You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - > Handguns > General Handgun Discussion >

Thoughts on a type of small handgun that is relatively easy to use for a beginner

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-11-2011, 12:45 AM   #21
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Firearms4ever's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Roanoke,Virginia
Posts: 1,757
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Originally Posted by hiwall View Post
Yes you can the case diameter is the same. I do think some(all?) of the 38 colts had a larger bore size but the bullets were all .358 diameter. many of these bullets were skirted or had hollow bases to fill the larger bore.
Huh, didn't know that. From my research they seem to be very hard to find cartridges so reloading would be imperitive, if you were going to shoot much of them.
"It's a gun you loaded on Sunday, and shot all week."
-Confederate Soldier

"If God didn't create man equal then Sam Colt had made them equal."

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
-Wyatt Earp
Firearms4ever is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 03:42 AM   #22
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
shadamai's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 652
Liked 104 Times on 64 Posts
Likes Given: 39


I also recommend renting trying out different types of guns.

Chantilly (VA) has a range where you can rent different types.

I did not have any gun experience at all so after I took a class at a local range (in NC), I came back occasionally and rented a different gun each time. I found one I loved to keep at the house. Like you, I am still looking for a good conceal carry gun (I'm also a female in her 20's.) I am interested to know what you finally choose.
shadamai is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 03:59 AM   #23
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Cinderocka1989's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Laradise
Posts: 9,027
Liked 6925 Times on 3691 Posts
Likes Given: 221


I agree that you need to try the gun first find a range that rents them, almost everyone I know recommended I get a Glock but I put about 15 rounds through one and knew I didn't like, it's just what you prefer and what feels good to you. I love my SR9C but the barrel is a little long so since I've been carrying IWB on the back of my hip if I don't wear a really long shirt it prints so depending on how you plan to carry, take that into consideration, if you're small it's harder to conceal a gun with a longer barrel. I've been looking at an LC9 to carry, 3" barrel single stack, 7+1 cap and it's chambered in 9mm which isn't terribly expensive to shoot and unlike .22 is something I feel comfortable using for self-defense.... Sorry that got kinda long but I've been through this
3 gallons of crazy in a 2 gallon bucket

Know your limits; exceed them often

That which does not kill me had better run pretty damn fast.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but hollow points expand on impact.
Cinderocka1989 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 06:19 PM   #24
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Agent_H's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: portland
Posts: 266
Liked 21 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 147


Originally Posted by utf59 View Post
Finally, here's a website that's written by a woman who has excellent advice for women shooters, including an article on how to judge whether a gun really fits your hand.

Happy shopping!
followed the link and liked what I saw. Not a female myself but my loved one was taken in by the analogy of the cat. Seemed to make sense to her as well as get a smile out me.

Looks like a great resource utf59
Agent_H is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 03:45 PM   #25
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 8,410
Liked 4685 Times on 2570 Posts
Likes Given: 3346


Originally Posted by Win73 View Post
From what you say, and if you have been shooting before, I would recommend a .38 Special snub nose revolver. If you haven't done much shooting, it might be better to start with a .22 revolver to learn trigger control and sight alignment. A .22 is much cheaper for practice.
Another vote for a hammerless .38 snubnose.

Rent one first. If recoil is too much, consider

a similar revolver in .22LR...
therewolf is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2011, 05:02 PM   #26
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Bighead's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Oklahoma City,Oklahoma
Posts: 644
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


While the .38/.357 snub nose revolver is an iconic carry pistol, realize that it is also very much (IMHO) an expert's pistol. The gun is light weight, short barreled, and has a heavy double action trigger pull. All of these things make this gun difficult to shoot well. The new pocket .380s also tend to fall into this category for me as well. These guns will not be that much fun to shoot, and will require practice to gain proficiency. They are good choices, but only if you make your selection understanding the negatives so that you can work to limit their impact.

A slightly heavier revolver, like a model 640 or 65 (3-inch) might serve you better. I am also intrigued by the new 2.5 inch model 642.

I would recommend a compact 9mm pistol, and if you are interested in concealed carry I would point you towards Kahr 9mm pistols and the Walther PPS. Glock 19 is an excellent pistol, and my default recommendation as a place to start looking when new shooters ask about semi-autos, but it may be a little large from some people to carry concealed comfortably.

Good luck, and let us know what you decide.
I don't make jokes, I just watch the government and report the facts. -Will Rogers

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill
Bighead is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 10:29 PM   #27
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Miami,Florida
Posts: 14

I agree with spittinfire, a good .357 loaded with .38s, at least until you become accustomed to firing it. Then move up to the .357 mag rounds. Kahr makes a nice selection of small automatics, perhaps you might look into the PM9. A very nice CCW weapon, but slightly costly. Whatever you decide, practice, practice, practice! Then, practice some more. Happy Shopping!
pubthumper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 10:35 PM   #28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,087
Liked 758 Times on 450 Posts
Likes Given: 477


I think what might fit your needs at the moment
would be a Ruger LCP 380, which is small, light,
but can be quite powerful at close range. I have
one as my back-up. But have been carrying it so
much because of the convienience that it might
very well be considered my primary.
PanBaccha is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 01:13 AM   #29
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
c3shooter's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 21,311
Liked 16488 Times on 6797 Posts
Likes Given: 2695


You have been offered some good advice (albeit varied- opinions are like that, y'know)

However, you have two problems- you listed home as Washington DC, listed home as Washington DC.

First you can only purchase a handgun from a resident of, or a dealer in, your state of residence. I think there is ONE dealer in Washington DC. And he is NOT cheap. Second, you are NOT going to get a concealed carry permit. You will jump thru many, MANY hoops to get a license to possess a handgun IN YOUR HOME. But CCW in DC? Nope. NOT gonna happen.

Step 1- get the hell out of DC. Make sure you cross the Potomac into Virginia- gun laws are a lot better than MD.
Step 2- find a range that rents handguns, offers instruction, and go see what you like. Make sure you wear hearing and eye protection, go shoot, have fun.
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.
c3shooter is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2011, 01:13 AM   #30
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Miami,Florida
Posts: 14

c3shooter has a good point. There are many ranges that rent firearms, and thats a very good way to make a decision. You know, actually firing the weapon. And that part about being in DC, thats kinda not gonna work out so great, as our friend here indicated. Bummer, man.
pubthumper is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
looking for an easy, dependable handgun.. pyro General Handgun Discussion 9 03-09-2011 02:51 PM
Good Handgun for a Beginner? BravoAlphaRomeo Semi-Auto Handguns 7 08-02-2010 03:35 AM
Thoughts on the Sig Sauer P226 as a first handgun? trevor001 Semi-Auto Handguns 17 07-22-2010 12:56 AM
Telestock on Type 21S / Type 97S Bizzox Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion 6 05-22-2009 11:10 AM
Any thoughts on the DC handgun ban? ss0105 General Handgun Discussion 7 06-12-2007 05:59 PM