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Old 02-23-2010, 07:48 PM   #11
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No shotgun because she wants to be able to occasionally go to the range with it and put holes in paper but can't afford a second gun.
I don't really understand this point, Yunus. How is having a single shotgun different to having a single handgun? She can take it to the range, punch some paper, clean it up and load it for home defense. That's what I do with my 870.
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A used S&W revolver or used Ruger revolver to start with. Barring that go for a used Ruger P series semiauto.
+ another for the Bear. Hibernation must be good meditation.
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Bear is a Genius. Should listen to any advice given by him.

Heck, a new Sigma could be had for a great price.
Quit hating on the Trigger, it is not that bad.


The Elsie Arrr(LCR) would be a great choice, the wife loves hers, got it from listening to advice from Bear.

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What will a rock of crack get at the local Gunmart? Not trying to be a severe smart-ass (just a marginal one) but does she know anyone who would trade a Saturday Night Special for an old TV, a coffee table and a Starter jacket?
Bartering rocks.

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I currently own 13 handguns. I have two S&W, three Rugers, An awesome 1911 and several others.

But in my closet I keep an EAA Windicator for my wife to use. This is the cheapest gun I have that I would trust my life to. I had a $1000 1911 that would constantly jam. I bought the EAA brand new at a pawn shop for $205. It is a 2" 6 shot 357 magnum. It's plenty powerful for close range. With a 2" barrel you don't have to worry as much about someone trying to wrestle it out of your hand. It is also heavy. It's like carrying a brick in your pocket. That really helps with recoil. Glocks are nice. Several of my friends are cops. They swear by them. I would be concerned about a newbe trying to maintain an auto if they have never even cleaned a gun.
Another nice thing about a revolver is if you pull the trigger and it doesn't go bang, you can pull it again. And it doesn't just hit the same bad primer again. It puts a fresh round in front of that hammer. It's nice not to have to worry about safties either.

Whatever they get, they will need to practice a lot. Practice. Practice Practice.

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I also have the S&W Sigma in 40. Great Gun. Shoots right where I aim. But that doesn't even have the second strike capability. Once the hammer drops the slide must be racked again. I admit I carry mine often. But I am not new to this game by a long shot. A new shooter might even forget to chamber a round when under pressure.

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I also have the S&W Sigma in 40. Great Gun. Shoots right where I aim. But that doesn't even have the second strike capability. Once the hammer drops the slide must be racked again. I admit I carry mine often. But I am not new to this game by a long shot. A new shooter might even forget to chamber a round when under pressure.
Who would carry a gun with an empty chamber - might as well carry an empty beer bottle. If you're going to carry a gun, carry it in a condition that it's ready for immediate use.

Yes, the Israeli's believe in carrying with an empty chamber - one of the few things I don't think they have right in the defensive arena...
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Whats the cheapest gun you would recommend for home defense?
Have him take the value of HIS LIFE and multiply it by 1,320.

That would be a good starting point.

Just tell him to get the Elsie.
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I always carry a chambered round. I totally agree with you. If I carry my 1911 it is cocked and locked. I would have it no other way. But we are talking about home protection. Many people keep a closet gun with an empty chamber. I do not. I have taught my 11 year old son how to defend himself if the need arises. But many people will not chamber a round in a gun that they do not have on their person.

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I also have the S&W Sigma in 40. Great Gun. Shoots right where I aim. But that doesn't even have the second strike capability. Once the hammer drops the slide must be racked again. I admit I carry mine often. But I am not new to this game by a long shot. A new shooter might even forget to chamber a round when under pressure.
Maybe I am reading this wrong, you have a Sigma and it has a Hammer?
It doesn't have second strike capability?

I am going to reread posts just to make sure I didn't miss something.
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