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Old March 17th, 2017, 01:28 PM   #1
 
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So I am making a big decision. I'm trading in a rifle that I never use towards purchasing a new handgun. The gun you actually shoot is better than the one in the corner that you don't, and I just have no use for a rifle any more. It's a nice rifle, but it pretty much stays in the corner. I do however need another handgun. I plan on taking it to the range and practicing and having fun with it a lot. Already have a bulldog that I love. I'm debating whether to take the plunge and get a good full sized auto for home defense, self defense, etc. I am totally new to autos, never even fired one before. But they're practical and have large capacity which I like. If I did go auto, I'm leaning towards a SA/DA like a Beretta as opposed to a Glock, but I do like Glock's reputation. But they're so damn ugly. I really don't like all polymer guns. Other side of the coin...I love revolvers and have shot them many times and feel completely at ease with them. I have a Bulldog that I love, but I prefer Single Actions (although I wouldn't turn down a nice Model 29). But as much as I'd love a Vaquero in 45 colt, it's not the most practical or tactical defensive weapon, although I have no doubt in my ability to use it, having done so many times before. So should I spend roughly 5-600 bucks on a nice Beretta or Sig, for a first auto, or go with a nice Single Action Vaquero or Ulberti, that I'd love shooting, but might not fill all the tactical niches?



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So I am making a big decision. I'm trading in a rifle that I never use towards purchasing a new handgun. The gun you actually shoot is better than the one in the corner that you don't, and I just have no use for a rifle any more. It's a nice rifle, but it pretty much stays in the corner. I do however need another handgun. I plan on taking it to the range and practicing and having fun with it a lot. Already have a bulldog that I love. I'm debating whether to take the plunge and get a good full sized auto for home defense, self defense, etc. I am totally new to autos, never even fired one before. But they're practical and have large capacity which I like. If I did go auto, I'm leaning towards a SA/DA like a Beretta as opposed to a Glock, but I do like Glock's reputation. But they're so damn ugly. I really don't like all polymer guns. Other side of the coin...I love revolvers and have shot them many times and feel completely at ease with them. I have a Bulldog that I love, but I prefer Single Actions (although I wouldn't turn down a nice Model 29). But as much as I'd love a Vaquero in 45 colt, it's not the most practical or tactical defensive weapon, although I have no doubt in my ability to use it, having done so many times before. So should I spend roughly 5-600 bucks on a nice Beretta or Sig, for a first auto, or go with a nice Single Action Vaquero or Ulberti, that I'd love shooting, but might not fill all the tactical niches?
Go SIG P series for da/sa if you don't want a glock and don't like the looks of the Beretta. A P226 9mm is a very nice weapon and should have won against Beretta IMHO.

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So I am making a big decision. I'm trading in a rifle that I never use towards purchasing a new handgun. The gun you actually shoot is better than the one in the corner that you don't, and I just have no use for a rifle any more. It's a nice rifle, but it pretty much stays in the corner. I do however need another handgun. I plan on taking it to the range and practicing and having fun with it a lot. Already have a bulldog that I love. I'm debating whether to take the plunge and get a good full sized auto for home defense, self defense, etc. I am totally new to autos, never even fired one before. But they're practical and have large capacity which I like. If I did go auto, I'm leaning towards a SA/DA like a Beretta as opposed to a Glock, but I do like Glock's reputation. But they're so damn ugly. I really don't like all polymer guns. Other side of the coin...I love revolvers and have shot them many times and feel completely at ease with them. I have a Bulldog that I love, but I prefer Single Actions (although I wouldn't turn down a nice Model 29). But as much as I'd love a Vaquero in 45 colt, it's not the most practical or tactical defensive weapon, although I have no doubt in my ability to use it, having done so many times before. So should I spend roughly 5-600 bucks on a nice Beretta or Sig, for a first auto, or go with a nice Single Action Vaquero or Ulberti, that I'd love shooting, but might not fill all the tactical niches?

uh, since this is a ruger site, why not consider a Ruger American Pistol (duty) full size. Love it, accurate, easy to clean, big capacity (in 9mm and 45) good deals to be had. Give it a look.
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Sounds like this will be part home security,part range gun.
I'll make a vote for a revolver, leaning towards the home gun. Here is why:

Your not that comfortable with an automatic yet, so picture yourself getting up in the middle of the night , grabbing a handgun and having decisions to make , like magazines ,safeties , is there a round in the chamber or not ,etc.
Or with a double action revolver pick it up start pulling the trigger .

If you do decide automatic my vote goes to Beretta.
Here are some choices foe each.
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Find a LGS with a range where you can rent a few full size semi autos. Try a few out. If you like semi autos after that, get one.

If you're set on an all metal semi auto, you can probably find a used Ruger P series for under $350. The early models are all metal, reliable, accurate, and will take a lot of abuse.
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Ruger GP100 4". It is the best balance between target, HD, and even CCW. I have a 4" and 6". They're great.

I never had a single action revolver. The recoil tends to be more stout from what I have heard, in 454 Casull. My Super Redhawk doesn't feel that way.

For semiauto, I love my Glock MOS with a Trijicon RMR reflex sight. Particularly since I had the trigger modified to a Ghost 3.5 and Overwatch Precision trigger shoe.

For most people I recommend a S&W M&P Pro or CORE in 9 mm. CORE has a Similar setup for the MOS where it can have an optic added. The S&W fit more people better since the grip is rounded on the edges and it is oval not rectangular.


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Find a LGS with a range where you can rent a few full size semi autos. Try a few out. If you like semi autos after that, get one.

If you're set on an all metal semi auto, you can probably find a used Ruger P series for under $350. The early models are all metal, reliable, accurate, and will take a lot of abuse.
I agree, go shoot rental guns, your buddies guns a lot before you buy. Don't buy into this brand over that till you experience what works for you.
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So Revolver , Ruger Blackhawk , convertible , 38/357 / 9mm would be handy. 45 Colt 45 acp if you like big bore. Both would cover a lot of different power ranges. Adjustable sights are a big help. If fixed sights don't shoot to your POA , it could be difficult to get them regulated and then it will be for one load. Adjustable can be sighted in for the load . There is just something nice about shooting a SA, it's FUN !
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You live in Lexington. Go to Bud's. Rent a few guns and then decide.
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I like most forum members have both revolvers and pistols. Take them both to the range and enjoy shooting both. As far as pistols go I am a Beretta fan, they make great pistols, great shooters, very accurate and will take a lot of abuse. Lets face it, if you have been making firearms sense 1526, you know what you are doing. As far as carrying, I carry revolvers. 95% of the time, I believe in being simple and revolvers are about as simple as you can get, very few moving parts to go wrong or get stuck, if it doesn't fire just pull the trigger again, no having to pull the slide to eject the round. Yes, revolvers are old school and so am I, bought my first one in 1959, still have it, I just feel that when I pull the trigger on a revolver 99.999999% of the time you will hear a loud bang.
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I guess I've always been a pistol guy.
The first time I went to the range (that was 4 yrs ago), for some unknown reason, I just decided that I wanted to try a semi auto. Months later, I ended up buying a Ruger SR9C.
I found the urge to buy revolvers only after joining rf.net.
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I like both but prefer revolvers, in semi-autos I like 1911's
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+1 1911, if carrying maybe something smaller in size like a small 1911.

I enjoy shooting semi's but revolvers to me just have a better feel when target shooting.
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