February 11th, 2013 06:16 PM
Hello from Virginia
I am brand new to the handgun world. I am interested in purchasing a handgun, went shooting for the first time yesterday. Shot a Smith and Wesson 9mm. I really enjoyed it! I feel as if its time to take the step to obtain the protection for my family before every criminal out there is armed and I am not! I need help with what is best, what I should be looking for and what I should stay away from. I went to a local gun show yesterday - very overwhelming! Any thoughts, advice or words of wisdom certainly accepted! Thank you!
February 11th, 2013 06:21 PM
Red, welcome from Florida.
The best thing you can do is find a shop that has a large number of weapons in stock where you can hold each one
and see how they feel to you. Also staying in your price range at the same time. The comfort of the gun is critical. No one can tell you the best gun for you. You need to handle it and make sure it is comfortable.
Once you narrow that to a couple of guns then the members can give their advice on those particular models.
Make it a fun trip making the decision.
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February 11th, 2013 06:22 PM
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February 11th, 2013 06:34 PM
February 11th, 2013 06:49 PM
Welcome from Southwest Florida.
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February 11th, 2013 06:59 PM
February 11th, 2013 07:14 PM
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February 11th, 2013 08:14 PM
Welcome to the forum!
If your state has required training, you can probably get some suggestions from your trainer. If not, then try to go the rental route with as many firearms as feel comfortable in your hand.
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February 11th, 2013 08:16 PM
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February 11th, 2013 09:27 PM
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February 11th, 2013 09:34 PM
Welcome from Massachusetts, from someone born in Roanoke, VA. If you're just looking for home protection, I think a 12 gauge pump is very reliable and effective. As far as handguns go for home protection, I'd recommend a .357 revolver for reliability and stopping power. If you plan to carry your home protection firearm, depending on personal comfort levels, I'd consider a S&W M&P .40 or 9mm, perhaps a "compact" version. Just my opinion.
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February 11th, 2013 09:47 PM
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February 11th, 2013 09:55 PM
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February 11th, 2013 09:57 PM
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February 11th, 2013 10:06 PM
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