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boxmonkey
12-10-2011, 02:59 PM
I'm looking at making my first pistol purchase. currently i own an AK-47 and want to start expanding my gun collection.

I've been told i should look at 1911's. and the Rugar SR-1911 is a fine place to start. what are y'alls thoughts?

Remo
12-10-2011, 03:12 PM
What are you going to use it for? Target practice? Self defense? Look at the first firearm thread.

Marlon K
12-10-2011, 03:51 PM
1911 's are very nice. If your are going to carry get a Springfield XDM very good gun for the money

icehog3
12-10-2011, 04:00 PM
As stated, 1911s are nice guns.

My preferred carry gun is a Sig Sauer P220 .45ACP.

MurphysLaw
12-10-2011, 04:43 PM
Find a range where you can rent and shoot a decent variety of guns, this will tell you more about what fits your hand and shooting style best. If you're looking for what everyone prefers, you'll get a wide variety of opinions, I love my Sig P229 .40 and Kahr PM9.

boxmonkey
12-10-2011, 11:40 PM
I've fired only one hand gun of unknown make that was I believe a 9mm. I have only fired 2 rifles one being an M-16 and my AK-47. I do prefer my AK for unknown reasons. probably because it is mine. I have two ranges near by and know a few people with different guns. it's just hard to get everyone together for a range day.

bobarian
12-10-2011, 11:58 PM
You've got a shop with an indoor range and it looks like they rent guns. Try several different makes in different caliber's to see what you like or dislike about each one. :2 http://www.wtsguns.com/

kickerb
12-11-2011, 12:04 AM
http://img806.imageshack.us/img806/5164/10x10glocklogov01240841.png

Dr Voss
12-11-2011, 07:09 AM
I have both 1911 and XDM, one factor to look at is the size of your hands. The XDM is a double stack mag and so the grip becomes pretty big, not a problem if you have large hands. The 1911 will be a lot better in smaller hands due to the single stack mag. My 1911 is a Kimber and I absolutely love it and the XDM is a lot of fun too. I did a trigger job on the XDM and made it much smoother as well.

Bax
12-11-2011, 07:27 AM
1911 's are very nice. If your are going to carry get a Springfield XDM very good gun for the money

The Sprigfield get's my vote too! 40 cal. is my round of choice.

longknocker
12-11-2011, 07:45 AM
Find a range where you can rent and shoot a decent variety of guns, this will tell you more about what fits your hand and shooting style best. If you're looking for what everyone prefers, you'll get a wide variety of opinions, I love my Sig P229 .40 and Kahr PM9.

:tu I Have Huge Hands, So You Definitely Need To Fire Different Weapons Before Buying. I Love My Glock 4th Gen. Model 22 .40 With X-Lg Grips.:)

Ncpsycho
12-11-2011, 08:42 AM
Also keep in mind the size of the gun if you plan on concealing it.... Im a big fan of glocks ....i have 4 ... I also own some revolvers ... A 1911 ... And a smith and wesoon bodyguard for deep concealment- it really depends on what you plan on doing with it. You can have a .50 cal in your night stand but concealing it would be an issue

boxmonkey
12-11-2011, 07:09 PM
You've got a shop with an indoor range and it looks like they rent guns. Try several different makes in different caliber's to see what you like or dislike about each one. :2 http://www.wtsguns.com/

I drive by wt's every day. I'll see about stopping in there sometime this week.

Also keep in mind the size of the gun if you plan on concealing it.... Im a big fan of glocks ....i have 4 ... I also own some revolvers ... A 1911 ... And a smith and wesoon bodyguard for deep concealment- it really depends on what you plan on doing with it. You can have a .50 cal in your night stand but concealing it would be an issue

welcome to the site. aren't you on nub live? I want to get my concealed carry and know of a good place to take it. so yea eventually I'll pick a good concealed carrier.

DrDubzz
12-11-2011, 07:20 PM
if you want a 1911 the Ruger is a great choice. My brother has one and has been very happy with it. I have a springfield Range Officer and it has been great as well for about 100 more.

If you want something more "modern" I really really like the Sig P226/229 in 9mm or .40.

I had a springfield XD40 for a while and it was nice, but I liked the Gen 4 Glock 23 and the Sigs better.

But I would definitely follow the advice Bobarian gave, try different guns, you'll have to learn if you prefer SA/DA, DA only, etc etc.

1911s are my favorite, but to each his own.

Marlon K
12-11-2011, 07:22 PM
I have both 1911 and XDM, one factor to look at is the size of your hands. The XDM is a double stack mag and so the grip becomes pretty big, not a problem if you have large hands. The 1911 will be a lot better in smaller hands due to the single stack mag. My 1911 is a Kimber and I absolutely love it and the XDM is a lot of fun too. I did a trigger job on the XDM and made it much smoother as well.


