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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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What hand gun to buy

Due to this:
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I am going to reschedule to get my CHL...was set to go a month ago and had things come up.

I am in A LOT of very bad areas for work in the industrial areas of Dallas (Irving Blvd, Singleton, etc) calling on repair shops and truck fleets and have meant to get one for years and have never felt concerned enough to do so.

I would like to get 1 or 2 hand guns that would be good for self protection and easy to use. I'm not an avid gun shooter although I have shot before. I'm 5'9'' 145 lbs so not a big guy either if that matters. I'd like to have something thats small enough to easily conceal and also keep in my truck.

Open on price but don't want to spend a fortune either. Recommendations on the gun and bullets for such use would be great.

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Due to this:
https://www.dfwstangs.net/forums/show...=1#post6196582

I am going to reschedule to get my CHL...was set to go a month ago and had things come up.

I am in A LOT of very bad areas for work in the industrial areas of Dallas (Irving Blvd, Singleton, etc) calling on repair shops and truck fleets and have meant to get one for years and have never felt concerned enough to do so.

I would like to get 1 or 2 hand guns that would be good for self protection and easy to use. I'm not an avid gun shooter although I have shot before. I'm 5'9'' 145 lbs so not a big guy either if that matters. I'd like to have something thats small enough to easily conceal and also keep in my truck.

Open on price but don't want to spend a fortune either. Recommendations on the gun and bullets for such use would be great.

Thank you!

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I love my XD9 (Springfield), but Glocks are nice, too. It boils down to comfort and price. Try out as many as you can.
Oh...stature doesn't really matter. As the old quote goes,"God created man, and Samuel Colt made them all equal."

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I'd recommend something that you can shoot accurately and carry comfortably. In other words, start by going to a gun shop and hold in your hand a few different guns to see what fits comfortably for you. Than rent the gun and shoot a few boxes of ammo through it.

I like my Glock, other people like there XD's, and yet other people prefer revolvers. Everybody has there own personal opinion of what's a good gun but all that matters is what you think. Once you decide on a gun, figure out what caliber is comfortable to shoot i.e. 9mm (minimum caliber to carry IMO), .40 S&W, .45 ACP, etc. Buy a good defensive round and a good holster you can conceal carry with and I'm sure you'll be fine in the future. Good luck and sorry to hear about what happened.




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Hard to beat a 5-shot bobbed-hammered Smith.

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Hard to beat a 5-shot bobbed-hammered Smith.
Indeed!

I carry a 642. Stone cold reliability, plenty of power, very concealable, and accurate to boot. I would never carry a pocket automatic, I have seen them jam too often. Hell, my roommate just got a brand new LCP and that sucker stovepiped twice on 50 rounds.
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i carry only glocks or wheelguns for personal defense, i know that when i pull the trigger it's gonna go bang

of course that's just my .02
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funny you post that, i have one in my pocket right now
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Indeed!

I carry a 642. Stone cold reliability, plenty of power, very concealable, and accurate to boot. I would never carry a pocket automatic, I have seen them jam too often. Hell, my roommate just got a brand new LCP and that sucker stovepiped twice on 50 rounds.
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Lots of good choices out there. Comfort and reliability should be first and foremost. I just went thru the process of finding an EDC. It took me a while. You will probably end up with several pieces when it's all done. Most have a rotation. Revolvers usually go bang when the trigger is pulled. You can't go wrong with a Smith or the new Ruger LCR. Both are light and concealable. 38 Speacial is a good choice. +p rounds are available too.

I settled on a Smith and Wesson M&P compact in the 40. It has 3 options for a backstrap that allows a comfortable grip. My wife has an LCP. Would be best to run a few hundred rounds down the pipe after you decide on your gun. Make sure it loosens up a bit. I'll tell you this...right now .380 is hard to come by, but after the initial break in, if youre not a range guy it shouldn't matter.
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My "vechicle" weapon is a Glock 23. Can't beat their reliability... I think mine has about 5000 rounds through it with zero issues....

I've also just picked up an LCP for summer, we'll see how that one does.. I haven't fired it yet but heard great reviews.

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This is like asking what car to buy. A lot of good gun makers out there. Personally I own nothing but Glocks for my defense pistols. The reason being they're very well priced, reliable, and accurate. Also magazines are very cheap for them, and you can buy a lot of accessories for them. I used to be a huge Hk fan, but I can't see paying the money for the HK when the Hk does nothing better. In fact, the Glock holds more rounds and is liter than any comparable model to HK.

Again, it's all about what makes you happy, and you enjoy shooting the most.
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One thing worth considering: If you shoot your CHL qualifications with a revolver, you can only carry a revolver. If you qualify with an automatic, you can carry either an automatic or a revolver.

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Look at the Ruger SP101- .357mag, 5 shot... plenty of omph. I also like my 709Slim (9mm) for a summer carry. Both very easy to conceal.
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My recommendation to anyone looking for a personal carry/self-defense pistols would be either a .40 in a medium-framed semi-auto or .38+P (the +P gives a little extra umph without the full-on stupidity of a magnum) in a medium or small framed revolver.

Stick with major brand pistols - the money you save on something off-brand can cost you your life.

Use factory semi jacketed hollow-point ammo.

Learn to shoot properly. Then practice.

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My recommendation to anyone looking for a personal carry/self-defense pistols would be either a .40 in a medium-framed semi-auto or .38+P (the +P gives a little extra umph without the full-on stupidity of a magnum) in a medium or small framed revolver.

Stick with major brand pistols - the money you save on something off-brand can cost you your life.

Use factory semi jacketed hollow-point ammo.

Learn to shoot properly. Then practice... practice again.... and agian...
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I've got a H&K USP Compact .45 variant 1 if you're interested.
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It's already sold...but a decent wheel gun for inexpensive is not hard to find.

If you will have it on you all the time, I agree with the Glock/Springfield above. If you want to have one on you plus one in the console, get the wheel gun for the car.




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