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Old 01-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #11
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You'd be an idiot to carry a .22 LR for self defense. Please do some research on terminal ballistics and fatal shooting. You'll find that 9x19mm is the absolute minimum for defense, and it may even take a couple shots to completely decapitate an attacker.

Read some of the information in this thread and take it to heart before even visiting a gun shop: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f15/i-hate-bother-you-all-but-here-my-gun-n00b-thread-9579/

The decision to carry a firearm is a decision to take a human life and isn't one to be taken lightly.

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The decision to carry a firearm is a decision to take a human life and isn't one to be taken lightly.
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You are either mentally prepared to use the tool as it was designed, or you have no business carrying said tool. There is no in-between on this situation.

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Have you considered a revolver? They are easier to handle than a semi-auto, although it takes more practice to fire them accurately in double action. But, with some practice even the small 2" snubbies can be surprisingly accurate.

I've got a soft spot for the S&W 640, I love the little chunk of steel and I'm still amazed at the groups an inexperienced shooter like me can get at 10 or 15 meters. There are lighter ones, but I like the steel frame and don't mind a little heft. I carry mine at my store (in a very anti-gun area) all day long and hardly notice it.

If it's going to be your only self defense gun for a while, I think you should go with something a bit bigger than a pocket pistol or a J frame revolver. Something like 3" Ruger SP101 might be a better all around revolver choice (I've got a J frame fetish, but I know that many people don't enjoy long training sesions with them), if you prefer a semi-auto take a look at CZ's line. If the CZ 75 is too big, you can get one of the compact models.

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I suggest an Springfield Armory XD9 sub-compact or a Taurus Millenium Pro in 9mm.... also a Bersa Thunder .380

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You are either mentally prepared to use the tool as it was designed, or you have no business carrying said tool. There is no in-between on this situation.

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And as such, you need to carry a weapon that is chambered in a round that is capable of taking a human life with as few shots as necessary.
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Kel-Tec and Kahr Arms make some good concealed carry 9mm pistols.

Worth looking into, at least.

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And as such, you need to carry a weapon that is chambered in a round that is capable of taking a human life with as few shots as necessary.

Let it go, let it go - Not everyone was born unto the Earth to carry a 1911 in .45 ACP. Just consider yourself among the Enlightened. The sooner you admit you have a problem, the healing can begin matt.

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You'll find that 9x19mm is the absolute minimum for defense, and it may even take a couple shots to completely decapitate an attacker.
Dude, how many times are you gonna shoot the perp?
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Dude, how many times are you gonna shoot the perp?
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It sounds like you are a beginning shooter. If so, you may want to get a .22 caliber pistol to help you learn to shoot. The .22 doesn't have much recoil and ammunition is dirt cheap. You also won't acquire a "flinch" anticipating the recoil of a .22-caliber pistol. The .22 really isn't a good defense round because it doesn't have much stopping power. You could shoot somebody multiple times with a .22 and they may still be able to hurt you before they collapse.

The 9mm round is a much more effective round for self-defense and it is also relatively inexpensive to shoot. The recoil of a 9mm is fairly mild in a regular full-sized handgun and shouldn't intimidate your wife too much. Since a 9mm doesn't quite have the stopping power of a .45, you'll want to read up and find out which 9mm rounds are best for self-defense. You'll probably want some kind of hollow point. Any super small handgun in a serious caliber will have pretty stout recoil.

You might consider starting with a .22, learning to shoot well, and renting larger 9mm pistols at your local range until you find one that you are comfortable shooting. I really like my Smith & Wesson SW9VE, but many people say that it has a heavy trigger pull. It is also a fairly full-sized pistol and might be more of a challenge to conceal.

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