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jimsgotthedeal
09-09-2010, 10:57 PM
We would like your opinion,

Common Question our Students Ask: What is the best handgun to buy for a new shooter?

A new shooter could want to jump right in and go big, where others prefer to start small with a 22.

What was your first pistol choice, what would you recomend now that you are more familiar with guns.

Thanks for the input!

OneSevenDeuce
09-09-2010, 11:01 PM
My first handgun was a 1911 cause I thought it was cool. If I had it to do over again I'd probably do the same thing. They aren't the easiest to handle for new shooters, but if you are a collector or a serious shooter you have to get used to it sometime.

0Wraith
09-09-2010, 11:12 PM
I haven't gotten my first one yet, but I'm planning on getting a 1911.

Vacaville
09-09-2010, 11:13 PM
Mine was a Ruger Mark II 22/45 .22lr.

A .22 is great because you can focus on technique and not have to worry about recoil. Also, the ammo is so much cheaper than anything else. You can blow through 500 rounds for less than $20. Lots of practice for cheap.

When I bought it, I had no idea what I wanted other than caliber. I didn't know anything about current models. The 22/45 just felt the best in my hand at the shop, even though the guy behind the counter didn't think much of it and was recommending other guns. Best gun purchase I've ever made.

ArmednReady
09-09-2010, 11:15 PM
Just get a .500 mag hahaha

Prowler
09-09-2010, 11:21 PM
Depends on the age of the newbie. .22 works for all ages, then move up to a larger caliber. Cheaper on the ammo, more shots fired on a lower budget, etc. Mine was a Browning Challenger lll .22 semi-auto.

SpringfieldEMP
09-09-2010, 11:22 PM
First was a bersa 380, then a 1911 in .45

mif_slim
09-09-2010, 11:23 PM
first handgun was a buckmark, but first time I shot a handgun was a 92sf. I quickly put grew it and got a dessert eagle 44 mag, then a glock 22 then finally settled for xd40's.

it all depends on the person, if they learn slow tell them to start with a 22, if they cam catch on fast.. whatever they like. when I just got married my wife, new to shooting, wanted to shoot my xd40..now she won't let that go for less. ;)

mrlightning559
09-09-2010, 11:43 PM
Ditto firestorm" bersa" .380 then usp40 I never really shot the .380 due to lack of ammo and price

fsx
09-09-2010, 11:44 PM
glock 19

Cyc Wid It
09-10-2010, 12:03 AM
HK USPc .45 . I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a first gun, but no major problems/drawbacks either.

hoss_hk
09-10-2010, 12:15 AM
I rented a lot of guns at a range before I bought my first one. Easiest way to narrow down choices (especially if you only plan on buying only one). Never had any interest in a .22, no matter how cheap and easy to shoot. Bought the HK in .45 and never regretted the decision.

Rhythm of Life
09-10-2010, 12:16 AM
CZ SP01

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/CZ_75_SP-01.jpg/750px-CZ_75_SP-01.jpg

Capita159
09-10-2010, 12:21 AM
My first pistol was a 9mm Sig P226. That is a great starter gun because I got a certify pre-owner for 550. At that point, my budget was $600. and the choices were, Glock 17, Beretta 92FS, CZ-75B, Springfield GI, or a CPO Sig Sauer P226. I think either one of those pistols make great starters minus the Springfield 1911 GI.

I think any double action/single action 9mm gun is great for starters. People tend to grow out of .22LR pistol too fast unless they are for kids/teenagers.
That is just my experience and two cent.

JTROKS
09-10-2010, 12:24 AM
A person starting out with a 22lr pistol can learn all the fundamentals of basic marksmanship. That doesn't guarantee that he can get over the flinching once he/she advances to centerfire pistols. The most important is to learn trigger control and proper sight picture. With that said, I say a Browning Buckmark will be a very good choice as a beginners' pistol.

mixwell
09-10-2010, 12:31 AM
My first ever purchased handgun.. Taurus PT92.. I love it to death.. I had previous background in shooting pellet guns and .22lr at the range and didn't really choose a 9mm for the caliber but I was going to initially get a 1911 govt model and the gun store workers said how they can be a bltch to break in and etc and this was on sale so I got it.. One the best choices I've made.. had it since 2004 and I had 1 FTFeed and that was because i didn't clean it.. Threw some gun lube on the rails and fixed.. With its heavier weight and in 9mm the recoil is very light and it is the most accurate hand gun (that I own) that I shoot. Still tryin to break in the new Glock 22 though -=)

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f103/mixwell1983/taurus92.jpg

twotap
09-10-2010, 12:34 AM
I started with a 357 SA revolver .still have it 30years later.love that gun.

mixwell
09-10-2010, 12:37 AM
CZ SP01

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/CZ_75_SP-01.jpg/750px-CZ_75_SP-01.jpg

Dude I am getting turned onto these CZ and although I own a 9mm, 40 and 45acp I am REALLY liking the CZ.. I think (if turners every puts em on sale) I would consider that but I think my next purchase I wana get a wheel gun.. I have a 92 (Taurus) a 1911 and a glock 22 but the only wheel gun i have is an old colt single action army in .22lr .. kinda wanting a .357.. I would even consider trading my taurus 92 or replacing it with a CZ.. They make me :drool5:

jshoebot
09-10-2010, 12:39 AM
My first handgun was an XD45. I went for the .45, but in hindsight I probably should have bought a 9mm so I could learn the fundamentals with a lower recoiling caliber. I now have an XD9, and that's what I let people use when they have their first range trip!

It took me longer to learn the fundamentals with a .45 than it would have with a 9mm. It just took me the longest time to get over the flinching!

