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I am Buying Handguns and Need Some Recomendations
11.30.06 | chickensoup

Posted on 11/29/2008 2:02:31 PM PST by Chickensoup

I need to purchase handguns for my family. I prefer private sales. I need a plinger like a 22 and something that is protection. The protection would come in two sizes, one that a full grown adult could use, and one that I could use. I have problems with my hands and need something that won't kick so I dont drop the gun. Something that will fit in the Cabelas purse holster. Are ther also between seat car holsters?


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To: Spktyr
You can rack the slide on one of those by gripping the serrations on the slide with three fingers opposing the palm and do just fine.

My wife can't rack the slide on a P-32 or my larger autos. She shoots a Ruger .22A at the club, but it slides like butter.

My suggestions

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/26261

http://www.thegunsource.com/store/item.aspx?PID=9950

Look for them used.

151 posted on 11/29/2008 3:06:06 PM PST by Soliton (This 2 shall pass)
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To: Soliton

With kids and a jumbo mortgage I can only afford used LOL


152 posted on 11/29/2008 3:07:06 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Chickensoup

Hope it helps - you are *not* limited to revolvers.

You *can* load magazines into the gun without the use of your thumbs as well. If you have a magazine loading device, you can even load rounds into the magazine without the use of your thumbs.


153 posted on 11/29/2008 3:07:55 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ponygirl

L0L I have an air weight SW .38 and it kicks like a mule


154 posted on 11/29/2008 3:08:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Soliton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn27yj-oXAk

The XD45’s slide is easier to rack than a P32s, by a large margin. Small blowback pistols have strong springs that greatly increase the effort needed to actuate the slide.


155 posted on 11/29/2008 3:09:08 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup
Handguns for Handicapped and Very Recoil Sensitive Shooters
156 posted on 11/29/2008 3:09:38 PM PST by FReepaholic (Diversity = .45 .357 .223 .38 ...)
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To: ponygirl

The ladysmith is steel and the airlites are titanium. The .357 model is heavier, but takes .38 specials. It is designed for the ladies


157 posted on 11/29/2008 3:09:41 PM PST by Soliton (This 2 shall pass)
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To: ponygirl

That confirms my concern with a lightweight titanium revolver having too much recoil. I think a revolver in stainless steel would be better — heavier so less recoil and stainless steel is low maintenance. Also, a gun with a very short barrel will have sharp recoil.


158 posted on 11/29/2008 3:10:35 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes, I just made that video. Do you wish me to make another one showing you how to load a magazine into the weapon without the use of thumbs?

The reason I know this is because I once seriously sprained both my thumbs in a motorcycle accident and had to figure out how to use my pistols without them for several weeks.


159 posted on 11/29/2008 3:10:44 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Feckless
Here in Washington we have open carry but not to disturb the native Lib's I carry concealed (yep, have the permit).
160 posted on 11/29/2008 3:11:06 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Chickensoup

you commented about the ability to find instructors and/or ranges in the ‘hinterlands’ might be an issue.

Could you narrow that area down a bit, we might be able to give you specific names/places?...


161 posted on 11/29/2008 3:11:11 PM PST by UPcrawfish
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To: Chickensoup
Here's a good site written by a woman on choosing a firearm:
Cornered Cat

The site is non-commercial and offers advice on selection, holsters, and mindset from a woman's perspective. Highly recommended for a lady exploring the possibility of arming herself.

162 posted on 11/29/2008 3:11:45 PM PST by zacharycole
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To: zacharycole

Thank you


163 posted on 11/29/2008 3:12:59 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: FReepaholic

Thank you for the site link

Shows how knowledgeable Freepers are


164 posted on 11/29/2008 3:14:41 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Chickensoup
Here's a very interesting discussion about handguns for those with disabilities:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=76203

165 posted on 11/29/2008 3:15:41 PM PST by FReepaholic (Diversity = .45 .357 .223 .38 ...)
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To: aphid

Sorry to hear about that! If I were you, I’d put the Glock up for sale (you can get a really good price for them now - the market is HOT), and get something smaller in the 32 ACP or 380 ACP caliber. Both calibers are potent enough, have a LOT less recoil, weigh a lot less, typical firearms have smaller grips, and still are lethal at typical in-house distances (less than 5 yards).

Many people - especially big puffed-chest guys - underestimate the factor of firearm weight. Your Glock - loaded - weighs in at 2.5 pounds. Go and get two 16 ounce water bottles and hold them in front of you, at arms length for two minutes. If you cannot do that comfortably, then you cannot keep your Glock at the ready for 2 minutes. It’s not a knock on you - some of those things are heavy! Better to get a smaller firearm you can keep ready for a longer time. The Kel Tec with a loaded clip would be like holding a half-empty bottle of water at the ready - a LOT easier and more comfortable for most people.

For the cash you’d get from selling the Glock you can get a nice 32 ACP, a few extra magazines, a few hundred rounds of ammunition, shooting glasses, gun muffs, and still have enough for range fees for a few practice trips.

