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    newbie looking for Advice on next set of guns to try before buying?

    I am very new to pistol shooting (last Saturday). I took my NRA Basic Pistol class. Shot 50 round of .22 long and hit the target all 50 times at 15 feet. This is a great first step for me because I have been afraid of guns after 2 traumatic incidences. But mentally I am ready and willing to take the next step. Tonight I am heading to the range for some more .22 practice. On Thursday my wonderful hubby and I will be moving up to try 9mm's. After that I will try .40 cal.

    In the gun stores I really like the feel of the Glock 19, the M&P (the compact didn't fir my hand well because grip felt too short) and the Beretta 9mm. I am looking eventually for a conceal carry but first I have to know what I can handle, what I will like enough to practice with and then what I can conceal carry.

    There are so many different guns out there. I need a place to start. Something very reliable, easy to get parts for, & because I have very long narrow fingers something I can fit in my hand.

    I would love a list of 6 different guns of different calibers that I can rent and check off my list. Any help would be appreciated!

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    Well, you started out with the feel of the 'best'...the Glock-19 would be dependable, an excellent shooter, and would be easy to carry/conceal. If you like 9mm, then also look at the Glock-26...even easier to conceal.
    I'm a Glock guy who used to love other guns, too. Only YOU can really decide which will work best for you..keep holding them all, and soon one will begin calling out your name, "MamaKat, I'm the one you should take home."
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    Smith & Wesson M&P Full Size or Compact with Pinkie Extension (since you mentioned that the grip on the compact seemed short to you.
    Springfield XDs or XD Compact (9mm, 45 <also 40 on the compact>)
    Walther PPS or PPQ
    CZ 2075 RAMI (9mm or 40)
    Kimber Solo (9mm)
    SigSauer P239 (9mm, 357sig, 40)

    Might be worth your time to TRY a 1911 in 45

    Good luck and I am glad to hear you want to try several before just buying. Anything we can do to help, we will try our best.

    I would suggest checking out The Cornered Cat website. Lady Shooter tailoring her information to ladies. Kathy Jackson is one smart lady! Great resource!
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    Love the Cornered Cat site! I have read it over and over. Love the list. I am looking forward to see which one says "Take me home"!
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    Give a look at the CZ P-07, available in both 9mm and .40. CZ PCR and P-01, available in 9 mm and the P-06 .40 cal. The CZ RAMI as already mentioned is another option. Also give the Bersa line a look at as well.
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    Glock 19 for too many reasons to list right now.
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    For a ccw weapon you can't go wrong with a Glock IMO. They may not be pretty, but when you pull the trigger they go bang. Many don't like the feel of them though. I would encourage you to try out a Bersa BP9CC as well. It is a thin single stack 9mm that is very easy to conceal.
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    Glock 19. Id be careful with the "logic" of how big a gun you can handle.

    Id be more concerned with what fits the bill for a concealed carry gun that you can handle well. Just because its the right size, and you could handle it well, doesnt matter much if it jams up, and has a poor track record for reliability, either.

    Once again, Glock 19, or Glock 26.
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    The three you mentioned are an excellent place to start. In addition, I'd try, in larger sizes:

    CZ75B
    Walther PPX
    S&W SD9VE (a less expensive option)

    If you'd want to try something smaller:

    S&W M&P Shield
    Walther PPS

    And I'll throw a revolver in there: Ruger SP101 - most of these are .357 Magnum, but you can fire the less-powerful .38 Special in these, which is what I'd suggest trying. .357 is a very powerful round and better if one works up to it.
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    If possible try to rent or borrow as many different types of handguns as possible before buying. Once you do this you will have a pretty good idea of what you want and need. If you do choose a 9mm semi-auto like the others said a Glock 19 is a good choice and somewhat of an "industry standard". Good luck!
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    My wife loves the Beretta px4 compact. Last spring we were looking at guns for her. After she got the px4 in her hand nothing else mattered. As mentioned there are lots of fine choices and your gun choice is very personal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaKat View Post
    I am very new to pistol shooting ... really like the feel of the Glock 19, the M&P and the Beretta 9mm.

    I am looking eventually for a conceal carry but first I have to know what I can handle, what I will like enough to practice with and then what I can conceal carry.

    I would love a list of 6 different guns of different calibers that I can rent and check off my list.
    If the selection of various sidearms that are on the market today all existed back when I first started in your position, I'd seriously take a look at the following ... given long-ish fingers, dislike of the puny sizing of the sub-compact frames, and uncertainty over whether my ultimate carry gun would be something else down the road.

    In no particular order:

    1. Glock 19 9mm. No manual thumb safety.
    2. Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact Pro 9mm. Large, easy-to-use ambidextrous controls.
    3. H&K P2000 9mm, or the compact P2000SK version. Large, easy-to-use ambidextrous controls.
    4. SIG P239 9mm. Manual decocker lever, or no lever in the DAK (DAO) version.
    5. CZ P-01 or D Compact PCR 9mm (the 2075 RAMI 9mm compact is likely to be to short of a frame for you, but worth trying).
    6. Bersa BPCC 9mm / Kahr K9 9mm -- roughly similar pistols, size- and feature-wise. No manual thumb safety.
    7. S&W 3900 series 9mm -- discontinued for several years, now, but an excellent pistol.
    8. Ruger SP-101 .357 3" revolver -- if revolvers are your preference. Heavier, well-made, excellent carry gun.


    Any of these ought to do you very nicely. Any can work well as a carry sidearm, presuming your wardrobe and holster/belt allow.

    If you're just starting out, you might consider your first gun being one with a manual thumb safety. My personal preference is for either DAO or a DA/SA with decocker, but we're all different. My very first gun was a Browning BDM 9mm, with ambi controls, and it was extremely easy to learn on. Large, balanced, easy to use, slim enough to conceal once I did began to carry.
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    I don't like Glocks (for purely ergonomic and appearance reasons) , but the Glock 19 is a pistol that I recommend highly. It works (it goes bang with monotonous regularity), is a good size for both conceal carry and home defense. One can become proficient with it rather quickly and it is easy to maintain. It is one of the first pistols I suggest to new shooters.

    I would also check out CZ's

    I highly recommend Bersa Thunderer UC 9 Pro

    And for an old but good used gun if you can find one S&W 5906 or 6906

    I like revolvers personally
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    Set of guns? 53365-Child-Double-Holster-and-Gun-Set-large.jpg

    Just kidding. You may find that your husband and you don't necessarily need to be using identicle weapons. With a little experience you will find your own preferences. You are on the right track being here and asking questions. That's my preferred set of concealed carry weapons on the left, each has it's time
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    The Glock 19 is THE most popular gun that comes through my classes and it's the one most preferred by my women students. Good luck.
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