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Start with something in .22. If you can't shoot a .22 then you don't stand a chance with anything more powerful.
Since I've seen a couple more recommends for the poor man's p226. I'll just say that GB used to have pages and pages of sp2022s for sale. Not so much any more. If you are considering the sig pro, this is the one (or similar) you should get (GB 754165334). there aren't many Germans out there these days.
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My Dad has one of those, great gun for the money. Very high quality. I think these were contract guns with the LCI and the smooth finish, but I don't remember the full story.
You will buy a Glock.
Buy several. They're cheap.
In my personal experience, YMMV, don't waste the money on a .22. I have never been able to shoot one well, except the Ruger MK, which is a bear to clean, and a new one ain't cheap, neither
I don't know who these guys are that flinch when they shoot 9MM, but since you were a professional wrench turner your wrists are adequate to start off with a real gun, and forget about the .22.
The best beginner pistol is the one that speaks to you. Like your soul mate, you will know her when you see her. The Sig P226 in 9MM is a very good choice. A standard by which everything else should be judged. Mine is a used LE turn in, and was under $500. Today, you may have to settle for a P226 or P229 in .40, but I'll bet you don't flinch....
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I would rent a .22 at the range and shoot a few hundred rounds to get acquainted with how a pistol shoots, the trigger etc.
Before renting, ask to hold as many as you can and see which one fits your hand best. Then I would rent a 9mm and .45 acp SIG,then rent as many in the caliber you like, both could be fine for a beginner. But, each person is different, some feel comfortable with .45 and some feel comfortable with 9mm. Also each pistol feels different. I'd also take a look at a CZ 75B 9mm.
CZ 75 variant
In whatever order you prefer.
I am actually serously considrering Maxon in Des Plaines.
S&W model 10 or model 15.
Wish you lived close by as I have a couple you could try. I would go to a good size gun shop and check out how different models feel. Whatever feels good to you start looking for a used one. Personally I would go with 9mm. Good Luck and Thanks for you service. Once you decide put an ad in this forum.
Glock 19 is a good beginner pistol.
Glock or one of the other striker fired pistols out there such as the p320. Same trigger pull every time. I wouldn't recommend a da/sa gun for someones 1st.
where are you located? most indoor ranges have rentals you can try out and find what you like best.
there are also many many informative vids on youtube that can help educate...
check out vids by MAC, Hickock45, MrGunsandGear to learn about specific guns.
Are you looking for a 'fullsize gun? A concealed carry gun?
Since you have some firearms training already I would generally recommend a 9mm semi auto - there are a TON of options to choose from.
Beretta, Sig, Smith and Wesson, Glock, HK, FN, Walther, Springfield Armory all make guns that you might like. Just gotta educate yourself a bit and try a few.
Very important - find one that fits your hand well. Ergonomically - there are some differences between the manufacturers that you may find significant.
One thing I would add also - learn about the differences in the trigger systems - the difference between Single Action, DA/SA, striker fired, etc. Once you decide you like one operating system the best - that will help narrow down the gun selection.
Have fun - good luck - keep us posted!
Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Granted my time was before the"global war on terror", but I spent 6 years between the infantry and a forward observer attached to the infantry... I never touched a pistol.
I'm all jacked up on Mountain Dew...
When I am teaching someone new to shoot, I have a system:
Step 1: P226 with .22lr conversion, suppressed (to get used to the idea of firing)
Step 2: P226 with .22lr conversion, unsuppressed (to get used to the noise)
Step 3: P226 9mm with suppressor (to get used to shooting an actual defensive caliber)
Step 4: P226 9mm, unsuppressed.
Obviously .22 conversion kits and suppressors are a bit advanced for a new shooter, but if you can find someone who has one or both, its a really great way to learn.
I am very partial to Sigs, and I suggest that if you visit a well stocked dealer, that has a firing range and handguns to rent to help you in making your selection and ammo on site to purchase, go that direction. My favorite Sig (although I have many) I purchased USED; an all stainless 9mm police
trade-in P226S. It cost considerably less than buying new, and replacement parts will be available for years-to-come should you need them. Good luck in your search & welcome to the forum. This is the
best place to look for advice on selection of handguns. You will, in time, be able to identify
which members really know this topic.
I doubt that I'm the one who would consider an older used Sig P226 or similar to be a Better firearm period than some of the newer SIGs.......
Remember, this is all supposed to be for fun...................
When I was in the Army, it was more common to get trigger time on a M203 than a pistol.
My first Sig was a P220 in the late 1980s. I like the full size Sigs in 9mm. The weight of the pistol helps manage recoil for new shooters. You can pick up used 226s or 229s for decent money and end up with a great handgun.
1.) Used Glock 19 and plenty of ammo. 2.) Learn about proper grip, trigger technique, sight picture, breathing, etc...Live instructors are best. 3.) Lots of range time with slow deliberate shooting at 5-7yrd targets. For new shooters, you can go through a couple 100 rds. before you get used to the feel, sound, flinch, etc. 4.) Lots of slow deliberate dry fire (unloaded of course...and one of the reasons I like Glocks). Good luck and welcome!
I'm pretty amazed, although I probably shouldn't be, at the lack of pistol training in the military.
Even as a Navy puke going through boot camp in the early 80's, everyone shot 2 mags through a 1911. You really didn't have to hit anything mind you, it was more to make sure you knew which end of the gun the boolits came out. That was it, a 1911 and no rifle whatsoever.
Once I got to the ship I ended up qualifying on everything in the armory because most everyone in combat systems was assigned to shipboard security. We still qualified on 1911's while underway and did familiarization firing of 870's, M14's and later M16's. Never did qualify on a M9 because our ship never had them, and I got out in 1989. Well after they were adopted. I shot M9's at separate security training schools, but never carried one on-board for watches.
If I was making pistol recommendations now, much as I hate to admit it, I'd recommend a striker fired 9mm, chose your flavor. I love SIG's, but it's just plain easier to learn on and shoot well with Glock's and such(I know, I know, P320, and that's fine). I love my SIG's, but lets face it, You will buy a Glock
I lost all my weapons in a boating, umm, accident.
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