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Old 01-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #31
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... personally I would go with an MP5SD5....
Why? Only want to shoot em twice till it jams up?

OP - As many said, go to a range that allows rentals first, if possible. All guns feel different, and you may like one over another. For instance, I prefer the feel of XDs to Glocks, and old Rugers to either. There are many quality makers to choose from, I won't waste space with a generic list. Hipoint and taurus are generally thought of as lower quality, though I have a hipoint carbine and can testify that it is a tank. Ugly as sin, but hella-reliable.

As far as caliber, it isn't just the diameter of the bullet that determines its impact. The mass varies between rounds and types of boolits make a difference. A .380 is generally and historically thought of as an "Oh Sh!t" gun or "muff pistol" (lmao) for a lady. Close quarters, when things have gone wrong. This is why many carry them as backups. Keep it hidden, whip it out, and shoot em. It is easy to shoot, but in compacts are so light they can be uncomfortable to shoot.
The 9mm is a much heavier round, having much more mass relatively. It will cause a more serious wound. This is a very effective balance of weight/firepower/overall size/ability to carry rounds. It has a moderate recoil, I find this a very easy balance of weight to recoil, making it very easy for followup shots.
The .45 is a TX Ranger deluxe, as I like to say. It is a big gun that shoots big holes, particularly with SD rounds. The mass is incredibly huge compared to the aforementioned rounds, causing a much slower boolit speed. In a 5" brl, you can just about hunt with em, they are accurate at good range. Patton carried two 1911s. They are loud and they kick, short brl in particular.
The .40 is a nice comprimise of the devastating .45 and reliable 9mm. It has less recoil than a .45, more impact than a 9mm. Carries a moderate amount of rounds. Most full size 9s will hold 15ish, .40s 12ish, .45s 10ish per mag. More well placed shots, imo, are better than fewer big boolits - to a limit.

The .357 Magnum is a micro artillary shell. It has massive mass and powder, though not the biggest diameter. Length plays a big role, just like in the 7.62x39 (AK-47), a 7.62x51 NATO (.308) and a 7.62x63 (30.06) cartridges. Same diameter, way different mass.

+1 on likely to get issued a .40

I would look at a Ruger LC9, or some other of their 9mms. I like em all, but I am biased to Ruger in general. I personally find the .380 to be inadequite physically to other rounds, although it will kill too.

My shillings, and always remember, a pistol is only for getting to your rifle

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:44 AM   #32
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My 2 "small" pistols are a ruger LCP (.380) and Keltec P11 (9mm). I like the 9mm much better. My main pistol is a XD .40 service, and that is my favorite to shoot. Between the 9mm and 380, I pick the 9mm any day. I just prefer it, and the ammo is a little cheaper.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:56 AM   #33
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I have started looking into getting my first pistol and have been really looking at the Springfield XDM 9mm compact. I won't be CC it, but plan on going to the range, hopefully often. It doesn't seem like it too big to handle yet sizable enough to make sure it does the job if needed.
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I have started looking into getting my first pistol and have been really looking at the Springfield XDM 9mm compact. I won't be CC it, but plan on going to the range, hopefully often. It doesn't seem like it too big to handle yet sizable enough to make sure it does the job if needed.
The XDm's are a nice pistol. I have the 3.8" in 9mm and it's been great. SA had a special deal at the time to get 3 free mags and mag holder as well that made it even a sweeter deal.






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Old 01-03-2013, 02:29 AM   #35
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I have talked to a couple people and was told it would be a perfect first gun and I havent found a bad review of it, even read an article online from Guns and Ammo that said realy good things. There is a local range that has it listed at $610, it seems like a pretty good deal, especially compared to Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop prices.
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Probably the only thing I would change is adding some night sights.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #37
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I was also debating on getting a .380 or a 9mm, ended up getting a Ruger LC9 mainly because I can use the same ammo between it and my Glocks instead of having to buy 2 different kinds ammo. Also eliminates a possible ammunition mix up of chambering a .380 into a 9mm. But one thing I noticed on my Ruger LC9 is the sights are off at 5 yards. I'm hitting about 4 or 5 inches low at 5 yards. Not sure if thats normal because of the short barrel or if its the sights itself. I was fortunate enough to get the laser grip on it so I just adjusted it to POI at 5 yards. I've read of some people sending it back and Ruger will fix it with a different set of sights. But overall I like it as a carry pistol, just a tad bigger than the Ruger LCP. The manual safety provides more security. But you can choose to run with it on red, shoot ready like my glocks but my GF likes the manual safety. I started making a habit to sweep and disengage the safety during presentation just incase it is accidentally engaged. But really you cant go wrong with either round. Its better to have one of them than none at all.
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