Second Handgun for the first floor of my house...

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by ARnoob, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. ARnoob

    ARnoob New Member

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    I'm considering buying a second handgun for the first floor of my house. I have my Glock 23 upstairs, but I'd like to have one of the first floor as well. This would be for not only me, but my wife.

    She practiced with my G23 (using the Wolf 9mm barrel) and really like it. She did pretty well with it too.

    My debate is whether or not to get another G23 for downstairs or maybe a Glock 19 since she did well with the 9mm. I bought the Wolf barrel to save money on practicing, but I found some nicely priced 40 S&W factory reloads that I've used without any issues.

    I'm aware of the potential dangers of lead fouling in Glock barrels, so I avoid those rounds. I prefer to consolidate ammo calibers (all 40 S&W) when possible.

    So, taking all the above into consideration, what do you recomend?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    I recommend that you let her shoot the 23 with the .40 barrel in it. Then go with whichever she shoots better. Consolidating calibers won't help if she's hesitant to reach for it.
     

  3. ARnoob

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    Ok, that's a good point. Thanks.
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The idea of the same type platform is good. Develop memory on one type of firearm. But have you looked at others that handle like the Glock? Some use the same controls and may fit her better. (Hint: Suggest which one you like better, but let her decide. Just like buying her shoes)
     
  5. ARnoob

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    That was my thought too. Not that I'm against revolvers, but she's somewhat familiar with the G23 I have. I tought her how to rack the slide and clear a stove pipe on my XD 45. So she's familiar with the semi-auto platform a la Glock and XD's. I thought about getting an XDM 9, as I really like XD's, but I like the idea of sharing magazines.

    It's still up for debate. Thanks for you input guys.
     
  6. ARnoob

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    Yeah, thought about an XDM 9 too. I dig those XD's.
     
  7. Flint Rock

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    I have had several students with small hands that were pleased with a Smith & Wesson M&P using the small size backstrap. The inserts for that gun do a really nice job of changing the "feel" of the gun. You can get the Smith in 9, 40, .357 Sig, and 45, so you can get the caliber you like best. Safety levers, colors, barrel lengths, calibers, grip sizes.......... the M&P is the Burger King of handguns, you really can have it your way!
     
  8. Jay

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    Placement of a gun that requires you to "go get it" in case of an assault on your home will not be of much help, regardless of platform, or caliber. If you're concerned enough to have an upstairs gun, and a downstairs gun, you should each be carrying one of 'em.

    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike. Buy a handgun just like you would buy a pair of shoes. If Ol' Joe over here says he likes Charlie China tennis shoes, and you're looking for a new pair of shoes, do you run out and buy Joe's pick, just because HE likes 'em? Probably not. If a new shooter is asking what to buy for a carry gun, it doesn't matter what works for me, or anyone else. I suggest telling that new shooter to go to many gun shops, and/or gun shows, and handle all the guns they can get hold of. Just like they would try on shoes. Before long they'll be able to make a list of guns that feel ok, pretty good, real good, and "that really feels great in my hands". The last two are the ones to pursue, and here's why I say that....
    If a given handgun doesn't feel "right" in your hands, you'll not shoot it enough to become proficient with it, because it's not comfortable, and you won't like shooting it. Just like you rarely wear shoes that are UNcomfortable. If you're not gonna become proficient with it, save your money, and buy a ball bat to carry. With proper fundamentals, he/she can learn to shoot almost any handgun. Very few folks can re-train their hands to make just any handgun feel comfortable. The last suggestion.........proper shooting techinques, practiced slowly, but proficiently, will breed speed. Do it slowly, and do it the right way, every time.......If you practice speed first, and introduce less efficient techniques into your training, you'll have to do it all over again to get it right.



    Again, just my ramblings.... but they work for me...

    Shoot Safely....
     
  9. jetgirl

    jetgirl New Member

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    Hmphf.
    He always gets here before me and posts what I want to say.
    Then all I'm left with is an anemic copy-cat sounding "ditto".
    *sigh* Oh well... Parroting somebody who's right isn't the worst thing that could happen, I guess. :p
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Just consider that great minds think alike.
     
  11. jetgirl

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    Oh he is gonna LOVE that! :p :cool:
     
  12. Jay

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    I think this may be the first time I've been accused of having a great mind..... :) .. thanks
     
  13. jetgirl

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    Or thinking like ME! THAT'S what you should be thanking him for! :p
     
  14. ARnoob

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    I think that carrying one in the house is indeed a good idea. However, my wife is not yet at the point where she feels comfortable enough to do that. I've asked her to take the CCW class with me, but she's not sure yet.

    I'd like to take her with me to shoot more often and then get her to take the CCW class. So, for now she said she like to have access to one downstairs (as well as upstairs).

    I may just get a Glock 19. Thanks for your input folks. :)
     
  15. WoodysKJ

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    My wife was the same way. It may not have anything to do with "Not being ready, yet." She may be cautious about the class it self. They can be VERY intimidation especially if she is just getting used to your guns. My wife was that way. NEVER held a gun till we were dating, now she is VERY comfortable with them.

    I explained to her that just because you have a CCDW permit, that doesn't REQUIRE you to carry, but you can if you decide to.

    See if there are any carry classes for women only in your area. The NRA Women on Target folks can maybe direct you towards one, OR help your local instructor to organize one.

    Might make her more comfortable and if like my class, where they ask people to convey their motivation behind getting the permit, she might get an education about the world around her and realize that she might just need it one day.

    Beside it is a GREAT place to pick up chics, ........Just kidding.
     
  16. JTJ

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    I have a one story house and I have 4 guns stashed plus the one I carry. The guns are accessible and the locations provide some cover. I started doing that after my daughter called in a prowler and it took the police 45 minutes to get there. She was not rural.

    Just because your paranoid does't mean they are not out to get you.
     
  17. canebrake

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    “I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and it was the only place where my fears were justified.” - Anita Weiss
     
  18. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    OK CB. Now I know where that paranoid expresion came from. I really like the one about NY. My wife does not carry so I set up the guns where she would run for cover.
    I would not be an old man if I had not been an armed young man. That one is by me.
     
  19. Krazeehorse

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    If you don't have small children and don't have young guests you can "stash" guns. Otherwise it is safer to carry or have them placed where they are not so easy to grab. I'm a noob here but just MHO.