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Old 06-12-2007, 05:55 PM   #11
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I vote for GLOCKs G19, G23, G26, G27 or G32.............
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:56 PM   #12
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All my Ruger DA/SA revolvers (GP's & SP's) have been good, Bersa Thunder 380 and my new CZ 75 Compact.
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:21 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by ladypackingheat View Post
I am in the market for a handgun for self-defense in my house. I would like a gun that is reliable and does not have to be cleaned all that often (I'm pretty bad at not remebering). Any suggestions?
If you have children in the house, I do not recommend handguns for home defense. My primary reason is that almost all handguns with decent stopping power have incredible penetration through sheetrock. Shotguns with birdshot have pretty good penetration too, but not near as much as a 38 Special. So I recommend a repeating shotgun with light birdshot loads.

If you are alone in the house, it is hard to beat a stainless revolver in 38 Spec or 357 Mag. Look for a police trade-in with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel that is in good shape.
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:29 PM   #14
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If you are alone in the house, it is hard to beat a stainless revolver in 38 Spec or 357 Mag. Look for a police trade-in with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel that is in good shape.
You might want to consider a revolver like FALPhil aboves advocates. I keep reading where the experts (who ever they are) like the revolvers. Their thinking is that revolvers don't rely on magazines with springs to feed them ammo. They also don't rely on the many internal springs that the semi-auto's have. The rationale there is: you pull the trigger on a revolver and it goes boom. If it doesn't go boom then all you have to do to fix the problem is pull the trigger again. It loads a new round and fires simply by pulling the trigger. There is no risk of "failing to feed" with a revolver.

With a semi-auto, when it doesn't fire, you have to discern whether it was a failure to feed or failure to fire issue. You either need to bump the mag & re-rack the slide, or you must release the mag, clear the slide of the jambed round, then put the magazine back in, rack the slide, then fire. Then it will go boom...unless the problem was an internal spring... then you're screwed.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:26 PM   #16
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The OP mentioned not being very good/frequent at cleaning and yet most of your recommend revolvers. They are a pain to get clean, particularly when lead alloy bullets are used.

Like a couple other posts, I recommend a 9mm Glock. In 10 years of teaching CCW and SD classes I never saw a Glock 17 or 19 malfunction on the range. Heck, I didn't even hear stories about it happening...except on the internet of course.

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Old 06-18-2010, 08:45 PM   #17
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Considering the one year I've been here and seen the same questions asked and re-asked, this particular one has probably been answered in a dozen 4-page threads since 2007. Why did THIS one get resurrected?
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I would say the revolver in .38 spl, at least. Get some training for yourself and spouse and keep it away from the kids prying eyes. Have a safe place to store it when you are not home. (I know what I did when I was younger and my parents were not in the house.)
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:31 AM   #19
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For my home defence i have a ruger p89 and a magazine of hydrashok rounds i think it will do the job.
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