Bill Carson
09-10-2010, 12:39 AM
a 22 is the first gun I ever shot and a 9mm is the first gun I ever bought.

mkkeele
09-10-2010, 12:53 AM
The first handgun I ever shot was a 9mm. I think that is a good caliber to start with because it's easy to shoot and cheap.

marcus_bervus
09-10-2010, 3:28 AM
40 cal Ruger k94

rubber duckie
09-10-2010, 3:35 AM
my first one is a 1911. i believe a 9mm would be best as a first handgun. still kicks, cheap ammo, and low recoil.

7.62x54R
09-10-2010, 4:34 AM
1st handgun S&W Sigma... Id recommend a Ruger MKIII to a noob.

armandolo
09-10-2010, 4:50 AM
Russian IJ-70 aka Makarov

deadlyapp
09-10-2010, 5:13 AM
Kimber Ultra Carry II

glockwise2000
09-10-2010, 5:44 AM
Glock 17 Gen2.

GunDog
09-10-2010, 6:49 AM
First purchase? A shiny new, Browning HP when I was 17 years old prior to the GCA of 1968.

First familiar with and shot regularly? A Smith Model 27 w 5" tube when I was 14.

What would I recommend as a first handgun for a new shooter? Probably a Smith 686.

I was lucky in that I had an early and regulated introduction into the art of handgunning.

Pred@tor
09-10-2010, 7:04 AM
Was the 92FS Beretta and what I did was just rent guns at Rangemasters in SLO and I didnt even test a 92FS which I had bought because it was Italian made with crimson trace grips. However I wasn't really new to guns but handgun ownership I was. I say test which guns you like in terms of grip and comfort shooting with. With a Caliber that the shooter feels comfortable shooting.

erikdjs
09-10-2010, 7:07 AM
My first gun is a .38 special snub nose my dad gave me. While .22's are fun and easy to shoot, why not just rent one until the shooter can move up to a center-fire so their first gun is also capable of some defensive ability.

Rhythm of Life
09-10-2010, 7:14 AM
Dude I am getting turned onto these CZ and although I own a 9mm, 40 and 45acp I am REALLY liking the CZ.. I think (if turners every puts em on sale) I would consider that but I think my next purchase I wana get a wheel gun.. I have a 92 (Taurus) a 1911 and a glock 22 but the only wheel gun i have is an old colt single action army in .22lr .. kinda wanting a .357.. I would even consider trading my taurus 92 or replacing it with a CZ.. They make me :drool5:

SP01 is on sale til the Sept. 15th at $659.99

Sheldon
09-10-2010, 7:14 AM
First handgun was a stainless Ruger MKII with the 5 1/2" bull barrel and adjustable sights. Still have it and have added three more to the collection since, only the newer ones are the blued version. I would recommend it to a newbie.

eastershawn
09-10-2010, 7:16 AM
i almost wanna say glock 17 cause the ammo is cheap, takedown and cleaning are easy and its super reliable so you dont even need to really clean it all that much, but im gonna go with 1911 cause what ever gun you get, after shooting a 1911 youre gonna wanna sell that gun and get a 1911, trust me, it happened to me

lazs
09-10-2010, 7:33 AM
My first handgun was a High Standard 22 and it belongs to my son now. No way to estimate how many rounds have been through that gun.

I think a first gun should meet a few simple tests...

A gun that you would want to keep no matter how many others you buy later is one.

A gun that is accurate enough and feels good in your hand enough that you want to shoot it often and can afford to get good with.

A gun that instills some amount of pride of ownership.

My suggestions would be both in the "classic" series of Smith and Wesson and they would be a K22 and a K38

You can always get a 44 mag or a 1911 or some movie gun later.

The K22 and the K38 are fantastic looking firearms that will make the newbie look good with a little practice. Recoil is light and the newbie can concentrate on trigger and front sight.

There will never be any desire to get rid of those guns and you will be able to teach others on them or pass em on to your kids.

Rule .308
09-10-2010, 8:02 AM
First handgun was a Colt Officer's Model 1911

Bought it because it was a good deal and came highly recommended by all of the gun people that I knew

Recommendations on a first gun would be a Ruger GP100 4" barrel. I have a pretty vast array of handguns to choose from and when it came to teaching my kids and a few others the basics of shooting a handgun that Ruger just seemed to work.

It is nice and heavy but not overly so, it soaks up the recoil well because of it's size and weight, you can shoot low base 38's in it and it is both accurate and easy to handle. You can shoot single action or double and it is a revolver so you do not have to deal with principles like limp wristing, magazines, clearing jams, reciprocating parts like the slide, etc.

I prefer to start the kids out on simple stuff, bolt actions, revolvers, etc. This is probably not as much an issue with grown adults but it is an approach that has worked well for me over the years.

Wherryj
09-10-2010, 8:11 AM
My first handgun was a 6 inch blued Python, because what other handgun is there that should be your first?

The first time should be special.

r3dn3ck
09-10-2010, 8:32 AM
4" .357 mag. Pick one they can afford. I like Ruger GP100/Taurus Tracker/Smith 686. Something that they can pay attention to learning trigger control and sight picture with.

The 357 is really flexible so you can start them light with 38's which are plenty loud to get used to the sound without building flinch. Revolvers have a built in mechanism for recovering from a FTF (pull the trigger again) and there's no buttons/levers/etc... to confuse the issue of how to operate it.

If they insist on an auto pistol, I like a 9mm and counseling for n00bs. Auto's are what you get when you grow up and you've learned how to simply use a gun and you're ready to invest some more serious time regularly training with the auto pistol especially in areas of malfunction clearing. It always works just fine till the moment you need it right.

Lead-Thrower
09-10-2010, 8:41 AM
My first (and currently only) handgun was a USP .40. I have no regrets about that choice, although I do want a 1911 next...

