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New pistol advice
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:45:52 AM »
So I finally am looking into purchasing a semi auto pistol. Mostly for concealed carry. I'm not super into reloading but my old man has everything for it so I do it. He is set up for .32, 9mm, and .380 so I'd like one of those calibers but I am not set on it (I'll buy a setup for a new caliber if it makes sense).

I've owned several wheel guns but know next to nothing about semi autos. Is there a good gun shop in the greater puget sound area with knowledgeable staff who can answer questions? I dont really have any preferrence and have an open mind but want to make an informed decision, but I also don't want to be sold something by the someone with no clue what they're talking about. Thanks!

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 06:56:26 AM »
357 Sig Sauer cartridge is a very nice caliber. I have the 250 Compact, holds 13+1. Came with Sig Lites (?) ( Night Sights )

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Glock makes a model also.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 07:00:32 AM »
I really like the S&W Shield. I usually try to get something a little more unique, but there is a reason the Shield is so popular. They are VERY dependable, shoot very well, feel great in your hand, and conceal like a champ. They come in 9mm, 40, and 45. I like the 9mm with 8+1 capacity. Pick up an Alien Gear Shape Shift holster and you will be set for any situation.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 07:04:22 AM »
I really like the S&W Shield. I usually try to get something a little more unique, but there is a reason the Shield is so popular. They are VERY dependable, shoot very well, feel great in your hand, and conceal like a champ. They come in 9mm, 40, and 45. I like the 9mm with 8+1 capacity. Pick up an Alien Gear Shape Shift holster and you will be set for any situation.



I've never owned one, but have fondled them.

Idea, go to the local gun store/range and rent couple different models and calibers.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 07:10:33 AM »
Yea but no fondling allowed at the range!! :chuckle:

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 07:36:01 AM »
Don't know where you're located, but I like WGS guns in Lakewood. Staff seems to know what they are doing. Surplus ammo and arms in Tacoma has a good staff but they seem a bit pricey to me.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 07:53:21 AM »
I looked at the S&W Shield and the Ruger LC9S both in 9mm. I ended up with the LC9s just because the trigger felt better too me. Purchased an Uncle Mike's LE belt holster that can be arranged R/L or cross draw. Both are good CC firearms get the one that feels good or even better try them out.  :twocents:
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2018, 08:35:52 AM »
I have a Shield 9mm and love it, it’s really nice!

If you decide to go the .380 route I would 100% go for the Glock 42. I wasn’t a fan of Glock until I shot the 42 and realized how AMAZING it handles and shoots!

I also agree with wadu1, if you can try them out first. Go to the range and shoot a half box of your top 2 or 3 and see which gun feels best for YOU.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2018, 08:43:47 AM »
If you are a wheel gun fan look at Kahr. The PM 9 is a small slim gun and the trigger pull isvery similar to a Smith double action trigger. They also make a steel framed version. The K9 and KM9

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 09:10:15 AM »
So I finally am looking into purchasing a semi auto pistol. Mostly for concealed carry. I'm not super into reloading but my old man has everything for it so I do it. He is set up for .32, 9mm, and .380 so I'd like one of those calibers but I am not set on it (I'll buy a setup for a new caliber if it makes sense).

I've owned several wheel guns but know next to nothing about semi autos. Is there a good gun shop in the greater puget sound area with knowledgeable staff who can answer questions? I dont really have any preferrence and have an open mind but want to make an informed decision, but I also don't want to be sold something by the someone with no clue what they're talking about. Thanks!

Do you have somewhat of a price range you'd like to stay within?  Knowing your price range will help make better suggestions.

The M&P Shield is a great choice for a CCW.  I have the M&P Shield Performance Center version in 9mm and like it very well.  I think the trigger in the Shield PC version is the best of any in its class.  The Walther PPS M2 and Glock 43 are both nice CCW but I thought the trigger in the Shield PC was a fair bit better.

One thing is for certain, there is no shortage of options out there to choose from.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 09:29:47 AM »
Thanks for the input guys. I'm less concerned with price and more with getting something I want that will last. I've so far been able to avoid "collecting" guns so I want whatever I buy to be my CC for a long time.

There was a range up in Redmond or bellevue I went to a few times that had gun rentals I kind of forgot that was an option. Anyone know of any that are farther south? I'm I'm Wilkeson and haven't shot at a range in maybe fifteen years.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 10:17:55 AM »
9mm..

Good luck! Nine out of ten counter guys at gun shops are complete 🤡 CLOWN'S🤡.

