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Old 08-17-2013, 02:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for the input...I've never shot a gun before but I need protection...plus I am a musician and I have to do night shows...
Then your first step is taking a ccw course and a basic pistol instruction course. Then you will have a base of knowledge to interpret the answers we are giving your question.
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Then your first step is taking a ccw course and a basic pistol instruction course. Then you will have a base of knowledge to interpret the answers we are giving your question.
Jon is right. first thing is to learn about guns. especially if you have no background with them. i highly second his suggestion of taking a class and even also suggest as others, a firearms safety course. finding a good instructor might be in order as well.
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This website will help you find gun classes in your area.
http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx

Check out the videos in this thread as well...
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f14/choosing-handgun-mike-seeklander-58208/

Then there are some very good YouTube channels which can give you a lot of great information as well.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC193r5YXcpQJV34N99ZbhzQ
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvB3solmhqtgDeLpD-yTtfg
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvB3solmhqtgDeLpD-yTtfg
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKvxuZ7tA-B32GlsFX3t9g

Above all else, go find a good firearms safety course as mentioned first. And be careful of some of the YouTube yahoos out there. The classes will give you the information you need to determine if the people know what the heck they are talking about.

As to your recoil question... Cailber, weight, and recoil are always at odds with one another. Everything is a trade off. You can have a small caliber, lightweight gun that will punish you with recoil. Or you can have a heavy, large caliber hand cannon that can be very manageable.

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Ok thanks for the information...you guys know what you are talking about..thanks bros

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All excellent advice. Here's mine, very similar to what's been said. Go to a gun store. Be polite and ask for recommendations from the employees. Be honest about your experience level. Take everything with a grain of salt. Some gun store employees are better than others. Don't buy a gun just because a guy tells you its the best thing out there. He's wrong, simply because what's best for him might be the worst for you. Pick one that feels comfortable in your hand and see if you can rent another model of the same thing. Don't think you need the biggest caliber. That's foolish. There is nothing wrong with big or small calibers. All are effective. Get the caliber you find you are comfortable shooting. 9mm tends to have less felt recoil than a .40 S&W but it depends on the gun and the person. So rent as many as you can and base your decision off what feels right.

If you find a gun you might be interested in some ask us about it and do more research on your own.

Take a basic pistol class. There are others that are great too.

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

And lastly, never think a revolver isn't enough gun. Don't think you HAVE to buy a semi-auto.

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I want to buy a handgun but I am looking for a gun for carry ...does anyone know or recommend a gun with good recoil...and protection...
I also bought several looking for the perfect gun!! I had to find something that was very easy to carry and incorporate into a daily routine, but was confident to shoot and shoot straight! Micro pocket pistols, I felt underpowered and most were frisky with recoil!! Full size pistols, had me to concerned on what to wear and and how much I would be printing!! I live in the Deep South, so it was important to me incorporate carry into my wear!! Not wear into my carry!! For me the easier it was to slap on every day the more likely it would be for me to routine it into my life!! I also suggest that you have two, for a "no excuse not to carry reason" I keep a little LCP 380 pocket pistol around, it will conceal in next to nothing and very handy to throw in your pocket for short errands and times you just don't want to carry a bigger gun!! The LCP is not the ideal man stopper but its surprisingly accurate from 25 feet in and convenient as Hell! I personally chose the G26 as my prime carry!! Manageable recoil, easy to conceal, very accurate and dependable!! And super easy to clean and maintain!! But no doubt it has to be a personal choice that your comfortable with!! We get caught up in threads talking about "ideal carry guns" the ideal carry gun does not exist, the choice is to personal based on the individual needs! Some dudes carry full size magnums and claim there comfortable, others carry pocket pistols and claim they feel safe!! Not for us to judge! All we can do is pass along our opinion and experience!! Good luck and thanks for supporting the 2nd amendment!!
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Then your first step is taking a ccw course and a basic pistol instruction course. Then you will have a base of knowledge to interpret the answers we are giving your question.
If you like to shoot, I would advise getting a 22LR pistol first,

like a Ruger MKIII, or 22/45-depending on your preference of

grip angles. You will learn as you go, and develop your own

opinion as to what to carry for protection. And that nice 22

plinker will be a joy forever.
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If you like to shoot, I would advise getting a 22LR pistol first,

like a Ruger MKIII, or 22/45-depending on your preference of

grip angles. You will learn as you go, and develop your own

opinion as to what to carry for protection. And that nice 22

plinker will be a joy forever.
The one rule we can all agree upon. Everyone needs a 22.
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The one rule we can all agree upon. Everyone needs a 22.
Amen!

or even two or three!
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Amen!

or even two or three!
Or six! Think I have 4 rifles and two pistols! And that's after just selling my 15/22. Eeek!
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