Bullwinkle
09-10-2010, 9:12 AM
The first handgun I bought--as a "silent protest" over the anti-gun rhetoric that surfaced after the Columbine shootings--was a Beretta 92FS Inox because (a) I did a lot of research and determined (IMO) that the 92 was the best pistol out there, and (b) the 92 is hands down the best looking pistol on the market, so it was win-win. Plus, when I finally went to buy it and picked it up for the first time, it fit perfectly; if it hadn't, I still would have bought it regardless based on my research (I don't whine, I adapt).

As for what I'd recommend for another person's first handgun? Well, quite honestly, I think I pretty much nailed it... but everyone's different, has different criteria, different tastes, different experience levels, different hand sizes, different budgets (!), etc so I don't think I can recommend just one model unilaterally. I can say this, though... if I owned my own firearms school, I'd probably use the SigPro as my rental/loaner weapon, or possibly the XD since it already comes packaged with gear (probably not the best gear in the world, but it'll suffice for starters). Both are reliable (if the SigPros don't come from Turner's! :)), both are reasonably priced for the entry-level defensive shooter, both handle well, etc. I'd also have, assuming it was feasible (probably a big 'if'), an "option to buy" program where if you liked the pistol you rented, you could buy it upon completion of the course at an incredibly discounted price (not a new one like it, but the exact gun that they've become familiar with during training). The number of rental pistols sold would be a good guage for how good a "first gun" it is for most people, and I could adjust/experiment as circumstances dictated.

gorenut
09-10-2010, 9:20 AM
My first was a Ruger GP100 in 6"

So I guess I kinda started big-ish... but honestly, the recoil is tame due to the size of the gun. It was never a factor for me when I was starting.

norcal.xd
09-10-2010, 9:26 AM
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab45/halfcrunk/gunpicsandconcertpics069.jpg

my first gun was the hi point 9mm... for $130 it was a steal for a first pistol... the reason i have the xd in the pic also is because 4 months after i bought the hi point i bought the xd9...

maddoggie13
09-10-2010, 9:35 AM
Colt Woodsman 22lr.

coriolan4473
09-10-2010, 10:17 AM
First firearm gun I bought was a Springfield loaded 1911 in .45acp. Then a month later, bought a reloading press since I knew that I was going to be very serious with shooting, and .45 factory ammo is kind of expensive. Wanted the 1911 since California's mag limit is 10rd, and I wouldn't feel left out since 1911's original mag capacity was 7rd, and one can get 10 rd extended mags. My purpose of getting a gun was specifically for competition, so I didn't care about .22lr. Figured if I wanted a .22lr, might as well go with an air gun. No ammo shortage, no waiting periods, cheap ammo and very easy to find anywhere, and some single shot spring powered air pistols/rifles still kick enough to learn the concept of follow-through and not flinching (plus you can practice at home). The thing about getting a mid-level 1911 is sometimes the trigger is very stiff and requires a gunsmith to smooth it out and make it lighter. Mine came out of the box feeling like it weighed 20 pounds. If you know a good gunsmith to recommend to the new shooter, then a 1911 is a good starting gun. It might be a good idea to get a higher end 1911 that's already tuned if one doesn't want to deal with gunsmiths. If I had to start all over again, I would still get a 1911. I don't regret it one bit.

DArBad
09-10-2010, 10:46 AM
My very first one was a Smith & Wesson 686 with six inch barrel, that I bought from the now defunct SF Gun Exchange in 1990 for $375.00 out the door. Foolishly, and not knowing any better, I traded it away for the high cap 2nd Gen Glock 17. Its a decision I regret even up to now!

mixwell
09-10-2010, 10:56 AM
SP01 is on sale til the Sept. 15th at $659.99

I know !! I just saw it yesterday ! I still have a wait period from my Glock buy and I also don't really have the funds currently.. Bad timing to put it on sale when I'm strapped for cash. :(

Double_D
09-10-2010, 10:59 AM
First handgun I got was a Taurus 608 .357 mag. I got it used for $325. I love it, but I should've started out with something smaller and cheaper. If I went back in time, I would've gotten a glock 19 first.

Fishslayer
09-10-2010, 11:36 AM
I wasn't really a total n00b, having fired the M9 & 1911 in the military and a few others when I was younger... but the first handgun I bought for myself was a Ruger KP90. It had some issues out of the box but I'm not sorry. A stainless .45 DA/SA for $500 OTD. How can ya go wrong?
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/THE_Fishslayer/OSR/100_1011_edited.jpg

For a n00b I'd probly suggest an all metal (heavier) 9mm. Enough power to TCB and not get bored too quickly but gentle enough to learn with.

Don't rule out a wheelgun. A .357 could let the n00b progress from mild to wild. Simple to operate, too. If it's loaded, it's ready. ;)

ilikeguns
09-10-2010, 11:48 AM
ill just say it: Glock in 9mm.
22? then you gotta buy a bigger gun later
1911? Thats expensive in more ways than one, and doesn't contribute to the needs of a new shooter.

Just look in the gun case at the store. There are alot of Glocks and other guns that look like Glocks for a reason: they are pretty much the standard handgun. Price is right, reliability is right, and ease of use is right. Its the best starting point.

As for the 9mm as a starting point, its cheap, powerful enough to be your only handgun if it had to be, and recoil is light enough for a new shooter.

Glock 9mm. Not because its a fad or the best, but because its the best standard handgun.

7.62 Soviet
09-10-2010, 11:51 AM
First handgun is a sweet 1952 Russian TT-33.

viet4lifeOC
09-10-2010, 11:57 AM
First handgun was the Sig Mosquito .22LR. Read and followed calgunners advise. Wanted to start slow just to make sure this new interest wasn't a fading phase or mid-life crisis :). I love that Sig.

I feel reassured that my Sig Mosquito (and all my guns) will also be my son's first.

Son was so PSYCHED to go to the range UNTIL my 10 years old nephew showed him the youtube video of the female getting butted in the head from a recoiled Desert Eagle .50 :(.

