|Quoting Queso (Reply 44):|
Quoting DL021 (Reply 40):
It's incredible how little regard most soldiers have for the round nose 9mm,
Yeah, for good reason. 9mm ball is not worth a shit and I can't imagine why they let our boys (and girls) carry 9mm since they can only carry FMJ's. Those guys really do need .45's or 10mm's (I wouldn't even feel good about a .40 FMJ).
It was a political/ordnance/supply issue that had to do with NATO standardization and the distribution of ammo during a large scale conflict. Two different pistol/subgun ammos was a hassle and the idea that a pistol was all that necessary anyway was beyond the imagination of some senior supply officers and political hacks. Plus there was that additional capacity issue where they assumed that the higher velocity and additional rounds available would make up for the smaller mass. They neglected to account for the fact that in the military most pistol shots are so close you can't really miss and that the .45 worked EVERY TIME while forgetting the lessons of closer tolerance newer weapons they learned with the M-16 replacing the M-14.
|Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 41):|
Anyways, the price tag was only $279.99. I almost pulled out my credit card right then and there.
Kai...it's a nice weapon, but for your first handgun I'd say get a .357 revolver and learn the basics. It's statistically the most effective one shot stopper (nebulous but somehow reassuring) and ultimate in reliability. Only get a semi-automatic if you're willing to spend the time at the range learning the additional things you must learn for a pistol over a revolver. Either one takes range time to ensure you know how to use it effectively, but an auto takesmore time due to having to learn how to handle stoppages, stovepipes, misfires, misfeeds, safety, etc.
Short answer...the Smith pistol you showed is an excellent value and very reliable. However....my advice is start with a full to mid-size .357 revolver. Smith, Colt or Taurus.