New Gun Advice

Came across this post on a group forum in which a new firearm user was seeking some advice on getting a new pistol. It already got over 100 responses from within the forum. Some of them were excellent advices while some are just plain stupid.

While my advice for this guy will most likely be drowned out, I figure I share with my readers my response to his post.

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I’m VERY new to shooting (less than 500 rounds so far). When my dad passed away two years ago, I got his LCP .380. So I got my LEO brother-in-law to show me how to use it. I’ve been to the range a few times and I hate it! It’s too small and I’m not very accurate with it. I want to purchase a full size 9mm and I need advice. Before I explain, understand that I live in NJ and cc is not even a possibility. I know the LCP is not a range gun, and it’s for cc, but I can’t do that obviously. So 9mm for range fun, it is.

The range I go to allows me to rent a weapon and as long as I stay in the same caliber, I can swap it out as many times as I want without paying an extra charge. So, other than having to buy their ammo, I can shoot dozens of nines and see what I like. So that’s what I did. I shot the following guns:

  • Glock 19
  • H&K VP 9
  • M&P Shield
  • Walther PPQ
  • CZ 75

So I’m not looking for advice on what YOU like, as much as I’m looking for advice on what I like. I shot all 5 guns and I have no clue. They’re all the same, and they’re all different. I don’t know what I should be liking or not liking. I like all of them because I am much more accurate with them than with my tiny 380. Some of them were hard to load the mag and some were harder to rack the slide. BUT some were also very new guns, as new as a week old. So what exactly should I be looking at to see what I like or don’t like? I mean, I know it’s personal preference, but if you gave me each of the 9s, I’m not sure I could tell a difference. I want to stay in the $500 or less range though, so there’s that.

Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks in advance

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BTT Response:

You’re right. You’re not going to know the difference in any of those guns because you don’t know what you don’t know. You are better off driving to a “gun friendly” free-America state and take a few training classes with a reputable instructor that will rent you their guns.

You will not only learn a new skill set in marksmanship and manipulation, you will get to see the other student’s gear and you can ask them their opinion.

There is no such thing as a “range” gun. All guns are suitable for ranges and for concealed carry. There is no such thing as a “CC” only gun. You just lack the experience to do so effectively.

Bottom line, it comes down to this:

1. What is the purpose of you owning a gun? Are you going to concealed carry it or keep it in your house for self-defense? Or is it for both? Depending on how you answer, will help narrow down your selection.

2. There is nothing wrong with your LCP 380. In fact, it’s not the gun, it’s the skills behind it that makes it effective. If you really want to upgrade, then it comes down to which gun is comfortable for you to hold, manipulate, and most importantly, get hits on target. You won’t know any of this until you actually invest in some real training.

But all of this is really just my 2 cents.