Now he is deathly afraid..just an obstacle to overcome in life :)

shortround1
09-10-2010, 12:16 PM
I made the somewhat uneducated decision to guy a glock 19 for my 1st gun. It was just the right size and feel for me. 9 years later, knowing what I know now, if I had to do it all over again I would absolutely go straight back to the g19 again. I can't imagine a better all-around pistol.

verapakill
09-10-2010, 12:17 PM
Glock 21

sniper4usmc
09-10-2010, 2:30 PM
glock 23

flatovercrest
09-10-2010, 4:31 PM
A Ruger GP100. Piece of junk..
Was much happier the day I sold it.

lickitysplit
09-10-2010, 4:33 PM
H&K USP 45 C, its purty

chesterthehero
09-10-2010, 4:46 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v298/chetifall/38.jpg

taurus 851 .38 spl.

love it

bayboydray408
09-10-2010, 4:50 PM
Im the only one that got the smith and wesson 500 mag as there first pistol?

flatovercrest
09-10-2010, 4:59 PM
Im the only one that got the smith and wesson 500 mag as there first pistol?

**** yeah :D

WTSGDYBBR
09-10-2010, 5:01 PM
SIg P220S 45acp

NapaCountyShooter
09-10-2010, 5:06 PM
My first was a Colt Commander in 0.45:p I loved it from the start and if you learn taking apart, cleaning and putting back together a 1911, most other handguns should be no problem. I would start off with the same gun again a hundred times over.

ianS
09-10-2010, 5:09 PM
My first was almost a Taurus 85 .38 snub. Wisely I canceled the lay-away and changed it to a BHP MK III 9mm. A better choice for a newbie than a snub .38. That was back in 1992. Before the internet and before decent info and advice was readily available.

Best: .22 pistol of some kind.

Good: Any decent 9mm semi-auto from Glock, S&W M&P, XD, HK with LEM trigger, SIG with DAK or DA revolver by Ruger or S&W loaded with .38 or +P ammo. No manual safeties or decockers to fumble with or forget. No DA/SA transition which the vast majority of new and even slightly more experienced shooters practice SA exclusively.

I think its easy to say get a .22 but a lot of people can't afford two guns and they want or need a defensive handgun in a fighting caliber. So even though a .22 is the "best" choice for a beginner I understand the need to get a 9mm or .38 revolver as their first.

bayboydray408
09-10-2010, 5:10 PM
**** yeah :D

lol its really not as bad as everyone says it is, until you move up to the big loads. I have only fired the hornady 350 grain xtp through mine and its not bad but it still hurts my hand more than any other pistol I have ever fired.

I think im ready to try the 440 grain corbon, Ive been told not to shoot it because its a lil to punishing so im kinda nervous :D and I dont think ill ever try the crazy 700 grain rounds.

ZX-10R
09-10-2010, 5:10 PM
In the not to distant future it is either the S&W 9 or M9.

beauregard
09-10-2010, 5:10 PM
My first pistol was a Ruger Blackhawk .44 that I took from a patron coming into the nightclub I worked at.... in NYC. A freaking single-action in Manhattan.

gti_20ae
09-10-2010, 5:11 PM
My first is a Hi-Point CF380, its a fun reliable little gun, got it for $139. The downside to that gun is that it is really ugly and ammo is expensive, so I sold it (for $129) and get a XD9 compact a month later.

762.DEFENSE
09-10-2010, 5:14 PM
Glock 23 was my first, recommend possibly a Glock 19 for both price, reliability and size.

http://sssli.com/images/Glock-23%5B1%5D.jpg

bayboydray408
09-10-2010, 5:15 PM
For those that dont believe me when I say it was my first pistol, well it was lol its not like I went and bought it without ever firing a gun, Ive fired a ****load of different guns all my life so I just said what the hell why not just go all out and get the biggest thing out there right now when its available to me? because I knew I would be gettin one later on anyway, so I got it and love it. Oh and I dont recommend it to first time shooters at all, Ive experienced that to lol

map
09-10-2010, 5:27 PM
Glock 22 because I thought it would be my only hand gun. Not the case.

Bigtwin
09-10-2010, 6:44 PM
Really depends on the age and ability of the new shooter. First pistol I ever shot was a .22lr revolver, later in the day I shot a .38spcl out of a S&W 5in. bbl(not sure of the model#) I was 11yrs old then.
First handgun I purchased, Springfield XD40 in the service model...still have it ....still love it! Even more so now that I reload!

Cuda440
09-10-2010, 6:45 PM
lol its really not as bad as everyone says it is, until you move up to the big loads. I have only fired the hornady 350 grain xtp through mine and its not bad but it still hurts my hand more than any other pistol I have ever fired.

I think im ready to try the 440 grain corbon, Ive been told not to shoot it because its a lil to punishing so im kinda nervous :D and I dont think ill ever try the crazy 700 grain rounds.

I rented one of those sw500's at the range, they sold me 650 gr. rounds to shoot out of it (they said they want everybody who shoots it to know what its capable of)
Long story short... the fourth shot dislocated my shoulder :eek:
I'll stick to 44mag and under, please.

My first handgun was a cheap Heritage rough rider, 22lr, with the extra 22mag cyl. My only other handgun so far is my Glock 31, 357sig for home defense.

Greg-Dawg
09-10-2010, 6:57 PM
After taking a basic handgun course, signing up for membership at my local gun rental range, trying out all types of pistols...I've decided on this: G35...HIGHLY recommended!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/MyGlock002.jpg

It's my competition, bad guy deterrent and training pistol.

jimsgotthedeal
09-10-2010, 11:01 PM
Thank you again for the input everyone...The first gun is always a memorable one, the good and the bad! Most of our students buy their first gun from us and we take alot into consideration when we make recommendations. 22's do have some advantages, it can always be used at the coyote point gun range and does have cheap ammo. Personally I want to buy them all!

