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5 years 51 weeks ago, 8:52 AM

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I am a single woman who is looking to purchase a gun, mainly for
home security.

I do not know anything about guns
at this point and was hoping that someone could recommend
a practical hand gun for me?

Thank you for any help you can give me!

5 years 51 weeks ago, 9:15 AM

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LittleT,
There are a lot of very smart people here on gunslot. I will give you my opinion. I would recommend you go to a local range and rent a few pistols. I do not know your physical attributes, but I would start at 9mm and work up to .40 cal and then to .45 cal. I would also try a .357 revolver.

Greasypaws and I also strongly believe in the deterence of sound from a pump shotgun. I bought my wife a benelli M4 for when I am gone. But this is a very expensive weapon.

I hope this helps

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 6:10 PM

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combine the two

clintlebo wrote:
LittleT,
There are a lot of very smart people here on gunslot. I will give you my opinion. I would recommend you go to a local range and rent a few pistols. I do not know your physical attributes, but I would start at 9mm and work up to .40 cal and then to .45 cal. I would also try a .357 revolver.

Greasypaws and I also strongly believe in the deterence of sound from a pump shotgun. I bought my wife a benelli M4 for when I am gone. But this is a very expensive weapon.

I hope this helps

clint

why dont you cobine the two she wants a hand gun a shotgun pistol would be perfect either a tuunder five or a taurus judge i like thunder fives better cuz you can shoot 3 inch shells not to mention to get rid of all that pesky aiming

its better to burn out than fade away
5 years 51 weeks ago, 9:59 AM

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Welcome to Gunslot.

Welcome to Gunslot. LittleT.
Clint is right about going to a range and renting some pistol to try. I like a revoler for a lady, because it is easy to use. If a 357 mag is to much for you a 357 mag will shot 38 special ammo to. My Mom has a 357 mag., but she shoots it with the 38 special. If you need any more help feel free to ask.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:02 AM

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Try a

.45 Pistol

5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:07 AM

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Snake, are you still in the military?

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:21 AM

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When was he is in the

When was he is in the military?

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:25 AM

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:27 AM

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Is Snake a veteran?

Is Snake a veteran? That is what I'm tring to find out, or is he a police sniper?

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:36 AM

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No, He is a kid at his

No, He is a kid at his computer that is so good at sneak(Which he learned from a video game) He got into a secret lad and stole plans for a top secret drag engine. This kid don't need the military.(His story, not mine)

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:27 AM

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LittleT wrote:
I am a single woman who is looking to purchase a gun, mainly for
home security.

I do not know anything about guns
at this point and was hoping that someone could recommend
a practical hand gun for me?

Thank you for any help you can give me!


I agree with Reaper308, Go to the gun range and try some of the suggestions first.
I would recommend a .40, big enough to whee you won't have to shoot someone twice, But small enough not to kick your ass. S&W M&P40, Springfield XD or XDM are my suggestions.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 11:03 AM

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thanks syn

you're reading my mind again. I didn't even have to post anyhting, and you agree with me. I wish my girlfriend did the same!

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 11:09 AM

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I am glad I could help, But don't any ideas. Stick to the girlfriend.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 11:09 AM

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she agrees with me all the time...

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 11:28 AM

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BO

so you DO agree that you contracted the clap form the chimpanzees... i thought you were in denial.

Here is a video for you... you monkey lover

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNSgpRhbuEg

Sorry Little T- I'll try to get back on subject and keep it clean

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 12:00 PM

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Yup,
sorry Little T, we like to go off on tangents here. As for you raper308...We can swing from the trees later

clint

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 12:04 PM

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funny stuff

okay, that was some funny stuff, thanks Raper. Great link

clintbo

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 7:03 PM

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i would recommend a 357 revolver with 38 rounds ,revolvers are practical and is exellent for a first timer by having a 357 revolver you could shoot the milder 38s which is good to start off with or later you could move up and get the hot 357magnums

5 years 51 weeks ago, 7:04 PM

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 7:38 PM

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Hi LittleT

The best advice I can give you is this:
AT some point in time, Syn is going to recommend HIMSELF as the perfect home defense weapon and he is going to use the fact that he is a Marine and that he knows guns and hand to hand combat and blah, blah, blah...DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!! Although, what I wrote above is true, it is also true that he will work into the conversation that he his single!!! Don't, I repeat...don't fall for it!!!

The above is complete satire!
I approve this message.

Go to the range, rent some weapons...try them out, see which one is the best fit for you!!! You will get the same advice from many of us.

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5 years 51 weeks ago, 10:40 PM

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WELCOME LITTLE T..

I GIVED MY WIFE A Smith & Wesson Model 60 Ladysmith Revolver 357 Remington Mag, 2" BARREL.. is a beauriful gun for a lady.. or just go for a nice 12 gauge shotgun.. THE PISTOL GRIP MOSSBERG 500SP IS A A PERFECT CHOICE..AND A GOOD PRICE..GOOD LOOK..

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 6:27 PM

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My Wife....

Has taken ownership of my H&K usp45 compact, at least that is what she tells people,(just the excuse i've been waiting for to buy my new 1911) she says that is what she wants even though she has fired other handguns of different calibers, i originaly wanted to buy her somthing smaller but she has her sights set on that one, she says that it feels right. The moral of my rambling is that it doesnt matter what anyone else tells you it all boils down to what feels right for you. Go to the range and try a variety, maybe take some firearms classes, there are some really good instructors out there that can help you get comfortable with the weapon you choose.

5 years 47 weeks ago, 9:47 PM

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Rent a few guns at a good range. Shoot a few before you get stuck with either too much gun or too little.
I have rented a few hadguns always works out

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 7:18 AM

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LittleT wrote:
I am a single woman who is looking to purchase a gun, mainly for
home security.

I do not know anything about guns
at this point and was hoping that someone could recommend
a practical hand gun for me?

Thank you for any help you can give me!


.......go to the range and rent some guns to shoot. Go to a certified NRA instructor, and get trained in basic firearms safety, firearms handling and GUIDED, on the range, shooting instruction. That is the safest and most logical beginning for any intelligent person who wants the BEST start.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
5 years 46 weeks ago, 10:30 AM

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Little T
Many have given what I would consider sound advice. What I would add, would be to ask whether you are carrying or just for the home? and whether you want to maintain it? clean it. oil it, etc. Beacuse a semi-auto will require more maintenance than a revolver, which will be ready almost forever will little maintenance.

5 years 46 weeks ago, 11:14 AM

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LLE is wrong

Little T was asking about which gun to get, not about tactics or defensive techniques. The advice about renting a few guns to decide which one feels the best is spot on. As for str8tshot's comment, the argument of a revolver being more durable and reliable than an auto is no longer a valid argument. Autos today such as the Glock or the Springfield XD series will take more abuse or neglect than any revolver out there. A few dabs of oil according to the manufacturer's direction, and the gun can sit in the nightstand indefinitely. Of course, any weapon kept for defense should be fired as much as possible in training. This is where LLE's advice comes in. Get a comfortable, reliable gun, get proper instruction and training, practice, practice, practice some more, and life will be good.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 12:55 PM

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NO--This is...........

a woman who " does not know ANYTHING about guns" [capitalization for emphasis]. My advice had nothing to do with "tactics or defensive techniques". Any reasonably intelligent and knowledgable shooting aficionado knows that education and training must precede usage. Little T's question demonstrates that she does not "know" that she does not know what to do first, from the standpoint of the MOST important consideration--SAFETY.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 12:15 PM

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LLE IS RIGHT

YOU SHOULD GO TO AN INSTRUCTOR FIRST. iF YOU HAVE NEVER SHOT OR EVEN TOUCHED A GUN BEFORE. iTS SMART AND SAFE. then you can ask all the questions you need answered on a one on one basis. A good instructor will even take out several guns out so you can see and feel the differance. An even better instructor will help you choose the gun best fore you and teach you how to clean and take care of your new baby.,,,ps. im not wearing pants again!!

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 1:48 PM

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Thank You, Mr. eBear

One of the scariest things about guns, gun handling and shooting is that there are far too many people who do not know that they do not know safe and effective handling techniques, but assume the correct procedure is simply go buy a gun and some ammo, and go shooting.

....and then we are left to wonder about the incidence of "accidents"[like Plaxico Burress] or "negligent discharges" [sometimes called "near misses"] that seem to regularly occur at many of our ranges.

