Originally Posted by mosites87
thought i could look here for advice. im turnin 21 soon and im looking to get an XD9 or something similar.
are there any handguns you would recommend?
Depends on your budget and what you're looking for in a gun. Why a 9? Is it strictly for self-defense? Is going to be for competitions? The only suggestion I can give you is right now is that you should go to a good gun range that has a ton of guns to rent so you can actually try them. Guys that work at guns stores generally know alot about them so you should visit a bunch of them, ask them what their top 5 are. That way they'll give you a good consesus and you could take the ones that were similar among the lot of them and test them out.
Personally, my choices for my first 9 were the following: Sig Sauer P228, HK P7M13, Browning Hi-Power, Walther P88, and a Glock 17. I eventually ended up with all of them, but I started out with the P228. The only one I got rid of was the Glock...not because it's a bad gun, but because it just never felt right to me.