Which handgun is the best for self defence

Discussion in 'Taurus Forum' started by Pikes, May 15, 2013.

  1. Pikes

    Pikes New Member

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    Hi i'm very new to guns and would like to know which one is the best? Can anyone help me please
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Whatever you shoot best, and WILL carry (a gun is no good if you don't have it), and (here's an opinion, and nothing but an opinion) of a caliber at least 9MM or up. I prefer "up".

    Must be reliable, and most currently made modern guns are.

    Go shopping man!
     

  3. rickster

    rickster New Member

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    Here we go again. Lol.

    Self defense at home? Is it going to be a carry concealed weapon (ccw)?

    Different guns for different purposes you see.

    Find a weapons range and get training in safety and handling. Hopefully they rent handguns so that you may try different ones and find the one that fits you.

    Here at FTF you will find a lot of knowledge and experience but also a lot of opinions as to the best handgun for any given purpose. Honestly, the best gun for me may not be the best for you.

    Welcome to FTF. Enjoy and always be safe.
     
  4. Pikes

    Pikes New Member

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    I trying to decide between pt917, pt 809 and cz75 duty and i know the pt917 and 809 is evenly balanced in weight but czduty's weight is mostly in the slide but what i want to know is how many rounds can you shoot without it jamming
     
  5. rifleman1

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    my cousins nephew has a handgun what holster should he get?:p..........





    just joking but the question is pretty vague.we need more details.
     
  6. txpossum

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    If you are new to guns, before you buy go to a range that rents guns, and/or go with a friend that has guns, and try out as many makes, models, and types as you can. Get some instruction on how to shoot both automatics and revolvers. Listen to what more experienced shooters have to say, but remember that anyone who has been around shooting for any length of time has developed their own set of TRUE BELIEFS, and what works for them may not work for you.

    My suggestion to anyone starting out in shooting is that their first gun should be a good .22, for the reason that the most important thing for any beginner is practice, practice, practice. Hundreds, if not thousands, of rounds. A .22 will let to afford the amount of ammo you need to get proficient, and if you get a good .22, such as a Ruger Mk I, II, or III, or a Ruger Single Six (two of my recommendations for beginners) it will still be fun to shoot after you have gone on to bigger calibers.
     
  7. Pikes

    Pikes New Member

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    I tried .22 and its too small i was thinking of buying the cz which alot people told me to buy but the gun don't feel right and i am a bit sciptical regarding reliability i want a gun that can shoot 2000 rounds plus and don't get jammed
     
  8. rickster

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    First. Taurus makes good handguns but I'm sure most here will agree that CZ is a better weapon in many ways.

    Second. No one can tell you which gun is going to jam, have ftf's or any other type of problem versus the other. Type of ammo and many other factors are involved.
     
  9. rifleman1

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    check out Glock they have a wide range of choices that are inexpensive and extremely reliable.
     
  10. rickster

    rickster New Member

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    I have an extra holster. Do you think it fits your nephews gun?
     
  11. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    its sounds like a good fit.
     
  12. txpossum

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    Just out of curiousity, too small for what?

    If you find a gun that can shoot 2000 rounds without a jam, let me know what it is.

    But it is important to buy one that feels "right" in your hand.
     
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  13. rickster

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    No gun manufacturer can guarantee any amount of discharges with no jams.

    As txpossum already said, the gun that's feels right if probably your best choice.
     
  14. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    There are other threads in this forum that address this same topic. Try browsing thru them, it may help.
    Also, Manufacturers, including CZ, make several models of varying sizes, from pocket size to big monsters.
    CZ has a model called 2075 RAMI, which can be had in 9MM or .40 cal, 6.5 inches long, 4.75 inches tall. some "compact" sizes like the P-06 models.
    Get on the internet, do a Google search for CZ handguns.
    It may help your search to use the manufacturer's full name:
    Ceskoslovenska-Zbrojovka (in Brno, Czechoslovakia)
     
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  15. Geobob

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    A lot of good advice so far. Definitely at least "grip" test any gun before you buy, and test shoot if you can. For concealed carry, you need something small enough to conceal (I prefer 9mm in Taurus 709 Slim, S&W Shield, or CZ RAMI). For home defense, you want something larger (I use the SIG SP2022 9mm) and/or a 12 gauge shotgun (check out the IAC Hawk 982).

    Since you are new to this handgun, self defense arena, definitely take some good self defense handgun classes. I also recommend you check out the many free YouTube videos made by Massad Ayoob, a world-class instructor in handgun use and self defense, who has recorded training sessions in Judicious Use of Force, Shoot to Live, Home Invasion, Preparation for Home Defense, and What to Do After a Shooting. Just Google his name and these topics and the YouTubes should show up. Very good instructional information from an expert, and free.

    Whatever caliber you decide for a handgun, here is a very good technical review of self defense ammo:
    http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/index.htm

    This is an informative review by a doctor of different gunshot wounds effects; we all need to be aware of this real-life information:
    http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2012/08/26/doctor-talks-about-gunshot-wounds/

    Take care, and best wishes to you and yours!
     
  16. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Very informative lecture. Well worth 34 minutes.
     
  17. Anna_Purna

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    Get a revolver for a first time gun. Like a 38/357. They don't jam, and are much safer to use for a beginner than any brand of auto. Once you are comfortable with how they operate, safety etc, you can graduate to the autos without the inherent risks that come with them.
     
  18. Missouribound

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    What do you want the gun for? HD, CCW, plinking, etc. Without knowing what you plan to do with it, it's nearly impossible to advise you. There is no "one gun" for everyone. And most gun enthusiasts don't stop at one gun. Gun are fascinating pieces of mechanical engineering. Each one is different. Pick up some magazines (the kind you read) and do a bit of research, like you are doing here. Once you learn the respect for the gun you will enjoy the sport, at every level.
     
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  20. big shrek

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    Jamming tends to be a Cheap/Crappy Ammo Issue or a Lack of Cleaning Issue more often than a pistol issue.

    That being said....for a pistol to abuse the living daylights out of...nothing takes more abuse than a Glock or a Hi-Point.