I live in the ATL area. For my first CCW, should I buy new or used (gun shop or pawn shop)? If new, gun shop or gun show? Where's the best place to take the CCW permit course? Any recommendations will be appreciated!
if you want to buy used make sure it is from a popular company that is known for reliability(Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig for examles). If a gun show is coming to your town soon I would go to that first. But I agree go to your local gun range rent a pretty popular firearm or one that fits in your hands great and shoot it. I would personally recommend the S&W M&P any caliber being that you can change out the backstraps to fit your hand. If shooting for your first time shoot a full size either semi-auto or revolver whichever you prefer. I hope I was able to help
Being that you are unsure of what you want, it would be best to go to a gunshop with a range that rents guns, and try a few, you mention the LC9, I have shot this weapon, and personaly I did not care for it, just didn't have a good feel and recoil was a bit much for a 9mm, if you have no desire for a "pretty" gun try the Glocks, I have 6, I also have 3 Taurus, a Sig 226 and a Springfield 1911, favorite carry is the Glock 23, with a Taurus 380 as a back up, another thing is you need to dicide on which caliber you may prefer, a small to medium size 9mm is a good all around gun, small enough to carry but big enough to have some punch, just about everybody makes compact and midsize guns, in 9s 40s and 45s the tiny guns 380s and very small 9s are not very comfortable to shoot, very snappy recoil, I also have a Taurus 709 9mm it shoots very well much nicer feeling gun than the LC9, and you get two mags with itI'm open, but I'm partial already to the new Ruger LC9. I've watched some videos online comparing it to a PM9 and a PF9. I'm also partial to Glock, but I'm looking, for my first pistol, for a gun that's easy to conceal, so I'm leaning to the 9mm. I'll add a .45 ACP next. I've been to GA Firing Line (formerly Ed's and Nick's) to shop prices, and I'm planning to take a basic pistol course there. I recently applied for my CCW in Cobb Co.
Now come on Taz, if you can hit the barn from inside, next time just befor you shoot close your eyes, LOL, I agree Glocks arn't for everybody, if you get one that fits you well, its much better, what Walther do you have?.....Pastor, Your going to get a lot of advice... I would say +1 to renting a couple three guns. Several of the 9c size guns are very nice. Glock. LC9 or M&P. Try them all out. Everyone has different experiences shooting various guns. I couldn't hit the side of a barn from the inside with a Glock. (They are still fine weapons.) Ripped the center out with my Walther and used a M&P to obtain my CCW.
I would not buy my first gun used.
Put your fleece out, that'll tell. You already carry a sword.
Now come on Taz, if you can hit the barn from inside, next time just befor you shoot close your eyes, LOL, I agree Glocks arn't for everybody, if you get one that fits you well, its much better, what Walther do you have?.....
OK, but like I said not everybody likes Glocks, and I certainly are not stuck on them, if I go to the range and bring my Springfield 1911, Sig 226 40, and my G-21SF, at the indoor ranges out to 25 yds, I can about use the same holes with the three guns....... outside 50 and 100 yds the Sig comes out on top with the Springfield a close second, but the big Glock can still keep the shots on center mass at 100 yds, if its a big target, LOL:sarcastic:When I was shooting the Glock it was high right, low left, everywhere but the middle. I just couldn't get it consistently where I wanted it. (100 rounds) I borrowed a M&P FS 9mm for CCW quals. at 21'. In MO you have to shoot both a revolver, S&W .357 is what I had, and a semi-auto. My tupperware gun is a Walther P99 AS. My EDC is a 1911.
Oh... It was a big barn!:sarcastic: