I'm new here. Found this place indirectly thru someone. Anyways, I've been wanting to get a handgun for personal protection. I'm single and travel alot and I would feel a bit safer if I had something to point with instead of my finger!!! I was told by a friend to get myself a Lady's Smith and Wesson 9mm. What would you all recommand?
Also, before you give me any crap about "when you point a gun, use it" or "are you afraid of blood", my background.....Funeral Director/Embalmer. Been doing this work for over 18 years. Blood and guts is my business. I also have no problem shooting a human if I'm threatened.
Smith and wesson 3913/14, whether Ladysmith or Regular would be a mighty fine choice. You might want to look at a Sig 239. The Sig has slightly smaller grips. Kahr makes a single stack 9mm that is even smaller, both overall and grips.
You might also want to try a Glock 19.
There are lots of good choices. Find a range that rents guns and keep trying until you find one you like.
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quote:Originally posted by JoJo: Thank you for the info. Now another stupid question (I want to learn) what handgun has the least kick? Course, trying them out would give me that answer!
I didn't know that ranges will rent guns out. There is a new range that just opened close to where I live, I'll check them out.
The revolver is the best for the untrained but it has a bit more kick than a semi auto. The semi auto uses part of the gases that propel the bullet to force the slide back and eject the empty casing. It takes a lot of the lick out of it. The revolver kicks a little more for the exact opposite reason.
Never ever point a loaded gun (they are always loaded) at anything you aren't willing to destroy.
You should take some classes, they aren't expensive at all.
Remember you can't put the bullet back in the gun once it's fired.
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Neca eos omnes Deus suos agnoscet Translation: "Kill them all. God will know His own." Posts: 10413 | From: Pa. | Registered: May 2001
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I taught handgun safety and shooting classes for many years. I've had them show up at the range with everything from a Ruger Semi Auto .22lr MkII to a S&W .44mag. Some were good shooters and could handle anything and others were probably more dangerous to themselves than the Boogers out there. I also taught lots of police officers from academy basic to advanced tactical handgun and the same thing can be said about them. Women can handle what they want to. Far be it from me to call them the weaker sex, when it takes 8-10 pounds to pull triggers on most revolvers and DA Semi Autos, double action and 3-5 pounds to pull the action on many Revolvers and Semi Autos, single action.
Pratice is the most important thing, besides a good instructor.
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Thanks guys for the info. I was thinking today if a revolver would be better for me since I'm new to guns. I have full intentions of getting instructions. I've shot guns before, but just out in the fields as a kid. How does a person know if they have a good, knowledgeable instructor? What questions should I ask? What red flags should I be aware of?
JJ.....I'm fully aware that if you point a gun at someone or something you need not think about IF you're going to shoot, you better be prepared to pull the trigger. My father always had guns in the house and taught us very young that "the unloaded ones kill you" meaning never ASS-ume it's not loaded. I know this first hand as I have buried my share of those who ASS-umed. It was the children killed that made me angry. I wanted to strangle their parents with my hands.
Try out guns at the range.Find out what fits your hands good,and get the biggest bore that you CAN REALLY HANDLE.You need a gun that will produce whats called a STOP.That means that your opponent/antagonist/scumbag STOPS the attack when the bullet enters him.Not all calibers produce that effect.
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quote:Originally posted by saltplainsgunman: Try out guns at the range.Find out what fits your hands good,and get the biggest bore that you CAN REALLY HANDLE.You need a gun that will produce whats called a STOP.That means that your opponent/antagonist/scumbag STOPS the attack when the bullet enters him.Not all calibers produce that effect.
I agree with that. People vary in what they like, gender is not a defining thing with firearms.
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Ok gunman, I'm thinking that you mean the largest "bullet" (bore) that I can handle? Now when I go to the range, I guess I need to ask for an instructor. Just can't walk in and say, hey, let me shoot your guns to find out what is best for me? Baby steps sounds like what's in order. I definately want to put the bum down for good if I'm going to shoot him, then rather have him come back at me either physically or thru the court system. You know how our liberal judges are these days...making laws on the bench, rather then taking the time to abide by them.
quote:Originally posted by JoJo: I made an appointment at the range for Saturday. I'm sure whoever answered the phone must think I'm a nut job. Maybe I am...
Nope you're doing your part, recognizing a gap in your knowledge, and taking steps to remedy it. I cant add much to what JW said, but i will say this for myself. Handguns are a VERY personal type of thing, you are spending hundreds of dollars on a tool that has the potential to cause a lot of damage, or save your life. In the end the one overwhelming factor is YOU...Whatever you choose to buy, make sure that you practice with it and become proficient, and then shoot regularly to maintain that proficiency. What it all boils down to, is that noone can tell you what you shaould carry/own. we can all make suggestions, based on our own experience, likes, and dislikes, in the end though, YOU are the one who will be using the piece. If that means you get a .22 revolver, because that's what you are the most comfortable with, then so be it, don't let anyone else push you into getting something that you dont like. Shooting should be fun. Once it becomes a chore, then you wont want to practice. Good luck, have fun, and we expect a report after your first lesson!!!
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My wife does very well inded wit her SIG P22- .45ACP and the fami;y SIG P226 9mm.
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