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Hello,

I've been lurking on this forum for a couple of weeks now and I just bought my first handgun this week at a local firearms retailer/ shooting range called Silver Bullet Firearms here in Grand Rapids, MI.

After doing some research, I ended up buying a XD9 4" with three 15rd magazines, a holster, and a foam-lined case for $449. This seemed pretty reasonable to me as the same gun w/o the nice case, extra magazine, or the holster sells at Gander Mountain for $469. Let me know what you guys think about the price.

I'm sure I'll have some questions over the next few months as I go through the education process and get my CCW permit. Thanks in advance for your help. :)

-Ryan
 

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Welcome to the gun nut site.

We currently are running a stupid argument in the political section. But some of us can still answer your questions. So,,,,, got any??
 

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Thanks for the reply. They are 15 rd magazines.

Do handgun prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit or do these differences just occur state to state? I've seen prices for similar products going all over the board. It's also my understanding that when the XD was still the hs2000 it's cost was about half of what it is today.
 

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RyanH said:
Thanks for the reply. They are 15 rd magazines.

Do handgun prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit or do these differences just occur state to state? I've seen prices for similar products going all over the board. It's also my understanding that when the XD was still the hs2000 it's cost was about half of what it is today.
I made my first gunbroker purchase today. Finally got another XD40 to mess around with.

$410 - Auction Win (XD9201, 3 HC Mags, holster, NIB)
$020 - Shipping to FFL
$015 - Transfer (Know the guy, price break)

$445 - Total

Your price is fairly competitive. Locally Quoted @ $396 LEO for an XD9102 standard package with just two magazines. Thats not including tax, figure a total of $419.76 including the local tax rate. I figure that the extra mag has about a $20 value by itself, let alone the holster.

I figure I got an ok deal, better than buying the mag, holster, and XD separately.
 

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That does seem pretty reasonable. It helps to know people doesn't it?

I think what put me over the edge with my deal is the case. I've been looking for a decent carrying case with the cut foam instead of the generic eggshell liner so my gun and mags aren't sliding around. The included case offered the features that I was looking for. At this time, I don't see the need to spend tons of money on a high-end case until I decide to get more involved in shooting.

I also appreciated the level of customer service that I received. I didn't feel like I was being patronized or misled. I can't stand sales pitches. Just give me the information that I require and let me make my decision.
 

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Your post was titled "New to handguns" so I assume you are not new to firearms in general and you know the rules of firearm safety.

If you are entirely new to firearms go to http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp and study the safety rules. Also click on "Training Programs" and find a training course in your area to sign up and attend a class or two or three.

After some training and practice try out an IDPA match. http://idpa.com/

Have fun but do it safely. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Tango Sierra said:
Your post was titled "New to handguns" so I assume you are not new to firearms in general and you know the rules of firearm safety.

If you are entirely new to firearms go to http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp and study the safety rules. Also click on "Training Programs" and find a training course in your area to sign up and attend a class or two or three.

After some training and practice try out an IDPA match. http://idpa.com/

Have fun but do it safely. Welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the welcome. I'll check out the IDPA website tonight. Thanks!

I'm not entirely new to firearms but I am new to handguns and admittedly rusty with firearm safety in general. I've already signed up for a safety class and I don't intend to fire my pistol until I've taken it. Much of what will be said are common sense types of things but it certainly doesn't hurt to hear them again. They are also going to show my how to disassemble and clean my pistol. I'm really excited about it. I'm going to take the CCW class as well. It's really important to me that I don't put anybody in unnecessary danger due to ignorance. I don't take chances like that.
 

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RyanH, here's a listing of a few good MI-based resources that you may find informative / entertaining:

MGO - Michigan Gun Owners - http://www.mgouc.com/ - Due to college keeping me broke all the time, I haven't popped for membership yet. But when I get the cash, I'll definitely join. They seem to be a good group, check out the message board for some good local discussions.

MCRGO - Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners - http://www.mcrgo.org/mcrgo/ - Another gun-rights group in MI. Apparently there is some drama going on with them right now, but the site still has a lot of decent info.

GlockTalk MI Forum - http://www.glocktalk.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=112 - Although Glocktalk doesn't have the 'local atmosphere' that XDTalk has, this section is for MI residents. A lot of the same people are here that are over at the MGO boards, so it's pretty friendly.

MI State Police - http://www.michigan.gov/msp/1,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654---,00.html - The MSP puts together a pretty cool page of info for CCW statistics. There's some good stuff here too.
 

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Hey Ryan. I live just a wee bit south of Kalamazoo, so consider this a friendly hello from a neighbor. I spend most of my range time at Southside Sportsman Club in Battle Creek, which shouldn't be much of a jaunt for you.

If you're ever interested in punching some holes in paper, we can try to hook up sometime. I've got an XD .40 Service that's just itching to get back to the range.

-James
 

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Picked up my first handgun this afternoon myself. Got pretty much the same deal you got with the XD9 Service in Bi-Tone. Paid $449 for the XD, the case, 3 16rd mags, the holster, and all the other little things included in the factory kit. Once all was said and done, it cost me $488 total for shipping and FFL transfer charges. Not too bad I thought...
 

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Hey Ryan. I live just a wee bit south of Kalamazoo, so consider this a friendly hello from a neighbor. I spend most of my range time at Southside Sportsman Club in Battle Creek, which shouldn't be much of a jaunt for you.

If you're ever interested in punching some holes in paper, we can try to hook up sometime. I've got an XD .40 Service that's just itching to get back to the range.

-James
Hey James,

Thanks for the invite. I'm chomping at the bit to get some rounds through my xd. Drop me an IM when you get a chance.
 

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Picked up my first handgun this afternoon myself. Got pretty much the same deal you got with the XD9 Service in Bi-Tone. Paid $449 for the XD, the case, 3 16rd mags, the holster, and all the other little things included in the factory kit. Once all was said and done, it cost me $488 total for shipping and FFL transfer charges. Not too bad I thought...
Congrats on your purchase. I thought it was a pretty good deal too.
 
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