Angie:detective:

Capita159
09-11-2010, 6:36 AM
My first handgun was a 6 inch blued Python, because what other handgun is there that should be your first?

The first time should be special.

You must be a giant........from the bay area.......:D

RMorenoUSA
09-11-2010, 7:34 AM
My first was a Sig p226r but found i had trouble with the size of the grip so I traded that for my one true love a Triple serial p225 from the 09 production. I f-ing love that gun. Shes feels good real good.

Bota2112
09-11-2010, 7:39 AM
I'm gonna admit, I'm more a rifle man myself and my 1st handgun is in the 10 day jail rite now....a Romanian Draco pistol!:)
I do love the 1911's though, I think will be my next purchase!

GŁnter
09-11-2010, 7:49 AM
I would recommend a .22 caliber handgun like a Ruger Mk II/III/22-45 to a newbie IF he plans to own more than one handgun in the future.

If limited to a single handgun, a compact 9mm pistol like a Glock 19 or a 4" .357 DA Revolver like a Ruger GP100.

lazs
09-11-2010, 8:45 AM
I think that one of the things that has changed in the last 3 or four decades is that less and less young people have a chance to shoot. Most of us as teens had rifles and even handguns in our closets.

We would go out and shoot within walking or bike distance. We rarely had any money so a good 22 bolt action or pump rifle and a good 22 pistol were the hot setup. We could afford the ammo and we got good.

Now.. the people are in their 20's and 30's and even 40's looking for a first handgun and they look down on the 22 because.. well.. you never even see one in a movie.

They end up with a handgun that is "combat accurate" (in expert hands) and they end up buying maybe a couple hundred rounds a year of whatever is on sale so that they can flinch their way into 6" patterns at 7 yards and wonder why..

With us kids back then.. we would buy a brick of 500 22's and shoot most of it up that day. If you missed a tin can at 50 yards or so the other guys would laugh at you.

The first centerfire handguns we got we could shoot. We at least knew the basics.. We learned the basics of sights and trigger with countless thousands of 22 rounds and armies of dead jackrabbits and ground squirrels.

It is not impossible to learn a big bore with 500 or so rounds a year.. it is improbable tho. And.. I still enjoy shooting a 22 handgun from time to time. I would not give up my K22 for anything.

adrenaline
09-11-2010, 9:46 AM
The first time I shot I shot a Glock 17. Later, a buddy of mines had me shoot his .22lr revolver. It was big difference from the 9mm. I finally decided on my HK USP Fullsize 9mm. However, after shooting the .22lr and realizing my flinch when shooting the glock, I do much better with my HK. Even if the .22 isn't your first, you should definitely shooot it first (rent, etc.).

Newshooter
09-11-2010, 9:52 AM
Kimber 1911 because it was on sale.

robcoe
09-11-2010, 9:57 AM
A GP100 6 inch was my first handgun, and it would still be high on my list for a gun to recomend to a new shooter. Fireing .38 special loads it is actualy a very tame weapon due to the shear mass of the gun. Even today with its better grips I actualy "feel" less recoil out of a .38sp load through the GP than with a high velocity load out of my 22/45

SactoTodd
09-11-2010, 9:59 AM
With very limited gun experience, but well over 21 yrs old, I bought a
CZ75 SP01 Tactical

http://www.czub.cz/upload/cz-big/CZ_75_SP-01_TACTICAL.png

I couldn't be happier, and my friends that shoot it can't be happier either. :)

bayboydray408
09-11-2010, 10:00 AM
I rented one of those sw500's at the range, they sold me 650 gr. rounds to shoot out of it (they said they want everybody who shoots it to know what its capable of)
Long story short... the fourth shot dislocated my shoulder :eek:
I'll stick to 44mag and under, please.

My first handgun was a cheap Heritage rough rider, 22lr, with the extra 22mag cyl. My only other handgun so far is my Glock 31, 357sig for home defense.

hahahaha sorry to hear that, you cant be shootin the big loads bro and why would they do that to customers? hahaha they should know that anything that is 650grains is more than capable of absolute devistation, your shoulder knows!:D

bayboydray408
09-11-2010, 10:09 AM
With very limited gun experience, but well over 21 yrs old, I bought a
CZ75 SP01 Tactical

http://www.czub.cz/upload/cz-big/CZ_75_SP-01_TACTICAL.png

I couldn't be happier, and my friends that shoot it can't be happier either. :)

I hear that anything cz is awesome, id like to try it

beerman
09-11-2010, 10:10 AM
My first gun I shot (and learned on) was a High standard sport king (back in the early 60s....yea I know,Im old) The 1st handgun I ever bought for myself...in early 70s I bought myself a brand new shiney COLT TROOPER MKIII....6 INCH. It was ideal as it could shoot 38s for practice or full house 357s. I eventually sold it to buy a gold cup, but 10 years later, I ran across its identicle twin (20 apart in serial#)in a gun store..never fired with the original hang tags, box and all from an estate deal. That gun will never leave the family...Its still one of my favorite revolvers

robcoe
09-11-2010, 10:13 AM
With very limited gun experience, but well over 21 yrs old, I bought a
CZ75 SP01 Tactical

http://www.czub.cz/upload/cz-big/CZ_75_SP-01_TACTICAL.png

I couldn't be happier, and my friends that shoot it can't be happier either. :)

I bought one of the non-decocker versions of that gun a month ago, it's now my favorite semi-auto gun.

sevensix2x51
09-11-2010, 10:14 AM
my first handguns were an astra a75

http://forum.gon.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=247701&stc=1&d=1233976879
(this one is not mine)

and a s&w 410. bought them both together.

http://www.gunshopfinder.com/smithandwesson/model410.jpg

this isnt mine either.

