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    first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    Hello everyone,

    I just received my concealed pistol license and I was curious as to which pistol you would recommend I start with?

    I will obviously take a gun safety class soon.

    I travel throughout Washington State for work so it would be kept locked in my glovebox whenever I am not in my car. ( I live in an apartment complex and I have a one and a half year old so I would rather not have in my apartment)

    This gun would be for safety but I also want to start going to the shooting range and shooting for fun.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    Welcome to SGN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A simple small frame revolver in 38 Special or 357 Mag. is always a good start.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    loloman definitely know your not from HI. Welcome pending where you live look for some group shoots and try em out. Also find what fits your hands with the grips

    everyone has their own taste, I like 1911's and shield



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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    What chris said.
    get a home safe.
    Rent and shoot a lot of different pistols.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    A lot of ranges will have intro classes where they let you try out a lot of different pistols. That's a good opportunity to see what you like and shoot well with while you are also learning the basics.

    I have kids in the house, too, so I have the small gunvault for in-home storage w/ quick access, but also never leave a loaded weapon unattended. I live in a pretty nice neighborhood and I've had my cars in my driveway rummaged through at night several times (only when I've forgotten to lock the doors...which is rare) so I'd never consider leaving a firearm in a vehicle overnight. Heck, I get uncomfortable when I stop for food on my way home from the rifle range and get more than 20 feet from the car.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    Desert Eagle in .50AE.

    You should hit a range that rents handguns. Shoot a few in various calibers and see what feels best and shoots best for you.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    As other members have stated, you need to find a gun that is comfortable for you. Also if you stated your budget, that would help us offer suggestions. And yeah...NEVER leave your gun in the car overnight.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    As people have stated - go to a range and try a variety of guns. Bring a friend - some ranges won't let you shoot alone unless you bring a firearm with you.

    When you find a gun you like, stick with it for a few range visits. As your skills progress, you might migrate to something different. Of course you could just purchase and swap around, but gun rental is a cheaper way to go when you're first starting out. West Coast Armory has a pretty good selection.
    If you end up with a gun you love, it’s priceless, regardless of what you paid for it.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    Thank you.

    I'll look at West Coast Armory. Do you know of any ranges in Tacoma that let you rent.

    My budget is under $500. At least for my first one while I get comfortable.

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    Re: first time buyer-what pistol should I start with?

    Quote Originally Posted by loloman1989 View Post
    Thank you.

    I'll look at West Coast Armory. Do you know of any ranges in Tacoma that let you rent.

    My budget is under $500. At least for my first one while I get comfortable.
    Do a little research into the Smith & Wesson Shield line and M&P line, those are excellent possible choices, regardless of whether I own stock in that company!

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