Very good post

Ncpsycho
12-11-2011, 08:27 PM
Yes nub live is great

GTsetGO
12-11-2011, 09:05 PM
nicest pistol that i have is my walther p99. smooth as hell.

for my concealed, i have the XD 40 subcompact.

my next purchase will the the Remington R1911 45

proguy747
12-11-2011, 09:25 PM
buy a 9mm first. then save up for a real nice possible custom 1911. 9mm is cheap and easy to shoot and ammo is everywhere. Trust me you will be hooked and want another gun. That is when you buy that custom 1911. For 9mm look into Glock, XD, and Smith & Wesson M&P. I preferred the M&P. I have a Sig 226 all stainless in .40 as my home protection weapon. But I must admit I am more accurate over time with the 9mm. That is not saying if you come in my house you wont get blown away but the grouping on my M&P is better. I wish for a 1911 but i am going to have to wait as I want a Wilson Combat.

bigswol2
12-11-2011, 11:14 PM
Good luck on finding that SR1911. They are in short supply around here. Personally I'd get the Ruger if you can find it as I'm on the waiting list here. If not go with a SIG 220 carry in 45. That gun is as reliable as they come.

boxmonkey
12-12-2011, 11:36 PM
Good luck on finding that SR1911. They are in short supply around here. Personally I'd get the Ruger if you can find it as I'm on the waiting list here. If not go with a SIG 220 carry in 45. That gun is as reliable as they come.

Have you tried Jims? heard he has good prices. just have to go behind his house to get to his shop.

I'm looking and have time to wait so the rugar is what I'll end up with. If I can find a place to shoot one and enjoy it. I'm going to hit up WT's hopefully later this week to try some different guns out. hopefully he has at least a 1911 to fire.

bigswol2
12-13-2011, 12:59 AM
Have you tried Jims? heard he has good prices. just have to go behind his house to get to his shop.

I'm looking and have time to wait so the rugar is what I'll end up with. If I can find a place to shoot one and enjoy it. I'm going to hit up WT's hopefully later this week to try some different guns out. hopefully he has at least a 1911 to fire.

I buy a lot from Jim. Great guy with great prices. Where is WT's?

boxmonkey
12-13-2011, 09:41 PM
I buy a lot from Jim. Great guy with great prices. Where is WT's?

If you go to JR's in smithfield you might actually be the guy that told me about jim. Area you on his list for a rugar sr1911? just wondering what kind of deal he has on it. cheapest online was 619 on a credit card shipped to a dealer.

WT's in on 70 heading towards goldsboro after you pass the walmart at 581 it's probably another .5 mile.

bigswol2
12-14-2011, 05:21 PM
Jim doesn't have it. I'm on the list at Lawmen's.

Taki
12-14-2011, 08:14 PM
I know the perfect guy for this thread, its just a shame that he doesn't belong to CA, not yet :tu

boxmonkey
12-20-2011, 04:52 PM
Well this weekend I ended up purchasing a springfield armory GI 1911-a1 mil-spec.

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l593/boxmonkeyracing/IMG_20111219_103122.jpg

longknocker
12-20-2011, 04:57 PM
Beautiful Gun, Tony!:banger :tu

ApexAZ
12-20-2011, 05:07 PM
I have a Ruger LCR revolver and a H&K USP Compact .45. I prefer my revolver. Why? Because I only paid like $330 for it, it easily fits in my pocket, and all I have to do is point and shoot if someone is trying to kill me. I plan to buy another larger revolver to keep under my seat. I want to sell the USP at some point, which I will replace with a 9mm or .40.

boxmonkey
12-20-2011, 05:22 PM
picked it up for just over 500 out the door to include background check and taxes.

longknocker
12-20-2011, 05:38 PM
I have a Ruger LCR revolver and a H&K USP Compact .45. I prefer my revolver. Why? Because I only paid like $330 for it, it easily fits in my pocket, and all I have to do is point and shoot if someone is trying to kill me. I plan to buy another larger revolver to keep under my seat. I want to sell the USP at some point, which I will replace with a 9mm or .40.

LCR .38 Or .357? I'm Looking At Buying The .357.

bigswol2
12-21-2011, 03:41 PM
Sweet!

boxmonkey
12-21-2011, 05:46 PM
yea learned one thing about the gun today. it's louder than my AK. lol. ouch.

bigswol2
12-21-2011, 06:15 PM
OH yes Jim's is my favorite shop.

Dr Voss
12-21-2011, 08:26 PM
If you ever want to try something really crazy I have a rifle disguised as a handgun. TC Encore with 15" barrel in 460 S&W MAG. Great if you want to have the shooting range to yourself, I guarantee everyone else will leave.