i still have the astra, although it is tucked away safely for safe-keeping, and i dont shoot it anymore. the s&w was sold to a friend, and i may wind up buying it back before too long... i kinda miss it...

supermario
09-11-2010, 10:14 AM
I started my wife and daughters on a walther P22 and it worked out well. I think it all depends on the age of a person. If its a child, definitely start off with a 22cal so they dont get scared and overwhelmed with the power. I also think you should teach them with both semi auto and revolver, some people still prefer revolvers. One of my daughters loves the walther and the other loves single action Rugers. My wife first started with my Walther too, but not she loves the S&W 5906 and Glock 19. To each his own, just make sure they learn SAFETY FIRST and fundamentals.
I honestly forgot what my first gun was, i do remember my brother teaching me with dry firing a 38 revolver.

pkc168
09-11-2010, 10:24 AM
Set my eyes on the "Jericho" Baby eagle for my first pistol. My brother bought it before me, so went ahead with the original design CZ-75. Turns out I liked the CZ better than the Jericho. The only flaw was the finish was not as good, but it shoots great and never any issues.

kap
09-11-2010, 11:23 AM
I always suggest a Glock 19 because they are simple, safe, and reliable guns for a beginner to operate.

Simple - If you put your finder and on the trigger of a Glock and pull, it will fire. Most beginning students have anxiety at shooting for the first time and get quickly overwhelmed with the unfamiliar movements that they learn while drawing, holstering and firing a pistol. Keeping the operation of the pistol as simple as possible allows both the teacher and student to focus attention on the mechanics of the draw, speed of the draw and accuracy of the shot.

Safe - If you don't put your finger on the trigger of a Glock, it will not fire. For most beginning students activating manual safeties or decockers every time under stress is an issue and requires close attention from a teacher to make sure the safety mechanism is being activated and deactivate properly every time. If safeties are not operated properly every time they lead to an extremely dangerous situation for both the student and teacher.

Reliable - If you put your finger on the trigger of a Glock and pull, it will fire ... every time. Student also limp wrist, hold to tight, hold too loose, pull the trigger to fast or slow, etc. Limp wristing can cause issues with properly cycling some guns. Grip safeties fail to disengage with loose grips. Accuracy with DAO and DA/SA guns is poor with fast untrained trigger pulls leading to mashed shots and poor followup shot. The Glock is fairly forgiving to most of these situations and produces a confident shooter quickly.

huggybear
09-11-2010, 11:28 AM
first handgun was a glock 21sf and if i had to do it all over again i would do it again in a heartbeat. great gun, has never failed me, and just looks bad@$$ with the streamlight tlr-2 on it.

Bad Voodoo
09-11-2010, 11:57 AM
I always suggest a Glock 19 because they are simple, safe, and reliable guns for a beginner to operate.

Simple - If you put your finder and on the trigger of a Glock and pull, it will fire. Most beginning students have anxiety at shooting for the first time and get quickly overwhelmed with the unfamiliar movements that they learn while drawing, holstering and firing a pistol. Keeping the operation of the pistol as simple as possible allows both the teacher and student to focus attention on the mechanics of the draw, speed of the draw and accuracy of the shot.

Safe - If you don't put your finger on the trigger of a Glock, it will not fire. For most beginning students activating manual safeties or decockers every time under stress is an issue and requires close attention from a teacher to make sure the safety mechanism is being activated and deactivate properly every time. If safeties are not operated properly every time they lead to an extremely dangerous situation for both the student and teacher.

Reliable - If you put your finger on the trigger of a Glock and pull, it will fire ... every time. Student also limp wrist, hold to tight, hold too loose, pull the trigger to fast or slow, etc. Limp wristing can cause issues with properly cycling some guns. Grip safeties fail to disengage with loose grips. Accuracy with DAO and DA/SA guns is poor with fast untrained trigger pulls leading to mashed shots and poor followup shot. The Glock is fairly forgiving to most of these situations and produces a confident shooter quickly.

If starting w/ semi-auto, I agree, though w/ a G17 (standard barrel length).

Eljay
09-11-2010, 12:42 PM
Ruger Mark II. Put about three thousand rounds through it before looking for something larger. That worked well for me - kept initial expenses low, and by the time I was looking for a 9mm I had some time to rent a couple of different brands and see what worked for me.

GW
09-11-2010, 1:30 PM
A Ruger Redhawk in 44Mag and No, I would not recommend that for a new shooter's 1st gun:)

ETA 1st gun I bought not the first I'd shot.

yuccales
09-11-2010, 2:01 PM
My first was a brand new Ruger Security Six, blue, six inch barrel. Paid $189.00 for it in 1981. Still have it, still enjoy it.

den888
09-11-2010, 2:07 PM
First was a Colt Trooper Mark III in .22 LR, in 1983, as a gift. First centerfire was a S&W model 10, in nickel.

A .22 is a good starter, but a centerfire provides more "feel". Choice is up to the shooter, as to what feels best to them and their budget.

Porscheguy
09-11-2010, 2:11 PM
Glock 19. Got it last week.

WW2Buff
09-11-2010, 3:00 PM
My dad bought me a Springfield Mil-Spec when I was 14. Too big to start on? Probably. I'm 19 now and have a few more but that's still my favorite. :) I agree with the others that you will grow out of a .22 pretty fast. I would recommend something in 9mm. A Glock 17 or 19 would be a great beginner pistol though I prefer metal frames and would lean towards a CZ or Beretta, maybe even a 1911 in 9mm. Some good suggestions on here have been go see what feels good in your hand and then rent those at a range. Good luck on your search! -Ben

Joe'Bronco
09-11-2010, 6:24 PM
Another vote for the 1911

451040
09-11-2010, 6:35 PM
What was your first pistol choice

Glock 21

what would you recomend now that you are more familiar with guns.

