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    New to handguns

    Correct me if i am wrong...But why do most first time gun buyers who dive into the CC realm purchase
    a small micro gun in a smaller caliber without acquiring the skill level to be proficient....Assuming you agree
    that shot placement is more critical the smaller we go in caliber and with limited rounds.
    Also smaller micro guns are harder to master and more prone to limp wristing
    and can be finicky...I am speaking of small micro guns not sub compact guns but it does depends
    on how you draw the line from micro to sub compact.

    Any thoughts or opinions?....

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    Size in their eyes makes them less "threatening" or they equate small size with less recoil the possibilities are endless.
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    Think they can only conceal a tiny handgun. No concept of holsters, belts or positions.
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    What makes you think first time gun buyers do this? If they do, it is probably because they are easier to conceal, are more comfortable to wear, and don't have a clue about how they shoot.

    Lady in my carry class had a five shot S&W 442 she had never shot until the firearms proficiency test during the class. She failed. She didn't bother to ask knowledgeable sources, didn't go to a range to shoot potential guns, and didn't know the first thing about firearm safety. My fear is she is not alone in her ignorance.
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    Many people overrate the capabilities of small handguns and small calibers. If I knew I was going to a gunfight, I would take a long gun and several friends with long guns.


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    First timers should try all different kinds of handguns. Find something that fits the hand, that you can shoot fairly well, and learn its manual of arms.

    That being said, the easiest gun to shoot I ever shot was a Springfield Armory FBI/HRT model. I went from having a good day at the range to having a GREAT day!

    No, the gun was not mine, I STILL do not own one.




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    Not sure, my first hand gun was a S&W .357 magnum, next was a 1911 .45ACP
    It is what my dad taught me to shoot with.
    I know a lot of first time shooters who do not start out less own a micro gun.
    I have no use for them, but many folks do. That is why we have so many choices and options open to us. God Bless America

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    First timers don't know what they don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spclopr8tr View Post
    What makes you think first time gun buyers do this? If they do, it is probably because they are easier to conceal, are more comfortable to wear, and don't have a clue about how they shoot.

    Lady in my carry class had a five shot S&W 442 she had never shot until the firearms proficiency test during the class. She failed. She didn't bother to ask knowledgeable sources, didn't go to a range to shoot potential guns, and didn't know the first thing about firearm safety. My fear is she is not alone in her ignorance.
    Oh i could be wrong....I have seen a lot of stuff and witnessed quite a few who buy a micro gun with no prior experience and for whatever reason
    cant run it or get it to run and brand it a pile of junk and tell the world about it...then follow it up with..."I traded it in for double stack whatever
    and never looked back..."500 rounds and not one hiccup"...Love that one BTW.
    I have such a gun now that a family member bought and it runs fine for me.
    I think poor research leads to a lot of bad decisions...Which is strange in a world full of info.
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    I bought a snub nose revolver many years ago before I knew anything about firearms. But when I started to train seriously, I bought a G17 ten years ago.
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    Tv / movies has a lot to do with it I think. Who know a snub is hard to shoot when detective movies show them to be AWESOME! Kinda of the whole John Wayne / Dirty Harry fall over or fly through the air when they're shot theory.

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    That's an easy one: Lack of accurate information coupled with lack of experience.
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    I've recounted here about a young man who was OCing his new gun having never fired a gun in his life. To him, the Taurus 856 was a good looking gun and was inexpensive. Now, over a year later, he's taken a basic pistol course and a CCW class and CCs a M&P 9C. We were talking recently and he was lamenting that his LGS only gave him $100 trade-in on the Taurus. Live & learn.
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    They think it will be easier to carry. The small gun you have is better than the larger gun at home.
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    I think it may be for the same reason most people by a smaller boat than the one they eventually end up with...the size, and everything that comes with it, intimidates them.
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