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Old 11-24-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Picking my first handgun

I've been doing a little bit of searching and trying to find a good handgun. I'm not against a revolver, but I do like that a pistol can be thinner. and I like the composite grips on many of the newer guns, but wouldn't be opposed to a full steel either. One thing I am sure of is that I do not want a full size gun. I would prefer to have a compact or even a lightweight compact. As far as caliber I've chosed 9mm because bullets are smaller so the gun can be smaller/lighter and cheaper. Capacity isn't a concern, most guns i've looked at hold about 7 or more, and if I can't hit a target in 7 shots I'll be selling my gun for the safety of everyone around me.

So with all of that in mind I've sort of narrowed it to the Ruger SP9c and S&W M&P9c. I like the Ruger much more because of things like the chamber and hammer flags for safety as well as the more solid action of the trigger, but I do like the fish scales on the S&W slade and the S&W's left hand option (I'm left handed, but I guess I could learn to shoot right).

My question to you guys is if you have any suggestions of different guns that are similar to the ones mentioned above w/ possibly better left handed options. The chamber and hammer flags for me are a must so I guess the S&W is out either way.

Thanks, Chace
 
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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lc9s

I got 1 I love it.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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lc9s vs lc9

My dad has the LC9 and I like the feel of it and I like how thin it is. Takedown is a bit weird though and I want to feel the difference between it and the thicker handled SR9c. Is the only difference between the LC9 and LC9s the trigger safety?
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:26 PM   #4
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Great trigger, less take up, and you aren't having to pull back a hammer, safety on trigger. Drawback if you don't have strong wrist the slide spring is firm to pull back, so your reloads can't be under minimum to cut down on recoil. But I didn't buy for weak ammo I wanted full power for my carry gun. It was 358.00 and beat the cheapos I was looking at Before I bought her.
 
Old 12-22-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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Your first handgun? While semi-auto's are cool, I'd say everyone's first handgun should be a revolver.

A 2" J-Frame Smith in 38 spl would be a great choice.

Why?

Far less moving parts.. far simpler, and every freakin time you pull the trigger it goes BANG!
 
Old 12-22-2014, 05:37 PM   #6
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Springfield XD subcompact 9mm.

And I'm left handed.
 
Old 12-22-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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While semi-auto's are cool, I'd say everyone's first handgun should be a revolver.
Bullshit! You're showing your age!

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Why?

Far less moving parts.. far simpler, and every freakin time you pull the trigger it goes BANG!
Count the moving parts on a Glock, XD, VP9 & compare it to the moving parts of a revolver, I think you will be surprised.

Using good quality ammo in either a revolver or a modern pistol, failure rate is next to none & you get three to four times the capacity out of an auto!

If you think that modern semi's are prone to failure, you are using the wrong pistol or the wrong pistol & ammo combination!

Last edited by FatFugg; 12-24-2014 at 07:47 AM.
 
Old 12-25-2014, 12:01 PM   #8
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How much experience do you have firing a handgun in the first place? I suggest you spend some time renting various handguns of varying types and calibres to see what works for you.
 
Old 12-30-2014, 01:26 AM   #9
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have you looked at a S&W Shield 9mm?

single stack and really thin. i love mine.
 
Old 12-30-2014, 08:03 AM   #10
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how many of the guns on your list have you actually shot.. or even held.
getting out and shooting each of them before you make a decision is pretty crucial.

Do some research, find some ranges that have the models your thinking about.. go shoot them back to back.

PLASTIC OPTIONS

Ruger SP9c
S&W M&P9c

Springfield xdsc 9
Springfield xds 9
Springfield xdm 9

Glock g26


UNPLASTIC OPTIONS
Springfield 1911 EMP 9mm
KIMBER SOLO 9mm
KIMBER Ultra Aegis II 9mm
 
Old 12-30-2014, 08:08 AM   #11
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XD-40 Subcompact and I am using Garrison grip extensions.
Small enough to carry without a bulge and the 40 has a bit more knockdown.
 
Old 12-30-2014, 09:28 AM   #12
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how many of the guns on your list have you actually shot.. or even held.
getting out and shooting each of them before you make a decision is pretty crucial.

Do some research, find some ranges that have the models your thinking about.. go shoot them back to back.
SO MUCH OF THIS.

you wouldn't buy a car without a test drive, would you?
 
Old 01-03-2015, 05:39 PM   #13
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Those who have referred to the "Ruger SP9c", do you mean SR9C?

I recently purchased a Ruger SR9E (lower cost / simpler version of the SR9C). I think it's fantastic! Smooth action, great accuracy, excellent trigger pull, and it fits my large hands very well.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 07:54 PM   #14
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Look into a Ruger SP101. Those are tried and true revolvers if you are still open to them. I carry one and don't even notice it. Gives you a lot of options too.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 08:55 PM   #15
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I alternate between my LC9, a J frame S&W .357 magnum and a full size FNS-9 for IWB concealed carry. For open carry in the woods and such, I carry either my FNX.45 or my 686 plus. Those are a few of my favorites. I hear great things about the Walther PPQ. Lots of good recommendations already.
 
Old 01-19-2015, 07:49 PM   #16
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My first carry gun was a .38 Ruger LCR. I did some online research first but essentially bought it on a whim without shooting it first (or anything else for that matter). It was a decent little revolver, but over the last year I've found myself shooting a lot of other guns with family members who became interested in carry after I started.

A few days ago I traded in my LCR for a 9mm XDS and couldn't be happier (better trigger, easier to conceal, more comfortable to carry, etc).

Just like some of the guys have said already, there's no substitute for shooting some guns yourself! Everyone's hands and preferences are different so even while asking for recommendations on a forum is a great start it's no substitution for the real thing. I love my XDS and would recommend it to anyone, but I'm sure there some folks out there that can't stand it!

Long story short, spend some extra time and a few bucks to get some hands on experience so you can get the right gun the first time. I wasted $150 on holsters for a gun I owned for less than a year and now have to start the process all over again for my XDS.

Good luck in your search!
 
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