I was hoping to see a gun related thread today. Went to a range today for the first time. My gun experience is limited to .22 and shotgun. Looking for a handgun a 9mm but something not so heavy. Hubby fired a CZ (heavy) and I tried a glock 19. It felt pretty good but does anything have advice on something for me. I am a 60 year old woman. Not so much interested in carrying but home protection. Looking for something lighter and easier to handle. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
as far as auto's go, make real sure you can pull the slide back to load it/cycle a misfeed
You won’t lack for advice in here, but IMHO get a 20-guage shotgun and stoke it up with #4 goose shot. Won’t penetrate walls and punch holes in things & people in the adjoining apartment or down the street as much as a pistol bullet is apt to, but at close range where you need it, utterly devastating.
Psychological deterrent significant with a scatter gun.
Not many gremlins are crazy or stupid enough to stick around once they look down the barrel of your fowling piece.
A double barrel = intimidation X2, and unless you are going to train / practice intensively the simpler your action the better - and usually safer.
If you can’t settle a hostile home invasion issue with one or two rounds of #4 to center mass at 10 ft. (don’t let ‘em get any closer than that!) then call in an air strike; the war has arrived.
Don’t be hesitant or squeamish; mental prep critical.
A scumbag on bath salts is about as close to a zombie as you’ll ever hope to encounter; they have almost superhuman psychotic strength and it takes a #@!! of a lot to stop them.
A pistol - even a magnum - is a wimp compared to even a light gauge shotgun. The little .410 is more powerful than Dirty Harry’s fabled .44 Magnum, and it’s amazingly easy to miss even at close range with a sidearm, especially under stress. Look at how many cops shoot up a whole neighborhood before they manage to tag the bad guy - and they are trained!
Unless you are really emaciated or have crippling arthritis, you should be able to handle a 20 bore all right - but you MUST get competent training in defensive strategy, tactics, and the law - not just shooting.
Check with your local PD, Sheriff’s office, or shooting club for certified courses and instructors in your area.
Others will sound off but my suggestion is a Smith & Wesson 640 or 642, both are 5 shot revolvers that will shoot .38 Special ammo. No switches or push-pull-click-clack, simply pull the trigger. Gun is about 7 inches long and weighs a little over a pound. Stainless steel. Sweet.
Since you are looking for home protection and not a carry weapon, you might give the CZ another look. They are extremely reliable, and the added weight of the all-metal frame helps minimize recoil. If your adrenaline is flowing, you probably wouldn't even notice the weight.
Whichever way you go, get plenty of range time, and congrats on expanding your horizons.
If you want home protection, here are some tips:
-get an alarm system, and make sure you post the signs in the windows all around the house (assuming you live in a single-family dwelling)
- install double-keyed dead bolts on your exterior doors. If you have a sliding glass door, buy a stop or put a 2X4 in the rail
-get a short-barrelled shotgun and learn how to use it