Buying a handgun, could use some tips.
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Buying a handgun, could use some tips.

  1. Buying a handgun, could use some tips.

    Hi guys, I went to a gun store a couple of days ago to see some prices and have pretty much decided on a Taurus 9mm or .40. I read that the 9mm has adequate stopping power and cheap ammo. But the .40 and 9mm is the same price so I'm wondering if I should I just go ahead and get that.

    Also, the gun store I went to was in Kentucky so they can't sell me anything but can someone recommend a store that has fair prices around the Cincinnati area? I'm looking at $400 max.

    Any tips will be appreciated :)

    Thanks!

  2.   
  3. Google gun stores in your area and go to them all. You might find a killer deal at one while the other is way out of left field in prices. I've seen 100+ dollar differences on several guns at several stores. You can also shop online or get a general price idea from buds online gun store. Not sure the exact link as I use the app but Google it. As far as the 9mm vs 40 goes that'll start a debate only you can decide on. If you're a newer shooter you might want to stick with 9mm at least for now. I've shot my whole life and have owned .40 cals but hated shooting the thing. 9mm is more common and generally cheaper.

    Another thing you need to consider is size if you plan on carrying it. Some people are highly tolerant while others can't handle a single stack sub compact ( like me )

  4. #3
    Don't know how frequently there are gun shows in your area but that is probably where you could find your best deals. You have several dealers in one place so you can go back and forth making a deal.

    As far the caliber goes, if you have a gun range in the area that rents guns maybe you can "test" the 9mm vs. .40 cal. to see which you can handle best.

    Good luck on the "hunt".
    "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."George Mason - Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

  5. My wife and I both shoot 40, we like the manageable recoil and reliable hole punching. Hope that helps ya.

  6. #5
    Ok, listen to uncle PR. Go seek out opportunities to shoot everything you can get your hands on. Even stuff that's out of your price range. Why? Because that's the only way you can find out what you prefer, and what you don't. Take good notes. You don't have to get technical, just remind yourself what you liked and what you didn't.

    Did it function reliably?
    Was the recoil manageable?
    Is the ammo readily available and affordable?
    Are the features of the gun easy to navigate and operate (safety, mag release, decock, slide, slide release, etc.)
    Does it feel good in your hands?
    Is the size appropriate for your intent?
    Is the weight acceptable?
    Does it seem to shoot accurately?
    Does the manufacturer have a good reputation for quality and safety?
    And whatever else is important to you...

    Then finally, go find a model that best fits all of the preferences you've developed during your research. THEN, go looking for the best deal you can find.

    Yes, you might spend more than $400. But you'll have more time to save, and you'll make a purchase you won't likely regret.

    Good luck!

    (Option #2: Save another $150, and yourself a whole lot of hassle, and get a Glock! Peace out!) :D

  7. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Providence Ranch View Post
    (Option #2: Save another $150, and yourself a whole lot of hassle, and get a Glock! Peace out!) :D
    That sounds like a good option.

  8. #7

    Thumbs up

    Get something comfortable for you to carry everyday. Most start out with a weapon to big and they end up not carrying. How do I know this? I carry a kel Tec 9mm pf9 all the time now..light and small, sure I have a big 40 cal glock 23 with a milt sparks summer 2 holster but it is so uncomfortable to carry , sit, drive stuff or what ever...I like my kel Tec ...u might even want to go kel Tec 380 in a pocket holster later on. As much as I like double stack mags, I shy away and stick with slim single stack mag pistols for IWB carry. I've been carrying pistols concealed for thirty some years while off duty. Don't mess with 22's 32acp 25acp they might not do the job when needed. 380 is abt as low as I will go and some might say that is too small. You'll see a lot on these forums State they carry big guns and I'm happy for them. small 38 revolvers are great too such as a S&W j frame. Get a good holster, don't mess with those Velcro attached nylon holsters. Something like a galco IWB right is good to start on. Do ur research on bullets get the good stuff to carry.

  9. #8
    Caliber? For self defense IMHO any projectile that will perferate will do the job with correct shot placement. Caliber is secondary, train for muscle memory,accuracy & responce. Firearm? Spend the xtra money & purchase a Glock or Sig. Most LEO use Glock & the general primary carry for GLEA is Sig. You cant go wrong! Practice,Practice & Practice some more with whatever you choose..."Stand Strong & Shoot Straight"

  10. #9
    Glock 19 Gen3 is your best bet, of course thats what I carry, but I did a lot of research before buying my Glock. The Gen4's have some problems with springs and things stick with the Gen3's, 9mm ammo is almost half the price of 40mm

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    The Old North State
    Posts
    86
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Proctor View Post
    Glock 19 Gen3 is your best bet, of course thats what I carry, but I did a lot of research before buying my Glock. The Gen4's have some problems with springs and things stick with the Gen3's, 9mm ammo is almost half the price of 40mm
    Seconded ... except that the early issues with the Gen4s seem to have been resolved so I wouldn't necessarily take that option off the table. :-)

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Quantcast