Originally Posted by reno72
What do you recommend for the first time gun buyer. 9mm pistol. C&C and home protection
Here are my ramblings on the matter. I have 8 years in the Marine Corps and 45 years of shooting experience. That just means I've made my share of really stupid mistake concerning guns, including taking out my living room picture windows ! (Now how many of you will admit to doing something so totally stupid in the hope that it may help someone else?) Bottom line, first, last and always, BE SAFE ! I've and won my fair share of IPSC and bowling pin matches with a revolver.
I'm going to share my personal preferences with ya. Everybody has preferences. They're not right, wrong, good or bad. They're just preferences.
I second everyone's suggestion about taking a training course.
I prefer revolvers over autos. I want the ultimate in reliability. No safeties or feed issues to deal with. I just have more faith in revolvers. I've had my fair share of autos, and they worked just fine 98% of the time. That's not to say a revolver can't jam. But they are far less prone to do so. A high primer can jam a revolver. It happened to me in a match. Revolvers are more intuitive for me meaning I can deploy them more quickly and accurately.
A 38 Special is plenty for home defense and CC. The power of a 357 mag is no substitute for skill. I wouldn't feel under gunned with a 22 for home defense.
I can double tap a target much quicker with a 38 Special than most can with their 357. I've proved this time and again. And my hits will be center mass. I can surely pepper a target (empty the gun) quicker with a 38 Special than most can with a 357. And again, all my hits will be center mass. Don't get caught up in a power or capacity trip. It's presence of mind and skill that counts, not caliber.
For CC, home defense, etc, it's hard to beat the Ruger LCR in 38 Special for $399. Super, super light, reliable as dirt, butter smooth trigger, and accurate as all heck. I never thought I would ever considering a 38 Special over a 357, but we bought my girlfriend the LCR in 38 Special, and it's one sweet gun! I cut one ragged hole at 21 feet.
So take my few word for what their worth and do what you will with them. If you like/prefer autos, then by all means get an auto. What ever you get, practice, practice, practice, then practice some more. Learn what to quickly do when things go wrong (jams, misfires, the bad guy keeps coming when you know you've pumped 4 slugs in him, etc).
Always be safe, and have fun !