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    opinions needed!

    Don't know if i am going to have enough money for the usp compact that i wanted just wanted some opinions and recommendations on what a good first carry gun would be?
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    What's your price range?
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    I'll probably get tagged as a Glock fanboy, but I really do think the G26 is a great first CC pistol in all the categories for a superb pistol. I would also recommend the Kahr CW series in 9mm or .40. Just at $400 and change it's one of the better low cost but excellent quality options out there.. FWIW

    Good luck with your choice.

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    What ever you get just remember that if the gun that you shoot best with is a little out of your price range it may be best to wait until you can save the extra and get that vs buying something that may not work for you.

    You've gone this long without a carry gun, the little extra time you wait may save your life.

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    Try the XD9, the Glock 19 or 26, Sig 250 or Sig Pro 2022, Kahr CW9, CZ P01, and the M&P 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    I'll probably get tagged as a Glock fanboy, but I really do think the G26 is a great first CC pistol in all the categories for a superb pistol. I would also recommend the Kahr CW series in 9mm or .40. Just at $400 and change it's one of the better low cost but excellent quality options out there.. FWIW

    Good luck with your choice.

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    I personally don't find glocks very comfortable to hold but that being said I have to agree. Glock 26 is a great first pistol. They work well for CCW, home defense and are fun on the range. They are also stone cold reliable. Can't really go wrong with one unless it's not comfrotable in your hand.

    If cost is a concern you can check out the Taurus Milpro line however be warned. I think Taurus makes a good gun but I will not buy another one because of their customer service. My EDC is a PT145 pro and I love it.
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    As rollo said the millenium pro series is a good starter carry weapon, I had a pt140 and it went bang every time, shot groups of about 3 inches at 10 yds. I could do better if a really shot slow down to 2inches or less. But 3 inches is good enough for quick double taps. Now the trigger is...well horrible but I got spoiled by my sig and judge everything else next to it.
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    G L O C K 19 or 26, if the grip agrees with your hand.

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    I love my Springfield XD9 sub compact. It is a great carry gun for me. I compared it to the Glock 26, which is about the same size, but the xd felt better in my hand.

    Just make sure whatever you get it is comfortable in your hand.

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    I just feel like guns are something you shouldn't really skimp on too much.

    Me, personally, I won't buy a cheaper gun only because it's cheaper. I'll save and wait and get what I really want. Considering the cost of the investment your making, you want to be truly happy with what you're buying. Otherwise you may end up disappointed.

    Just my thoughts.
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    Depending on budget, experience and possible probable scenarios: Charter Arms, Taurus or Rossi .38 caliber revolvers to start simple and cheap? Dependable but reasonably cheap and easier to use under stress that may be the best? Carjacking or parking lot or sidewalk? .380 or 9mm semi-automatic pistols for close range with hollow point bullets in magazines? .40 or .45 hand cannons at home with a shotgun? Scan the forums, read the magazines and go to gun shows and shops and ranges to get some advice and opinions, just in case you can't buy the first half-dozen guns that you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdm320 View Post
    I just feel like guns are something you shouldn't really skimp on too much.

    Me, personally, I won't buy a cheaper gun only because it's cheaper. I'll save and wait and get what I really want. Considering the cost of the investment your making, you want to be truly happy with what you're buying. Otherwise you may end up disappointed.

    Just my thoughts.
    Yeah i have been thinking that myself, i went around today and looked at cheaper ones, but none of them felt as good as the usp compact. Its almost like shopping for fruit you are willing to pay a little bit more for the better quality fruit then buy a bruised apple or one that you dont like the taste of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamRudolph View Post
    Try the XD9, the Glock 19 or 26, Sig 250 or Sig Pro 2022, Kahr CW9, CZ P01, and the M&P 9.

    All great guns. Hopefully you can find an indoor range in your area and you can try most (hopefully all) of them out and see what's right for you. I highly recommend finding your first gun in this manner. Trust me, I know. I've traded far too many guns that I didn't like before I found one that I really liked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    What ever you get just remember that if the gun that you shoot best with is a little out of your price range it may be best to wait until you can save the extra and get that vs buying something that may not work for you.

    You've gone this long without a carry gun, the little extra time you wait may save your life.
    yeah i agree, i dont think i should settle for anything less than what feels right to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    I would also recommend the Kahr CW series in 9mm or .40. Just at $400 and change it's one of the better low cost but excellent quality options out there.. FWIW
    I'll second the recommendation for the Kahr CW40 (or CW9 if you prefer 9mm). For the little money spent, you won't find a much better carry gun that's light, small, easy to shoot and reliable.

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