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Old 06-28-2015, 05:14 PM
 
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For a first gun, I'd get a .22 semi auto pistol, like a Ruger SR22 to learn how to shoot with. Take a shooting/safety course.

Once you're comfortable using that, then get a Glock 9mm as your self defense weapon:

G17 (full size)
G19 (mid sized)
G26 (compact)

IMO that's all you need. 9mm has adequate stopping power, ammo is affordable and recoil is low so it's easier to shoot accurately. I agree with the last poster - the G19 is probably the best choice, unless you plan to get a concealed carry license, in which case the G26 would be easier to carry.

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Old 06-28-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: West of Louisiana, East of New Mexico
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If you're squeamish about guns, I'd suggest learning a martial art (boxing, BJJ, muay thai etc.) AND taking lessons for handling firearms. Practice at a range will help you figure out what works best for you.

If someone sneaks in your house but you're not sure where they are, they could easily sneak up on you and attempt to disarm you. Learn how to "lay those hands" on someone before you learn to put bullets in them.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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My choice would go to 40cal or 45cal rounds. I'd rather prefer 40, as it seems to have more penetration (think bear skull, not some human criminal), but I might be wrong. Anyways, you wouldn't be wrong with either caliber. 9mm is OK too against criminals. You cannot go wrong with a revolver either, but it only has 5-7 rounds loaded at a time... (ought to be enough for any purpose, but more is better, isn't it?)

Then, go to any indoor shooting range where they would give you opportunity to rent their guns and shoot them, and find out for yourself which models you like. Some would be intuitively better for you, more comfortable in your hand, more accurate to shoot, etc, than the others.
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Old 07-25-2015, 02:59 AM
 
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A number of options you can get from an online shopping store along with its feature details. And the gun I like most is Beanfield Sniper. The rifle is heavy with a scope, it is going to weigh 10 pounds or more.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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For everyone recommending a revolver....have you competed against a "wonder 9" lately?

YOU LOSE!!
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:19 PM
 
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For everyone recommending a revolver....have you competed against a "wonder 9" lately?

YOU LOSE!!
I suspect that if I started shooting first with a shrouded snubby from my coat pocket, I will win. I'm not going into a gunfight playing by competition rules.

Ironically, the first time I heard the term "wonder 9," it was from Jeff Cooper explaining why they always lose to .45 ACP.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:48 PM
 
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I suspect that if I started shooting first with a shrouded snubby from my coat pocket, I will win. I'm not going into a gunfight playing by competition rules.

Ironically, the first time I heard the term "wonder 9," it was from Jeff Cooper explaining why they always lose to .45 ACP.

"Wonder 9"....one of which.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS057lKUtCs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbC5mEc6ipE


This is actually a .40 S&W but they make a 9mm the G-26.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmMEg4y54Dk



You guys can keep your S&W Model 10s and "stuff"....
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:04 PM
 
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I suggest a Glock 19 (midsize glock 9mm). It's simple to use, reliable, durable, lightweight, and affordable.

The question is really like asking should I get a Toyota, Honda, or Chevy. Any of them will get you from point a to point b, and any of them can wind up in a horrific collision if you are not trained as a driver.

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Old 07-28-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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I would like to have a gun for protection just in case.
Not to mention there had been a couple of break ins in my neighborhood and Im pretty shocked. I believe its the kids around here, kids bored and have nothing to do and getting in trouble. Anyways

I went to a gun shop for the first time last year because I had a former coworker who had a job at a gun shop. She wanted me to shoot a gun and try some guns out. It terrified me but at the same time was exciting because I was raised that we shouldn't have guns, thats what their religion talk. Also my dad grew up in the hood and saw a lot of gun violence and witnessed a guy right in front of him being shot in the head. So I think that messed him a little bit as well.

I learned a lot though at the gun range. I already knew when it came to shootings its not the gun but the person, however when I was actually shooting a gun it really affected me and have that experience that its definitely the person behind the gun, not the gun its self.

I wish that there were no guns and in a perfect world if you want to fight you do so with your fists and body. However we don't live in that world, so if people are getting a gun for defense, I feel like I should too. There are ALOT of nutjobs out here.

Anyways I would like to carry a gun BUT what kind of gun is really small, easy to handle and isn't loud.



When I was at the gun shop at the gun range my friend brought several guns hand guns rifles and another gun that was VERY intimidating & VERY loud.

What guns are easy to handle and aren't as intense?

I know that guns are loud in general but which type of guns that aren't as loud?
Find a range with intro firearms basic course. Fire whatever they let you tri. You need to find something that you are comfortable with

It took longer the get MrsM's gun than mine. She has arthritis and had a thumb reconstruction. LCR and LCP both stung her hand (mine also)

She had issues racking some pistold.

Settled on a Sig P238. Works wonderful for her without biting her hand, still cant load mags without a mag loader.

My 1st was a Glock 19G4. Perfect weapon to carry.(Plus MrsM can use if needed.Next came a G22G4 LOVE it, but too big to carry. MrsM can shoot if needed, but doesn't like it. Too much snap

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY......Most (all?) ranges will rent one to try
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Old 07-29-2015, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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For everyone recommending a revolver....have you competed against a "wonder 9" lately?

YOU LOSE!!
Anyone getting into a lot of gun fights..
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