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Old 01-20-2013, 12:13 AM
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Question Handgun Recommendations

Ok, I am only 19, but I have been looking at various handguns lately, because I am looking to get a concealed carry permit once I turn 21.

Basically this is what I am looking for:

1. Pistol
2. In terms of a worst case scenario, running empty will not be a problem
3. Something that has stopping power but is no bigger than a .357
4. Reliable
5. When I hold it, it will feel comfortable (which I realize is user preference)
6. Something that is not too big, but not too small
7. Affordable

Can anybody give me any recommendations?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:05 AM
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Glock 19?

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:23 AM
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I have a g19 for carry but a cz75 if its carried openly, both are awesome. I prefer 9mm guns due to cartidge price and avalibility.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:55 AM
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As big of a fan of the .45 ACP and 10mm I am, in today's economy and in today's world of premium defensive ammo, there is no real reason not to use a 9mm.

The Glock 19 being a good starter gun.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:33 AM
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What's your price range? All steel or polymer frame? What's your experience with guns? While the G19 is a great all around pistol, it's not very forgiving to mishandling. While the learning curve is short, it's not for the inexperienced in my opinion.

I always recommend something that's DA/SA first. Something like a SIG P228 has a decocker only, so no safeties to deal with, plenty of ones with slide mounted safeties like the S&W 6900 series etc if you're into that. The heavy DA pull on the first shot will keep you from making a boo boo.

If at all possible, find a gun range that rents them and try a variety out.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:55 AM
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Yes rent a few and try them out. Also take a basic pistol class if at all possible. The NRA has some excellent classes available for a reasonable cost. The basic pistol class is (I believe) just one day long, but will teach you quite a few things.

I would stay away from the 1911 pistols. The G19 is a good one, but get some training or instruction from somebody who is experienced with handguns.
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