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    Default First gun dilemma. HELP!

    Hey guys, I haven't posted in forever, but it's good to be back.

    Just to give you guys some background: I will be turning 21 in Feb. and by I will probably have saved up enough money for a gun (hey, I’m a broke-ass college student without any financial assistance from my parents). I have LOVED, and I mean LOVED guns since I was a little kid (13) and have done countless hours of research and discussion about them, yet I lack proper training. I have shot guns before, so I will give you my preferences: the first gun I fired was a Kimber .45—I hated the recoil at first, but even after 50 rounds it wasn’t easily to manage. Then I shot some rifles (absolutely love rifle shooting) and then I finally shot some more handguns. First I shot a .40 Glock (probably a G22, I don’t remember) and honestly, the recoil wasn’t bad, it was totally manageable, and not to toot my own horn, but I was shooting comparably to my Army vet friend (although he rarely shoots now). When I got my hands on a Sig P226 chambered in 9mm, it was like a hot knife through better… Not only did the Sig melt into my hands, but the trigger pull was soft as silk. The recoil was nothing.

    OK, so here is my dilemma: I’ve been dying to buy a gun and I may finally get the chance; my first gun choices are: Remington 870 Express with ghost ring sights, a Ruger 10/22, a compact Glock in either 9mm or .40S&W. Now, I live in CA but given my county, I think I may have a shot at CCW (Yolo County). For CCW, I would really like to get a subcompact Glock, but since I want a home-defense weapon also (since I won’t be buy another gun for some time), I would like to mount a light on the piece. If I get the 870, then I will have a good HD gun (which is good because I am going to move into a house soon), but I can’t find a holster to carry it for CCW (tongue). I want a 10/22 for the low ammo cost, but won’t have much of a HD gun nor a CCW gun. So it comes down to a Glock compact: I would like to have strength of a .40 rather than 9mm, but I also want to shoot a lot, so the cheaper cost of the 9mm would seem like the more logical choice. I would consider a Ruger MKIII but it blows as an HD gun.

    Someone please help!

    Thank you.

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    IMHO you should never mount a flashlight on a gun. It seems to me that you should get more than one firearm, especially since you mention your love of rifle shooting, and rifles don't make for ideal HD weapons, especially if you have roommates.
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    do you plan on doing any hunting?

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    If you are looking for a self defense gun that will do home defense and CCW, then the Glock you mention is the only choice amoung the firearms you list. Join the GSSF (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] , and you can get a subcompact Glock 9mm or 40, for $398 new. Then maybe you can get the 22 or the shotty also. Or maybe you will have enough left over to have a nice holster made and get some practice ammo too.
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    I like the 22 caliber for a first gun or when the pocket is limited. The ammo is cheap and still easy to find.

    You can protect at home well with a 22, don't kid yourself! When you can put a full mag of 22 into a 2" circle you are well protected for most situations.

    A Ruger 22 auto pistol or rifle will afford you years of inexpensive shooting. You can always add the big guns later.



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    +1... what sig232 said! The ammo is cheap (compared to other calibers) also...

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    I'll second what sig and BangBang said and add this...
    Might I suggest a .22 six shooter. I had one years ago to learn shooting pistols with and after a snit load of boxes of .22 shorts, etc, I could draw and fan six cans from a board just like you see in the old western movies.
    I was 19 when I bought that pistol and kept it until a party where a friend brought a couple of black guys in and the guns left when they did. I lost a pretty good hunk that night but I didn't loose what I had learned.
    I loved that little gun. I think more than any I ever owned.
    The bullets are cheap enough you can play with it a lot more than any other gun out there.
    Playing is pratice. With a brick of .22 shorts you can get to where you can draw that thing and hit someone just about dead between the eyes in a split second.
    Don't let the larger caliber get you like it did me.
    A .22 anywhere between the collar bone and up will stop the biggest of man and that isn't hard to do with just a little practice.
    And remember, if there is a threat worth shooting, it will be close.
    Now ya done talked me into looking for another western style six shooter.
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    Sig 226 in 9 mil

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    I'll add my voice to the 10/22 crowd. Start Small, always keep safety first. Learn to handle a rifle very well beore you even think about a pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan R McDaniel Jr View Post
    I'll add my voice to the 10/22 crowd. Start Small, always keep safety first. Learn to handle a rifle very well beore you even think about a pistol.

    Alan
    Hey. Was a while when I posted this thread.

    With all due respect, I totally disagree. I shouldn't have to go baby step by baby step in the firearms world. I've already shot a handful of handguns, rifles, and a shotgun. My first gun purchase is going to be a Kimber Custom CDP II 5'' in .45ACP.

    Also, I've handled the 10/22 several times and the length of pull is WAY too short for me. I will be looking into a Savage Mk. II .22lr.

    Thanks for the input guys.

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