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Old 11-29-2016, 01:39 PM
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While I await my own firearm permit, I went to the range for the first time with a friend. We shot his Springfield 9mm and his Ruger AR15-like rifle. All I can say is it was awesome. Last time I shot was probably 25 years ago.

So, although I liked his Springfield...enough to buy for myself, I'd still like to hear any suggestions for a 1st time gun owner.
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The double safety on the Springfield is why I carry one. I have the XDM 40 s&w

Cannot beat the smell of burnt gunpowder...

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Springfield What???? xds, sub compact etc.

Is it home defense or CC. That can make a large difference in type weapon. A little more info puwheez.
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which range?
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Completely different for each person and purpose. I recommend finding a range that rents firearms some will let you shoot multiple ones per visit and find what fits you best. Other things to consider how are you going to carry and what you feel comfortable carrying. Reasonably priced and goes bang every time you pull the trigger go with Glock. More money to burn and like subcompact try the sig P938. Want something bigger try HK 45C. Those are some places to start.
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Dam shame you have to wait for permission to exercise your rights. How long is the wait for permission to speak your mind there?
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which range?
Gun For Hire in West Paterson.

Round2It: Ruger is AR556 and Springfield XD MOD2 4"
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While I await my own firearm permit, I went to the range for the first time with a friend. We shot his Springfield 9mm and his Ruger AR15-like rifle. All I can say is it was awesome. Last time I shot was probably 25 years ago.

So, although I liked his Springfield...enough to buy for myself, I'd still like to hear any suggestions for a 1st time gun owner.
Suggestions may help some, BUT you need to go to the range and rent pistols until you find the ones that YOU feel comfortable shooting.

I have Springfield/Smith & Wesson/Glock and carry the Springfield because that is the one I shoot the best.

My business partner carries a SCCY because he likes the heavy trigger (I hate it).

It's all about what is comfortable for you.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:15 PM
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FID or pistol permit?
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I prefer 3 and for different reasons....

1: to big but I love the glock 40 (not for a 1st time gun owner, no physical safety)
2: and 3: Ruger lc9 and the Tauras 709 slim,

JMHO
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Good advice from those who recommended renting several pistols before buying. The right one is based on your preference. There are lots of good choices

The Springfield is a striker-fired pistol and Glock is the big dog in that arena. The Sig P320 is another great choice in striker-fired. Striker is the future in defensive pistols, so I would advise starting there and with 9mm as the caliber of choice. Check out the Sig along with the Glock 17 and 19.

Congrats on finding the sport and condolences for living in NJ where it is not easy to exercise your 2A rights
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Good for you NJF.I lived in Chicago ,Il.(South side,sorry gotta clarify,lived with the MEN)anyhow
I used to go to the ranges out that way.Now I live in east ,Tn ,and can step outside my cabin ,put my Osama targets up in the trees ,and on the mtn,and make an assault type course.and you try to do it faster ,and more accurately each time ,shooting on the move is an art form.,but point is ,it's hard to exercise your 2nds amendment rights in the big cities now.
All the best!
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What are your overall interest? If you have a place available close by, I would highly recommend checking out sporting Clay's, skeet, or trap. Don't give me wrong, I love shooting rifles and pistols, but shotguns are just way more fun in my opinion. Another good thing about them in your location is that they are bottom large considered to be a "Gentlemens" sport and don't carry the stigma that pistols and rifles do.
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For concealed carry there are some popular options. SW SHIELD,. Springfield XDS, Glock 26 and 43,. Walther and KAHR. Tbese are very capable and reliable firearms plus more price point options.
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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
For concealed carry there are some popular options. SW SHIELD,. Springfield XDS, Glock 26 and 43,. Walther and KAHR. Tbese are very capable and reliable firearms plus more price point options.
Conceal carry in NJ.. I think more people have been in earths orbit, than currently have a CC permit in NJ.

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Conceal carry in NJ.. I think more people have been in earths orbit, than currently have a CC permit in NJ.
. Lol. That's not good. Then I would consider Glock 17 or 19. Springfield XDM or higher end 1911's if that fits the.pocketbook.
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My Ruger 1911 with thin grips fits me best and is dead nuts accurate at 10 yards, to the point that each round passes thru the previous hole. 25 yards out and I'm putting a tight enough group to fill a human rib cage full of lead, and can hit a human silhouette target at 100yrs. Depending on what type of clothes I'm wearing, I like carrying it too. Nice and comfy. My new Shield .45 fits great too, and is accurate at 10+ yrds. Same as 1911. I wear it when getting sweaty and dirty doing chores around house. My Shiled 9mm is the front door gun. My Colt Defender is in the process of being re-gripped with thin grips and will be worn a lot more after that. Get what fits nicely and shoot before you buy if you can. Then practice!
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Originally Posted by jtburf View Post
The double safety on the Springfield is why I carry one. I have the XDM 40 s&w

Cannot beat the smell of burnt gunpowder...

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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
Dam shame you have to wait for permission to exercise your rights. How long is the wait for permission to speak your mind there?
I grew up in New Jersey and moved when I was 26, twenty years later there's NO way I could go back for this very reason.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Gun For Hire in West Paterson.
I thought it wasn't called West Paterson anymore?

I grew up in Butler and Wayne, and when you're back in 'West Paterson' please have a sandwich from A&S Pork Store for me!!
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