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5 years 15 weeks ago, 5:07 PM

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I am just learning how to shoot because I want to buy a handgun for protection. My son will be taking me out to practice. But, I need to know what would be the best gun for me. I am 64 and on the small side and will be wanting a CCW permit also. Any suggestions? By the way, I am a female.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 5:14 PM

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The pistol you can shoot the best with the largest caliber you can handle...

We have many retired Men and Women in their 60's and 70's that come into the range.

The revolver in 357 with 38 +P seems to be popular with them. Revolvers do not jamb and if a round does not go bang you just squeeze the trigger for the next one.

357 will have some weight to it, it gives you more options for ammo and practice reloads are not prohibitively priced.

Do not go with one of the mini 380's... Keltech, Ruger etc...

You want something you know will fire more than once without worrying about it jambing or failing to feed another round.

See about talking with an Instructor local to you. Many will be straight up and honest without trying to sell you anything.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 4:22 PM

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I really appreciate your comments.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 3:45 PM

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Just kidding. DO NOT even try that. I am 6' and 250lbs. and that pistol scares me. Ishootdaily's recommendations are good. I would go to a gun range. Most will let you rent. Go for a while and just rent some and try different ones out 'til you find one you're comfortable with.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:10 AM

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New to guns,

Porscha, I too agree with ISD's recommendations. It is sound advice. Not much information on you so, we don't know where you are. In some states it is rather difficult to obtain handguns. I'm assuming here that you already know that depending on where you live, you may have to obtain permits to own handguns and then obtaining a concealed carry permit can be tedious at best. the .357 is a very good handgun for beginners. It usually has enough weight that when shooting .38 spc. ammo the recoil is somewhat subdued. the .38 ammo is usually inexpensive enough for you to become proficient with your weapon, while giving you some idea of what to expect from it. I would also recommend that you get a couple of speedloaders. Learn to use them too.

When meeting with an instructor, talk with them about whether they furnish the weapon, or if they expect you to furnish it. If they furnish it, there is a good chance that they will expose you to several different calibers and weapons. You might use this information to base your decision on which gun you can handle. Remember that small caliber handguns are best left to people who are already proficient shooters because they are more likely to hit what they are aiming at in a stressful situation. Also, small caliber weapons (.380 and smaller), while they are easier to conceal, are not as likely to get you to safety unless you can hit vital organs.

Also, if you are not prepared to kill someone, then find something like a taser. You will probably have to be close to your assailant for it to be effective, but it is usually less than lethal.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 4:32 PM

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Very good advice..

I do appreciate it and here in Michigan we have a very good indoor and outdoor range. I will have no problem getting a permit and with a brief class, I can also get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. As you have probably already heard, this State has went to hell and crime is getting worse here every day. I drive no where without my pitbull who is very protective of me. Tazer is a great dog but it sure doesn't hurt to have more protection.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 11:14 AM

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If you have a local shooting range that will let you rent different guns, I would definitely do that. Most ranges will have an instructer who can point you in the right direction. Go with the one that fits your hand the best, you shoot the tightest groups with, and one that you are confident with your abilities shooting.

If you try a revolver, I would agree with the above comments and try a .38/.357. (If you don't know, that means a .357 mag. That will allow you to fire lighter .38 loads as well). If you choose to go with a semi auto pistol, I would suggest looking into a 9mm. 9mm is such a popular round, you will be able to find lighter loads with very little recoil to hotter loads for defense. Choose a name brand that has built a reputation of being reliable. I would avoid cheaper knock offs and clones that claim to be "as good as...". If you buy a bargain pistol, you will get bargain quality. You usually get what you pay for up to a certain extent. If you have a few models in mind, you can let us know. Most of us here are experienced enough to give you the pros and cons.

A word of advice from my personal experience... In autos, avoid raven, jennings, bryco, jimenez, lorcin, and hi point. I probably pissed someone off by throwing hi point in there because the hi point jockeys always seem to come out of the woodwork... but I wouldn't trust my life or my famlies lives on any of those.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 4:34 PM

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Thanks Reaper...

Appreciate all the advice.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 12:03 PM

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Lorcin, Jennings

We've had a few serious issues over the years here in Florida with them.

Lorcins like to fire the the striker pin back into your face.

Jenning 9 mm shot three people last year at a range all on it's own after being laid upon the bench while a round was chambered and a freshly loaded up mag incerted.

The reset spring was weak, the hammer fell and it spun around on the bench emptying the magazine

Both can get you hurt or killed, including people you do not want shot....

I'd also add Raven firearms to that do not buy list...

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
5 years 15 weeks ago, 7:14 PM

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Shooting

I just stumbled across this. Looks good to me.
http://www.myoutdoortv.com/shooting

Lots of hunting vids too.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 8:11 PM

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good stuff

Jim Scoutten and Tom Grisshom both good gun guys.

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 6:17 PM

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find a range by u and rent some from them (u shoot them there they clean them) tell them u r new to it they will help u if there is more then one range go to them take note's,take note's of the one's u shoot,Plus its where the bullet hits and the ammo now a days.Use a good hollow point ( I love mag safe) and it can be a 380 cal and do a great job for short range needs {some breaking in home,etc} no need to spend a lot of $$$$ but make sure ur ammo fires threw ur pistol fine,you might like a revolver over a auto. Good luck welcome to the GUNS LOT FAMILY .... ty

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5 years 11 weeks ago, 6:26 PM

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No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
5 years 11 weeks ago, 10:36 AM

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I agree with ISD too. You say you have never shot before and are a small staured woman.
To often, women come into the store with their hubby or someone else to buy a gun. They have no experience yet their "helper" suggests a semi auto.
I think if you are familiar wiyth guns and comfy with a semi then go for it. But starting out you should start with a good revolver of even maybe a smaller caliber. A 32 or even the 327 mag. Something with slightly less recoil until you are comfy with it and feel you can absorb more recoil.
Even a .22 magnum to get aclimated to the noise, which really is the bigger issue for most women, and the feel of light recoil. Kind of like trading punches when you were a kid. I punch you a little and you say harder or ouch. If I punch you to hard to start off with then you quit right there and never play again.
As ISD said, ask friends or go to the range and possibly rent a couple of guns to try out. Start small and work your way up. But do get a revolver. No muss no fuss as stated above.
There is that school of thought of getting a semi auto and learning it from scratch. But a lot of women of smal stature cannot pull the slide back on most semis. They can't get the slide release to activate easily either. A lot of times it is because they don't want to break the firearm. Or worse yet a fingernail. (I hear that a lot). Whatever reason ,they are intimidated by all the bells and whistles that come with some semis.
The new S&W BG38 is a nice one to look at. Light weight and conceal ready with no snag points and a laser to boot. Federal makes Hydra Shocks in .38 low recoil which are great in a light weight frame. remember, in a defensive situation you will be mere feet away from the target. Low recoil has great penetration and performance in defensive situations.
As for the laser it is not a requiremnet. They are not all that especially in the light of day. But up close and in low light it is a good point and shoot reference for quick shots.
Take your time and find one you like and you will be happy with it for a long time.

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