What is the best handgun for beginner?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by 4safety, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. XJLanzaro

    XJLanzaro New Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    I would go with the Ruger LCP subcompact pistol in .380 ACP. You can get one for about $300. It's the perfect "pocket pistol" weighing in at only 9.4 ounces. It seems to me that Ruger is the way to go these days. If I were you I wouldn't go with anything bigger than a 9mm since you are a beginner and the recoil may be a little too much.

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  2. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    I too, would suggest a short barreled revolver. Nothing wrong with 38 special. I've had a few snub nosed 38s and find them exceptionally reliable, easy to learn to shoot (not too small to hold onto and mild recoil), and with proper ammo, effective (you can shoot everything from mild wadcutter target ammo up to +P Hollow Point defencive ammo). Smith and Wesson J Frame revolvers are the last word in small frame short bbl. revolvers, although pricy. Ruger LCR is also a good choice. My wife can't rack the slide of my semiautos, but she can shoot double action easily (She has adopted my Tarus M85 as her own!). My revolvers go bang every time I pull the trigger.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010

  3. Para Cassatt

    Para Cassatt New Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    I would suggest any Smith and Wesson in the snub nose 38 special +P. They have them from heavier all steel types to very light alloy. You may want to ask to see the Ladysmith line.
  4. rglbegl

    rglbegl Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Dana point CA
    The simple answer -
    Any gun is better than no gun

    The expanded answer -
    Any reliable handgun in any caliber that you feel comfortable holding and can shoot well.

    The truth -
    You are about to come down with gun acquisition syndrome.
    You are gonna end up with several different calibers, from many different manufacturers.
    This is how it begins for us all .. . looking for a first gun. Before you know it you have several safes with stockpiles of ammo and various rifles, pistol, autos, revolvers, shotguns etc etc etc. And a whole corner of your garage dedicated to reloading.

    Welcome to the addiction!!!
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2010
  5. fcs25

    fcs25 New Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    little rock,ark.
    A revolver.Save the semi-autos until you have more experience and training.
  6. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    What'chu talkin' 'bout? I started with semis and it, for the most part, worked out. Granted, I started with a small one (Makarov), I started to hit my target at around 8-10yrds.

    JUNKKING Well-Known Member

    I believe you are right not about strength as much as technique. As mentioned above, Ruger, Taurus, Smith and Wesson all good quality guns to begin with. Also mentioned above, If yu don't like the feel of the gun from first grip you may never like it.
  8. lucky-gunner

    lucky-gunner New Member

    May 23, 2010
    A compact 9mm would fit your requirements perfectly. As others have stated the best thing to do is rent a couple at your local range. This way you don't buy a handgun that is too heavy for CCW or doesn't fit your hands. Then practice with it as much as you can.

    Safe Shooting,
  9. group17

    group17 Member

    Apr 30, 2010
  10. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    NorthWest Florida

    My wifey loves her 24/7 C (9mm) also :)

    But she likes my 1940 High Standard model B (.22lr) even more ;)

    For critters, she loves the .22, for CCW, it's the 9mm all day :)

    Never hurts to give yer gal a choice of tools to use ;)

    Next will likely be a Beretta Neos with the Pink Grips...so she'll quit kidnapping my HS ;)
  11. focusmaniaczx3

    focusmaniaczx3 Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Hickory, NC
    is the hi standard the little 9 shot revolver deal? my mom has one of those! fun little plinking gun.
    i cant talk up the taurus 24/7's enough. those are great little guns. if you want a gun that is just simple to operate and clean then look into a revolver. a .32 S&W long has more punch to it than you would expect. i bought one a pretty good while back and in the wet phone book test it penetrated further with home made cast lead rounds and standard powder load than factory 9mm FMJ. i was surprised to say the least. and the gun does not kick hardly at all. but then again i dont think my judge kicks that much either. a snub nose .38 special or .357 would probably be right up your alley. i bet you would shoot and like one of those 2 guns. like the guys are saying, you dont want to sacrifice caliber for self defense. size matters. :D
  12. cluznar

    cluznar Former Guest

    Apr 13, 2012
    Try a Walther .32 acp or a Bersa Thunder .380 a year or two after maybe try a 9mm.
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