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

    loloman where do you live im sure several of us wouldn't mind you trying some of em out ...range day

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

    Marksman on South hill Puyallup rents guns, you have to buy their ammo. And you have to pay & sit through range safety course. Just don't buy any guns from them. Way overpriced. 9mm S&W shield is a great cheap gun. Stay away from .40, they have some issues.


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

    Find a local range, there are a number of them out there as people have already pointed out.

    But for God's sake, before you buy the gun buy a safe first, then the gun. If it's not on your hip then it must be in your safe. Don't leave home with it and go some place where you can't bring the gun. When you have it on you, don't go where it cannot.

    Find something that fits your hand and naturally points. Everything else personal taste. If it doesn't feel or fit right then it's not the right one for you. Ergonomics first, then all the tacticool stuff.

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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.
    You might check out Federal Way Discount Guns. I haven't been to their range, but their prices are decent. Once you decide on a purchase, Sportco in Fife is worth checking out. There are also some vendors here that advertise on the site.

    I agree with people who have recommended the M&P Shield - good carry gun, Smith & Wesson has improved the trigger with the latest version.

    At $500, you're also in Glock territory if you end up liking them.

    If you end up with a gun you love, itís priceless, regardless of what you paid for it.

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

    Welcher's has a new store in Lakewood that has a range too?


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

    At that price range your looking at Glock, Springfield XD, Smith and Wesson M&P and Sig P320.

    Personally I would concentrate on the first three I slisted. Those are the most common and probably most likely to be found at a rental range.

    If you live close to Kent and out schedules match up I could let you shoot all but the M&P

    Might be able to shoot all four if my buddy can make it out too


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

    Quote Originally Posted by mmalleck View Post
    You might check out Federal Way Discount Guns. I haven't been to their range, but their prices are decent. Once you decide on a purchase, Sportco in Fife is worth checking out. There are also some vendors here that advertise on the site.

    I agree with people who have recommended the M&P Shield - good carry gun, Smith & Wesson has improved the trigger with the latest version.

    At $500, you're also in Glock territory if you end up liking them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jukk0u View Post
    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?

    Thanks for the awesome support! I live in Tacoma. I know I need a buddy for the one in Tacoma but I don't have friends here that are experienced.

    Does anyone know if Puyallup is the same way?

    I would be willing to drive to Puyallup or Federal Way if you guys have a range day.


    Quote Originally Posted by cmica View Post
    loloman where do you live im sure several of us wouldn't mind you trying some of em out ...range day



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

    Quote Originally Posted by cmica View Post
    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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