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nelatf
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?

Like the other poster wrote:

20 guage youth model pump. That is your best self defense weapon because it appears you have limited gun experience.

If you get a pistol you'll shoot yourself in the leg.

BTW - I keep a youth model 870 pump 20 guage ready for action at Casa de NELATF.

This post was edited on 12/12 at 9:37 am


Hammertime
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
I was just about to make the same post. My step dad is looking for one right now.

He wants:
9mm
Not much of a safety to mess around with
Wants to carry it
Price doesn't matter
Doesn't know if polymer or metal framed

Oh yeah, he has somewhat fat hands



Only thing I could come up with is the baby glock. Anything else he should be looking at? I am not much of a pistol guy. Only thing I have ever carried is a 10mm glock


Big Data
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Sig 239 or similar model.

ETA: This was directed at Hammertime, not the OP.
This post was edited on 12/12 at 11:37 am


Phoenix43
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
I keep a Sig P220 .45 If you are going to get a handgun get a man stopper


Hammertime
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
From what i have been reading, Sig quality has taken a hit as of late. What i am coming up with now is a HK p2000sk and a G26.


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El Josey Wales
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Glock 19


Preys on Gumps
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
CZ P-07 Duty

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Sweet fricking gun.


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olgoi khorkhoi
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
quote:

So far I have looked at a glock 17 and like the fact that it can carry multiple bullets.



frick that

give me a single shot pistol all day mon-friday, twice on sat, and a baker's dozen-ish on sun.




Image: http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/321779000/321779085/pix310305278.jpg


El Josey Wales
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Ole Geauxt
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
looks like an offshore flare gun..


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I Love Bama
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
I would normally say the glock 19 but it's a little big for a carry weapon. Imo


El Josey Wales
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
It really isn't. I used to think the same thing. Just takes the right belt and holster to be comfortable. It is amazing what a good sturdy pistol belt can do.


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Geauxtiga
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
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What's the best handgun for self defense?
That's like asking how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop.


AlxTgr
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
One..two...three. Three.


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AlmaDawg
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
12 guage. 00 buckshot.


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TigerOnThe Hill
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Paradise,
I'm going to go against the grain here in light of your (and I'll assume your wife's) inexperience w/ handguns.

Cliff's Notes version:
Since your inexperienced w/ handguns, I'd suggest a full size (4-6" barrel), steel frame, 6 shot (or more) revolver w/ fixed sights chambered in 357 Mag. Start off shooting mild 38 Special rounds, advancing to +P 38 Spec loads when you can handle them. Advance to full 357 Mag loads ONLY once you've mastered the +P 38 Spec loads. If you can't make it to 357 Mag loads, just stay w/ the +P 38 Spec loads, which are still very formidable self defense rounds. A similar sized gun in 38 Special w/ +P rounds is good too if you don't have any interest in the recoil/muzzle blast of the 357 Mag.

If you'd rather have a semi-auto, I'd suggest a full size 9mm from a reputable manufacturer, e.g. S&W (M&P series), Springfield Armory (XD series), Ruger (SR series), Glock, Sig, CZ or Beretta. I prefer DAO or SAO, but you may well prefer SA/DA type. Likewise, I mostly prefer no external safeties, but you may want a safety. If you're experienced and comfortable w/ the platform, a reliable 1911 is appropriate, as well. Try to handle, and shoot, a number of semi-autos before deciding which one to buy. Some of the bigger cities have shooting ranges that will let you rent a handgun and shoot for a period of time.

As already mentioned, for home use, the best self defense weapon is not a handgun, but a shotgun, usually a 12 gauge, but 20 gauge is a good choice, as well.

Full Version:For a self defense gun that is NOT going to be used in concealed carry, you don't want, nor need a compact or subcompact gun; get a full size gun w/ a steel frame. All things being equal, a smaller and lighter gun is generally more difficult to shoot well than is a larger and heavier gun, especially for newbies. Personally, I think revolvers are easier for most newbies to learn w/ than are semi-autos. OTOH, some newbies start out w/ semi-autos w/o any problems. No one can know but you which category you'll fall in to.

The best self defense calibers are 9mm, 357 Mag, 357 Sig, 40 S&W and 45 ACP; the 38 Special also has a good track record, but not like the above.

The semi-auto vs revolver debate always generates a lot of interest. Ruger, Colt, Chiappa and Smith & Wesson are top notch makers of revolvers; other makers that seem to have spotty quality control include Charter Arms, Rossi and Taurus.

Given your inexperience, I recommend some formal training in handgun handling and safety.

Last, if you can swing it, I'd strongly consider buying a 22 LR to learn the basics of handgun handling and to practice w/. If you want a revolver for self defense, make the 22 LR a revolver; if the SD gun is a semi auto, get a semi auto 22 LR.

Good luck. Let us know what you buy and be sure and include PICS. :-)


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