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KingRanch
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The Ranch
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re: Which hand gun to buy

1911


BarDTiger81
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re: Which hand gun to buy
Color me shocked


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AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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bapple
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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Looking to my first handgun I'm slightly familiar I might go shoot 1-2 times a years this will be mainly for self defense


Someone else mentioned an exact response to him but I'll also back him up... This is a TERRIBLE idea. I would say once every 2-3 months minimum practice time. You need to have all the motions engrained in your subconscious because it will be doing most of the work when you're pumped full of adrenaline.

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mainly for self defense


Carry or home? There's a big difference.

Carry:

Ruger KLCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver; the K version is .357 magnum)

Image: http://www.millerrodandgun.com/images/Ruger-LCR-357_0391.jpg


Ruger SP101 (a friend of mine just bought one; built like a tank)

Image: http://media.gunup.s3.amazonaws.com/handgun_images/images/5757/5757_1.jpg


Or S&W Airweight

Image: http://www.christiangunowner.com/images/swairweightsidesbi.jpg


Home defense:

Ruger GP100

Image: http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.5026611493538527&pid=1.9


S&W 686P (7 shot version)

Image: http://www.firearmsforyou.com/images/product/image.php?s=1&id=26266


But all in all, you need to hold these before you purchase them. If you want a good semi auto that doesn't feel like you're gripping a 2x4 made of human fecal matter, get a S&W M&P, Ruger SR, or Springfield XD or XDm before you get a shite pot called a Glock. All of you Glock lovers can suck it.

M&P:

Image: http://www.shootingtips.com/NewFiles/article/S&W%20New%20M&P/S&W-M&P40-CP.jpg


SR:

Image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mfU7id5u1Js/T0kWAYagP2I/AAAAAAAABas/ONFOuU4I3_E/s1600/2007-12-17b-2.jpg


XDm:

Image: http://www.kygunco.com/prodimages/26594-DEFAULT-L.jpg


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Which hand gun to buy
And just so you don't say "TL;DR" I'll reiterate the most important part of that post:

The gun WILL CHOOSE YOU, not vice versa. Go to a store and hold them and buy what is most comfortable, even if it's some shitty Glock.

Comfort is paramount when buying a handgun. It would suck if your family depended on it and you couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

Go to a store and hold them. This will also dictate if you get a full sized revolver, compact revolver, subcompact revolver, full sized semi auto, compact semi auto, or subcompact semi auto. Choose wisely.



TigerOnThe Hill
Member since Sep 2008
3150 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
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mainly for self defense
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Carry or home? There's a big difference.


D Tide, That's the FIRST question you need to ask yourself. Once you know that, it will narrow your choices greatly.

If this is for home defense/truck gun (i.e. NOT concealed carry), then I'd suggest a bigger and heavier gun. When shooting a handgun (especially for a relative newbie), size is your friend; bigger and heavier (as long as it's not TOO big or heavy) are generally easier to shoot and handle than are smaller and lighter. For non-concealed carry, get a full size, all steel, 6-8 shot revolver. Buy the best you can afford. Don't get a laser. S&W and Ruger make some great guns. Taurus and Rossi are not junk (I've got both and have been very happy w/ them), but they're not nearly as refined as Ruger and S&W. If a Taurus or Rossi is the best you can afford, then go w/ it. But be sure and check the used market first for a S&W or Ruger.

If you're talking about cc, a light, 5 shot, double action only revolver like the Ruger LCR would be great.

At the range, use BOTH ear plugs and muffs (you can buy a pair of inexpensive Caldwell electronic muffs on sale at www.midwayusa.com for only $24). Practice w/ 38 Special ammo, working your way up to full power 357 Mag rounds as you learn to handle the recoil/muzzle blast. The 357 Magnum is one of the best man-stoppers out there. Finish your research promptly so you can go buy yourself a gun for Christmas and start shooting it!


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wadewilson
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San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Which hand gun to buy
Seriously, if you're looking for home defense, skip the .357, and either get a Taurus Judge, or a 12 gauge pump.

