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I am seriously considering buying a handgun for when I get to MS because of instances guns are more a weapon of choice there than here and being a woman I am more of a "target" so to speak.


So I am wondering what yall could recommend, something nice, not too heavy and nice looking. Has to look good :D
 
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Auto or revo?
I'm not sure I like both, revo's have a very nostalgic feel to them.

I think probably auto, aren't they more reliable and lighter?
 

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Modern autos are very reliable but cannot compete with a good revolver in that area. A good hammerless .38 is hard to beat. I carry one in my pocket usually. Not having an exposed hammer is helpful for pocket carry, and I am sure it would be good if you chose to carry it in a purse. I have seen videos of people firing one from inside a purse and a jacket pocket. You can't make a draw much quicker than not having to draw!
 
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Modern autos are very reliable but cannot compete with a good revolver in that area. A good hammerless .38 is hard to beat. I carry one in my pocket usually. Not having an exposed hammer is helpful for pocket carry, and I am sure it would be good if you chose to carry it in a purse. I have seen videos of people firing one from inside a purse and a jacket pocket. You can't make a draw much quicker than not having to draw!
It would feel strange to carry a gun in public, I may just use it for home protection/recreation.

What are good autos out there for ladies that are quite light? I like glocks, just something about them :D
 

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Hammerless J- frame revo in .38/.357 or a S&W 640 in .38 + P. Wife carries a 640, .38/.357 - recommended by her trainer. Hers is the heavier steel model, but the Smith J-Frames are great carry guns and you'll never snag one on something pulling it out of a purse or pocket to let a BG know you mean business -

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What caliber are you comfortable with? I would recommend the largest that you can handle. You can find many revolvers in an ultra lite style but the lighter the gun, the more felt recoil you will experience.
Revolvers are very reliable guns. That doesn't mean that revolvers never malfunction but it is rare. If you have a misfire then just pull the trigger again where with an auto you must clear the bad round before you can attempt the next shot. Will you have that much time? Just a couple of seconds could be the difference between living and dying.
 

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Well, I think you would would like one of these.

Heckler & Koch H&K P2000 US 9mm
Walther P99QA 9MM DAO 15RD BL
Kahr Arms P-9 9mm
Glock 19 9mm 15RD FS S&W M&P9 9mm 4.25 17RD IN

Of course it does'nt have to be 9MM but it would be cheaper to feed. :2c:
 
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What caliber are you comfortable with? I would recommend the largest that you can handle. You can find many revolvers in an ultra lite style but the lighter the gun, the more felt recoil you will experience.
Revolvers are very reliable guns. That doesn't mean that revolvers never malfunction but it is rare. If you have a misfire then just pull the trigger again where with an auto you must clear the bad round before you can attempt the next shot. Will you have that much time? Just a couple of seconds could be the difference between living and dying.
Surely I will never need to use it though?

Prehaps I should stick to an auto then like a glock?

I have never used a handgun before never really needed to, I have long guns.
 

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Glocks are fine guns and a very popular choice but I would not recommend one for someone who has never owned a handgun before.
You must also get it in your mind that you will have to use it at some point. You have to be ready when the moment arises and not hesitate. If you have not determined that you will shoot then you likely will not. I never WANT to shoot anyone but I will if I'm in a situation that requires that I do in order for me or my family to live.
 

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i shoot a Px4 beretta .40 cal. the recoil isnt to bad and its not to heavy to carry. all the 9mm lovers need to hush lol. ive shot 9s and .40s when i was trying to choose what i wanted and i'll take my .40 any day! also beretta is better than glock IMO. if you want you can shoot mine while u r here
 
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i shoot a Px4 beretta .40 cal. the recoil isnt to bad and its not to heavy to carry. all the 9mm lovers need to hush lol. ive shot 9s and .40s when i was trying to choose what i wanted and i'll take my .40 any day! also beretta is better than glock IMO. if you want you can shoot mine while u r here
My family in Italy all shoot beretta handguns, most people do since they're made there but i have never shot them. Yeah I would love to shoot yours :D
 

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remgirl said:
ree_countrygirl said:
i shoot a Px4 beretta .40 cal. the recoil isnt to bad and its not to heavy to carry. all the 9mm lovers need to hush lol. ive shot 9s and .40s when i was trying to choose what i wanted and i'll take my .40 any day! also beretta is better than glock IMO. if you want you can shoot mine while u r here
My family in Italy all shoot beretta handguns, most people do since they're made there but i have never shot them. Yeah I would love to shoot yours :D
your more than welcome to! but i must warn you, you're going to fall in love when you shoot it lol!
 

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Not withstanding all of the Glock and XD devotees here, another handgun to consider might be the FN Herstal fnP .40 - here's a link with all the info you'd ever want re this pistol = http://www.fnhusa.com/le/products/firearms/model.asp?fid=FNF019&gid=FNG001&mid=FNM0056

I own one and have several hundred rounds down range without a hiccup. It's light weight at around 26 oz, DA/SA, very little felt recoil, external safety and a decocker.

Guess the big question would be - is it pretty enough? :lol4:

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Remgirl the best advice I could give you is to do what I did with my wife. Go to a gun show and put your hands on everything. See what feels good to you and take someone with you to keep the salesman off you while shop. Their trying to sale guns and will tell you what they think you want to hear.


That said I'd look at the

Glock
xd/xdm
smith&wesson m&p, K,L,J-frame revolvers
Kahr
as far beautiful gun look at the 1911 you'll love it


As far as a cal you need to shoot them to see what you can handle.
 

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ree_countrygirl said:
also beretta is better than glock IMO.
I knew i liked ree_countrygirl
I would have to say a revo for a first time handgunner. Start simple and work your way up. I would love to put a plug in here for you to get a 1911 but my conscious wont let me.
 

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Beladran said:
ree_countrygirl said:
also beretta is better than glock IMO.
I knew i liked ree_countrygirl
I would have to say a revo for a first time handgunner. Start simple and work your way up. I would love to put a plug in here for you to get a 1911 but my conscious wont let me.
i shot glocks b4 i bought my beretta. i like it much better! rugers are sweet shootin guns to, and i love the walther p22 for its size
 

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PapaDawg, that was going to be my reply to the glock or XD thread that liked to have never ended........ FN. Have the 40 also... fine shooter! Even though it is light, it is a large frame. I love mine.

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