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Old 12-20-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Need advice on a decent pistol to have around for self-protection for a college student or wife while traveling and to just to keep around the house for security. Looking to spend between $300-$500 for something that's not junk and has the horsepower to put someone down. It also has to be easy to shoot and not too large. This is for someone that has no experience with a firearm. Can anyone make a suggestion. Auto or revolver? I was thinking of maybe a Taurus 380 or something similar. Is there a nice gun available in my price range? Any advice will be appreciated.
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Look and ask on this site
http://gulfcoastgunforum.com/forum.php
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Thanks Capt. Edward. Will do.
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smith and wesson 642. 38 special.
for sure a revolver in my opinion if they have no exerience. a revolver, you point and shoot.
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Get a Glock just for the ease of care, durability, and resale value.
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any of the ultralight revolvers 38+p hammerd or hammer less....a 380 is ok but if you want horse power to put someone down, for me that is a 45acp for home defense....
I carry 380's in the spring,summer and some in the fall till the heavier coat starts being warn....then the 45 leaves with me
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Small caliber handguns' will not "put a person down" Statistically, your GF is more likely to be shot with her own gun. the best thing for defense is a shotgun. There are only 2 places in the human body to shut a person down instantly, and unless you train constantly, under stressful conditions, you will miss the target. Most people can't hit a 10 inch target consistently with a hand gun at over 7 yds..

Back when I was in the shooting people business, FBI statistics showed the average gunfight involved 3 people, was at less than 3 yds, 3 shots were fired and nobody was hit.

Teach your GF prevention and situational awareness if you want to help. If you have to pull a gun, you've probably made an error in judgment. Please PM me if you want to discuss this.
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Alright get her use to Shooting, heres the deal small caliber but a small gun sometimes does pack apunch.. I have a Smith and wesson Bodyguard .380 Very nice light and shoots good..But it does have a nice little kick to it.. Also the Smith has a safety.. I agree Get on the gun forum and read about guns, maybe if find a gun u might like and see if someone is going to the range and will let you come shoot it.. The gun range in Gulf Breeze has rental guns, you buy the ammo from them..So that does get alittle expensive.
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Small caliber handguns' will not "put a person down" Statistically, your GF is more likely to be shot with her own gun. the best thing for defense is a shotgun. There are only 2 places in the human body to shut a person down instantly, and unless you train constantly, under stressful conditions, you will miss the target. Most people can't hit a 10 inch target consistently with a hand gun at over 7 yds..

Back when I was in the shooting people business, FBI statistics showed the average gunfight involved 3 people, was at less than 3 yds, 3 shots were fired and nobody was hit.

Teach your GF prevention and situational awareness if you want to help. If you have to pull a gun, you've probably made an error in judgment. Please PM me if you want to discuss this.


If your going to get something for at home and want simplicity just go with a revolver. Shotgun is your best bet though.

Hand gun wise I'd choose a Glock19 (9mm) or Witness-P (good cheap .40)
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Get a Glock just for the ease of care, durability, and resale value.
I will respectfully disagree with you.

If it's a serious question by the OP, get a .38 revolver.



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