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Old 01-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #21
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Hmmm...do I sense a caliber debate coming on...
I hope that I don't add to the caliber debate perception by saying that I prefer the .45.

For the OP, as far as I'm concerned, the larger the caliber the better, but if you can't comfortably carry/fire the large caliber handgun and it sits in your dresser drawer, closet, gun locker, etc, then it is useless.

The best gun is the one you carry, and carry everywhere (legally allowed). While a .22 is considered a bad choice for self defense, a .22 you carry is better than the .45 you don't.

My advise, try out as many guns as you can. Pick the one you like, regardless of caliber. Learn to use it to the best of your ability, and carry it every day.

Also remember, Kentucky has constitutionally protected open carry. There are places in Kentucky where concealed carry is prohibited, but open carry is perfectly legal. Know your state's laws.
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Hmmm...do I sense a caliber debate coming on...
Nope. At least, not with me as a party.


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For the OP, as far as I'm concerned, the larger the caliber the better, but if you can't comfortably carry/fire the large caliber handgun and it sits in your dresser drawer, closet, gun locker, etc, then it is useless.
Exactly. My point was to not immediately jump for the tiniest and likely weakest gun you can carry, but neither should one jump for the most powerful cartridge available just for that reason, without the ability to efficiently handle it.
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To the OP: As you can see from this thread, there is no "one size fits all" answer to the question of the most appropriate self defense handgun. The arguments made here are well thought-out, and choosing the right handgun can become a complex decision.

For starters, pick a quality brand known for reliability, and as your knowledge base and skills increase, you may find (as your budget permits) it appropriate to move up in caliber, or physical size, or quality. There's certainly nothing wrong with owning two or more handguns with varying characteristics. Get some good training emphasizing safety and have some fun!

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There's certainly nothing wrong with owning two or more handguns with varying characteristics.
That is true. However, I have to counters to that (obviously, just my opinion):

1) Spending $300-$500 more for a second firearm means $300-$500 worth of ammo that did not get put into practicing with the original! For me, even shopping at Walmart for ammo (i.e. not getting cheap cases online), that's like 1300 rounds I could send downrange. Or, like 500 or 800 rounds down range, plus a few training DVDs!

2) When the chips are down, I'd much rather have a large pistol with more capacity, accuracy, and control then some tiny pistol that jumps in my hands and holds half the ammo. In "normal" defensive shoots, yeah only a few rounds will be expended. But if I ever need more, I'd be glad I had it.

Granted, if all you have is a 1911 and know you won't carry it regularly enough to make a difference, then you will obviously have to get a second, smaller pistol (remember, Rule #1 to winning a gunfight...).


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A Keltech will fit the bill of what you are looking for.

I don't know your financial background, but you do seem to be limiting yourself quite a bit on what you can buy with that small of an amount. After all, you are going to be trusting your life to whatever you buy, so make sure it is the best you can afford.

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Paging Matt Williams....................Bueller?....Bueller?

Last activity for him (OP) was 12/28/09 on this forum. I am always leery when someone says "Thanks in Advance" at the end of their post. All of his three posts, have to do with a damn .22.

Does he really care?

And no Introduction post.

I am just saying........

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I post just as much for him as I do for anyone else with the same question.



BTw, in my last post, that is speaking only from the most practical perspective. If one wants more pistols just because, then that's perfectly fine too.

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I post just as much for him as I do for anyone else with the same question.
Indeed, I have noticed that.

I have also noticed no Introduction post from you either, sir.

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