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5 years 46 weeks ago, 1:54 PM

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at least in my experience are very knowledgable in this area. Where I shoot in Tucson "all" the range personnel are trained and certified. They even hav a "Ladies Day" and will personally help get the novice safely on her or his way! The better looking the woman, the more personally involved they will get. Men are all dogs. ebear put your pants back on, that is disgusting... LOL

5 years 46 weeks ago, 3:12 PM

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fortunate, samD. I wish I could say the same for our local area. Although, when it comes to Cowboy Action Shooting, the Range Safety is top notch.

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5 years 41 weeks ago, 9:51 PM

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Air light smith and wesson in .38 special.
Powerful enough very simple to operate and won't kick you down when you shoot it. Very managable

5 years 41 weeks ago, 10:07 PM

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Instructor.

I'd go with LLEs' advice. You need to know how to properly handle a gun and then you'll know what to look for in a gun that best fits your needs. If you go to a place that has certified instructors, they should be able to help you out, then after you have shot several different types and calibers you will know what you want.

If you are thinking hunters education classes would be good, I would say not for a handgun, or anything to do with personal defense. Just read what LLE said and you should be in good shape.

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5 years 41 weeks ago, 10:51 AM

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My wife has a 38spl and shoots +p ammo, she feels that combo works well and she has ccw. Another option might be the tauras judge, sometimes ladies have problems with autos and the action and take down for cleaning. So when you ry out some different weapons, don't just shoot them go thru the motions of cleaning. Enjoy making your choice

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5 years 41 weeks ago, 10:56 AM

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great point

shadow........about the gun cleaning.After I bought my first gun.Stoeger Couger 9 mm, I never realized what a pain in the ass it was to clean.After that my next purchase Taurus 24/7 pro, Take down and cleaning was a very important issue before i purchased it. Big DIFFERANCE!!!! AGAIN GREAT POINT TO ALL FIRST TIME BUYERS.

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5 years 41 weeks ago, 2:55 PM

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Thanks ebear for the support cause if it's not clean it may not safe your life. The XDs are a quick take down also

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5 years 41 weeks ago, 3:00 PM

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yeah

allot of people just shoot the gun and buy it, like i did with my first. before you purchase take it apart so you can see how easy or hard it is.

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5 years 40 weeks ago, 1:31 PM

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I can not believe that there are so many gun people that are telling this woman with what sounds to be very limited hands on wih guns to just grab one and start shooting. At the very least she needs to find a mentor to take her to a range and teach her the basics on gun safety and handling. A trained range instructor would be even better for a first timer. It is great she wants to start shooting, but she has to be safe in doing so. A person without proper training becomes another statistic that us progunners do not need.

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 1:35 PM

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For a home defense gun, especially if you're not experienced with guns, please consider some things.

Many shooters say go to a range and try guns. Good advice, but remember (I speak from experience) that in a home defense situation, your home is not a gun range. Pay for gun tutoring preferably with a woman so she can give you her perspective on various guns/calibers. Look for a lady NRA certified instructor, it's well worth it.

1. Consider the noise. At a gun range you wear ear defenders. In a home defense scenario, you don't. Stay away from the higher calibers. The .357/44/45s as are loud, EXTREMELY LOUD and can render any follow-up shot useless. The shorter the barrel, the louder the noise.

2. Controlability. Smaller calibers are easier to control and can kill just as effectively. You don't need a .44/357/45 to kill an intruder. A simple .38 with hollow points will work just as well and has less recoil. Less recoil means a faster, more precise follow up shot if it's needed. Besides, a .44/357/45 will go through your walls if you miss, putting innocents in jeopardy.

3. Ease of use. Stay away from autos. Revolvers are easier to use and maintain than autos. Unless you're extremely well experienced in handling a failure to load or a stove-pipe (the empty case jams in the receiver), stick with a revolver. In a stressfull situation such as an intruder in your home, you cannot afford to have a jam when he's hunting you. Your heart rate is high and you're worried about your life and that of your family. You can't imaginge the stress level when someone breaks into your home. I can't begin to describe it. My .38 revolver saved me. Not machismo and a high caliber magnum or a high caliber Clock/Colt/SW/etc auto with 19 rounds. Just one well placed shot...in addition to NRA training.

