New to pistols

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by andy3080, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. andy3080

    andy3080 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hey everyone hows it going? Im new to this forum and for that matter pistols all around. I usually shoot shotguns and rifles but im getting really interested in pistols. My girl friends dad has a few pistols and i have shot almost all of them and they are really fun to just go out and shoot some targets. So my question is. What would be the best starting pistol for me to use in target shooting. I want a good quality built pistol but dont want to spend no more then $400. So if i could get any ideas on what to buy that would be great. Also ive heard it makes a difference by the size of a person to. I am 6'3 290pounds if that makes a difference. Again thanks for any suggestions in advace.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010
  2. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Welcome to TFF!

    For cheap target shooting, you can't go wrong with a .22. Do you prefer semi-automatic or revolvers?

  3. May I suggest a .22LR? Ruger makes an excellent out-of-the-box Target model in blue or stainless and is in your price range. They are an excellent platform if you later decide if you want to get fancy. Lots of after market gizmos. That, and the 22lr is cheap to shoot. There are other .22s out there , but you can't go wrong with a Ruger 22 auto. It's also made of steel, not plastic ;). TJ
  4. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Welcome to the forum.

    Excellent advice from Piney and TJ.

    I prefer revolvers.
  5. andy3080

    andy3080 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Well i have shot revolvers and semi auto and i like the semi auto not a big fan of the revolvers but they are fun once in a while. Thanks for the suggestions any more would be greatly appreciated. Also the .22 are fun but i was think something with a little more power but i will definitely give a .22 a try.
  6. andy3080

    andy3080 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Anymore suggestions?
  7. rglbegl

    rglbegl Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Dana point CA
    Everyone needs a .22lr.
    They are very affordable to own and shoot. And with your budget you can get a high quality .22 plus a bunch of ammo.

    9mm is very common, and ammo can be fairly inexpensive if you keep an eye out for sales. So for a larger caliber plinker, look at some 9mm's.
    I always recommend sticking with the big names.
    Check out the;
    Ruger SR9
    CZ P07
    S&W 910
    All of them can be had for under $400.
    And all of them are well built, reliable firearms.

    If you want to step up the funding by a little bit, there are tons of options.
  8. andy3080

    andy3080 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    rglbegl out of those 9mm that you named what would you rank them from 1 to 4 in being the best overall pistol. Or anyone can rank them.
  9. andy3080

    andy3080 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Im am definetly going to go out and buy a Ruger .22lr if anyone knows of any forsale let me know i live in WI.
  10. Shep

    Shep Member

    Jun 20, 2010

    The Ruger .22s are decent little guns and they are easy to find both new and used. Matter of fact they are about as common as dirt. Visit your local gun shops and if you don`t find several to pick from I`d be really surprised.
    Just look in the yellow pages of your local phone book if you are not familure with the local shops.
    There are many different versions of the Ruger 22 auto. If you don`t find exactly the one you want (and you want to buy new) any dealer can order one for you and likely have it in less than a week.
  11. HammondShooter

    HammondShooter New Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    Hammond, Louisiana
    The Ruger .22 semiauto I have, and the one that I feel has the best balance and feel in the hand, is a MarkII 6 7/8 inch tapered barrel. The 5 1/2 inch bull barrel feels too front heavy to me, and the standard barrel length feels too light.

    Just my opinion,
  12. raydcarter

    raydcarter New Member

    May 8, 2009
    I have a couple of target quality .22's left by my father in law (S&W 41-1 and late 60's High Standard Supermatic Citation by Clarke). But the most fun I've had with a handgun is the Ruger Single Six I bought used a few months ago - it is simply fun to shoot - and the accuracy is not bad either.
  13. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    NorthWest Florida
    I'd go with a Browning Buckmark or a Calico M-110, or just about anything BUT a Ruger...been thru too many headaches with Rugers.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  14. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    NorthWest Florida

    Those pre-Texas High Standards are VERY nice :D

    I've got an HS model B...shoots so sweet it'll curl yer toes :D

    High Standard (pre-Texas buyout) was the ONLY American Firearms Company that ever won Olympic Gold
    in the pistol division.

    Sad that it's never happened again since.
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