Help me buy my first firearm!

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by willywonka, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. willywonka

    willywonka New Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    thanks for all the advice guys! I appreciate it. I am joking a bit about the drywall, but I figure it would be easier to fix a few holes than fix what's left over from a scattergun. The biggest issue though is that I have two cats that I never know will be at any time, so I wouldn't want to hit them if I have to shoot.

    I'll certainly have to head to the range and try a few things out. Looks like this weekend won't work since we're about to get pounded with more snow.

    Do they make hollowpoint in 9mm? How is hollowpoint different from anything else, and why does it have more take down power? I figure 9mm is my best bet because of my wrist. My understanding is that 9mm is easy to get and is cheaper than most ammo.

    Part of what bothers me about revolvers is ammo capacity. I like the odds of having 17 instead of 6. I also figure with a magazine reloading is quicker and safer.
  2. Airdale

    Airdale Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas

    Yes they make some very effective defense hollow points in 9mm. The purpose is to allow the bullet to expand and cause a more devastating wound cavity.

    As for fumbling for a safety on an auto loader either a Glock or a XD solve that problem. The safeties are automatically disengaged when you grip the gun and squeeze the trigger.
  3. zb338

    zb338 New Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Recently moved to Pennsylvania.
    Don't think in terms of one gun that will do everything. There is no
    such thing. Start out with a .22 semi-auto pistol or rifle whichever
    you like better. Ammo can be bought by the brick (500 rounds) for
    a reasonable price. You can learn to be a good shot. When you become
    decent with the .22, move up, and up, and up .......................
  4. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth Former Guest

    Jul 3, 2009
    9mm is the most popular round in the world I believe,so finding good ammo is easy.Most people say go with 115-125 grain hollowpoints rather than 147 grain because a 115-125 grain bullet will achieve the velocity needed to fully open up a hollowpoint bullet which will cause less penetration-less penetration through the bad guy and less penetration through walls,and also cause more shock and a bigger bullet hole to the bad guy resulting in a quicker stop.I use Federal Permium Hydra-Shock 124 grain rounds(about $25 per 20 rounds),But there are a ton of other good rounds out there that i'm sure others will inform you of.If you want good practice ammo,they sell Winchester whitebox 9mm ammo for $11 per 50 at Walmart.There is also 9mm +P ammo and 9mm +P+ that some people use for defense that gives you something like 20% more power or something-but standard 9mm hollowpoint are just fine too.
  5. questor

    questor New Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    Slickville, Pa

    Reading your multiple threads and comments, I have located the weapon to satisfy all your requirements. Of course this is a weapon for the novice and will certainly protect your family.

    With the purchase of this weapon, you certainly will never need Viagra and or range time to hone your skills!
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2010
  6. willywonka

    willywonka New Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    ah, hell. I'd rather have a Gatlin gun!
  7. cluznar

    cluznar Former Guest

    Apr 13, 2012
    You need to shoot some.

    Ruger SR9c will fit what you want
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