A revolver is absolutely fail safe. No jam, no failure to load, nothing! Just point it and pull the trigger. Stick with a 4 inch barrel or longer (unless you carry concealed) so the recoil and noise is more bearable. My wife carries a hammerless revolver. I never worry about a jam with her. Whatever you choice, practice, practice, practice.

For stricly home defense, you might consider a shotgun. Look for a shorter version. Shotguns rarely miss even though it's pointed off to one side. They also don't penetrate into the next room putting innocents in danger.

Remember, while some say it's great to kill the intruder. In reality you just need to stop the intruder. If he leaves wounded, he's gone, he won't be back and the police will catch him. That's the ultimate goal...to stop the intruder.

Each type of weapon has advantages. Autos are great if you have extensive experience, Revolvers are great as they don't fail. Shotguns hit even if your a bad shot!

5 years 34 weeks ago, 1:40 PM

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thanks for the imput, and welcome to the site!

I just have to disagree with you on a couple things, just my opinion.

1) you can still miss with shotguns fairly easily. I admit, they are easy to aim, but usually keep a tight pattern for a ways out. They can also go through walls very easliy if you don't chose the right ammo. Buckshot and slugs will go a very long way.

2) Of course you're objective is to shop the threat, just remember about civil court if you wound the perp.

3) I think auto handguns have come a long way... and I believe that many are more reliable than some revolvers (with good ammo, of course) and nothing is "absolutely fail safe", I have had plenty of mis fires with revolvers

I'm just playing devils advocate, don't take it personal

I DO agree with you about practice, practice, practice... getting a woman's opinion and the fact that you don't need a cannon to put down a threat.

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 2:40 PM

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I take nothing personal, Reaper. We all have our opinions. I own many guns. My wife also owns her own guns. She prefers revolvers because they are "brainless". She points and shoots.

Remember, I'm talking about a STRESSFUL situation. It's easier to hit with a shotgun than a pistol/revolver in a time of stress. It's easy to say "Yeah, I'll blow him away if he breaks into my house". Yeah right. I thought the same way until it happened. I somehow reverted back to my military training (Most people, including our lady friend, don't have that type of training).

Afterward, I shook like a leaf while talking to the police. To this day, I still see the blood on the floor of my kitchen and this was 4 years ago. To all I say, machismo is bunk. Although he was a felon on the police wanted list, I still shake when I think of when he broke in and when I shot him. I now think of my responsibility more carefully when I carry concealed.

1) Shotguns are more effective in stressfull environment such as a home break in. The shorter the barrel (legally) the wider the pattern. There are several models that abide by the barrel length laws in most states yet have a wide dispersal shot pattern. Never use buckshot or slugs. They are nothing but machismo BS. Standard birdshot/gameload/rabbitload will do. The objective is to stop the intruder. All one needs to do is stop the crime.

2) Civil courts differ from state to state, county to county, city to city. Every state has differing statutes. Here in Arizona we have the Castle Doctrine. Even if he survives, he nor his family can sue. The law in our young lady's state may be different. Most states recognize that a shot fired in the home during an intrusion case is defensible. It's wise for her to check with her state/county/city's satutes. In most cases, women will get off legally in home defense situations.

3) Autos have indeed come along way, but in an extremely stressfull situation such as a home break in unless one is well versed in autos, then they may indeed put their life in danger. Stove pipes and FTLs happen all the time. I still have them in my autos even after thousands of rounds. You said that you had misfires. That can be blamed on the ammo. A revolver can't have a stove pipe or failure to load. In a stressful situation, I'd rather cut my chances of failures down. At least with a revolver, I know what ammo works and I can't have FTL or FTE. Two less things to worry about when someone breaks into my home and I've been sleeping!

You explained the major problem with autos. You said "many autos are more reliable than revolvers" I respectfully disagree. Revolvers don't have FTE or FTL. While a revolver may misfire, it's because of the ammo, not the gun. I have many revolvers and none have ever failed to fire, while every one of my many autos has failed at one point or another. Bottom line is that when your life in in danger, a revolver is less likely to fail than an auto.

Whatever gun our lady friend chooses, she needs to practice with it over and over and over again so her gun becomes one with her own body.