Ruger Mk III or Ruger 22/45 depending on the new shooter's preference for grip angle.

hefedehefe
09-22-2010, 7:52 AM
XD40

redhemi
09-22-2010, 8:34 AM
My first handgun is a Ruger GP100 357 4" stainless. Yes it was a little big for a first gun but I don't regret it and I would do it again. I do belive though if somebody I know is going to get into shooting and asks me about it I would start them off with a 22 so they would know what to expect before they move up to a bigger cal.

SoCal Bob
09-22-2010, 8:35 AM
I've taken new shooters to the range before and the three that they want to go back and shoot again are: Ruger Mark III 22/45, S&W model 10 and my Sig P239 9mm. They especially like the 22/45 because of no recoil; it lets then concentrate on grip, aim and trigger pull. You can't go wrong by owning at least one .22 pistol.

BostonFan
09-22-2010, 10:36 AM
First handgun I got was my sig 229r. I loved the look of the m&p line but in my hands I hated how it felt. I also liked the glock 23 and xd. Either if those will be my next purchase. Everything will be in .40 and stay in .40 because its free

hefedehefe
09-22-2010, 10:45 AM
First handgun I got was my sig 229r. I loved the look of the m&p line but in my hands I hated how it felt. I also liked the glock 23 and xd. Either if those will be my next purchase. Everything will be in .40 and stay in .40 because its free

LEO?

klmmicro
09-22-2010, 10:48 AM
The first pistol I ever owned was back in the mid 80's. It was a Bersa .22 with 6" barrel. I cannot recall how many thousands of rounds I shot through it, but I do remember it being accurate and well made.

http://flic.kr/p/8D9eEB

hefedehefe
09-22-2010, 10:53 AM
My first was an XD40. If I could go back, no, let me just say that I recomend everybody's first gun to be an MPA930, MPA10, OR MPA30 :)

Tack
09-22-2010, 11:36 AM
The answer depends on the shooter. A first gun of many or a one time purchase? Each is best for a different person.

A 9 shot single action 22 revolver is best for a youngster who is inclined to throw a lot of lead rather than aim.

A Ruger 2 mk2 or mk3 is a good first auto for a youngster with a bit of trigger discipline.

If the young lady will only buy one SD gun and not train much, then a medium length, small frame 38 revolver is hard to beat.

My brother wants to train and grow into an auto SD pistol. I told him to start with a 22 Buckmark. He needs trigger time. Then he will know what to look for when he goes renting in search of his second gun.

I run new shooters through the lineup from 22 plinkers, target guns, 9mm and 45auto. Lots of the girls like to go back and shoot the 22 target gun onto steel. The bullet splash on new paint shows the hit.

zman
09-22-2010, 11:44 AM
My 1st = XD9 Service : relatively cheap entrance fee to this hobby for the gun and ammo.

luckygunner
09-22-2010, 11:58 AM
It depends on what the shooter prefers to shoot (semi v revolver) and if they own a HD shotgun/rifle. If they do a .22 LR would be a perfect place to start. If they have no firearms a 9mm would probably be a better choice. While I think it's easier to learn proper firearms techniques with a .22. Being pragmatic I would suggest a 9mm to learn on and have as a HD firearm if needed.

It also depends on the budget of the buyer. That's why there is a market for Hi-Points.

My first handgun was an XD9sc. Any of the 9mm polymers guns from a major manufacturer is fine. Can't go wrong with a CZ75.

As far as 22's I'd probably lean towards the GSG 1911 .22 or a Walther. As much as I love the Ruger MKII & III's I think the cleaning might be a bit much for a new shooter.

Army GI
09-22-2010, 12:06 PM
My first handgun was a Colt Single Action Army with a 7.5" bbl in .45 Colt.

Yeah I know, wtf? lol But I loved that gun.

What I would recommend to a new shooter? Well that entirely depends on what the purpose is. Will this gun be used for work or recreation? If it's for work, a Glock 17 (or 19) hands down. If it's for recreation, get whatever your heart desires. Even the mighty 45 Colt was bearable after I started shooting more often. But stay away from 44 Magnum or more powerful calibers. Those are definitely not beginner cartridges and take some skill to learn how to master.

esartori
09-22-2010, 1:29 PM
Having shot a variety of guns before my first purchase from .22 to .45, I felt comfortable buying a .45 as my first. I got a springfield 1911 mil-spec operator. I got it used from turners on consignment for a really good deal. Shoots amazing, and I love the look of the full length rail on a 1911 :) I probably won't sell It ever but if I do I shouldn't have a problem finding someone to buy it. Most people wouldn't recommend a 1911 as a first gun but I loved it and still do

ruddogg
09-22-2010, 1:38 PM
Sig P226 .40s&w 12+ years ago, only recently have I bought another gun... LOVE my Sig P226... have shot Glocks, HK, S&W, Berretta, 1911's, wouldn't trade my Sig for any of them.

norcal.xd
09-22-2010, 2:05 PM
my first was my 9mm hi point... i love this gun. i carry it around the house in my in the pants holster. i also have a .380 acp hi point to back it up.

Agent Tikki
09-22-2010, 5:20 PM
My first time was with an Italian, Beretta 92sf, I'm still in love. Anyone parting with a Nice INOX 92fs?

My first purchase was a Glock 19, still with me today, and still the one I shoot the best with.

morfeeis
09-22-2010, 7:53 PM
my first gun that was all mine was a Hi-point C9 and right after that the flood gates where opened, i then picked up 5 other firearms systems in the next 5 months and my 6th will be a RIA 1911 a Ruger P90 or a Glock 21SF (still haven't made up my mind but it will be a .45). The C9 now has pink grips and is the wifes bedside baby.

five.five-six
09-22-2010, 7:56 PM
started with a walther P99, if I had it to do over again, it would be a springfield milspec 1911 (not GI)

Lead-Thrower
09-22-2010, 7:57 PM
My first handgun was a USP .40. My second will be a 1911. (I only got the first one 2 months ago) :D

westcoast362
09-22-2010, 9:56 PM
I had had many years of shooting before I bought a handgun, so I was well versed in gun safety. I bought a Ruger Blackhawk in .357mag. Next was a Ruger .22 auto, and then a Colt 1911. All of this was in the early 70's.

