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Old 07-09-2013, 02:31 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am thinking of getting a hand gun sometime soon, but i am not fully sure what to get. I have fired a 20 gauge shotgun and a 12 gauge shotgun, a 10/22LR takedown and a Ruger .308 and a 1923 Mosin 7.62X54R.

so i had fired a few weapons before but they where all shotguns and rifles. i am open to some suggestions to what kinds of hand guns to use. i am looking into two kinds of hand guns, 1 when hunting. there has been a lot of bears where i live, so something to use if i get attacked. and the other gun is mostly for Home Def. another note i live in a state where i cant have any clips longer then 9 rounds. and no full autos. thank you for taking the time to help me.

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Hi James, Black bears, or big bears? A 357 is a great hand gun to start out with,. You and your wife/gf can shoot the milder 38's, and use the 357s for camping and outdoors. Revolvers are very safe for a first hand gun. And have enough power to hunt deer with in the western USA, while 9mms and 45's and 40s etc are illegal to use.

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we have black bears here

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a 357 is capable of taking down a black bear. Shot placement and a hard cast bullet.

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ok but I was wondering how would the recoil on it would be?

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Some people don't like recoil. Some people can handle it. I'm 117 pounds and use a 44 magnum for work and enjoy shooting it. The 357 has less recoil, but louder. And if the recoil is too much for you, there is always 38*p's or just 38 specials. They are a great round to introduce to new shooters.

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Most gun ranges I know of will rent guns for a small fee to try out.

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I would definitely try to find a range that rents guns. It's pretty cheap and you can try several different guns. And welcome to the forum!

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I've carried a 357 in the mountains of Idaho, Wyoming and Utah and never felt uncomfortable when seeing black bears. I would feel under gunned if I only had a 40, 9mm or a 45acp.

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