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A Glock-19, some ammo, and a 1-2 day SD pistol course...a great start!
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Lots of features to consider:
size (length, width, height)
type of action (DA/SA, DAO, etc.)
striker fired vs. hammer (a few different configurations here)
how it feels in your hand
how easy is it to shoot accurately
types of safeties (trigger, grip, manual, firing pin block, none, etc.)
reputation for reliability (breaking, failure to feed, failure to eject, etc.)
do you like the way it looks (probably the most important )
Look at lots of guns you like and list the features above. Buy the one that seems to meet the criteria you find important.
But, that said: Try not to drive yourself crazy. Like others have said, your first purchase probably won't be your last.
If you're absolutely, 100% positive you want a 9mm get a CZ 75B. I have had one for years and it has proven to be rugged, accurate and dependable. If, on the other hand, you are still open to suggestions, you just can't beat a good quality 4" .357 revolver. It gives you the option of shooting both 357 and 38 special. Good luck, I'm sure you'll make the right decision
Since you're in Northern Virginia:
"Blue Ridge Arsenal" is an indoor range in Chantilly and they will rent guns. Obviously their selection is limited, but it's a reasonable spread.
The most cost effective range in the area is the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, and it's quite nice as you might expect. They don't rent guns, but they do offer classes.
The Dulles Expo in Chantilly generally has a very large gun show every other month or so. It's a great place to handle many different options. I believe the next 3-day show starts tomorrow!
"Virginia Arms" in Manassas is a great store! Their prices are competitive and the people are helpful and friendly. They have no problem with browsing. The staff are pleasant and professional.
(Not to be confused with another similar named store in the area which I would NOT recommend)
^^^^^^^^ 1000 times this.
If you're a novice holding 4" groups at 25 yds consistently, with the right gun and some training you should be fending off shooting sponsorships with a stick.
Take a look at the CZ 75B, or the CZ 75 P-01. Both will fit what your looking for. The + with the P-01 is it has built in rails, so if you wanted to install a light or laser for home defense, it is set up to accept them already.
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shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. picking a gun without shooting it is like picking a woman to marry without meeting her - it might work out, but it might not.
i bought my first gun (H&K P-7) after MUCH research and reading, but no hands on experience. i ended up with an accurate, dependable, reliable gun that i didn't like shooting.
my choices for you to shoot/consider: Sig P-226 variant; Glock 17/Gen 4; S&W M&P/9mm/full-size; Springfield Armory XDM 5.25/9mm; CZ 75 variant; Government-size 1911/9mm.
How do you feel about an external safety? It may help reduce your choices. Personally I like them, and prefer the safety on the SR9c of the two, and lack of an external hammer. But the SR9c is harder to rack.
XD is a nice gun also..... practice ammo in 9mm will run you about .22/.24 cents a round....45 will run about 38 cents.. 40 is only slightly less than 45 in my area. have fun shopping !!
M&P 9mm full size for fun. M&P shield 9mm for Self Defense/ccw.
PROTECT THE FLOCK, CONFRONT THE WOLF.....
Your "gal" needs to go on a shoe allowance.
You get a gun, she gets shoes &/or handbag.
You get another gun, she gets a new pair of shoes,,,,,,,,,,Repeat process.
To answer your question;
If you are NOT going to carry it(or even if you will @ some point) it will make a great range pistol(accurate).
HD-safe to have @ home.
In this neck of the woods we are partial to M&P's.
I know close to 8 people with one, in some caliber(9mm .40or .357 sig.) or size .
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