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You wouldn't go wrong with any of them for a first gun, IMO. Any of those mentioned are easy to shoot, easy to care for, and good general, all around pistols for range and home defense work. I would say go to the range, shoot each, and go with the one that you like. I'm a self-admitted Springfield whore, but just because the XDm fits my hand like the proverbial glove doesn't mean you'll like it. I've shot my buddy's Glocks on a few occasions and I just couldn't get used to the grip angle, but I can't deny they're great guns. Each person will have their own preferences. There's no universal answer. (Despite what the Glock fanbois will tell you! )
Obligatory cop/glock video.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
People seem to buy glocks based upon their name rather than on their practicality. I've never found them to be that comfortable (form fitting) in my hand. Especially when compared to Kimber's Remingtons, Berretta's, CZ's and Sig's.
"I think the world is run by C students"
I'm not a big fan of the Glock 's either. They were clunky and the trigger was really heavy. I'm glad i don't have to shoot them anymore. I do love the Springfield xdm and the Smith&Wesson m&p; i have had a lot of luck with them and they aren't too expensive.
Do any of you know of a gun shop in the Metro Detroit (preferably in the Shelby Township area) that has a good FFL transfer price?
So far, Brown Bear Sporting Goods on 21 & Gratiot has the cheapest at $55.
I think I am going to be getting these pretty soon:
And Christmas comes a wee bit early.
Edit: Forgot to mention I went with the upside down model.
This post was edited by SeeRockCity 16 months ago
Don't post poop!
I have an old school Remington .410 Pump, the 870 line I believe. (I could be wrong, though)
Inherited it from my grandpa when he passed.
tRCMB - Where MSU fans eat their own.
Yes this was one of the Korean M1s that was recently released. I just saw your post. Got it through the CMP. Be careful though it is semi Auto, people will accuse you of having an "assault rifle" even though it only holds 8rd en bloc clips.... Also it is still the 30.06 cal. But I found a dealer that had a ton of surplus and got a lot of ammo for pretty cheap.
Awesome. I'm about to pick up the Springfield xdm compact 9mm once I get my handgun purchase permit sometime this week. I'm really looking forward to it. Tried a whole bunch of 9mm and that one felt the best in my hand shooting it. Any tips or suggestions about the gun?
If this is your first hand gun, i recommend going to a gun store, like Silver Bullet and get lessons.
Why would you bump this thread this week. Dick move.
why would you turn my bump into a political statement? This is a thread about gun ownership, not a 2nd amendment DSF moran.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by SeeRockCity 16 months ago
Because his pecker is still tiny.
Just be funny and learn to love going down. You'll be alright.
I've been contemplating getting a handgun for range, home safety and perhaps getting a CPL permit. I currently have an old bolt action shotgun I got from my dad years ago.
I've tried to do some reading but there are so many conflicting reports out there.
What is needed to buy a pistol ? I would assume they will do a background check. What else ? I've read you need to get a permit from your county sheriff but others have said no.
I'm going to take a gun safety class in January and I'll get a certificate from that.
I'm in mid-Michigan btw.
EDIT: Been looking at the Springfield Armory XD 9mm. Is there anywhere local that you can actually shoot a gun before buying it ?
This post was edited by Leonard Smalls 16 months ago
This will be my first personal handgun but I've already had lessons with an M&P 9mm, a 12 gauge shotgun and an AR 15. The lessons have been great. It's nice learning about all the different aspects of using/owning a gun from a guy that's been a swat a lot of his career.
It depends on where you live I guess. I live in metro Detroit and I had to get a 10 day handgun purchasing permit from my local police station. You just go to the police station, ask for a purchasing permit, and then they do a background check. Depending on if you have anything on your record, you could get the permit right away or it may take up to a week.
Where I've been going is the Firing Line in Westland for some lessons and to try out a bunch of 9mm before I bought one. It only cost me like $10 a session to try 4 different handguns during a shooting session. Read up on what guns you may like to narrow your choices down a bit but definitely shoot them before you buy.
It's been a few years since I purchased a handgun, but I believe the process is still the same. You first have to go to your county sheriff's office, they will take your information and run a quick background check. Then you take purchase permit to the dealer and purchase your gun. There is some information on the permit that the dealer has to fill in.
After that I'm not sure, you used to have to take the gun and the permit back to the sheriff's office for a safety inspection, but I believe they have done away with that part of it. As far as I know the only time you don't need to get a purchase permit first is if you are a CPL holder.
Anyone know of a good gunsmith in Lansing? I can't remember who I used to go to 10+ years ago. I need my Muzzleloader cleaned, and I cannot get the breach plug out. Time to seek a pro.
i had some night sights installed at lake lansing arms or whatever it is called over by eastwood. I'm pretty sure they do heavier gunsmithing.
I saw that when I searched. I will have to check them out. All i really need is a good cleaning and the breach plug replaced. I am hoping for same say service as I have tomorrow off and want to get out deer hunting one last time. If not I can take the Beagle out chasing bunnies.
Check out the Michigan Gun Owners forum for what is required to purchase a pistol.
The DNR has a list of all shooting ranges in Michigan. Find a range that has rentals, and try as many different guns as your time and budget will allow. Many shops will credit back some rental fees towards a purchase.
I love the Springfield XD series, but what fits my hand and is a good pistol for me might not be good for you. It's worth the time to find a pistol that you are comfortable with, and can shoot well.
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I'm sure they could do it...give em a call.
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