Funny thing is that members of the mafia like the .22 revolver as it doesn't leave casings, is cheap, does the trick, and the bullet splinters on impact!

5 years 34 weeks ago, 2:12 PM

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idea of shooting to stop the intruder, if they are in my house, I am shooting to kill them. I don't want them coming back for revenge at a later time...my opinion only. But good reply and if you don't mind tell us more aobut your experience...

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 4:00 PM

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I agree...

but in a stressful situation, things change. The revenge thing is so rare that it's not even worth mentioning. For the most part, that's pretty much a Hollywood thing unless you live in a gang neighborhood.

What our lady friend needs to do before she buys a gun is study her state/county/city's laws about ownership and self defense. In most cases she'll be exonerated in all courts for shooting an assailant. This of course depends on where she lives.

In addition in most cases, when an intruder is shot he will most likely go to a hospital where he'll be turned in to the police. In our lady friend's case, all she needs to do to to stop the crime NOW. Whether he's injured or killed doesn't matter, just stop the crime. One person mentioned the laws about wounding an intruder. In some states, it's ok to wound, but not to kill while in others, you can kill but not wound. Bottom line...be FAMILIAR with your local laws.

As for me. An intruder broke a window in a back bedroom and climbed in. We have an alarm, but it works when a window is opened not broken (we've since changed the system). Our dogs went nuts. I saw a guy moving toward me and told him to stop. I had a gun in a kitchen drawer and fired once. My ears rang for hours (don't use a 357/44/45 for home defense!). I had a professional 'cleaning service' clean the blood. I shook for days.

I will still defend my life, home and family with deadly force, but I will tell you won't feel not so macho when you see the blood.

Am I glad I did it? Yes.

Would I do it again? Yes.

5 years 34 weeks ago, 8:35 PM

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Perfect, one less idiot to worry about. Good Job

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 3:15 AM

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My opinion

Buy a minigun, carry it around the house on a sling like Jesse Ventura in Predator and be ready to go cyclic on a muthafucka. Yeah, there's some machismo, baby. GET SOME, YEAH!!!!

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5 years 34 weeks ago, 8:56 PM

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minigun

i aint got time to bleed. i love that line.

5 years 34 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

zx12rmike

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I'm just going to hire the little robot from Transformers ( the one with the mini mini ) and hook it up to the alarm system!

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
5 years 34 weeks ago, 11:32 PM

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I would suggest a pump

I would suggest a pump shotgun. Maybe a 12 or 20 gauge. easier to use in the middle of the night when you are awoken unexpectedly.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 1:07 PM

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I agree...

We need to look at who's asking the question. A young lady, not Rambo. So forget the miniguns. Our friend asked for our help so let's be serious.

I have two types of self defense guns readily available in my home for those possible mddle of the night break-ins. One is a revolver for those times when I have my head together (daylight break-ins are common), the other is a pump shotgun (home defense model). My wife is at ease with both types.

While most 'macho' guys feel they can score a kill shot immediately after being awoken by an intruder at 3 AM, the reality is that fear grabs you HARD. You think of your wife, your kids, your pets and yourself. Does he have a gun? Is there more than one? It all happens in a flash. I remember having these same thoughts in my case. Those fears/thoughts can greatly affect your aim. In my case I really think the kill shot was lucky. I was once like most bloggers here..."I'll just blow him away". That machismo drops quickly when it actually happens.

Back to our lady friend. A shot gun is a good choice provided it's a shorter model, that way it's easier to turn in a hallway or other tight space. It should be pump as well. You know it isn't loaded until you pump it. In additon (Hollywood actually got it right), the sound does indeed have the scare effect for the intruder. 12 or 20 guage is fine. My wife prefers a 20 gauge. Less noise and kick. They both will kill/incapacitate readily in a home environment. It all depends on the amount of noise/recoil acceptible to her. Only practice will help her decide.

Finally, as you said Chris, in the middle of the night, when you've just been roused from a deep sleep, a shotgun is easy to use and less likely to jam or miss.

5 years 33 weeks ago, 5:25 PM

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My wife prefers

the minigun. Fewer jams after getting the new delinker, no recoil at all after the first round, and it doesn't matter how many there are . We just cut the house in half and rebuild.

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