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EmilyATL 07-17-2009 05:07 PM

New to Handguns
Hi all, I've never owned a handgun and am looking to buy one for personal protection. We've had a few break-ins in the area and I'm home alone quite a bit at night. I know I need to go to a range and just practice with a few different guns to try to get a feel for what I want, but does anyone have any recommendations for a "Ladie's" gun (no, I don't want anything pink)? I really like the Sig P229, but I'm not sure if I want to spend that much on my first purchase. What are your thoughts on the Ruger P95? It's a pretty reasonably priced gun and I've read some good reviews about it. Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Jo da Plumbr 07-17-2009 05:22 PM

Welcome to the FTF. I can't give advice on a "ladies gun", I'm not a lady. But my SO likes a mid size 9mm. The 9mm is a good stopping round but not so strong it scares her. As for which one that's up to what fits you best and shoots most comfortable in your opinion.

PS after you choose and buy get some training and lots of practice.

IGETEVEN 07-17-2009 05:35 PM

The Ruger P95 is a pretty decent and reliable choice of a handgun, and many people own and swear to their reliability, but to be honest, I have never played with one. As you stated, the best thing would be for you to do is visit a range and try out a few different makes and calibers. But I do think the 9mm would be a great choice for you in any brand, until you shoot a .40 then all the rules change.


NGIB 07-17-2009 06:02 PM

I have a Sig 229 and it's a great gun - but they are not cheap as you said. I know a lot of folks with Ruger P95s and they are a real workhorse of a gun. A 9mm is a good all around choice for a 1st handgun and Rugers are built like tanks and are generally very reliable...

canebrake 07-17-2009 06:09 PM

Does it need to be an auto-loader?

This is a great CCW wheel gun:

^ Ruger LCR .38 Special +P

CA357 07-17-2009 06:35 PM

My wife is deadly accurate with her Smith & Wesson model 60 .357 revolver. She shoots .38 hollow points.

Revolvers are great first handguns. They're dependable and simple. Unless you are completely against a revolver try a few and see what you think.

EmilyATL 07-17-2009 07:50 PM

Thanks all for the tips!

Canebrake - no, it doesn't have to be an auto-loader. I have considered a revolver from a reliability standpoint. The only handguns I've ever fired were a 22, .380 and 9mm - and I preferred the 9 out of the three, so that's why I was leaning towards a 9. I'll have to try out a revolver too.

Jo - I definitely plan on training/practice. I've already registered for a gun saftey class that includes range time.

Anyhow, thanks all - I'm definitely looking forward to it!

canebrake 07-17-2009 11:00 PM

You really need to experience the trigger of the LCR.

You will become a 2stage believer!

It is so much improved over the standard stacking trigger!!

SWAirweight 07-18-2009 12:28 AM

The Only objections that I have with a revolver for a first gun is that most of them do not have a safety. I'm not ashamed to say that my first gun was a .22 Pistol. I used to carry that thing around as if it where .50. But for a first gun I would look for something that has a safety feature, not everyone is the same but some people just have that odd feeling sometimes, But I have to say that My favorite peice is the Smith&Wesson .38 Caliber Airweight. Thus the avitar. But guns never go to waste you buy one and don't like sell and buy yourself a new one, the are a wide variety of guns to match a wide variety of people. Go to a local firearm retailer and palm a few guns get a feel for them ,aim put the gun in holster, try it a few times and go from there.

P.S Buy Smith and Wesson. When you start looking at prices just remember, how much is your life worth.

Stormbilly 07-18-2009 12:57 AM

I personally think that a wheel gun makes a perfect first gun from a simplicity standpoint. Something like a ruger gp-100 4" would be my first choice in home defense if I were using a revolver. If that were too big, then I'd look at the ruger SP-101 or ruger LCR. And as long as C&C was not a thought, then I'd go with the SP-101 simply because it would have less felt recoil.

If you're looking for a 9mm, then I'd highly recommend looking into a CZ. something like the cz compact or compact P-01 would be fantastic. They are every bit as good as a sig, but $200-300 less. (at least) Though they are still more expensive than a ruger 9mm.

Whichever you choose, make sure to get some good instruction and lots of practice. I would also highly recommend investing in a good .22 so you can practice a lot without breaking the bank. Something like a ruger mk.III would be great, and are around $270. So, if you have the money for a sig, buy the cz P-01 AND the ruger mk.III for the same price as the sig alone! :D

Just my thoughts.

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