RedDawn
09-22-2010, 10:13 PM
My first handgun was a Sig P220, still lovin it.

But if I had to do it over, I'd probably start off with a Ruger MKII. Ammo's so much cheaper, which means more range time and consequently a better love of fundamentals before going bigger.

j.primo
09-22-2010, 11:19 PM
Sig p229 .40s&w rail model. First handgun I bought, and only handgun I have. Then I was introduced to long arms... THE END :p

evidens83
09-22-2010, 11:21 PM
XD9 service

ExtremeX
09-23-2010, 12:14 AM
XD 9mm Service

Affordable, good caliber to learn on, easy to maintain, and an excellent pistol out of the box with accessories.

Im very happy I got this as my first pistol.

loosewreck
09-23-2010, 12:40 AM
.40s&w CZ75B, learned a lot with it and still have it, last gun I'll ever sell. Have the Kadet .22 conversion for it too, as a dedicated .22 now, it comes with me every time I go to the range. Love that gun!

runawayshawn
09-23-2010, 2:19 AM
my first gun was a old model ruger single six. imo a .22 is good for a first time shooter because ammo is super cheap and no recoil. its funny at the end of the day me and all my buddies are shooting the .22s.

Echidin
09-23-2010, 7:24 AM
First handgun I ever owned was a Glock 26.

olhunter
09-23-2010, 7:34 AM
H&R 686 .22 convertible. Lots of fun. Crappy trigger. Weird trigger guard that kept your fingers low on the grip. Long gone though.

ireload
09-23-2010, 7:58 AM
The minute I turned 21 went to Weisser's Sporting Goods in National City. Bought a Ruger II .22 Government model 6 7/8" bull barrel. Damn good pistol. Very accurate. Never had any problem. But with financial issues later on in life I had to sell it. Miss that .22 that's for sure.

dennab
09-23-2010, 8:23 AM
G17

FERGUSON
09-23-2010, 9:22 AM
MY FIRST HANDGUN WAS A .357 MAGNUM TAURUS TRACKER MODEL 627
MY SECOND WAS A 9MM RUGER P95
MY THIRD....38 SPCL COLT COBRA...(NAMED ROSCOE)
MY FOURTH....22LR SINGLE SIX RUGER...
MY FIFTH...22LR JENNINGS 22...(NAMED PINKY)

hefedehefe
09-23-2010, 1:47 PM
No need for a first gun to be a .22 You caan start with any, but at least a 9mm

Eastlos
09-23-2010, 3:11 PM
My first was a Glock 19 - 1st gen.

bryan28
09-23-2010, 7:24 PM
I think an uninformed newbie is more likely to pick a gun based on what they think of the company's reputation or coolness.

But I think they should pick a gun that has good ergonomics for them. Rent some to see what feels good during firing. Also, it's never a bad idea to start with a .22. It helps with sight slignment and trigger pull. And they are less likely to flinch once they move up to centerfire.

I started with a Ruger GP-100 because it was the only gun at the rental range that I was accurate with it, because at the time I was crappy with autoloaders.

rkba707
09-23-2010, 8:38 PM
My first handgun was a S&W 3913. I still have it, but shortly after that I picked up a 92FS.

I Open Carried that for around 3 years working for Loomis Armored. I haven't stayed up to date on firearms issues lately... I hope my 15 rounders are still legal :rolleyes:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a44/C7inCA/calguns/92fs.jpg

ChrisToad
09-23-2010, 10:51 PM
My first was a G17.

Inexpensive round (9mm)... rugged & reliable.

casper2a
09-23-2010, 11:51 PM
.357 magnum s&w 686-6, start off with .38 specials and move up after you get used to it. I love mine!

powaybob
09-24-2010, 7:01 AM
The first I purchased was a Ruger Security Six, followed shortly by a Ruger Mk2 bull barrel .22. I still have both.

BostonFan
09-24-2010, 8:01 AM
LEO?
Working on it but not yet. Had my polygraph yesterday

But either way I come from a family of cops so .40 rounds can be had by all lol

mauser
09-24-2010, 1:39 PM
My first was a Ruger Mark II, bull barreled version. I still take it with me to the range every time I shoot, more than 20 years later. I am teaching my kids to shoot pistols now that they are comfortable with a rifle, and this is the gun they are learning on.

22 ammo is dirt cheap, the Ruger is indestructible, it is well-balanced, and will eat any ammo I feed it. I have never had a feed problem, even when the gun was filthy. Starting with a 22, in my experience, builds confidence in a young shooter before they "graduate" to a larger caliber.

You can get a starter Mark III for under $300, or go whole hog for the Hunter at $550, either way, you will probably pass it to kids or grandkids. I can't ever see getting rid of mine.

There's my 2 cents, hope it helps.

jak77
09-24-2010, 1:53 PM
My first and currently only is a Springfield Loaded. Got it this past June from my parents as a graduation present for graduating from UCSB. I love it and will keep this pistol forever. I would sell off everything I own before I get rid of it. Looking for a cz next

halo6941
09-24-2010, 1:54 PM
my first and only handgun is the taurus PT-145 mill pro chamberd in .45, for a first handgun id recomend anything in 9mm.

awl168
09-25-2010, 7:59 AM
Walther P22.

I was told it was "cute" when I took my basic handgun course.

08duramax
09-25-2010, 1:16 PM
XD 45 service. great gun