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Old 02-19-2012, 07:49 PM   #11
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For California restrictions gun must be California compliant which is no mag over 10 mag safety meaning if the mag is not in it fire arm will not fire I believe that's all the differences that California models require and I second both the hi power and 1911 and would throw in a M&P to the mix as well
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What ever you do don't get the Kel tec p-11. My wife and went shooting today we took a star super b and a Kel tec both 9mm hit Target every time with star and would have done better throwing the the Kel tec at target. Neither gun had firing issues just Kel tec is a terrible aim and gun.
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3spur, since you're thinking of a semiauto you're on the right track with the Glock 19 or Ruger SR9. 9mm is a flexible and economical round, you can do most practicing with cheap ammo then buy good self defense ammo for normal carry. Of course get confident with the SD ammo at the range too. 40S&W and 45ACP are great calibers but many women might like the lower recoil of a 9mm. Of course good defensive ammo is going to have a kick, even 9mm.

There are two versions of the Glock 19 for sale now, the older Gen 3 and newer Gen 4 (which is hard to find in California I've heard). The Gen 4 has adjustable grip sizes which can be an advantage. The Gen 3 is a pretty good compromise for most people. Whatever you get make sure it fits well and you're comfortable with the controls. Some semiautos, especially SA/DA are pretty complex to operate at first.

I'd try to handle, rent and fire as many handguns as possible to find the best one for you. Not a bad idea to try to include a Hi Power and 1911 just to see how they feel in your hand and their extra heft over the Glock, Ruger, M&P, XD polymers. They are heavy but have less recoil.
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Thank you all for the great advice, I actually was able to get though to Tom Gresham on the GunTalk Radio Show, he said essentially the same thing as you all. So I'm going to a Gun shop this Thursday and I will check out some pistols
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My wife loves her g19. She went thru the conceal class yesterday. Don't know about ca law so just make sure u check them out before spending some dough.
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My wife loves her g19. She went thru the conceal class yesterday. Don't know about ca law so just make sure u check them out before spending some dough.
As long as a reputable local gun shop is used, the item purchased should comply with local law.
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Take a look at Hancock45 on YouTube - he shoots about 9 different major manufacturers in a variety of calibers. That's the best way to avoid buyers remorse. Personally, I don't think 45 recoils that much more than 9mm but the ammo sure does cost more.

One more POV: ease of take down & maintenance. Newer pistols like XDM line have made great strides here. New XDM 5.25 is ready to,go right out of the box - no modifications necessary. All my Colts, HK, SW etc have all required some modifications For competition. Tgt guns do make it easier to punch paper well.
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Take a look at Hancock45 on YouTube - he shoots about 9 different major manufacturers in a variety of calibers. That's the best way to avoid buyers remorse. Personally, I don't think 45 recoils that much more than 9mm but the ammo sure does cost more.

One more POV: ease of take down & maintenance. Newer pistols like XDM line have made great strides here. New XDM 5.25 is ready to,go right out of the box - no modifications necessary. All my Colts, HK, SW etc have all required some modifications For competition. Tgt guns do make it easier to punch paper well.
You mean Hickok45 right?
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