Skip to comments.Considering buying a handgun - any advice?
Posted on 05/18/2011 1:23:42 PM PDT by jda
I'm looking for advice concerning buying a handgun.
For about a thousand dollars a S&W .50 cal. will that Yugo into a tank. Start building up those arm muscles now, with the double action you’ll need them!
see post 36. revolvers rock. thank you very much.
Mostly the XDM has a slightly higher magazine capacity and some enhanced grip features.
If for home protection I don’t see how anyone could argue against a revolver. Although I don’t have one right now but a .380 there is always the possibility of jamming and you have to be sure to chamber it, take the safety off and get the first shot off which in a life or death situation may be fatal. For accuracy, I don’t think you can beat a .22. I could drill a target with my Ruger bull barrel .22 auto but it would occasionally jam. With the larger calibers there is the kickback and frankly I can’t hit the side of a barn with one. I vote for the revolver even if it is “old fashioned.” For target practice, a .22 rifle with a scope is great fun and CHEAP. I love my .22 Marlin bolt action single shot. I also have a semi auto .22 Marlin but you can chew through the ammo very quickly and you still have to load to refill. You can get off a surprising amount of shots even with a single shot.
“”If you have little or no experience with handguns, I suggest a 357 revolver with a 2-4 inch barrel.””
“Ahh, I don’t think a newbie should be shooting .357 out of a 2 inch barrel. If you mean him to run .38 out of it, then maybe.”
I certainly agree. I neglected to say that you start with 38s but progress to 357 over time. The 357 obviously allows you to shoot both. For a beginning shooter its hard to beat a S&W 4” barrel gun since it is so hard for a beginner to hit anything with a 2 inch barrel at more than a few yards. Then again its harder to conceal the 4 incher.
Your brains are overrated :)) the small frame magnums are prone for stoppage due to bullets shooting loose from the casing because of the violent recoil. The accuracy is poor, reliability is questionable, capacity is limited: overall lousy choice, IMHO. My choice would be a compact (not sub-) 9mm DAO from a reputable manufacturer.
“turn that Yugo” that is.
Thanks. I think that's what I'll do - there are a couple of ranges around here that rent guns.
I totally agree with your choices! Awesome, dependable and deadly!!
Beginners should start with NRA Certified training
I would recommend training
from an NRA Certified Instructor inRefuse to be a victim
Personal protection in the home
and the newly released
Personal protection outside the home
NRA Gun Safety Rules
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
Kel Tec P3AT (.380 hollow points)
Can’t even tell it’s in my pocket.
Versatility in the ammo is amazing. The best weapon for deterring carjackings.
Not to mention that the violent recoil of a small-frame magnum means it is not the best choice for novices.
I’ve thinking about getting one. The Taurus name is deterring me however. How’s yours function? does it feel solid and well made?
Count me in on the small .357 revolver.
Safety off/on? Slide release on the left or right side? Round in chamber?
No worries with a revolver. Esp.under stress.
Yes - get the biggest damn thing with which you can reliably point, shoot and hit your target. Any caliber that begins with a ‘4’ is a good place to start. Then figure out how to carriy it discreetly.
Load it with .38 hollow points. Problem solved.
Can't miss and will make a mess no mater where it is pointed.
“Versatility in the ammo is amazing.”
A hundred and fifty year old black powder cartridge and the smallest, most expensive common shotgun shell are “amazing?”
best weapon for deterring carjackings.”
How many carjacking continue after the driver has produced ANY gun?