The Kel Tec P-32 is around $250; get two extra 10 round magazines (extended body magazines) for another $50. For $70 you can get 200 rounds of ammunition. Shooting glasses for $15, some 30 dB attenuation gun muffs for $15, and you’re out $400 complete. You should be able to sell your Glock - especially if it’s in excellent/like new condition - for $450 at least. So you have $50 for range fees - that should get you 3-5 hours of time on the range.

A firearm not practiced with is little better than no firearm; get one that you are comfortable with and go run at least 3 magazines of ammunition once a month. It confirms the firearm, magazines, and YOU are all working together and correctly...:)


166 posted on 11/29/2008 3:16:28 PM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Spktyr

Good advice. I forgot about the CZ 82

Great pistol. The Cz 83 in .380 could be a great choice.

Ambidextrous, double stack hi cap, low recoil.

Hell I just got done cleaning a CZ 82.

Everyone loves that pistol


167 posted on 11/29/2008 3:17:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Spktyr

“Those who say that children must not be frightened may mean two things. They may mean (1) that we must not do anything likely to give the child those haunting, disabling, pathological fears against which ordinary courage is helpless: in fact, phobias. His mind must, if possible, be kept clear of things he can’t bear to think of. Or they may mean (2) that we must try to keep out of his mind the knowledge that he is born into a world of death, violence, wounds, adventure, heroism and cowardice, good and evil. If they mean the first I agree with them: but not if they mean the second. The second would indeed be to give children a false impression and feed them on escapism in the bad sense. There is something ludicrous in the idea of so educating a generation which is born to the…atomic bomb. Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.” - C.S. Lewis

What a terrific quote!!! So true.

If you wouldn’t mind, I would like to see how it would work.


168 posted on 11/29/2008 3:18:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Chickensoup

Make sure it has a trigger.


169 posted on 11/29/2008 3:18:37 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: mylife

Strangely, the CZ P-01 relative of that gun is terrible to use if you have handgrip issues. It’s difficult to get purchase on the slide, and the slide itself is pretty high effort to move.


170 posted on 11/29/2008 3:18:58 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

I’d also recommend you check some of the other 80 threads on this same topic.


171 posted on 11/29/2008 3:21:07 PM PST by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: Chickensoup

Okay, I’ll film it. It’ll take a few minutes.

In case you’re wondering, I used my trigger finger to eject the magazine in that first video.


172 posted on 11/29/2008 3:21:08 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ponygirl; Soliton
, but I would stay away from the S&W Airweight or Airlite models. (Not sure if the Ladysmith is an airweight model or not.) People recommend them to women all the time, but they have a kick like a mule.

You are absolutely correct.

The problem was too heavy a bullet.

Great ammo for a S&W j-frame airweight is Corbon DPX 110gr .38 special +P

NRA T/C CRSO


173 posted on 11/29/2008 3:24:15 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Chickensoup

Autos are sexy. But I recommend a small 5 or 6 shot .38 spc. with the neoprene grips. It will never jam, is inexpensive and is low maintenance.

If the .38 is to spicy, you can feed .38 SW longs through it.

I guarantee they’ll be running or stationary by the time you let the fifth round go.

C’mon guys, Don’t recommend an semiautomatic for someone without experience and who may not shoot it much.


174 posted on 11/29/2008 3:24:27 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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To: Chickensoup

Once you can get to a gun shop (don’t have to buy there), handle as many hand guns as you like. You will want to make sure the grip is comfortable. You have got to be able to control the handgun. It will do no good if you fire one round and then have to look for the gun on the floor in the dark because it “jumped” out of your hand.

If you are looking at a semi automatic, make sure you can work the slide.

The Ruger SP101 comes in a hammerless, double action, .357, 5 shot revolver. Shorter bbl and good for concealed carry.
http://www.ruger.com/Firearms/FAProdView?model=5720&return=Y

Someone earlier mentioned a shotgun. Depending upon your physical stature, a 20 gauge Youth model pump (Rem 870 / Mossberg 500) may be adequate. Loads of dbl “OO” or #2’s would be a good hallway cleaner. Shorter bbl would be easier to manuever in a home situation and it could be fired with out a consious effort to ‘aim’. Rack the slide and listen for feet going away..


175 posted on 11/29/2008 3:24:36 PM PST by UPcrawfish
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To: Doohickey

I’d also recommend you check some of the other 80 threads on this same topic.

There are 80 other people of FR without thumbs?


176 posted on 11/29/2008 3:25:17 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Spktyr

I have a full size CZ 75 in 40 SW.
Its a great pistol though field stripping is a serious pain in the wazoo


177 posted on 11/29/2008 3:26:10 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TFMcGuire

Thank you


178 posted on 11/29/2008 3:26:34 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Chickensoup

Wouldn’t surprise me.


