Originally Posted by FreedomFighter69
1) A revolver chambered in 38 special with a 4 or 6 inch barrel is a good home defense weapon. They are easy to shoot and very accurate, and can be had for around $450.00. Make sure to use hollow point +p ammo so you get the best potency. P='s out of a 38 Special do not kick hard out of a service sized gun.
2) I doubt anyone would keep coming at you after being hit 10+ times with CCI Stingers in the face, neck, chest, groin, ect. This is a last resort however as in the case that you only have a 22 rifle!
3) Bigger bullets= Bigger Holes and Cavities ! You may want to try a 45 ACP at the range, it is big but that doesn't mean the kick is overbearing. In fact, the 45 ACP in my opinion is easier to handle than the 40 S&W.
Freedom great advise. I will add my twist to it as just a few years ago we
purchased a Rossi .357 Magnum revolver for my wife for home defense.
1) I strongly recommend a revolver for home defense, especially in your
case. They are simple to use, especially when you are half asleep and
stumbling around in the dark. Unless you extremely familiar with the use and
operation of a semi; for example (former) servicemen and the 1911 or the
Baretta for the younger guys. I would direct people away from semi's for
home defense. Foggy heads, complex weapon operation and lack of stressor
firearms training do not make a good combination in the middle of the night
with an intruder in the house.
I would look at a .357 Magnum revolver, you can shoot and practice with .38
Special ammunition but have the option of shooting .38 Spl and .38 Spl +P
ammo as well as .357 Mag ammo. One thing to keep in mind that a .357 Mag
and .45 ACP deliver similar foot pounds energy to the target.
My wife practices with light .38 Spl load but the gun is loaded with .357 Mag
Hollow point for home defense.
2) Get someone high on who knows what drugs; a bunch of .22's might not
slow them too much. I like the concept of splattering as much of their
internals on the wall as possible.
3) Find a gun store/range combination where they will let you shoot multiple
guns, typically you still have to pay for ammo, but the experience will be very
Originally Posted by mongoose90
I think you should buy what YOU want and what FEELS GOOD in your hand. If it doesn't feel right then don't buy it. I think you made a good choice. Congrats on your first gun.
The following is agreed on by several ladies I know that shoot. "Shopping for
a handgun is like shopping for shoes, it is a very personal choice, not only for
fit but for function and fashion and not to be taken lightly."
You mention that you are a single Mom. I suggest you start weapons training
with your child(ren) at an early age, I started mine at age 5 and 6 at the
range with a .22 rifle (Keystone Firearms - Cricket rifle) drill them with firearms
safety all the time. If they want to see your handgun let them see it touch
and feel it, always unloaded of course, by doing this you take away the
mystery and mystique (is that redundant?) Locking it up and pretending it is
not there or drill them not to touch it ever only feeds their couriosity by
teaching them you diffuse that natural tendency to explore and learn as you
are feeding it.