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Old November 14th, 2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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Well, I've decided to purchase handguns for both me and the wife. Haven't pulled a trigger since I was a kid and have no idea where to start. Given the number of people on this site who are gun owners figured I could get some help getting pointed in the right direction. Generally speaking I would like something with a little stopping power without going overboard. The wife needs something with less kick, she's and multiple back surgeries and is a little more sensitive to shock. Other than that I'm clueless. Any suggestions on getting started?
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Old November 14th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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do you want a full size or compact? semi auto or revolver? are you going to carry or just shoot for fun?
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Old November 14th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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.40 cal for you, stopping power, concealibility, not as large as a .45

9mm for her, smaller

Low price range, kel-tec's, S&W, Glock, Sig Sauer, Springfield XD's, going up in price range.

Really need to get to a shop and shoot 'em if at all possible.
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i have a xd 45 and i absolutely love it! but i agree with hemi on the 40 and 9. you can get an xd in a compact carry to a full size with a 5 inch barrel. very nice gun
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www.auctionarms.com, good site to "look" and see what you may like.


Put your list together, of needs, wants, uses? a good shop will walk you through what they have to offer and what may suit your needs better.
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i suggest that you find a local gun shop. preferably if it is a smaller one that has their own range. talk to them.

some of them have many guns you can shoot or "rent out" to shoot at their range.

and as far as the recoil for you and your wife.
the first pistol o owned was a kel-tec 9mm. i liked that gun never had a problem with it.
but it has more recoil than my current springfield xd .40cal.

it seems like it would be better to get a small caliber for less recoil but it really depends on the gun.

thats why i stress for your wife especially to shoot first to see if she can deal with it.
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Compact isn't necessary, can't carry legally in WI size isn't really an issue. Won't be carrying unless riots break out or something. Mostly for fun, but want to feel more secure at home as well, especially the wife when I'm on the road. Don't want to spend a fortune but no junk either. The more I spend here the longer I wait for axles in the YJ.

So 9mm is easy on the shoulder? Can the average shop be trusted to help and not try to oversell?
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if your wife doesnt need much stopping power get a 22. the ruger is an awesome gun.
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also rrarms.com
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you need to go to some gun shops and see what feels best to you. i love my xd but i have huge hands and i dont know how it would fit for someone with small hands. the smith and wesson m&p would be a great one to look at also. make sure to pay alot of attencion to the trigger. the s&w sigma has a god awful trigger.
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So 9mm is easy on the shoulder? Can the average shop be trusted to help and not try to oversell?
on the 9mm read my post. but i would say most shops would sell you what you want. for what you want you can get in many different price ranges.
if they try to push something that seems like too much money ask for something comparable but less money
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Compare your local shop prices against what you see on auctionarms.com. If you pay $20-30 more each locally, may be worth it to have a shop you know/trust in the area.

Ruger makes a rather inexpensive (comparison to other's for Ruger name) "larger" frame.40 P-series, that may be of interest if your not carrying it. P90?
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...;20Autoloading

Ruger LCP .380 is nice, basically a copy of the Kel-tec's at a higher price though.

Any guns shows you can go to?
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We both have smallish hands. Also, I want both to be semi auto and mine to have a biggish capacity. Are .22's as inaccurate as people make them out to be? Don't want her frustrated at the range unless it's her fault.
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22's are not unaccurate at all. they are going to be way easier to shoot accurately than bigger rounds. there is zero recoil so you dont flinch. but if you want it for personal protection it is small. but it is great to learn with and it is cheap fun!
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Not sure on the reason behind the .22? They're expensive too, might as well get something in same price range or a little more, that has some stopping power?

You can find her a .380 or 9mm that is sized for her. There's alot of choices out there.

Excellent comments too from all here, just a matter of what are you really looking for it to do, that after 6 months, a couple years, you are still happy with the purchase, that it is what you really intended to get it for.
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i have a ruger kp90(?) in .45 cal.

my ONLY disappointment is the lower capacity mags.

if i were to get another semi, which i was just looking, i'd go .40 cal.
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the gun costs the same but the ammo is cheap. but like i said a good learning tool. but not personal protection
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Hey Buddha, that kp90 for sale?

Looks like a good place in Racine:
http://www.shootersonline.com/
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Actually Shooters is down the road from the new house we're moving into this month, never new they sold anything. Looks like they rent too.
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Website mentions stop by and "try" to see what may fit you best. Looked like a really great place to start?

Shooters houses one of the best indoor pistol ranges in the state of Wisconsin. This allows us to offer Professional Instruction with every firearm and archery purchase. We also offer a wide variety of handguns for rent in our facility. This has been found to be very beneficial to buyers who are not quite sure what type or caliber will suit their needs the best, allowing them to try and compare.
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