Originally Posted by Swanman
Ok CP gun enthusiasts, I finally got my Illinois FOID card, so it's time I purchased a gun. I am still a beginner so I am looking to probably get a handgun first so I would like any recommendations for good handguns, especially for a beginner. I don't mind getting a pricier gun.
I love my Springfield XDm. It's accurate, has a huge magazine capacity (19 rounds for a 9mm), and has a very light trigger pull for a double action. There are also indicators which can immediately identify it as being loaded and chambered, which would be helpful for a beginner. It is a bit pricy (a new one will probably go for around $600), but if that's not an issue for you I highly recommend this.
I can't remember if you still live in Aurora or not, but if you do, I strongly advise having no dealings with JR Shooting Sports. They are absolute ****ing scumbags. Prices are too high on everything and they provide customer service so horrible that it makes Comcast blush. Even though they're only five minutes from my house and have a really nice range, I refuse to set foot in the place. I either shoot at Article II (nice range but very limited selection), Mega Sports in Plainfield (they have the biggest selection of firearms I've ever seen and a nice range) or GAT Guns in West Dundee (good selection, prices and a decent range - I've bought a couple of pistols from them). Cabelas sells everything, and Bass Pro Shops sells handguns and non-assault rifles. When it comes to online stores, budsgunshop.com and summitgunbroker.com are good choices (I got my H&K from Summit).
If you'd like to go shooting some weekend, drop me a PM. I have the XDm, as well as a Heckler & Koch USP .40, a Ruger P95 9mm and a little snub .38, and you're welcome to try out any of them.