer prepper. My motorcycle background gives me a healthy respect for safety. Still I'd like to have a firearm with stopping power in the house if in the slim chance that it being there could save my bacon. It sure as hell can't if its not there.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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Get a large frame revolver. Very easy to shoot!

Or a 22 pistol of some kind. You can't go wrong with a 22lr.

Also get a nice pellet pistol or rifle to practice at home. (and a bag of green plastic army men).


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Old 07-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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If you are looking for a handgun, I would recommend a 22 rimfire along the lines of a Browning Buckmark 22, a Ruger 22/45, or even a Ruger SR22. This way, you can shoot a bit cheaper, and hone your skills. If you find that you really enjoy it, then get a centerfire pistol.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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If home defense is the primary "need" then a tactical shotgun is what I'd suggest. 870 rem or one of the like clones will do nicely and not break the bank.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:39 PM   #8
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Same boat here. Shot my first gun recently, because I too would like something. Mine will be for home defense. So I'm thinking a pistol type gun would be out. I want to take aiming out of the equation.

I shot at a local range with my son. Tried three different guns, one of which was a 45?, I think. That had some kick. I would not want that in a panic situation. The gun I really took a liking to was a Sig 9mm? But the doods at the range said that is too small to do what I need.

So what to believe? This thread will hopefully developed into some great education.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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If you are looking for a handgun, I would recommend a 22 rimfire along the lines of a Browning Buckmark 22, a Ruger 22/45, or even a Ruger SR22. This way, you can shoot a bit cheaper, and hone your skills. If you find that you really enjoy it, then get a centerfire pistol.
+1 on the SR22 or the Buckmark. Cheap to own and shoot plus a lot of fun too.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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Well, the OP fired the SR9, a semi-auto pistol touted as compact enough to be a back-up gun for LEOs or a carry piece for civvies.

I like Rugers (I own a .357 GP100) but based on what the OP's posted, I'd recommend a larger piece (say, a Sig) chambered in 9mm.

Best balance in stopping power and controllable recoil for someone learning.


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...I made it through and somehow was fun through all my preconceived anti gun safety fears...
Remember, a firearm is simply a tool. You control it 100%, the same way you'd control a knife, table saw, or back-hoe (obviously with different specific safety precautions). Don't be nervous, just remember to be precise and careful.

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...So here are my first target results at a whopping 15 feet, guaranteed distance for success...
Actually, gunfights can occur at much closer ranges. Don't diminish your accomplishment.

For self defence training, consider being able to hit a target at 15 (or fewer) feet, with your heart pumping like you just won the Tour de France (fight or flight). Once you start to get proficient with whatever weapon you choose, look at doing some stress innoculation - suggestion: have the weapon safe on a shooting bench on a live range. (With RSO's permission) crank off a few squat-thrusts followed by some push-ups. Then pick up the weapon and try to engage the target.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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Get a good brand 4" stainless 357 mag revolver.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:15 PM   #12
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guns are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

btw try moving the pad of your finger over toward your right, you are consistently shooting left too much finger on the trigger
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:32 PM   #13
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sig 9

Samthg, there is nothing wrong with a Sig 9mm. With good ammo and practice it is a solid system. Most importantly, affordable practice ammo is usually readily available. The best gun is the one you practice with and are comfortable with.

Do not overlook a full size .357 revolver as already mentioned above. It is easy to learn with, you can shoot light .38 loads and build up to full power .357 magnum defense loads. It is extremely versatile and great to learn on. I too really like the Ruger 4" barreled GP 100.

Just like with bikes, try as many as you can and get what works best for you!
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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Get a!

.22 of some sort. Autos are faster to reload and easier to shoot well than revolvers. Cheap, fun and no reloading involved. Ruger Mark 2 or 3 are pretty hard to beat. You can get something bigger later. Everyone has to own a .22.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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Get a good brand 4" stainless 357 mag revolver.

I have been giving this same advice for several decades. IMHO there is no better way for a 'beginner' to start his/her collection/addiction (unless they can afford to start with more than one firearm).
Of course no beginner ever wants to listen, all they see on TV and in movies is automatics, revolvers are not 'cool' anymore. They are also more expensive to manufacture and that carries over to retail price (although for the price of a new Sig you should be able to find a .357 and a .22). Most revolvers (once you get past the really cheap crap) have better triggers, that won't matter when 'something goes bump in the night' but will when you are practicing and gaining confidence. It is far easier to clear a revolver and to double check that it really is clear. It is also much easier for someone who hasn't had lots of hours of training and practice to clear a revolver while keeping the muzzle in a safe direction.
A .22 be it auto or revolver is a great learning tool, I doubt that I will ever be without a few but IF you are only going to have one handgun (at least for a while) the .38/.357 (the .357 is just a longer, more powerful version of the .38 so .38's will fit and function in a .357 but not the other way around) is far more versatile. It will cost more to feed (in theory) but finding .22 ammo has not been particularly easy this year so that may balance out.
The myth that a shotgun is the best home defense gun because you don't have to aim ranks right up there with the one that says that the sound of racking a round into a pump shotgun will scare away any potential attacker. Try shooting a close (15', i.e. across a fairly large room) range target with your choice of any load and see how much that pattern covers, probably 2-4".


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