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Looking thru the THT archives researching a first pistol recommendation. Most of the posts are a few years old and I know equipment has changed. I know it’s a feel comfortable thing and what’s good for you may not be good for me but there are things about certain pistols that everyone agrees on. I’m looking to buy my first 9 mm. Not looking to conceal carry, So no subcompacts. Just mostly for the range and home protection. I need to know what to look for, what’s important and any opinions would be appreciated.
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Glock 19
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I don’t care what other say but I love 1911s. Have multiple but none in 9mm. You can get them in 9mm if you want though.
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Second G19 or 17 bad ass gun for sure. I actually prefer the 17 for all around shooting.
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Glock 19x....has night sights for HD...not too big, not too small. A full size Sig is not a bad choice either.
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Originally Posted by AMR View Post
Glock 19
Tough to argue with this. It's a 9mm world and it's a Glock world. Aftermarket support is unmatched. Mags are readily available and extremely reliable (KCI aside).

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I have a xd9 and highly recommend it. If your looking for a rugged range/defense pistol you literally can’t go wrong with a Springfield xd, glock 19, smith and Wesson m&p, Walther ppq and a few others just feel them all and get what’s comfortable
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Glock 19 or Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. These are the two most popular 9mm pistols. I prefer the Glock. If you don't plan to carry the pistol concealed, consider the Glock 17 or a CZ75B.
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At this point in the game I suggest you try to find some ammo for it first.
Otherwise you may wind up with a paperweight.
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Glock good gun. But no manual safety.
M&P Shield good gun. Available with or without manual safety.
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Originally Posted by SeaBoss21 View Post
Looking thru the THT archives researching a first pistol recommendation. Most of the posts are a few years old and I know equipment has changed. I know it’s a feel comfortable thing and what’s good for you may not be good for me but there are things about certain pistols that everyone agrees on. I’m looking to buy my first 9 mm. Not looking to conceal carry, So no subcompacts. Just mostly for the range and home protection. I need to know what to look for, what’s important and any opinions would be appreciated.
No brainer, Glock 17.....

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I would not get the Glock 19x because not all Glock mags are compatible with it. Glock 19 gen 4 would be the way to go if I could have only one gun bc it is big enough to be a combat gun, yet not too big. Shorter sight radius (than Glock 17) enable faster sight alignment, yet it’s long enough to still be accurate (compared to G26). Tons of aftermarket parts, very reliable, cheap price, etc.. all guns mentioned are great guns though. Another thing I like about Glocks is the lower bore axis (how high the barrel is over your hand). This helps with recoil management and more accurate first round shots.
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If looking at Glocks check out the G45. I have one and have been impressed.

Another option is the CZ or FN striker fired pistols. Walter is a good option also. See what fits!
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SeaBoss can you own a pistol with mags that hold more than 10 rounds in NJ? What’s your budget? I can maybe help you out.
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Be aware that Glock's 22° grip angle is different than most others which are 18°. This can be okay or bad. As you know many people like it. For quite a few people it does not point naturally and this is a serious problem in a stressful situation.
When I handle an unfamiliar handgun I'll look at the moose head or spider on the wall, close my eyes and point the empty weapon at it. Without moving the gun I open my eyes and see how close to the target the gun is pointing.
Do this or something similar with a Glock, S&W, Springfield Armory XD*, Sig etc. Rent or borrow a few. Get lessons.
Most of the big names are good. Some lesser names too but knowledge and luck are more important with them.
1911s are lovely but are not for first time defensive owners.
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Go to a gun range and shoot a few different guns. Glocks are very popular and good, however I don’t like the grip and I don’t shoot it well. When I picked up a Sig 226, it felt right and I am more accurate with it. Go shoot some different guns.
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Home defense... shotgun
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I don't like the feel of the grip on the Glocks - Very happy with my XDM

I prefer shooting 1911s - both 9mm and .45
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Originally Posted by wizness View Post
I don’t care what other say but I love 1911s. Have multiple but none in 9mm. You can get them in 9mm if you want though.
My dad had one in Korea, but gave it to his buddy when he left the line. He wanted to take it home but they said they'd check his duffle bag, They never did.
I have several rifles but no hand guns. What 1911 would you recommend? I guess in 45acp. I would also like to get an M14
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I bought my first gun 15 yrs ago. Actually bought my first two at the same time. I went with a glock 17, gen 3, and a Kahr PM9. The Kahr PM9 was for concealed carry. Very happy with both choices. Having said that, I don't think you can go wrong with a glock 19. Also, the Smith and wesson M&P shield is a great gun for the money. I own two of those. The M&P 2.0 (comparable to the glock 19, and not to be confused with the M&P shield 2.0) is also a great gun for the money.

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