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Paradise13
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What's the best handgun for self defense?

Looking for a handgun to keep at the house for self defense. So far I have looked at a glock 17 and like the fact that it can carry multiple bullets. So what's the best handgun for self defense?


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
judge


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DeepSouthSportsman
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Judge in each hand


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Ole Geauxt
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
aw sheeet..


Judge Smails
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
NB4KR

:1911:


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chickman1313
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
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Paradise13


a guy i worked with just came in my office and asked me this same question... andy?? haha

I told him

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Judge in each hand
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TexasTiger
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
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.



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scubafeet
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
a loaded one without trigger lock on it


CajunAlum Tiger Fan
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Be ready for a dozen answers, each one 100% positive that it is the only answer.


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


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Judge Smails
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
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.


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AUCE05
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Judge, akimbo.


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chickman1313
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
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


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


Paradise13
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
Thanks for the advice! I really have no gun experience whatsoever so I'm definitely starting cold turkey. I would like to have the wife be able to use it also.


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

Shotgun.



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I would like to have the wife be able to use it also.


Youth 20 ga
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chickman1313
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Youth 20 ga


still one of my favorite guns i own


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


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hashbrowns
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re: What's the best handgun for self defense?
If it's just going to be for the house, go to Walmart and buy a Remington 870 in 20 gauge and a box of #4 shot.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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What's the best handgun for self defense?


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