TexasTiger LSU Fan Katy TX Member since Sep 2003 4892 posts
re: What's the best handgun for self defense?Posted by TexasTiger on 12/12/12 at 8:59 am to Paradise13
Most handguns will carry multiple bullets.
But since you have already looked at the glock go ahead and check of the Springfield XD's and XDm's as well as the smith and Wesson M&P's. they are all polymer pistols close the same price point. All are good quality weapons.
bapple LSU Fan Capital City Member since Oct 2010 8748 posts
re: What's the best handgun for self defense?Posted by bapple on 12/12/12 at 9:02 am to scubafeet
You don't sound like you have much handgun experience from the looks of it.
Go to the store, hold a few, and talk to the guys behind the counter. I'm with some of the other guys. Springfield XD and Smith m&p are great starting handguns. And I would start with 9mm as your starting caliber.
Ok, all grabassing aside, what is your experience with handguns? Will anyone else use it? Are you comfortable with a semiauto? Would you prefer the simplicity of a revolver? Have you been shopping yet? Go with what feels good in your hand.
I recommend going to a gun show and handling several different guns, find out what feels comfortable. everyone has their own preference. I keep my XD-45 in my nightstand, i picked that one because i just really liked the feel of it.
if you have a SO may want to look at a single action revolver so she easily learn to shoot it as well
NimbleCat LSU Fan Anywhere and Everywhere Member since Jan 2007 5802 posts
re: What's the best handgun for self defense?Posted by NimbleCat on 12/12/12 at 9:11 am to Paradise13
Start with a checklist of what you want/don't want.
1) Caliber? 9mm, 40sw, 45acp. 2) Price? (This will go a long way in determining your options.) 3) Polymer / Steel and Striker / Hammer 4) Capacity (this will also rule out certain types) 5) Ergonomics (this will definitely rule out several types)
If I were going in cold turkey, not knowing anything about anything...I would gravitate toward the Springfield XDm pistols. You get a lot of "extras" with the pistol. Easy assembly / disassemble pistol. Easy controls. Enough safeties to be comfortable having it loaded w/o accidental discharge (Glock). Not too many safeties to have a brain freeze and not be able to make it shoot (1911).
I have owned Numerous Glocks and knight for them pretty hard on the board just to let people know that there are other options other than a 1911. I doubt I would buy one now due to other companies building better mousetraps so to speak. I still steadfastly contend that they are one of if not the most reliable platform on the market...but almost all the polymers will spit 10,000 rounds these days.