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Welcome from Delaware!
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Welcome to the forum from SW Ohio.
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Welcome aboard from the great state of Pennsylvania!
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Hello! Welcome from Southeast Kansas!
Welcome to Defensive Carry from Olympia, WA; in the Great Pacific Northwest!
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Hello, SpeedFreak, and welcome from Missouri to a really great forum. Good people and info here! The handgun you get depends on your intended use. If not carrying, you can get a larger size weapon. Look at the SIG SP2022 (9mm or .40) - very high quality and one of the best values out there; extremely reliable with all sorts of ammo. For a smaller carry pistol, look at Taurus 709 Slim (9mm) or 740 (.40), or S&W M&P Shield (9mm or .40). Of these, the Shield is the most expensive. It's OK to buy used (look at Gunbroker online), but do your due diligence by asking questions of the seller. Between 9mm and .40 cal, I like 9mm - much cheaper to shoot! Size of caliber isn't as important as placement of multiple shots, so for me 9mm is the way to go.
Since you are new to this handgun, self defense arena, consider taking some good self defense classes. I also recommend you check out the many free YouTube videos made by Massad Ayoob, a world-class instructor in handgun use and self defense, who has recorded training sessions in Judicious Use of Force, Shoot to Live, Home Invasion, Preparation for Home Defense, and What to Do After a Shooting. Just Google his name and these topics and the YouTubes should show up. Very good instructional information from an expert, and free.
And, best wishes for a safe, prosperous New Year to you and yours. Good luck with your decision!
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