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    First Gun Advice

    Well, I've been doing research and saving my money for months now in preparation of getting my first Gun. I've also been to a local range several times renting several different guns to see which of the ones I like really work for me.

    I've narrowed it down to two. The Walther PPS and the Beretta PX4 SC.

    I'm going to get both of them, as I want a higher capacity 9mm for better practice and winter carry and a slimmer gun for summer carry.

    My problem is, and such a problem it is, which one to get first?

    I'm leaning toward the PX4 since it is starting to get colder and I won't have a CCW permit in Texas until well into winter anyway. Plus the higher capacity means less time reloading at the range during practice.

    However, the PPS is probably the gun I'll carry most of the time since I really don't think I'll be able to conceal a wider pistol very well outside of winter clothing. Mostly due to the fact that it gets so hot here and also due to the weight I gained in college that I'm working on ridding my midsection of.

    With all that said, would I be better off with one over the other?

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    I have not seen or handled the Beretta, but, I have handled the PPS. I am really impressed with the slimness, and concealability of the PPS I would like to own one some day.

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    Winter is coming up.........so for me the Beretta.......depends on how long before you can come up with the money for both. If is will take awhile ....say next summer. PPS
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    I've owned a Walther PPS in 9mm for several months, and have put about 400 rounds through it without failure (actually, a FTF and FTE caused by my limpwristing, while weak hand shooting) Others, however, had different stories to tell about it, and I would search around the web (Google "PPS Talk"). For defense rounds I use Remington Golden Saber, +P, 124 gr., or similar.

    I've had my LTCH for about 10 days, and carry the PPS wherever I go, in a High Noon IWB holster. Very comfortable and concealable even with the 7 rd magazine.

    I love my PPS, and highly recommend it.

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    I like the beretta and for the reason you stated I think you may have already made up your mind. If you know you are going to get them both then wait on the PPS and pick it up in the spring. Think of it as a reward for carrying through the winter.

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    Both of my Choices are neither! Get a 1911 you want be Sorry. If you want small go with the Springer EMP , People who buy the 1911 last always wonder why they ever bought the others.
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    34 years of experience shooting and carrying one form of 1911 or another and I would not hesitate buying either the Walther or the Beretta. I prefer the way the Beretta feels in my hand over the (PP Schmal) small grip of the Walther. Both will do the job. Wife just bought a Walther P99C in 9mm. and I may steal it from her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by preachertim View Post
    Both of my Choices are neither! Get a 1911 you want be Sorry. If you want small go with the Springer EMP , People who buy the 1911 last always wonder why they ever bought the others.

    On my orginial post I was only going by the opinions given. I do love my 1911's and if you ever shoot one, you will know why.
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    A 1911 is on the buy list. But for me a 9mm will work better as a first gun based on ammunition savings and how much better they fit in my hand.

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    I'd stick with 9mm for the cheaper ammo and go with the Beretta
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post

    On my orginial post I was only going by the opinions given. I do love my 1911's and if you ever shoot one, you will know why.
    I know I just cant help myself!
    I Love those things and have to tell the whole world. If it is just those two guns to choose from I guess the Walther PPS is a good choice.
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    I'd go with the Beretta...save money for bandaids...the Walther can bite...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RebelKangaroo View Post
    A 1911 is on the buy list. But for me a 9mm will work better as a first gun based on ammunition savings and how much better they fit in my hand.
    Not to get off track, but do want to point out that there are quite a few 1911s these days made for 9mm.
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    Glock 19 or if you are dead set on your two choice the Beretta PX4 SC.
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    the gun you like to shoot the most. NOTHING beats practice!
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