Skip to comments.I bought my first gun today
Posted on 12/05/2010 3:15:54 PM PST by iceskater
I finally did it! I bought my first gun. I think of it as the start of a collection. :D
It's a S&W .38. I think it's a good beginning. Next up, my CCP.
Good for you! Get yourself some lessons and enjoy.
Spend some time at the range and get to know your new sweetheart. Good choice, but for a concealed weapon, I’d rather have more than 6 rounds, so I’ll keep my Glock 17.
Have fun at the range. Which model?
I’ve been wanting a .38. I can’t decide on hammer or hammer-less.
Ain’t my thread. I may have actually seen a gun or two before.
Great. Now you have to get into a boat and go out into the middle of a large lake and capsize. All guns lost.
A. The one that's closest when you need it.
I will definitely be spending more time at the range.
Like I said, it’s just the start. I’m sure I’ll get some others that will be better for concealed carry purposes.
Congrats... make sure you get some lessons and be sure to join a gun organization (I used to promote the NRA but they support Democrats and democrats want to confiscate your brand new gun so I’m miffed at them at the moment)...
Miffed, like in “not sending them any more money until they stop supporting candidates in a party that wants to destroy our gun rights...” WISE UP, NRA...
It’a a model 642.
two things to remember:
1.) all gund are loaded unless you have physically checked and verified otherwise
2.) never pick up a gun without checking to see if it is loaded and that definitely includes a chamber check for semi-autos.
You’re a new gun owner. I know old timers that have had accidental discharges for failing to remember these rules. One of them put a 7.62 nato round through every wall of his house and 4 layers of bathtub because he forgot to check the chamber on an FN-FAL.
I started with a .380 semi-auto and traded up to a .357 Magnum revolver. I was nervous about it only being a 5-shot so I traded up to a 10-shot .40 caliber semi-auto. It’s big but will do what I need it to do if I need it to do it. :-)
Did that happen to YOU too?!?!??!
Thanks! It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
Thanks for the reminder.
Many years of happy shooting to you and your family and friends.
Go for the Ruger LCR .357!
The surprising thing is my wife is a damn crack shot. She usually beats the dog out of us boys.
Whimpering away ... dangit... what a woman.
I’m going to join the VCDL. I have heard too negative about the NRA lately.
Try the Beretta FX Storm .40 sub-compact
Empowering feeling isn’t it?
Now learn how to properly use it and teach those around you.
Don't write off the NRA. Join and make lots of noise. They need to hear from all of us soon...
Thanks. I wanted something that would be good to learn with; not too complicated. I have a friend with a CZ 9 that I like. That might be one to add to my collection in the future. I want to get thoroughly comfortable and familiar with this one before I start adding to the collection.
Totally empowering with a large dose of responsibility added in.
Congrats. What made you go with a DA only?
Wife and I both have S&W .38s with laser grips, both with shrouded hammers. Advantage as I see it is you can shoot it in a pocket or purse without the hammer snagging, so it can offer an element of surprise.
I have a number of other handguns in various calibers, but find this to be the easiest to carry and the most versatile.
Your mileage may vary.
Good for you! My son bought me a Mossberg 500A pistol-grip shotgun for my birthday - I also have my late husband’s rifle. I am planning on joining my local Rod and Gun club - good practice range, skeet-shooting and archery. Lots of old hunters to help me learn how to use the thing.
The Mossberg 500 with a pistol grip is an excellent defense weapon. I pair it with Hornady low recoil 00 buckshot.
My wife kept it in the apartment she had for six months when she relocated and before I could sell our house and join her.
It’s among the most common .38s, if not THE most commonly sold model of recent years. Three friends and neighbors have bought them.
Getting to know the DAO trigger can be tricky, but it can be done with good training and practice.
I almost bought a nice pellet rifle today. I was in Wal-Mart and decided to get a Crossman barrel cocker. I could not get it off the pegs which held it.
Apparently you have to use some sort of device to remove it. I looked around for maybe 5 minutes and never could find anyone to help me so just left.
From a legal point of view DA is better as a prosecuting attorney can’t ever argue you fired “too many” because you were careless and accidentally popped the final round off. DA requires intentional purposeful full trigger pull.
So your defense of “every round was justified and necessary to stop the threat” is a lot firmer. Why did you fire “X” times? Because I needed to fire every one of those to stop the threat. Couldn’t you have fired one too many, maybe you pulled and an extra shot came out? No, the gun cannot physically do that, it is designed to only fire on a full trigger pull.
Do you mean the Px4 Storm F
I think that is the one I just bought too. And, it is my first!
It is. But you should have went we a .357, you can "load down" to .38 for plinking and drop the .357 in when you are defending the house. A .357 takes both .357 and .38. Same with 44 mag, it will take .44 special. The new .32 can load a bunch of rounds, check it out for your next purchase.....and congrats.
“Go for the Ruger LCR .357! “
My first was a GP-100 with a 6” barrel. Loved that gun. Now I love a Glock 19. Fits my hand like a glove.
Thanks. I’d shoot a hole through my purse for the element of surprise. LOL
Right now I only have my old Colt SS .357 and never can remember IF it is the Python or Cobra . . . LOL
and last year for Christmas I bought the Ruger .380 LCP but at the time did not know ammo was so hard to come by locally. But recently after months and months of checking, I did buy 400 rounds. Didn’t want to be greedy so left one box on the shelf. :) I still need to get my laser grips for the LCP but was laid up with a broken ankle for several months recently which cramped both my shopping and getting around fir way too long.
Cool! I think it’s a good first start. I had a person with me today who had many guns and she recommended the vendor I used and the gun I got. I’m happy with what I got. But I can already tell that I will be creating a collection.
It’s amazing how quickly you realize that with your first gun.
Congrats! May you have many more! LOL
<< Ive been wanting a .38. I cant decide on hammer or hammer-less >>.
I recommend hammerless, like the S&W Model 442 (or equivalent). You don’t have time to cock a gun in a gunfight. Learn to work the double-action action trigger smoothly whether you go with or sans a hammer.
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Congrats! Nice handgun. I definitely recommend hitting a class this week. My wife likes her Taurus - it’s black finish so she can easily accessorize - lol!
I’m not familiar with a CZ9,.. but hey, you can never have too many guns. I have a S&W 38 revolver and I carry it everywhere I go. While your looking around check out the Keltec 380’s. Happy Shooting!!!
Nothing feels as good in your hand as a S&W revolver.