Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > General Handgun Discussion > Home Defense handgun - fun range shooter?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-16-2010, 05:08 AM   #11
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Seattle,Washington
Posts: 142
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by iftrue View Post
I currently own a S+W 9mm M+P compact, and I'm looking for a new fun gun for the range and home defense. After hitting the range a few times, being stuck with limited magazines in a home defense situation just seems crazy.

Can anyone recommend some guns I should take a look at are especially fun to take to a range?
Oh, and remember we're talking .357 Magnum. It may only have a 6 to 8 limit capacity but, really, you only need one!

__________________

Last edited by misterballistic; 11-16-2010 at 05:10 AM.
misterballistic is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 05:29 AM   #12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Lexington,Kentucky
Posts: 6
Default

Well. I didn't really expect the outpouring of support for revolvers here. Hmm...it would be a definite change from the m+p, and I'll have to take a serious look at some revolver models. I'm just not sure I could fire accurately enough in a high adrenaline situation to allow for the low-capacity revolver to be a good option.

__________________
iftrue is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 02:38 PM   #13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 7,152
Liked 21 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Practice and accuracy beats spray & pray every single time...

__________________
NGIB is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 03:35 PM   #14
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CHLChris's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 2,523
Liked 190 Times on 129 Posts
Likes Given: 89

Default

I, too, started my firearm life with a 15+1 polymer semi-auto with a couple of loaded mags beside it. I felt well-armed, as if I'd be able to fend off a large gang of zombies.

After a little evolution of my shooting skills, I've moved to a 1911, which is "only" 8+1 or 7+1. It is a .45 round, though. I thought I would feel undergunned. But once it was in my hand, and I felt how awesome they shoot, I haven't once felt undergunned.

Mind you, I still have 4 loaded mags right next to it and 3 more in the safe, but I can't be expected to grow THAT fast.

__________________
.45acp, .40 S&W, 9mm, .38 Spl, .380 acp, 22lr
12 gauge, .223/5.56x45mm, 30-30 Winchester


2 Chron. 7:14 Christians must seek His face
CHLChris is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 04:37 PM   #15
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Overkill0084's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Weber County, Utah
Posts: 4,200
Liked 2704 Times on 1346 Posts
Likes Given: 263

Default

I'm in the process of hunting down a CZ in one form or another. It would make a fine addition to your HD/Range selection.
But if your feeling the need for some variety, a .357 is a great choice for a dual use handgun. If you not worried about carry/concealment, I would venture to say that a 6" would be worth checking as well. On my list of things I want is a S&W N frame .357 with a 4" to 6" barrel. Just to muddy the water, a 1911 of some sort would be a fun/useful addition as well. You opened a can of worms with this.

__________________
Cheers,
Greg
USAF Retired
NRA Life Member

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."
Milton Friedman
Overkill0084 is online now  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2010, 01:42 AM   #16
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Flat4sti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
Posts: 246
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

4 for the 357. plus you can always put some 38 specials in there to make it a little easier on the wallet on range days. My vote is for the Ruger gp100.

__________________
Flat4sti is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2010, 02:20 AM   #17
WDB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WDB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Nonya,WA
Posts: 3,991
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

A good 9mm semi auto that is full size and won't break the bank, fun to shoot and a good practice pistol/night stand 9mm. I would go with a Ruger P series. I like the metal frame P93 ot P94) better than the polly frame (P95).

As much as I like the S&W M&P the 9mm compact isn't a range pistol IMHO.

__________________

Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Quote:
Originally Posted by Benning Boy View Post
If you're really bored, I'm your huckleberry. If you really want a challenge, I'm the one.

If you're really smart, you'll just peddle your paint.
WDB is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 11:49 PM   #18
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Daoust_Nat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Orlando,Florida
Posts: 2,065
Liked 1189 Times on 578 Posts
Likes Given: 74

Default

For a 9 mm the Ruger SR9 or SR9c are good shooters at the range, and come with a 17 round mag. Should be enough rounds to keep the bad guys at bay.

__________________
Daoust_Nat is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2010, 07:36 AM   #19
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
sweeper22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2,371
Liked 234 Times on 186 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default

Depends on the caliber, but these are great options at reasonable prices....

9mm: CZ 75b
45acp: Springer MilSpec
357m: Ruger GP100

__________________
sweeper22 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2010, 05:43 PM   #20
JTJ
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JTJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lake Havasu,Arizona
Posts: 5,893
Liked 1824 Times on 989 Posts
Likes Given: 557

Default

It is a whole lot easier to chase brass with a revolver. I shoot what I carry and since my compact 9 mm auto went bad, I am carrying my SP101. It is a DAO with a trigger job and a Crimson Trace LG111. I would like to pick up a 4" Ruger and a Marlin in 357. Also considering an NEF Handy Rifle in 357 instead of the Marlin.

__________________

Patron Member NRA
"I would not be an old man if I had not been an armed young man." JTJ
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of feces by the clean end."

JTJ is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Home Defense Dog? 6shooterjunction Survival & Sustenance Living Forum 173 04-18-2011 07:15 PM
Recommend a handgun for home defense on the cheap Yunus Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection 30 03-31-2011 04:41 PM
Range etiquette? First time shooter jtrain Training & Safety 28 02-22-2010 03:47 PM
Handgun or Shotgun for home defense? sausn2002 Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection 26 08-13-2009 07:13 PM
Best Practices for Home Defense Handgun Storage lurkusmaximus Training & Safety 11 07-04-2009 04:34 PM