Originally Posted by Seminole
I've gone shooting a few times with my friend and I'm looking into getting my first gun. Eventually I want to get something like an AR, but I think that to start out with, a handgun is pretty smart.
I've shot my friends 9mm and 40cal, and I liked his 9mm a lot better. Maybe it was just that particular gun, but it was much more accurate than his 40. I think his 9mm was a Ruger and I can't remember the brand of his 40.
The main attributes I'm looking for are accuracy, ease of use, price, and then probably less weight. Any good suggestions for a 9mm? If there was a good 40 I would consider that one, but based off my limited experience I like the 9mm better. I don't plan to conceal carry it, so being able to hide it isn't an issue.
To be honest, a handgun is not a good choice for a first firearm. Longarms, present a much better platform to learn safety and general shooting techniques. In some ways, they're much safer - it's much easier to accidentally sweep people with the muzzle or commit other BAD things with a handgun. Also, poor trigger technique is easier to develop with a handgun. I would recommend a bolt action rifle to get started.
But, to answer you questions, or not... I don't think I could honestly recommend a specific handgun to a new shooter. My advice would be to go to a local range, tell them you are learning and you want to TRY EVERYTHING to see what you like. There will be so many different little things to consider - (think of me buying my first BMW and asking: what are the best mods?) Try it all. You need to learn what you like. A good range/shop will be more than happy to let you try them all. Plus, it's fun to shoot a lot!
For a 9mm... hell... XD9, Glock17,19,20whatever (actually, would like to see you get something with a manual safety while learning tho), Sigs, 1911 clones... you name it. Check out the site I mentioned above. I don't post there any more, but it's an incredible resource...
Good luck with your search.