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Old 02-09-2012, 03:18 AM   #81
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Have to agree with the reliability of cci.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:35 AM   #82
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Originally Posted by pluspforyou38
i just have a friend who is afraid of recoil but i cant talk him into getting anything bigger. he might budge for a .22 mag but i wonder if they make any decent LR ammo that would give him a better chance
A firearm in general is already a better chance than most civilians! He wouldn't try a 9mm even? My mother carries a 9mm actually.

What to put..
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #83
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Do not try to push him - - - I'm quite sure if he becomes proficient with the 22 he will advance to a higher caliber - - -I would much rather have a student willing to stay with a smaller caliber until they have it mastered that over one who is ready ( in his own mind ) to shoot a hand cannon right off the bat.

Beginning students coming here are encouraged to put many rounds down range with a 22 before advancing to a progressively larger size as their abilities dictate.

I have encouraged many starting shooters to get good “Air Soft” pistols and a pellet trap and work hard in their own environment - - - great training and develop great muscle memory that will transfer to live fire if done in stages.

Some people can go from Air Soft to a 45 in a couple of sessions and some take longer!

It seems on many the longer they stay at the lower calibers the more fun they have ( and spend much less money ) and the better they end up being overall!
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:01 PM   #84
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My wife went from 22 to 45 ACP after 12 shots with the 22. She put six rounds in the black with the Kimber first time shooting.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:24 AM   #85
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Single action is awesome fun, whether .22 or .45.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:25 AM   #86
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If I understood correctly, the OP said his friend finally tried a 38 and thought he could work with that. Sounds like a willing student. If he can afford it, he might want to get a 22 anyway for inexpensive practice!
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #87
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22 is pretty small so if you stick with that I would get a semi auto withal a large capacity... Otherwise in trying to advance to a larger cal. I would try a 9mm.. That's what I carry. It has plenty of power with less recoil and the ammo is cheap to practice with... Start with a gun that has at least a 4.5 to 5 inch barrel though... This will really ease the recoil factor. The shorter the barrel the harder the recoil.
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