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Offline ewestesen

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Seeking advice on a gun
« on: November 19, 2012, 02:06:38 PM »
My wife and I have been married for several years now, and we've talked about having a gun in our home, but have never gotten around to buying one. Both of our families own guns, and we've been shooting many times with family and friends. That being said, we don't know that much about guns.

Our main reason for wanting a gun is mostly for self defense, although we would probably take it out with her parents or my brother-in-law to go shooting from time to time.

We think we want something that would be relatively easy to maintain and find ammo for, a gun that is easy to handle, compact enough for travelling, etc. Once we get a gun of our own and get to know it, our next step would be to do a CCW course together.

What do you all think are some good options? What should we look for? What shouldn't we look for?

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Re: Seeking advice on a gun
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 03:33:52 PM »
For a first gun, I always recommend the revolver. It is a fool proof weapon and easy to maintain. A good choice of calibers is always the .38/.357. You can shoot low recoil .38 special ammo which is fairly cheap and abundant. For the protection side, you can always load up the .357. I have found for females, never allow them to shoot something with a lot of recoil, It will not be a pleasant experience, and they will not want to shoot any longer. By all means, always use more than adequate ear protection and also always use eye protection. There are many ranges where you can go and try out different weapons before you decide on which one to buy.
My wife shoots a S&W 22, and carries an S&W 22 mag. In my opinion, it is a little light, but she is very comfortable with it. As always, you need to keep up the practice for both accuracy and comfort.
 If your wife has never shot a handgun, I would definitely start her off with a rimfire (.22). They are very cheap to shoot, and you get to practice a whole lot for little money.
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Offline StevenTing

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Seeking advice on a gun
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 05:10:00 PM »
I think you need to look at two firearms. One for you and one for her.  You will both have different capabilities and different comfort levels.  If she's not comfortable with it, she will never shoot it.

I'll take you guys to the range some day and we can rent a bunch of different guns.  It's the best way o find out what works for you. 

As a first, you will always want to keep firearms safety in mind. 

Offline silverback

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Re: Seeking advice on a gun
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 08:00:51 PM »
What mdg01 said

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Re: Seeking advice on a gun
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 11:52:46 PM »
im actually in strong disagreement with mdg regarding recoil but at the same time my wife and i are both prior service so small calibers just didnt cut it

for our first home weapon we bought a 380 auto. recoil was light but within 2 weeks she wanted somthing bigger

we skiped over 9mm for her entirly and went into the 40 which she is perfectly happy with... (sprignfield xd 40 compact)
regarding revolvers.. its a must have. my concealed is a revolver.. best weapon ive ever owned by far (ruger LCR 357)

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Re: Seeking advice on a gun
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2012, 04:56:02 PM »
Another vote for the 38/357 revolver and his and her guns. My wife's first gun was a S&W model 13 in 38/357 it has small grips. Perfect for her tiny hands. I like the thing also and I have med/large hands. I suggest a full size handgun for home defense, not ideal for CCW. A smaller gun for CCW. If you do like semi-auto's, 9mm Luger and try as many as you can get your hands on. I love the H&K USP compact, my wife loves her Springield XD.
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