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New guy looking for advice on a couple good pistols.

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Hi guys, I'm looking for a couple good pistols, one in .22 and the other in either .40 S&W or .45 acp. The .22 will be for practicing and working on my form (I'm a shotgun guy and have fired a revolver once). I held a Walther P22 and liked the balance, but not the short barrel. I also tried a Ruger (nice, but much more expensive) and Beretta (in general bad taste). I also liked the Walther P99 in .40 and a Springfield GI stainless in .45. Both had good balance but the SA felt like it weighed twice as much. I held the Glock (don't remember the model) and just didn't like the balance or noise it made. The larger caliber gun will be a home protection piece until I can move to a better part of town; as such it will be the first line of defense for the three people in my household. Reliability trumps all other factors in this matter. What would you suggest I get? I would like the keep the price of .22 < $300 and larger gun <$750. Thanks a bunch and I'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings about a particular gun brand.
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I'm a 1911 guy... but, based upon what you say, I concur with the double action wheel gun. Much smaller learning curve and more reliability in less than perfectly trained hands. :wink: Save the autos for later, as you become more comfortable.

Personally, I do not believe in "training small" and "using big." If you get the .22 - use it for fun. Once you have whatever you decide on for protection... practice with THAT gun.
If that gun goes off below $400 it's a deal. My bet is there will be a flurry of activity in the last hours, but, if you are the high bidder - I hope not! For an idea of prices and values... take a look at GunsAmerica. That's a classified site... not an auction site... and it gives an idea of street value. :wink:
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