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Henry Hill
04-27-2010, 10:43 PM
FEG 9HP [ Bottom right in picture)
Astra A75L [Bottom Left in picture ]
Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum :43: [ top right in picture ]
FireStar 9mm ( Not sure of the model ) [Top left in picture]


Which would you pick ( poll ) and WHY? Any reason to choose one over the other? Not using for SD as I use my mossberg for that. This will be my first handgun and it will be given to me by my father for my 21st.


Also, can anyone give me a rough estimate how how much each of these could sell these days?


http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6330/cimg3821w.jpg

ih8ca
04-27-2010, 11:27 PM
the feg is a quality gun. I have one and I love it. Is is a p9r

goathead
04-27-2010, 11:31 PM
star for sure nice little 9mm and i always like them

nn3453
04-27-2010, 11:31 PM
Is this even a question? The Smith.

Black Majik
04-27-2010, 11:33 PM
I'd take that Model 13 for my first gun. :cool2:

Henry Hill
04-27-2010, 11:36 PM
the feg is a quality gun. I have one and I love it. Is is a p9r

All it says on the side is MOD-MBK -9HP9mmPara
Made in Hungary.


Can you tell me more about this gun? Reliablility, accuracy? I know NOTHING about handguns.

Is this even a question? The Smith.

I just looked online and there is about an $8 price difference in .357 vs 9mm ( 50 rounds - 9mm being the cheaper one )

This might end up being a huge factor... I originally thought, without a doubt the smith, but now I'm not sure....

I'm broke BTW
I'd take that Model 13 for my first gun. :cool2:

Which one is that?

Henry Hill
04-27-2010, 11:38 PM
How much would you say each is worth?


Also, where would I be able to buy magazines for the FEG ?

advocatusdiaboli
04-27-2010, 11:38 PM
Is the idea there should be a cheap entry point? In reality, the first pistol should be either a world-class pistol with good safety and reliability (Sig, HK--Glock Safe-action Pistols are for more seasoned folks only) in a center-fire caliber or better yet a .22 LR pistol. Yes they cost a bit more, but the safest pistol should be for beginners and those tend to be a bit more expensive.

So I cannot vote for ANY of the pistols you mention as good for beginners.

ilikeguns
04-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Smith for sure. THose things are tanks, and u will probably still have the gun to brag about when you give it to your grandkids.

nrvnqsrxk
04-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Wow, I don't recognize any of them beside the S&W. But would consider the FEG HP.

Black Majik
04-27-2010, 11:41 PM
I'd take that Model 13 for my first gun. :cool2:
Which one is that?

The Smith.

Sharpasacrayon
04-28-2010, 12:04 AM
Take the Smith .357, you can also shoot .38's out of it.

elSquid
04-28-2010, 12:06 AM
The Smith.

Buy some grips - or a Tyler T-Grip - and a bunch of 38 Spl, and you are GTG.

It's a solid gun, and pretty much ideal for this...

http://pistol-training.com/drills/ball-dummy-drill

-- Michael

nn3453
04-28-2010, 12:07 AM
I just looked online and there is about an $8 price difference in .357 vs 9mm ( 50 rounds - 9mm being the cheaper one )

This might end up being a huge factor... I originally thought, without a doubt the smith, but now I'm not sure....


1000 9mm bullets cost between $85 and $95. 357 is about the same. Powder per 357 is a bit more than 9mm but not all that much depending on the load. So when you reload, there isn't a huge difference :) (if you have brass on hand).

plankowner
04-28-2010, 5:56 AM
the Smith

Saym14
04-28-2010, 7:35 AM
poll needs a box for NONE !

Ballistic043
04-28-2010, 7:43 AM
http://shadow.slipgate.org:/Web/cimg3821w.jpg

gordyboard02
04-28-2010, 8:02 AM
Definitely the S&W!

redhemi
04-28-2010, 8:16 AM
I say if your father is giving you one of these as a gift take the Smith and then go out and buy yourself a nice 9MM. Not that the others guns are not good but having a nice old S&W 357 revolver would be great. Redhemi

paul0660
04-28-2010, 8:20 AM
You will end up passing on the SW, the rest will be sold or traded eventually.

