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    Handgun recommendations?

    Entry level, good value, reliable. These are the qualities I am looking for.

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    I love my Barretta PX4 Storm and my wife carries a Glock 19.

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    Can you carry in California?

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    cant go wrong with the glock 19, most used the world over i think. but im going for a walther P99 as soon as i get my new permit. a bit more expensive, but much more intuitive feeling in the hand

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    I have a S&W 990L .40, I like it. Its compact, good for a carry gun. I still need to get my carry permit though, I will be getting the lifetime permit before they get rid of it.

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    Ruger SR9. After the issue they had with it going off when dropped, it seems to be decent.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
    Can you carry in California?
    You need a concealed carry permit.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jimefam Click here to enlarge
    I love my Barretta PX4 Storm and my wife carries a Glock 19.
    Just found out my Dad has two handguns, including a Barretta .22. He said I could have it so I'm going to look up where a range is and go shoot it seeing how I like it. Will be the first time I shot a gun as embarrassing as it is to say.

    Since I can have that gun I'll likely add a shotgun.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ryan Mills Click here to enlarge
    Ruger SR9. After the issue they had with it going off when dropped, it seems to be decent.
    This is a great gun. Comes in the normal 9mm, compact 9mm, the SR40 which is the .40 s&W and the compact .40 s&w. Great reliable gun for about 400 bucks.
    http://www.ruger.com/products/sr40/models.html

    The xd series is great too!

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    Springfield XDM in .45! or .40!

    Holds a ton of rounds in one clip and has a really nice trigger pull and barrel. Kinda like an upgraded Glock .45 or .40.

    I love the two-tone look too. They have all-black ones as well.


    1911s shoot nice as well, but you only get 7 rounds in .45. XDM can hold 17 with a normal mag and 19 with a slightly extended. (One in the chamber)

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    Springfield xd subcompact. Nice for concealed carry.

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    Xdm! Those real nice also. I was looking
    at them also but found 9mm xd for 300 new!

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BattaM3 Click here to enlarge
    Xdm! Those real nice also. I was looking
    at them also but found 9mm xd for 300 new!
    Yeah the XDM definitely isn't the cheapest around.


    Sticky, just get something that is reliable and you are accurate with. If you go to a shooting range they normally let you rent out guns. You can see what malfunctions and what suites you the best.

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    My first gun was Sig Sauer P220 .45 stainless steel with night sights I love that gun.

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    I like the Ruger LCP and H&K products

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    Springfield XDM in .45! or .40!

    Holds a ton of rounds in one clip and has a really nice trigger pull and barrel. Kinda like an upgraded Glock .45 or .40.

    I love the two-tone look too. They have all-black ones as well.


    1911s shoot nice as well, but you only get 7 rounds in .45. XDM can hold 17 with a normal mag and 19 with a slightly extended. (One in the chamber)
    Cali is limited to the 10+1 law. Anything more can get you thrown in the klink.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by e92 Click here to enlarge
    I like the Ruger LCP and H&K products
    +1 on H&K

    My two recommendations would be either a Walther P99 9mm AS or an H&K P30, both of which I personally think are great.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
    Sticky, just get something that is reliable and you are accurate with. If you go to a shooting range they normally let you rent out guns. You can see what malfunctions and what suites you the best.
    Yep, just found a close range. Going to take both guns and see how I like them. They have plenty available for rent as well. I don't think I'll have to buy a gun unless the two my dad has for some reason I do not like.

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    everyone is gonna tell you this gun is the best and that gun is the worst bla bla bla... Guns are so user specific and application specific that you are gonna need to physically try each before YOU can decide. Its like a car.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    everyone is gonna tell you this gun is the best and that gun is the worst bla bla bla... Guns are so user specific and application specific that you are gonna need to physically try each before YOU can decide. Its like a car.
    I hear you, I will use what I have and rent a few to get an idea.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I hear you, I will use what I have and rent a few to get an idea.
    also try not to develop bad shooting habits, learn stance, posture, grip and breathing. Dont anticipate the shot and practice as much as you can. a 22 pistol is the perfect gun to learn on because you can shoot all day and it will cost you pennies. Plus you can focus on technique instead of worrying about recoil anticipation.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    everyone is gonna tell you this gun is the best and that gun is the worst bla bla bla... Guns are so user specific and application specific that you are gonna need to physically try each before YOU can decide. Its like a car.
    You're right and wrong. You are 100% correct in the respect that choosing a handgun is a process that requires a person to find the right pistol that suits their anatomical features. You're wrong in undermining the suggestions of other people as being completely worthless. People that are more experienced provide valuable insight into narrowing the general selection. The more helpful advice would be to cast aside individual's negative commentary if it isn't backed up by some sort of logical reasoning.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    also try not to develop bad shooting habits, learn stance, posture, grip and breathing. Dont anticipate the shot and practice as much as you can. a 22 pistol is the perfect gun to learn on because you can shoot all day and it will cost you pennies. Plus you can focus on technique instead of worrying about recoil anticipation.
    Does a .22 pistol have little stopping power?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Does a .22 pistol have little stopping power?
    There are two schools of thought, those that think stopping power is the most important factor and those that believe shot placement is the most important factor.

    Unfortunately however, a .22 cartridge is less than ideal in both.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Maciej Click here to enlarge
    There are two schools of thought, those that think stopping power is the most important factor and those that believe shot placement is the most important factor.

    Unfortunately however, a .22 cartridge is less than ideal in both.
    I see. Well, it will be good to learn on right? I can always move to something stronger once I get the basics down and having a .22 pistol for protection is better than nothing. The other handgun has considerably larger rounds, not sure what they are.

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