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    Buying my first CCW

    I live in the ATL area. For my first CCW, should I buy new or used (gun shop or pawn shop)? If new, gun shop or gun show? Where's the best place to take the CCW permit course? Any recommendations will be appreciated!

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    Detroit 45 acp Guest
    Any certified NRA instructor should do the trick can't go wrong .... As far as the gun to purchase start by going to your local gun range that has rentals that way you can see what fits your hand etc.. caliber is a choice only you can make far as what to buy then consider how much do you wanna spend ....Keep in mind your life is priceless so get the best you can afford!!!!! Enjoy and be safe....

  4. if you want to buy used make sure it is from a popular company that is known for reliability(Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig for examles). If a gun show is coming to your town soon I would go to that first. But I agree go to your local gun range rent a pretty popular firearm or one that fits in your hands great and shoot it. I would personally recommend the S&W M&P any caliber being that you can change out the backstraps to fit your hand. If shooting for your first time shoot a full size either semi-auto or revolver whichever you prefer. I hope I was able to help

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    Do you have at least any particular models in mind or are you completely open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbo52 View Post
    if you want to buy used make sure it is from a popular company that is known for reliability(Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig for examles). If a gun show is coming to your town soon I would go to that first. But I agree go to your local gun range rent a pretty popular firearm or one that fits in your hands great and shoot it. I would personally recommend the S&W M&P any caliber being that you can change out the backstraps to fit your hand. If shooting for your first time shoot a full size either semi-auto or revolver whichever you prefer. I hope I was able to help
    Just wanted to add my $0.02 in support of the Smith and Wesson M&P line. I bought one of these in .45 caliber used for a moderate savings over the new cost, and found myself with an inoperative pistol. Apparently someone had messed with the trigger mechanism, improperly installing aftermarket parts.

    My local gun shop sent the firearm back to Smith and Wesson. They had it repaired and back to me in 3 weeks. AND they included a magazine with it! Pretty impressive! They were under no obligation to do any of that, since their warranty applies only to the original owner.

    You won't get that kind of service from some off-brand POS firearm company.
    S&W M&P 45; Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum; Charter Arms .38 Undercover
    http://www.usacarry.com/forums/members/phillip-gain-albums-phil-s-photos-picture3828-reciprocity-map-29jun11.JPG

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    You might want to look at the Springfield Armory subcompact XD in 9mm. If buying used, shop at local gun shops. Springfield Armory guns have a lifetime warranty, no matter if you are the original owner or not. I have never had a problem with any of my XD and XDm pistols.

  8. I never had a problem with my M&P but I did have one with my ruger. Apparently they forgot to heat treat a bunch of extractors on the P95 which they did know about so I sent it back they gave me a brand new one and it worked perfectly.

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    Find a local gun store with a range. As others have suggested, rent different models until you find one that feels good in your hand. Many ranges offer basic pistol training or can recommend. If they are not helpful or try to agressively push one model, say thanks and go elsewhere. Georgia does not require training to apply for your Georgia Weapons Carry License. I would not suggest a gun show as a starting place until you have a better idea of what you want - they can be overwhelming with the variety (you also have to know prices to know if you are getting a deal or "robbed").

    Feel free to PM me and I'll help if I can.

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    I'm open, but I'm partial already to the new Ruger LC9. I've watched some videos online comparing it to a PM9 and a PF9. I'm also partial to Glock, but I'm looking, for my first pistol, for a gun that's easy to conceal, so I'm leaning to the 9mm. I'll add a .45 ACP next. I've been to GA Firing Line (formerly Ed's and Nick's) to shop prices, and I'm planning to take a basic pistol course there. I recently applied for my CCW in Cobb Co.

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    I have shot Glock, Kahr and S&W, personally I ended up buying the Smith & Wesson M&P40. It just felt right to me. My son in law has a Glock 19 and he loves it but I really do not care for it. It is up to whatever you like!

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