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Old 04-04-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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New York state granted me the privilege and honor of a pistol permit for my home. The also make it difficult to get more than just one handgun.

I was thinking of a glock 30 for home defense, carry if I have some situation where carrying is more important than following stupid laws, ie, I am threatened and need to travel, or if I get my Florida ccw and head down south for vacation.

I like the 30 because it has a light rail, good power with a 45 acp, and plenty of firepower with 9 rounds,

It is also small and compact for a 45.

I was thinking about the 27 but no light rail makes me nervous in the home.

357 is a hell of a gun, but something of a white elephant, if it's small enough to carry, it is usually hard to control. If it is full sized and good to fire, hard to carry.

So any ideas?

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IMO,

Handguns are like shoes pick one that fits you. By that I mean one
that is comfortable and natural for you to hold and aim with, one that
you can operate, safeties, cycling the action etc. Something you can
operate with ease and confidence.

For me that's a 1911, for others it might be a Glock for my wife it was
a .357 Magnum revolver, semi's were too "mechanical" for her.

"Selecting" a rifle are more of a science, "fitting" a handgun or a
shotgun is more of a feely thing.


I will add that my wife can handle full load .375 hollow points, but
she practices with light .38 spl target loads. If you are a reloader,
as I am, you can load a bigger (+P) round for defense and light load
rounds for practice.

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IMO,

Handguns are like shoes pick one that fits you. By that I mean one
that is comfortable and natural for you to hold and aim with, one that
you can operate, safeties, cycling the action etc. Something you can
operate with ease and confidence.

For me that's a 1911, for others it might be a Glock for my wide it was
a .357 Magnum revolver, semi's were too "mechanical" for her.

"Selecting" a rifle are more of a science, "fitting" a handgun or a
shotgun is more of a feely thing.


I will add that my wife can handle full load .375 hollow points, but
she practices with light .38 spl target loads. If you are a reloader,
as I am, you can load a bigger (+P) round for defense and light load
rounds for practice.

Heaven help you if that wasn't a completely honest typo.
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For your "only" home defense pistol, there's nothing wrong with 9mm, 40sw, 45acp, or 357mag. Glock, Sig, 1911, revolver, etc...they're all viable options. It's just about what prefer. Opinions vary on caliber vs capacity vs barrel length, etc. It just boils down to your skill and comfort level with any given platform.

If I was in your shoes and in the market for a Glock, I'd probably just get a model 23 and add a Lone Wolf 40-9 barrel ($120). That way you could shoot either 9mm or 40sw via a 30-second barrel swap from your only gun. The only question is, is the model 23 (and its full capacity) legal where you live?

I have one gun that wears a rail mounted laser/light. Maybe someday it'll prove itself useful. But for me, the lack of a rail would never be any kind of deal breaker.

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If I could only have one gun for home defense, it would be a .357 revolver.

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If I could only have one gun for home defense, it would be a .357 revolver.
This would make it easy for you to teach others how to use it, less intimidating.

I am single, so i would probably go with my XD45 for 13 rounds of 45ACP goodness, considering carry was very unlikely or would be very infrequent.
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If I could only have one, it would need to handle a .22lr conversion kit.

Kinda like having two handguns on one permit, powerfull or cheap ammo, take your pick.

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This would make it easy for you to teach others how to use it, less intimidating.

I am single, so i would probably go with my XD45 for 13 rounds of 45ACP goodness, considering carry was very unlikely or would be very infrequent.
I'm single, too. And live alone. But my kids would not be intimidated by a semi-auto. I think revolver because my revolver has never jammed, misfired or 'misbehaved' in any other way. Every time you pull the trigger it goes "BANG".
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I'm kind of in the same boat here. I'm almost 21 and I'm thinking day and night about what I want. It's a little easier for me because I don't live in NYC, but we DO have a 10 round magazine limit. This is really influencing my decision.

Why get a 9mm that is capable of holding 15, 16, or 17 rounds If I'm only gonna be able to put 10 round mags in it? That cut my choice right down to a .45 or .40 automatic or a revolver.

Currently It's a toss up between a Springfield 1911, Glock 17, or a Smith and Wesson Model 19/686.

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Find the gun that fits you. I switch between my glock 19 and my sw 38 special. Only one choice is tough.

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