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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Rice8644 View Post
    Any advise on buying from a pawn shop?
    Here is my thought.. IT may be totally unfounded, but it's my thought.

    IF you bought a gun, and it had some real issues.. What would you do with it???
    Many people take them to Pawn Shops.. They hope the Pawn guy doesn't know as much as a gun shop and they may get less, but the Pawn Shop is less likely to notice the problem..

    Now you walk in to the pawn shop, Oh... Nice gun.. I think I'll buy it..

    When you have the same issue with the gun, do you think the pawn shop guy is going to stand behind it??
    The Gun shop MIGHT.. (Ask before you buy, and get it in writing!!!)

    Gulf Coast, Floriduh
    Sccy is the limit

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    "A 22 is not a defensive handgun unless in the hands of an expert. However, it is not a toy. It will KILL.
    More civilians have been killed by a .22 then all other calibers combined."

    I believe I heard that the infamous Mr. Brady was shot with a .22.
    Though I read that the World War I shot that killed Archduke Ferdinand was a .380.


    There's some OK inexpensive guns that are great for target shooting, but like with anything else, you get what you pay for.

    If you're looking for a gun to bet you life on, a colleague recently put things in perspective by saying that there's brands that police carry, and there's brands that police don't carry.
    In most cases, an extra hundred bucks will get you a better quality gun.

  4. #13
    First, don't worry about what firearm. Take an NRA basic pistol and safety class.

    You can borrow or rent a pistol for most of these classes.

    My first pistol was a Mil Spec 1911 many, many years ago, but it wasn't for carrying concealed.

    Don't fall into any traps with what firearm is your first. Glock or an XD may not be for you, yet. Are you concerned about having a frame or slide mounted safety ? Develop some experience with a caliber that you may actually carry. When I first started shooting pistols I can honestly say that even 9mm Luger was a bit more than I could safely put into the paper plate on a target, let alone the .45 ACP that was my first handgun.

    YMMV


    Good luck !
    "When a government robs Peter to pay Paul it will alway's have the support of Paul" George Bernard Shaw

  5. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by texasnative46 View Post
    Rice8644, imVho, as a retired army officer, longtime rangemaster & "life master" MP pistol instructor, may i suggest a fixed sight, 4" barreled REVOLVER, .38special or .357MAG "police trade-in" by Colt, Smith & Wesson or Ruger.
    Absolutely 'Ditto'! Your limited budget could then stand to buy a good solid holster (used or new) plus something for extra ammunition (pouches or speed strips (my choice)). I suggest you make it to one of the gun shows in your area (or nearby) so you can handle various weapons and check holsters etc - check this website Washington for anything coming up in your area. And, if you have a shooting range that rents guns, take a little of your cash and try out several other handguns. If you are a big person, carrying a large frame handgun should not present a problem. I have progressed over the years from large Colt, to GI 1911, to Glocks, to compact 1911, to Walther, to KelTecs, and finally am most comfortable with a Smith airlite 357 (certainly not for everybody).

  6. Quote Originally Posted by Rice8644 View Post
    Hey everyone...I gave up my prints yesterday and got my permit today. I don't have a pistol yet, but I plan on buying one soon. Any advice on a first time purchase? I have up to $500 to spend. I also have really big hands (6'7" 280). Also, I am brand new to this sight and look forward to some interesting debate/convo!
    Keep your checkbook in your back pocket and find out what gun you can shoot well.

    Take your time making the decision because it's a shame to waste money on something you can't shoot well. Forget all the stuff you read, hear or see on TV or the internet. What fits YOUR hand and what YOU can shoot and conceal well is all that matters.

    As big as you are, a medium to large gun should be a snap for you to hide if you can find the proper cover garments, so size of the gun isn't a big deal in your case. Try out every gun you can get your grubby little fingers wrapped around, preferably by shooting a few rounds out of it. Going to a gun shop or a show and picking stuff up will narrow the field a little if you pay attention to the details of how it fits your hand but how a gun acts under recoil in YOUR hand is the big deal breaker. What felt good at the counter may feel like crap on the firing line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rice8644 View Post
    Hey everyone...I gave up my prints yesterday and got my permit today. I don't have a pistol yet, but I plan on buying one soon. Any advice on a first time purchase? I have up to $500 to spend. I also have really big hands (6'7" 280). Also, I am brand new to this sight and look forward to some interesting debate/convo!
    Rice8644; Go to Gun, Handgun, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, At Cost, Cheap, Firearm Accessories and have a field day for $500! I quarantee you will find something you like. All your going to get from here is what the other guy/girl likes...

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    Rice8644,

    fyi, just this afternoon, my "brother of the heart" (Richard) found & promptly bought:
    a 1975 vintage BLUED,
    2-inch "snubnose" barrel,
    S&W Model 10 revolver in .38SPL,
    with a perfectly acceptable/used OTB holster
    &
    a full box of 125Grain JHPs
    for "the princely sum of" 182.oo ( including tax), from a small local gun shop.
    (the Model 10 had been carried a LOT by a detective, but shot LITTLE! = i'll have it throughly cleaned, polished & "touched up", looking like new, for less than 10.oo.)

    your 500.oo budget would then have plenty of money for targets, cleaning supplies, a pistol case AND still have the money for PROFESSIONAL shooting lessons!

    do some looking around at local gun stores and/or gun shows & i predict that you'll find a BARGAIN, in a "perfectly suitable" police department "trade in". =====> any of the revolvers, that i mentioned, will outlast YOU, if taken care of.

    BEST WISHES!

    yours, TN46

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasnative46 View Post
    Rice8644,

    fyi, just this afternoon, my "brother of the heart" (Richard) found & promptly bought:
    a 1975 vintage BLUED,
    2-inch "snubnose" barrel,
    S&W Model 10 revolver in .38SPL,
    with a perfectly acceptable/used OTB holster
    &
    a full box of 125Grain JHPs
    for "the princely sum of" 182.oo ( including tax), from a small local gun shop.
    (the Model 10 had been carried a LOT by a detective, but shot LITTLE! = i'll have it throughly cleaned, polished & "touched up", looking like new, for less than 10.oo.)

    your 500.oo budget would then have plenty of money for targets, cleaning supplies, a pistol case AND still have the money for PROFESSIONAL shooting lessons!

    do some looking around at local gun stores and/or gun shows & i predict that you'll find a BARGAIN, in a "perfectly suitable" police department "trade in". =====> any of the revolvers, that i mentioned, will outlast YOU, if taken care of.

    BEST WISHES!

    yours, TN46
    nice find...i wish i would come across a deal like that
    Never had to use my gun, never want to use my gun, will not hesitate to use my gun.

  10. #19
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    Glock 23 - right size, right caliber, right price, and most of all dependable!

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    I own a Glock 19. You could do a lot worse than that. They are very reliable guns.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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