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Would you suggest that a XD9 would be a good first gun to get? 9mm ammo is overall less expensive to shoot and it has a more forgiving recoil than the .45acp

I plan on owning more in the future, but I want a reliable, well-made pistol that won't cost an arm and a leg to shoot. Any suggestions?
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i just bought my first handgun this week, and i bought a springfield xdm in .40sw. the xd in a 9mm would be a fine choice imo.
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What is the difference between the XD and XDM? And how does the .40sw compare to a 9mm?

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same size frame with the 9mm and the .40. the xdm holds a few more rounds. you get three interchangable back straps to help "customize" the fit. you also get a match grade barrel. the .40 has more oomph than the 9mm. it does cost a little more to shoot the .40 as well.
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That xd9 or xdm9 will serve you quite well and would be an excellent choice for a first handgun.
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How about this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa0rfeQ4xh0 I'm thinking about buying one for my son.
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I'm still stuck on which caliber I would want to chose. I plan on going black bear hunting within the next 1-2 years. I would like to take a bear with my bow and have a sidearm for protection. I know the 9mm is not the ideal round for the job, but it's a good round to go shoot at the range. For target shooting and defense, which in your opinion would be the better caliber: 9mm, .40s&w, .45acp?
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10mmBig Grin lol
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

10mmBig Grin lol
I agree! FYI, you can buy a 10mm Glock in either full size Model 20 or compact Model 29. On TV I saw Ted Nugent kill a black bear during a bow hunt with a 10mm Glock and he also shot a deer with a 10mm 1911.
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Midwest, you are kinda asking allot of one gun: cheap to shoot, easy to learn, can kill an angry black bear.

The XD or XDm in 9mm is a good first gun, it will have mild recoil, be less expensive to shoot than other, larger calibers, and allow you to spend more time on the range - where most that is handgun proficiency will be gained.

In terms of killing a bear, 40, 10mm, or 45 would all be better choices; however, they will have more recoil and cost more to shoot.

My recommendation, as this is your first handgun, is to get a good .22LR and learn with that.  A .22 will allow you to shoot allot and learn the basics of good handgun marksmanship.  It took many,many years for me to figure out that round placement is far more important than size of the projectile or the velocity of the projectile.  Yea, 22 ain't sexy or "the biggest", but learn on a good .22, then move over to something that better suits your overall needs.

A good .22 will cost you around $200-300, you will quickly make that up on ammunition if you plan to shoot regularly (.22LR ammo is about $6/ 100 rounds, while 9mm is about $35/100 rounds and 40 or 45 will be $40+/100 rounds.  

If you don't want a 22 now, I would recommend the 40, it has enough power to stop a bear (if you hit it in the right place) and ammo will be far more plentiful than 10mm will.
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Thanks for the advice guys.
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I would also suggest you start with a 22cal. Plus I would lean towards an XD tactical when you purchase a larger cal handgun, since it has a longer barrel which means longer sight radius ( usually easier to be more accurate) and more velocity which increases muzzle energy. I have an XD tactical in 40S&W and it is easier and more accurate to shoot for me than my buddy's XD 40 with a four inch barrel.

Also since you are new and no one talked about it. There are different types of bullets with different weights. Make sure you purchase a bullet type for the intended purpose such as target, self defense or hunting.
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I would agree.  I have an XDM 40--great gun and as stated, a little more expensive than the 9mm to shoot and tons more than the 22LR--
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Get 22 revolver or Ruger autoloader. I like the Browning Buckmark also. You can practice for not much money and they are easy to shoot!! I have shot 9mm and the 40 cal. The 40 calibers have more recoil, but aren't real bad. The 9mm is easier in my opinion to learn with than a 40.Smile
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I would suggest a Ruger 22/45 .22 lr for practice. It has the same grip angle and very similar ergonomics as the 1911. When you are ready to transition to the 1911 platform, your muscle memory and familiarity with the controls will already be habit. 
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