Skip to comments.(Emily) MILLER: Choosing a gun
Posted on 12/16/2011 10:03:54 AM PST by aimhigh
In my quest to obtain a legal gun in Washington, D.C., I've gone to the registry office, taken a 5-hour course, filled out paperwork and met with the citys only dealer. Ive now fulfilled any requirements that can be done before giving the city the serial number of my new gun, so it is time to decide what to buy.
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This thread will be fun.
That’s a large frame revolver. It may not fit her hand. The best general purpose handgun for a non “gun person” is something K-frame size and chambered in 357 Magnum, but loaded with 38 Special +Ps.
Too many variables. It’s not like asking what’s the best LCD TV for the money.
She needs to go to a range, try quite a few and see what appeals to her.
I’ve been looking at the Ruger LC9 and the beretta PX4 Storm. Good luck!
They’re easy to use, but for real stopping power nothing beats a howitzer.
Anything shorter and you can shoot your own fingers off. In a panic situation it's easy to put your fingers over the end of the barrel if it's only 2”.
I hope this was toung in cheek. If that is your "expert" opinion, you hardly have the experience or stability to handle firearms or give advice on them.
toung = tongue
If weapons are that difficult to legally get in DC, why not just go over to the nearest public housing area and buy one from the locals?
Haven't followed her series of articles but if she travels she should look into the Utah concealed permit.
That permit would give her 31 states in which to legally carry.
In which case she would be in the market for her second handgun! (Although it is not immediately clear whether she would have a problem getting that weapon into a DC airport.)
If you don't, get a Glock in 45ACP.
You are correct; bigger holes are better! If Emily wants something traditional and useful, she should get a Commander sized .45ACP. It is the 100th anniversary of the 1911 after all. Next best choice would be a .40S&W Springfield Compact XP. Otherwise, go for the gusto and see about an MP5. Don’t mess with Emily, she’s got a gun.
I believe only Reagan National is technically within the district. After the district was laid out, Virginia took back all of it coming from within Virginia up to the western/southern bank of the Potomac. As I heard it when I lived in Arlington, Reagan National is built on fill extending out into the Potomac, and so is part of the District of Columbia. Dulles or BWI are usually better choices anyway.
I've actually met someone that shot their own finger off with a snub nose .38.
He was a dealer at a gun show and wouldn't sell a 2” for that very reason.
He knew how to handle a gun. When a guy pulled a gun on him in his shop and tried to rob him, he pulled his gun and shot. His finger was over the end of the barrel.
He didn't even know he'd shot his own finger off until it was all over.
Exactamundo. S&W 340 PD Airlite in 357 loaded with 38+p
Sig Sauer P229...
I've got a rifle and a gun!
The runways, terminals and parking lots and roads at Reagan National are in Virginia. Some of the land by the river’s edge (up to the high water mark?) is DC.
The plastic stuff in .40 has uncomfortable felt recoil for most people. If you don't take a class, learn how to "run the gun," and practice, then it doesn't matter.
I carry a Sig Sauer P229ST (stainless steel slide and frame) in 9mm and one spare mag.
(training and gaming rig)
Wifey carries an HK P2000 in 9mm and one spare mag.
Look at the bright side, they could have said “MBA Gyrojet”.
Thank you for that info.
It would seem perhaps her only concern then is the manner in which she would transport the weapon in DC after leaving her home.
Of course, since Maryland is not one of the Utah reciprocal states unless she can transport in the same manner she may be required to fly out of VA. And regrettably, she would be limited to 28 jurisdictions (3 of the 31 I posted upthread require Utah residency).
Sad state of affairs for adult, taxpaying Americans.
Have you run a box or two of that ammo through an Airlite in one practice session?
The runways are all built on the fill area. You’re right about the terminals-I forgot about that. I almost always flew out of Dulles even when I lived in Crystal City, so I never really had to worry about it.
Whenever I tutor liberals on handgun selection, I always suggest this moodel:
I tell 'em I had one for quite some time...
He shot it one time.
Changed his mind real fast.
He shoots my .41 mag all the time with no problem.
That .357 ate his lunch.
Now we’re talking.
Take out the entire gang with one pull of the trigger.
Last Spring, I took a three day Advanced Pistol Operator class and shot my 226ST in 9mm and consumed ~1,700 rounds. This one couple were shooting a G22 and G23. At the end of the first day, their fingers were taped up. They've since moved on to 1911s and Glock 17s and 19s.
I can see taping the web of your dominant hand between thumb and forefinger - the glock frame rubs me bad there after 500 rounds or so. But I've done courses with my glock 29 10mm with no more significant soreness than my glock 26, glock 23, glock 21, or glock 34. And the 1911 can wear on the skin just as easily.
First he said there was something wrong with the gun, then there was something wrong with the mags, then there was something wrong with the ammo.
I shot it, no problem.
Didn't matter what ammo I used everything from 230gr hardball to 155SWC.
Didn't matter if I used his $35 mags or my $5 mags, no problem.
He was scared of the .45 so he limp wristed. Jam every time.
If that wasn't bad enough, should have seen his group with the 7mm mag he bought as a FIRST gun.
60 rounds and I don't think he hit the target with half after the first three.
In the article, she relates her love affair with the Taurus .454 Casull. She also says she's not going to carry and wants a full-size. If she goes the revolver route, any k-frame in .38+P or .357mag would better fit her needs. Or even one bigger in .45LC or .44 special. The .38 special (normal load) has about the same recoil on a steel k-frame than the .22 does on the 317 with its light aluminum frame. For even more kicks & giggles, a 3" Ruger GP-100 or similar N-frame s&w would sit totally rock solid in her hand and shoot .38's with the same recoil as me spitting watermelon seeds. Ok, maybe a little more, but you get what I mean.
I'm with you - now.
I never was much of a Glock fan until a laid-off stressed-out co-worker offered me his Glock Model 30, a Kydex holster with both a two-gang and single magazine holder, 5 magazines and 90 rounds of .45 ACP for $350 cash.
I took him up on it, got used to it, and it has since become my go-to handgun.
I did have El Paso Saddlery build me a leather holster that works both strong-side and cross-draw and a similar magazine holder setup in leather.
I am a happy camper. Little-bitty short barrel, but surprisingly accurate, fits my hand, goes off every time I ask it to and easy to field-strip and clean.
I always hated that no external safety thing, but I adapted easily. Already had a Dillon press and dies to reload the .45 ACP, but I was continually annoyed that the spent casings from my 1911 squirted everywhere and I never could find them. I got to where I would shoot standing in the middle of a 30'square tarp and still never found more than 2/3 of them. The Glock piles them up for you in the same spot.
Revolver is very forgiving of dirt.
Read the article, she's doing just that. This is actually the second range she's visited, and tried renting all their handguns... And this time, she proudly fired a cylinder full of .454 Casull rounds out of a Ruger revolver.
See, he's got a point. You got in a hurry, panicked and shot your 'e' clean off. On top of that you knocked your 'u' clear up to the middle.
I liek thigh rigs and use the Blackhawk serpa thig rig holster. I wear it all the time around town, even when riding dirt bikes.
Produced these results...
Interesting. These folks' fingers were rubbed raw with their 22 and 23 on their strong hand middle finger. I've since shot with them and I don't get through a mag or two and continue with one of my 1911s.
It's interesting how folks prefer certain calibers over others. Over the years, I've finally settled on 9mm, .45 auto, and more recently .38 Super.