179 posted on 11/29/2008 3:27:17 PM PST by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: mylife

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2140128/posts?page=173#173


180 posted on 11/29/2008 3:28:13 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Doohickey

Wouldn’t surprise me.

lol


181 posted on 11/29/2008 3:28:30 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Cagey
"What do you mean by private?"

Private seller {you} sells to private buyer {me}. This is the preferred way to conduct firearms transactions. {assuming you know I'm not a criminal} No info enters the database for future registration/confiscation.

182 posted on 11/29/2008 3:29:29 PM PST by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: XeniaSt

You are right. I posted that two years ago, then ran out of money and became more crippled. Now I have the cash and less hands.

Sorry


183 posted on 11/29/2008 3:30:13 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: mylife

See above post.

The money I had at the time went to a home emergency. I have saved it up again, and my hands are now seriously compromised.


184 posted on 11/29/2008 3:33:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: XeniaSt
158 grain +P's kick like crazy in the model .442

Its all I can do to control it. Women hate it

185 posted on 11/29/2008 3:33:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
L0L I have an air weight SW .38 and it kicks like a mule

I just got a 340PD, and I can vouch for that. Tried it with .357 and with .38 special +P, and without a doubt the .357 is quite painful, even with the crimson trace laser grips that have a bit more cushioning than the standard grips. The .38 special +P also packs a punch, but not enough to stop me from buying the gun (most of my other guns are .45's).

BTW, without meaning to go too far off topic, what do you use for practice ammo?

186 posted on 11/29/2008 3:34:37 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: TFMcGuire
Autos are sexy. But I recommend a small 5 or 6 shot .38 spc. with the neoprene grips. It will never jam, is inexpensive and is low maintenance.

I agree with your practical answer.

187 posted on 11/29/2008 3:35:28 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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And the grip is to damn small


188 posted on 11/29/2008 3:35:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chickensoup

De Nada.

SW Lady Smith should be looked at. Someone at your local gunshop will be able to help you more-—or give you a name of someone who specializes in personal protection firearm fitting and basic NRA classes.

The best to you

My wife knows how to shoot and my youngest showing is showing interest.

You are doing the smart thing in your pursuits.


189 posted on 11/29/2008 3:35:41 PM PST by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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To: TFMcGuire

Trying


190 posted on 11/29/2008 3:36:42 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: Zeppo

I use 158 grain semi wadcutter reloads


191 posted on 11/29/2008 3:37:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chickensoup

My suggestion: get out and handle as many different models as you can, while keeping in mind you may be able to customize the gun you settle on. An armorer certified in whatever make you choose would know what can and cannot be altered to fit your needs.

Good luck to you!


192 posted on 11/29/2008 3:38:15 PM PST by KJC1
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To: KJC1

Thank you I appreciate everyones help. I am going to see if there is a gun shop with a range around.


193 posted on 11/29/2008 3:42:25 PM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier

Thank you so much for responding.

After I bought the recommended Glock 30, I was ready to go to the range but read in the news that there was a rash of thugs following shooters home from the local ranges and stealing their guns. I held off going and I kept looking at those .45 ACP’s and thinking that’s too much for me. I’ve shot .22 and .25 and I thought .30 wouldn’t be so bad...but those .45’s look heavy duty kicker! So, the Glock is still brand new, never shot.

BTW, how do you sell a gun?

Anyway, I think you are right about the 32 ACP. At the price, I can pick up two. I spend most all my time in two areas of the house and they are far apart so I worried about the logistics.

Thank you again for your response.


194 posted on 11/29/2008 3:43:48 PM PST by aphid
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To: mylife

Unless the seller closes and then the Feds get em. Have you seen how many FFLs have closed up the past few years?


195 posted on 11/29/2008 3:44:40 PM PST by driftdiver (No More Obama! - The corruption has not changed despite all our hopes.)
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To: mylife
I bought a S&W642 for carry and started with 158gr.

it tore up my web like a Makarov.

did the research and now us the Corbon DPX 110gr +P

Very controllable and no pain.


196 posted on 11/29/2008 3:44:44 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: driftdiver

Yes. And I expect Øbama will force more to close with regulations and fees


197 posted on 11/29/2008 3:46:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: XeniaSt

I love the Makarov and cant afford corbons for practice


198 posted on 11/29/2008 3:48:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Spktyr

Uh, first I’ve ever heard anyone say that SIGs have high-effort slides. I mean, they surely aren’t any more high-effort than any other top tier semi-auto (H&K, Glock, Beretta, Walther, S&W, etc).

If you truly have no thumbs, you might want to consider a double action revolver. A great choice would be the S&W 686P in a 4” barrel. 7 shots of .357 mag. It can also shoot .38 spl.


199 posted on 11/29/2008 3:49:27 PM PST by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: Chickensoup

The video is uploading to Youtube now. Give you the URL when it finishes.


200 posted on 11/29/2008 3:50:39 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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