I really enjoy milling around a gun shop where I can hear Mr. Slick behind the counter trying to sell a guy whatever handgun has the largest profit margin at the given moment. 
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2018, 10:42:46 AM »
I really like the S&W Shield. I usually try to get something a little more unique, but there is a reason the Shield is so popular. They are VERY dependable, shoot very well, feel great in your hand, and conceal like a champ. They come in 9mm, 40, and 45. I like the 9mm with 8+1 capacity. Pick up an Alien Gear Shape Shift holster and you will be set for any situation.
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The Ruger lcr. 38 hammerless is a wheel gun but a pretty nice ccw. I don't think you can go wrong with lc9 or the m and p shield. The Smith and Wesson bg's are okay too and have a laser on them. 

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2018, 10:49:37 AM »
My friend spent a lot of time shooting various hand guns here.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2018, 11:10:04 AM »
The best thing is to go to a range where you can rent and try out several pieces. That being said, I carry a Ruger LC9 with the integrated laserlite(?) and I love it. It's pretty accurate, light & comfortable to carry concealed. The only thing I would do different is a green laser instead of red.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 11:12:45 AM »
If you're wanting only one gun by a 9mm. Smaller is better for concealed but don't go too small or it won't be fun to shoot. A gun big enough to grip comfortably with two hands will be much more versatile and have better sights. Tiny guns have their roles but since you only want one I wouldn't get something like a ruger lcp.

My advice would be to research how to properly grip a semiautomatic handgun and go to a gun shop and duplicate that grip on several models. See which ones feels more comfortable. Try operating the safety (If you are into safeties) and magazine release. Depending on your hands some guns may be very difficult to operate the safety and others will feel great.


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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2018, 11:35:18 AM »
As far as a local dealer, go down to bij j's they will help you out
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2018, 11:40:45 AM »
Of the three calibers you listed, I would go with the 9mm.
I prefer the .40, to the 9mm, but the 9mm is more than sufficient.
Choose you're caliber, then go try on the different makes/models in that caliber. There are many very good handguns out there, it all comes down to what you are comfortable shooting and how you will be carrying. Single stack 9mms are about the easiest to conceal, and sub-compacts are even easier. I have no problem carrying and concealing a 4 in. Springfield XD in .40 cal or a Kimber .45 cal. Others think that is too large to conceal.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 11:42:45 AM »
Thanks for the input guys. I'm less concerned with price and more with getting something I want that will last. I've so far been able to avoid "collecting" guns so I want whatever I buy to be my CC for a long time.

There was a range up in Redmond or bellevue I went to a few times that had gun rentals I kind of forgot that was an option. Anyone know of any that are farther south? I'm I'm Wilkeson and haven't shot at a range in maybe fifteen years.
Less concerned about price I’d go with Glock 42(.380) or 43(9mm). They are both great out of the box fun/easy to shoot guns with potential for upgrades if you go that route!
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2018, 12:09:17 PM »
Yea but no fondling allowed at the range!! :chuckle:
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 12:14:04 PM »
Why p....foot around. Get a Glock 29sf in 10mm and be done with it. I carry that when I go into Tucson. More horsepower.. :tup:
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2018, 03:48:19 PM »
I went up to my dad's after work to handle a couple of his semi autos. The smaller ones felt a little too light to me. Is it worth having a little extra weight for better control or does it get cumbersome carrying around and trying to conceal?

I already forgot what he said it was but I did like the feel of his 9mm Glock but he didn't seem keen to let me test it for a couple of years to see if I liked it  :dunno:  :chuckle:

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2018, 03:57:55 PM »
Also am I seeing correctly that a .38 special and 9mm shoot the same bullets? I have a ton of bullets lying around for my .38 and it would be great to standardize as much as possible.

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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2018, 04:07:54 PM »
Also am I seeing correctly that a .38 special and 9mm shoot the same bullets? I have a ton of bullets lying around for my .38 and it would be great to standardize as much as possible.
I would never shoot different calibers in the same gun without a conversion barrel.
As for your previous statement about 9mm glocks, they are great. I know many who love their Glock 19 for carry it is compact. But if you’re going for subcompact people with the “baby Glock” Glock 26 is a great 9mm Glock that’s a bit beefier than the single stack glock 43.
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Re: New pistol advice
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2018, 04:37:12 PM »
I went up to my dad's after work to handle a couple of his semi autos. The smaller ones felt a little too light to me. Is it worth having a little extra weight for better control or does it get cumbersome carrying around and trying to conceal?

I already forgot what he said it was but I did like the feel of his 9mm Glock but he didn't seem keen to let me test it for a couple of years to see if I liked it  :dunno:  :chuckle:

If the pistols were unloaded it's normal to feel light. Some guns hold a lot of lead in them when fully loaded. Glocks are fantastic guns. The people who hate them do it for silly reasons. If you like quality tools but don't need em to be fancy or shiney glock is a good choice.

 

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