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Finally considering a pistol purchase.

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Got a new job, moving back home (the east bay) and have a little cash to toss around the place. Why not buy a fire arm eh? But there are so many choices!

I have only shot a few pistols in my time, and only a few of them have more then 30 rounds down range. So I'm not going to use any previous experience to base my purchase on. From what i have read and heard from other gun enthusiasts, the rental guns at most ranges aren't the best source of reliable feedback either.

The good news is, my decision is not all over the board. I have at least a little idea of what i want. I'm almost positive i want more stopping power then what a 9mm can offer, unless someone has some outstanding evidence to the contrarie. So I'm seriously considering something in the .40Cal. A Friend of mine has two USP's a compact and a full size. Both are .40 and i really like how they feel in my hand. The compact is definitely on my list. I'm not a fan of the trigger safety like the Glocks, so those are out. CCW isn't a question because I'm in cali. Its main purpose is for making swiss paper. But it will double as 'home security' (thus the anti 9mm comment above).

Does anyone have any good ideas for places to start? Should i go rent a bunch of pistols anyways just to see which ones feel good in my hand? Any and all ideas are welcome. H&K and Sig are the two that get the most screen time on my computer right now. But I'm not in love with either.

Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Nose Nuggets said:
im sorry i should have worded that different. is the difference in price between .40 and .45 ammo very significant?

but i suppose its moot now. the 24/7 Pro is claiming top spot until i get a chance to shoot it and make a final decision. and the .45 version does not have the nice grip, and every forum i see someone having problems with it.

what’s the round limit per mag in cali? does it differ between calibers? i can have 17 9mm but only 15 .40?

thanks again for all the help.
you will be able to have 10 round mags max in california. i have good size hands and the usp 45 full size still feels too big to me. i know orca swears by his :) i swear by my sigs. i have a p229r 9mm and p226r .40s&w. both are easy to shoot and feel great in my hands. I prefer the larger framed 226 as a carry option. DA/SA on both. The 10lb pull might take some time to get used to, but is very accurate... and the 4lb single action pull makes follow up shots easy.

for ammo prices 9mm < .40 < .45 its just the way it works. i just paid around $229 for 1000 rnds of fiocci .45, so it definitely isn't cheap.

and for what its worth... get a 1911. :)
Nose Nuggets said:
well CCW is not something im using to influance my purchase. sadly.

im going to see if i cant find a range around here with one of those for rent.

and whats the deal with driving out to AZ and buying it there.

the deal is you can buy whatever you want in AZ. here is the catch... if you don't buy something that is california legal, you will more than likely have a prohibited or illegal weapon which is a felony.
Nose Nuggets said:
so 21 day wait it is.

oh well, i need to find a place to shoot one first anyway.
it should only be a 10 day wait in CA.
fatcat said:
How long do yall have to wait for rifles and shotguns there?

How retarded is that huh? We dont have any wait yet you dont see people blowing each other away when they got there handgun that day.

haha. there is a 10 day wait on both i believe. orca and i were just talking about it and that's what we came up with. most guns used in crimes are stolen or purchsed illegally... but in CA you must wait because all gun purchases require a DOJ check. they verify your status, i.e if you have a felony record, domestic violence record, or anything else that would keep you from owning a gun by CA law.
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