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Old 08-16-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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If you are in the military do you still have to be 21 to purchase a handgun? I want to purchase one so my fiancée can use it in case of emergency while I am deployed.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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yes, you have to be 21. You can buy a rifle or shotgun though. If you are truly worried, get a small gauge shot gun. At least she doesn't have to be accurate.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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A shotgun would be a lot better when it comes to home defense. Pump and pray. Make sure she is comfy with it before you leave.

Also thank you for your service
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Same thing as MrBojangles, thanks for your service. Have no idea about NC gun laws but wanted to thank you anyway
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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Good advice on the pump shotgun. Like they say..learn how to use it.

Some low brass # 8's(dove loads) are fine for home protection and don't kick much.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Good advice on the pump shotgun. Like they say..learn how to use it.

Some low brass # 8's(dove loads) are fine for home protection and don't kick much.
A shotgun pump is A LOT more intimidating then cocking a pistol.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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Don't purchase a pistol and leave it with a girlfriend, fiancée or anyone else for that matter. You might run into the problem transferring of a firearm to someone NOT authorized to have it. That oversight could be very costly indeed.

I agree with those who advocate shotguns for home defense. My first choice Remington 870 pump chambered in 12gauge 2.5 or 3 inch magnum. Although the magnum is not really necessary, it does offer flexibility in ammo and power for home defense and hunting use. The first round loaded would be a No.6 dove shot followed by No.4 Buckshot. Federal makes a wonderful PDX1 round, composed of copper disks and shot. It makes a real mess of things and it is a real attention gainer. I use the PDX1 in my Judge!

The first round fired should be fired center mass, (Between the belly and chest area) of the target intruder. NEVER let the intruder get any closer than 10 feet. Rule of thumb in your home, you set the location, where you choose to join fight. If you see him, SHOOT HIM! You DO NOT want to give the intruder the opportunity to take the shotgun away from you and kill you with it. And, that requires training! No, that DEMANDS competent training! We are talking life and death here. Quite possibly YOURS! Keep in mind that an average man in average shape can cover a distance of 7 yards or 21 feet in 1.8 seconds. That does not leave one with a helluva lot of time to think about what you are going to do. That is where the training comes in.

Training helps to develop a seasoned comfort with the firearm and by shooting staged scenario events the shooter develops not only confidence in his or her ability to handle the firearm safely under very stressful circumstances; it also helps the shooter develop a presence of mind under stress. And your presences of mind, under stress, will determine a righteous shooting in defense of your life as opposed to an unlawful shooting that ruins the remainder of your life. Train for the worst case scenario and pray you never have to use it, yet remain supremely confident that you can lawfully use deadly force to protect your God given right to live your life as you choose to live it.

If you are not willing to invest the time and money, and expend the ammunition necessary, to train to a level of expertise to competently handle a firearm safely and use it lawfully, then you need to leave guns alone. You'll live longer!

Semper Fidelis,
Major Leatherneck!

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Old 03-02-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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^ Holy smokes! I bet you could kill a guy using only a paper clip!

But you are completely correct. It's not smart just to hand over a gun to someone and say "Here, protect yourself while I'm gone". OP, if you're serious about this, you should have your fiancee spend some time at the shooting range and invest in a gun safety course.
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