If you're dead set on the 357 magnum, Taurus and Rossi will not be the same quality as a Ruger or S&W.

I can't really tell you much else about revolvers, because I've hated every single one I've ever touched except for the Ruger Single Six.


CaptSpaulding
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Member since Feb 2012
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re: Which hand gun to buy
If this is your first handgun, I'd definitely recommend staying away from .357. Especially with the shorter barrels, .357 is hard to control for novice shooters. You can easily find a used S&W airweight .38 special for under $500. Load it with +P rounds, and it'll be totally adequate for self defense.


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BarDTiger81
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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Seriously, if you're looking for home defense
quote:

get a Taurus Judge





NimbleCat
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Member since Jan 2007
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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even if it's some shitty Glock.

The problem I have with Glocks is that every one of them seems to shoot thousands and thousands of rounds without cleaning or malfunctioning.

A 1911 on the other hand is worse than a high maintenance wife that doesn't put out when you want her to... if she doesn't get: the fanciest accessories, loved on constantly, tons of encouragement from gunsmiths, lubricants, special magazines, even more special ammo, even more special feed ramps polished and buffed....it may or may not shoot a full mag before hanging up. Even with the aforementioned accessories...it will still hang up. Love me some 1911.

Did I miss anything in particular about the 42oz wonder called the 1911?


This post was edited on 12/11 at 2:46 pm


wadewilson
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San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
18537 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
Sorry?


Something wrong with a .410?


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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Did I miss anything in particular about the 42oz wonder called the 1911?


My avatar may be a 1911 but I didn't recommend one if you read my whole shpeel.

The reason I dislike Glock isn't because of looks. Here's my reasoning; cons:

Grip is too wide and horribly devoid of "ergonomics" as they are referred

Grip angle is horribly exaggerated and does not point naturally for me or most human beings

Sights are made of plastic out of the box. Seriously?

Sights utilize a "U-Dot" that no other gun uses because it sucks

Serrations aren't nearly aggressive enough and don't work well for me

But I would be a dick not to include the pros:

High capacity in pretty much all calibers

Magazines are cheap

Used Glocks are very affordable

The tennifer coating on the barrels is amazing

They just work



I may be a bit anti-Glock because I hate them so much but regular people fail to notice there are other good handguns on the market that have all of the features a Glock has that make it reliable, while also being ergonomic and made for the human hand. And I'll hold with my 3 recommendations that have these things called "ergonomics." The Glock formula is a simple one - loose tolerances, polymer frame.


wadewilson
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San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
18537 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
Glocks are solid guns, but they do have kind of a...............cookie cutter feel to them.


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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Glocks are solid guns, but they do have kind of a...............cookie cutter feel to them.


The feel is exactly what turns me off to them. I agree.

The 1911 is a gentleman's gun. It's a refined piece of art.But I don't think they fill every single defensive role like some do. They're awesome, but they don't fit every niche. On the other hand, there really is no other feeling like shooting one.


BarDTiger81
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nurfeast lowsyana
Member since Jul 2011
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re: Which hand gun to buy
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Something wrong with a .410?


Long running joke here.


wadewilson
LSU Fan
San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
18537 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
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But I don't think they fill every single defensive role like some do.


Exactly.

My 1911 is probably my favorite gun, but my XDm sits beside my bed and my Hi-Power lives in my car.


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wadewilson
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San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
18537 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
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Long running joke here.


What, not enough power? I still wouldn't stand in front of one.


BarDTiger81
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nurfeast lowsyana
Member since Jul 2011
15639 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
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What, not enough power?


Not IMHEO!

quote:

I still wouldn't stand in front of one.


Neither would I!


wadewilson
LSU Fan
San Francisco
Member since Sep 2009
18537 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy



No handgun will blow somebody back against the wall like in the movies.


BarDTiger81
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nurfeast lowsyana
Member since Jul 2011
15639 posts

re: Which hand gun to buy
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No handgun will blow somebody back against the wall like in the movies.



bullshite, mine will.



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