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Old 02-28-2010, 06:04 PM   #11
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"...Take a look at the Glock 17 and 19. I doubt the other semi-autos will be as reliable. If you buy a Glock, get proper training and a secure holster. Keep it in the holster for safety's sake. If your only qualification is that your dad showed you how, you need more training, as the Glock does not forgive human error." ...Rentacop

So Rentacop, you're saying a S&W or a Springfield isn't as reliable as a Glock? Have you ever owned and/or shot any semi-auto besides a Glock?

Do yourself a favor and get over the Glock fanboy thing.
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Oh, so now the personal insults start, eh ? You wouldn't trust me to instruct your child ?
I guess you checked the registry of " known sex offenders ". Oh well. ( LOL)
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My 8yr old does just fine at the range. He listens to me and I'm not that great a trainer.

I would go for a good S&W or Ruger .357 revolver. You can practice with 38specials as well.
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Wow! Tons of great information. I am very new to guns, this handgun along with a 12 ga shotgun for myself and a 20 ga for my wife and son will be our first guns. I have never shot a gun before, so before any of us do any shooting, we will be attending a gun safety class at our local gun shop/range. If I don't feel comfortable after this class I will look around for a better class before any of us shoot. I agree with what many of you said as far as my son goes. He is a responsible kid, and I trust him to take it seriously especially if he actually feels what it is like to shoot a gun. I would rather he learn as much as possible about gun safety and use with us to help guide him and answer questions, then have him stumble upon it and think it's a toy (not that I won't be keeping it locked up, but anyone with kids knows what they are capable of!). I can also understand Rentacop's point of view, my son has friends that are extremely hyper and seem to never take anything seriously. I'm not their parents, but if I were, I might have to think very long and hard about weather they should touch a gun. Hell, I have major reservations allowing them to use nerf guns in my house!

As for the pistol itself, I was not planning on actually buying it at Bass Pro, we just happened to be there and they had the guns we were interested in. I will check out Summitgunbroker also, but was planning on buying from Budsgunshop.com unless the store we plan on going to will match their prices. I checked out most of the pistols you all mentioned, and although I think I like the S&W better, it looks like the Glock 19 that someone mentioned is about 4oz lighter, so I'll see if that feels better for my wife.

Thanks for all your help! You guys are great!

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There's valid reasons for choosing a revolver for a 1st gun, especially for a woman & younger son with no experience. Just because they might be able to shoot a semiauto don't mean they can rack the slide. They may lack sufficient hand strength to load/unload/clean/or clear a malfunction. That's why a revolver is arguably the best bet for new/young shooters. You don't have to worry
is the mag loaded,
is the mag in the gun,
is there 1 in the chamber,
is it cocked,
is the safety on,etc.
With a revolver it's extremely simple to operate and don't require a grown man's grip strength to load. You can't get more reliable than a good revolver. It's also not dependant on bullet shape or weight. You can even shoot inexpensive lead bullet loads in a revolver interchangeably-unlike glocks.
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I admitted this is a matter of opinion but what is not a matter of opinion is that the boy pictured with the rifle above is not wearing eye protection ( no big deal but they'd flame me if I had posted the pic ).
Did you also take note of Firearm pointed downrange, finger off trigger even with him looking away. In an earlier post about the event I made mention of the eye protection. I did not get flamed because I do not impose my overwhelming Douchetasticness to every post.
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Don't worry guys. I won't apply to be your kids' instructor. I'm not sure I can even get you guys to understand anything ( LOL).

A man posts that he's new to guns and everybody can't stand the idea of his 8-year-old having to shoot a .22 rifle until he's out of diapers. Okay, how many of you will agree to contribute $1000 to the " Rentacop Retirement Fund " in the unlikely event that this boy causes a gun accident with an "expert's gun" like the Glock ?

I don't see any hands...

Face it. It is silly to try to call names and ridicule a man whose handle is " Rentacop ".
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My son is 11 years old. He is now able to shoot my 357 mag. It has not always been that way. He started with 22 rifles. He moved up to my ruger semi auto 22 pistol. He can now shoot many weapons. I believe the person with the picture of the 7 year old is pretty rare. His kid must be pretty tuff. My son has been shooting since he was about 5 years old. He can give me a run for my money. If you already know your kid can handle recoil thats good. But if not, you might get him a a 22 to start. I would be afraid of him developing a bad flinch or maybe even a fear of shooting if he gets too powerful too fast. My son loves to shoot. But I let him go at his own pace. Also my wife is 5'10" and well built. She can not rack the slide on most of my autos. Neither can either of my adult daughters. Some women have great upper body strength, some don't.
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