Hunter158
04-28-2010, 8:21 AM
S&W only...

I wouldn't pay for any of the rest. (SNOB) :43:

RedFord150
04-28-2010, 8:31 AM
.38 reloads are $15.99 for 50 at my local range. WalMart has the Winchester 100 Rounds .38 for about $31 per box, if they have it in stock.
Most .357 mag owners shoot .38 special the majority of the time. Mild recoil, easier on the gun, low cost, makes holes in paper ;-)...
Choose the S & W revolver. If you really want a 9mm semi-auto (at a later date), you can buy a new one for $300 to $600 pretty easily.
A new S&W .357 mag will likely cost you over $700. A new Ruger .357 mag will set you back close to $600.
Good luck.

jmv7000
04-28-2010, 8:55 AM
I'd definitely take the SW. Like others said, you can shoot the .38. Reloads will probably not give you jamming issues. and the resale value is greater for revolvers. If you can buy? go Glock!

Rekrab
04-28-2010, 8:57 AM
Smith without a doubt. If this is your first handgun a wheelgun is the best choice. With wheelguns you are lesslikely to pick up bad habits and you will become a better shooter. Practice with 38 special until you feel adequate and then try out 357.

lazs
04-28-2010, 9:30 AM
Has to be the .357

You don't have to shoot .357 rounds out of it. You can shoot 38 special.. you won't have to worry about what type, weight or shape of bullet will work in the gun.. they all will.

It will last forever and it will teach new people to shoot with light recoiling 38 special rounds and kill anything in America with hot .357 rounds.

It is the most accurate gun in the bunch.. I would go for the adjustable sight model tho.

metalhead357
04-28-2010, 10:43 AM
Is this even a question? The Smith.


+10000000000000000000
add to the 10th power since its his first gun..........

Rangda
04-28-2010, 10:56 AM
The Smith get my vote.

I would consider the FEG if it's the Hi Power clone, but the one you have is the hybrid Hi Power/Smith 39 model. The are hard to find magazines and near impossible to find replacement parts.
Actually, the 3 semi you list will all have that problem.

The 357mag can be shoot 38sp out of it, so the price for ammo will be similar with 9mm/40. If ammo cost was a factor for you to not choose the smith.

Rangda
04-28-2010, 10:57 AM
Smith >> Feg > Star > Astra

timmyb21
04-28-2010, 11:07 AM
If it was my first handgun I'd take the Hi Power, so that's what I voted. If it was me right now, the Smith.

Notblake
04-28-2010, 11:11 AM
without any shadow of a doubt the S&W you can shoot .38 special out of it, much closer to the cost of 9mm.

247Nino
04-28-2010, 11:14 AM
SW no contest. its a SMITH !

El Gato
04-28-2010, 11:16 AM
You simply can't beat the basic .357 for versatility and usefulness and with a little practice you can lay down the rounds.. .and if you have a fight in your house...and you have practiced with the gun ... including keeping it fed... and you are loading it with .357 125 gr hp's and the fight lasts more than one reload with the revolver... it's a pretty big fight..and my pop and his cronies liked the 1911 and all but they all carried revolvers mostly...and that seemed to work out pretty well for them...like it did for most US cops for like 100 years...and the model 13 is really the creme of the crop for old time fighters... I have 3 stainless ones...love them...

oh the other guns are cool... we have a feg we have used on the range for like 20 years.. they work well.. and the astra is a personal fav... but with this crew.. the 13 is the winner and it ain't even close...

Oldnoob
04-28-2010, 11:17 AM
If it was my first handgun I'd take the Hi Power, so that's what I voted. If it was me right now, the Smith.

That's not the FEG P9M (HP clone), it was a P9R which has similar internal of S&W model 39.

ojisan
04-28-2010, 11:18 AM
I'd take that Model 13 for my first gun. :cool2:

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