This is a discussion on Good first gun? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Fitch I agree with all the recommendations to start with something in .22LR. I'd recommend a Walther PT22 which is a nice ...
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Since you didn't cite a defensive purpose, I would agree with what others have recommended (seems to be a common theme). I like a pistol in .22 LR for a first gun. My first gun was a 9mm. Then I REALLY found out what it cost to shoot 9 mm, and got myself a Ruger MK II (6-7/8" barrel, adjustable sights).
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I agree with the .22 recommendation for the first gun. Inexpensive to shoot, and it will let you develop good shooting form. You can find a good .22 in a used case for $250 give or take a few bucks. Then shoot as many 9mm , 40s, and .45s as you can and find a model that you like. There are so many good guns on the market, a lot comes down to personal preference once you find a reliable brand or model. Lots of gems hiding in used cases.
I would highly recommend the M82A1, this is great for new shooters.
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Revolver for defense,,,,
Here is one of the best first steps towards practice for self defense or just developing handgun shooting skills.
Sigarms Mosquito very nice 22 cal pistol.
Second vote goes for the Walther P22
...I hope he takes some advice from this thread, if he is serious, at all.
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Are you looking for your "first" gun to be primarily for developing the basic shooting skills with other application-specific guns for later acquisition?
If you want your initial purchase for skill development a .22 is hard to beat. Buy it with the intention to keep it and get something else later - with either a rifle or handgun. Don't forget previously-owned guns as a real $-saver. The Ruger 10/22 was mentioned, but nobody mentioned the Mexican Assault Rifle, i.e. Marlin/Glenfield Mod.60. They have been in production since guns were invented and can be found used at reasonable prices. They are accurate and reliable with lots of accessories and good availability of spare parts. If you want the 1st gun to work for defence, consider a used .38 revolver. .38 Spl is available in a plethora of different loads and is one of the more economical CF calibers. Better yet, buy everything you find appealing as you develop your skills and know what you like. In today's world guns are like buying silver rounds - the price may fluctuate, but they will never be worth nothing like we may someday wake up and to be the case with FRNs.
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even if we have trolls I would assume this thread will answer a question a lot of people have.
.22 .38 or 9mm are all good starting points. 9 and. 38 offer a gun in a defensive caliber from the start. a bigger gun will handle the recoil well. I started on a sig 226. worked out well. although it isn't the cheapest weapon.
plenty of good brands out there. check the local shop.