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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:10 PM

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Hello All.

I'm considering buying a hand gun for home protection. I don't want a large gun. But want a mediun to small caliber like a ..25 or , or 9MM or even a .40.

Maybe a Glock or Beretta Automatic.

Where do I first go to seek a permit and who do I see for training?

Carson

3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:12 PM

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hello carson

you would do well by reading thru the posts in the gun discussion forum first,lots of your questions will be answered there.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:19 PM

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You will find many answers to this question.
I think most will tell you to forget a 25
380 is a better gun and mfg by most company's

9mm is a better gun and also made bu most
companys. You didn't say what price range
you want to buy.
The most popular and a fine gun is Glock
even if I don't own one. I prefer a revolver
but I'm an older guy and old fashioned

Beretta makes a fine 380..

Also you didn't say if you are the only
person to use it. If your wife is going to
shoot makes a difference also but most
women can handle a 380 or 9mm with
no problems.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:43 PM

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carson

I would recommend getting a 9mm over a 25, 380 or 40. 9mm ammo is cheap (compared to most handgun calibers) and there are plenty of choices. It's recoil is manageable to learn with and still has good enough stopping power to rely on for protection. I happen to like .40, but learning with it will be quite a bit harder and may even create bad habits.

Most good name companies make a 9mm that should last and be reliable. Just stay away from the bottom of the barrel cheapos. With a few exceptions, you’ll generally get what you pay for. I happen to prefer Glock over Beretta, but thats just personal preference, not to mention they can shoot dirty and dry and I've had experience with some picky Berettas.... but there are plenty of other companies who make quality guns out there. Do you have a range near by that will let you rent a couple different models and test drive them? If not, at least go to a shop and see what feels the best in your hand.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 7:54 PM

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I don't want a plush office job.
You are the Homeland Security guy

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 9:32 PM

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quality over quantity my friend.HA HA.

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 9:47 PM

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I don't know how this happened, just a rubber lip I guess.
Well what does a poor old cripple do when he's iced in ?

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3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:32 PM

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Thanks everyone. I think a medium range cost for the gun is fine , I can afford that. I never like the low end cheapo items and am too practical to go with the high end item.

There is a range in a nearby town. Can I just go there and ask to rent or borrow a gun? Do I need a permit for that first?

I'm left handed. Are there lefthanded guns?

Carson

3 years 45 weeks ago, 10:36 PM

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and I think there are a few 1911 customs which actually have a left hand ejection port.

Most mag releases are now being designed to be reversed from right to left as you like...

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!!
3 years 45 weeks ago, 8:46 PM

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Check with the range. They will have
all that information.

Happy Shooting

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3 years 44 weeks ago, 10:59 PM

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I am also left handed. I am right eye dominant however. I have learned to shoot with both hands. I have to hold the pistol midline when I shoot one handed. Two handed doesn't Present any problem. I think the HK P7 works great for left handers. I also have no problem with Hi Powers, 1911s with ambis, glocks or revolvers. The HK P7 is a great pistol and is a sqeeze cocker making it truly a right or lefty pistol . It is also a 9 mm for the reasons mentioned above. Good luck

3 years 44 weeks ago, 10:20 AM

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Ok Ironmike. Thanks.

Ibit rare being lefthanded and right eyed. Sounds like you've adapted well. I played a right handed/left eyed pool player once. It was kinda strange the way he turned his head to position his left eye. Oh, and he beat me too. ha ha.

Thanks!

Regards,

S

3 years 42 weeks ago, 4:59 AM

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A decent place to start for a beginner is to try and find an NRA-sanctioned basic pistol safety course, and maybe an NRA Defense Outside the Home course. I'm not a big fan of the NRA's courses, but for beginners, they'll suffice. If you don't mind telling me what state you're in, I can see if there are any reputable shooting schools in your area that can provide competent training.

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