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Are you a gun fanatic as well? If so, you'll want to talk to other owners about what you own in this forum.

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Old 12-07-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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Recommend a handgun for me

So I want to buy a gun....I've been reading and looking at different models,brand,etc

First gun I would be purchasing.... Looking for something not to heavy so the GF can use comfortably as well.

Hoping for something in the 5-600 range....something I can take to the range and keep at home for safety.


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Old 12-07-2015, 09:02 PM   #2
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There's a gun subforum but I'm sure you'll get plenty of posts here too.
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didnt realize we had a gun subform...opps...thanks
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you should not just take someone's recommendation for something like a gun
of course you can narrow down your choices... by avoiding guns that tend to have problems, etc.
but do yourself a favor and go to a range where you can rent guns and try out as many as you can

before i actually fired one at the range, i disliked glocks because they looked and felt like toy guns
but after testing out at least a dozen different handguns, i realized that i felt the most comfortable and shot most accurately with the glock
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you should not just take someone's recommendation for something like a gun
of course you can narrow down your choices... by avoiding guns that tend to have problems, etc.
but do yourself a favor and go to a range where you can rent guns and try out as many as you can

before i actually fired one at the range, i disliked glocks because they looked and felt like toy guns
but after testing out at least a dozen different handguns, i realized that i felt the most comfortable and shot most accurately with the glock
This is good advice, although for me the end result was the opposite: I found that I didn't like the way Glocks fit my hands and I had a hard time shooting well with them, so I wound up with something else.
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Don't think the g43 is legal in CA. I recommend the shield 9, nice alternative to the g43.
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Don't fall for the trick of getting something small because of the girl. You should do the opposite. Since you're not carrying, get a full-size pistol, preferably in 9mm. Glock 17, Sig p226, M&P 9, VP9 maybe, USP 9 full size...something along those lines. Lowest recoil you can get in a legitimate defense cartridge which is also cheap to shoot recreationally.

The smaller gun you go, the more pronounced the recoil will be. It's easy to make that choice when you're carrying, but you can't out there in Cali as far as I know. Since it's a home defense and recreational gun, it just makes good sense to go full size IMO.
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I prefer Sig Sauer myself (p229 and p938 owner), but honestly the grip and shooting accuracy are most important (Hint hint go shoot some at a range before buying). Every gun model is different, and everyone shoots them different. As long as you stick with a reputable brand, like what David suggests, I think you'll be fine. And your budget isn't stupid low, but at that price you will struggle to find a new Sig or HK. Glock, Smith and Springfield are great guns at that price range.

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Don't fall for the trick of getting something small because of the girl. You should do the opposite. Since you're not carrying, get a full-size pistol, preferably in 9mm. Glock 17, Sig p226, M&P 9, VP9 maybe, USP 9 full size...something along those lines. Lowest recoil you can get in a legitimate defense cartridge which is also cheap to shoot recreationally.

The smaller gun you go, the more pronounced the recoil will be. It's easy to make that choice when you're carrying, but you can't out there in Cali as far as I know. Since it's a home defense and recreational gun, it just makes good sense to go full size IMO.
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The fastest way to turn a woman off of shooting is to give her a gun that she won't enjoy shooting. Getting guns like the Shield or G43 will limit your magazine capacity even more than it already is in your state, and it will limit the control you get from the gun.

When I used to sell guns, I was always amazed by the concept that people (mostly men) had to try and give little guns to women. Many women don't have the hands to grip a full-frame double-stack .45 like the Glock 21 or HK USP, but they are more than fine with double-stack 9mm pistols and thinner .45s like the HK45 and 1911s.

As stated above, go shoot rental guns and see what you like. Base it off of what YOU want and like. Don't buy it for your girl. If she wants to shoot the gun, take her shooting. If she wants her own gun, let her pick out her own through the same process. If you want her to get a good idea of what to do, have her watch some of the female YouTube channels like TacTissy, FaliaPhotography or FateofDestinee.

For what you are looking for, you have a ton of options. I would highly recommend a 9mm from a reputable major manufacturer like Glock, Sig, Springfield, etc. Tons to choose from.
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yup, since this will be a home defense and fun gun, go for a full size metal framed 9mm like a Beretta 92fs, it will handle recoil a lot better than a plastic gun. If you can afford it, the p229 is also a good choice.
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In that price range, Glock. Maybe a CZ.

Check out Turners as they frequently have sales.

Might also want to check out calguns for a used gun. It will save you a little bit of money in that you won't have to pay sales tax - though you will have to find a PPT friendly shop.
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