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Old 07-13-2006, 12:36 PM

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Marauderer gun owners...

OK, so I know a lot of my fellow Marauderers are pro-gun (that seems to be a qualification of owners of these cars, lol) and I want some advice. I've been wanting to buy a hand gun for the house and to keep at my work (for reasons I don't think I need to explain here) and I'm not sure what to get. I still have to take my courses and get my liscence, but I want to skip to the fun part of this venture and talk about what I am actually going to purchase. The board is pretty much open as I am not sure where to begin with this. I have fired rifles and shotguns, but I'm kind of clueless about hand guns. So all you gun guys, lemme hear it!

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Old 07-13-2006, 12:46 PM
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It depend on if you want stopping power. If you do then you might want to concider a .40 or .45 cal handgun. Glock and Sig makes some good weapons. If you want to go to something smaller and more concealable then you can go with a .380

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Old 07-13-2006, 12:59 PM
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I am leaning towards a .357 snubb nose, it has pleanty of stopping power and is concealable. Another goog thing it will never jam...............
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:11 PM
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Well, I go shooting at the range every month or so for the past year, and through that year I have sampled quite a few firearms. As far as pistols go, the one that seems the most comfortable to shoot that comes in various calibers is the glock. They are super light, and the saftey mechanism is so cool, just hard to get used to.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:12 PM
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There are soooo many option it isn't even funny. And everyone will have their OWN opinion, and tell you yours is wrong.

Personally, I prefer a Revolver in 38SPL or 357MAG. With a wheelgun, if you pull the trigger, and it doesn't go bang......pull it again.

However, w/ Auto's, you have more rounds, larger Calibers (mostly) and a LOT more choices.

Now, S&W is now has some offerings in 45ACP in a 2". That would be one hellova little carry gun. But...I think it is on one of the larger frames...not the J.

The Glocks and Sig's seem to be popular carry guns as well.

The choice is all up to you. Try firing as many as you can, hell.....maybe a 2" Snub doesn't fit your hand well.

Just MY thoughts.... Good Luck in whatever you decide!


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If you have children at home, gun safety begins with them! Its the curiosity factor that has to be addressed.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:29 PM
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I agree with the consensus on this subject. It really is subjective. You have are already considering a revolver, which is a good choice for personal protection and for safety considerations. Myself, I prefer automatics and have a Kimber .45 and an Astra 9mm. Just something about all that lead you can throw!



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Old 07-13-2006, 01:30 PM
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I'm a Glock man. My G34 (9mm) is a damn fine weapon.

I love gun threads!
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Once again, my PERSONAL preference is to not carry a Cocked & Locked pistol like the 1911. Too many what-if's. Both in a needed situation, and a lawyer standpoint.

The safety of a revolver, or a Glock, Springfield XD, some SIG's and quite a few others is kinda nice.

One other thing.... DO NOT MODIFY a carry firearm. An A-Hole attorney would have a hayday w/ a lightened trigger, or "high cap magazine". Less fuel for the fire.


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Old 07-13-2006, 02:20 PM
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44mag, and for in the house rounds I use bullets have small bb's for the projectile or slug. Good stoping power and if you miss it will only go through one wall. But a small 12 gage shotgun works best for the house, like a rem 870 express 18" barrell. Be safe!
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The gun to own is the gun you are comfortable with. I have both revolvers and autos. I enjoy shooting both.

I have fired thousands of rounds and have never had a revolver misfire. Every auto I have ever owned has misfired.

For home protection I prefer a 357 snub nose with 38+P hollow point ammo. I keep it in a button push pop open safe.

I have large hands and prefer the bigger 357 frame. I use the 38+P ammo which has plenty of stopping power.

One day my gun smith asked me why do you have all these locks on your guns? I said I have 2 children. He replied can you stop their curriosity? I said no. He replied can you teach them? I said yes. He said then teach them.

I owned my first gun when I was 10. When I was 12 I owned a 22 Mag lever action and I also owned the ammunition.
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My wife was on a gun kick about a year ago. We rented and fired both revolvers and automatics. Try renting and using as many as you can - it will help you decide what you are most comfortable with.
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I carried a 1911A1 .45 auto in the Marine Corp for 6 years and have owned several for years. I have had a couple of failures to feed on the combat range due I believe to my failure to change mag springs often enough. I have large hands but want to carry comfortably so have owned a Kimber .45 Pro Carry for years. Full size aluminum frame to reduce weight and fit my hand with a match barrel that is 1" shorter than standard and easier to conceal. This fits me and perhaps no one else but I would recommend trying one if you can. Dennis
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:17 PM

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The Mossberg 'defender' is a fine short barrel shotgun.

My 357 Mag. Revolver has plenty of stopping power for me.

Of course, not being an LEO, I don't regularly carry anyway.

A lot of load options to choose from and a fairly reasonable ammo cost.



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Springfield XD in 40 cal if I have jacket. S&W 342 is my daily carry- 5 shots of .38spl and doesn't weigh much more than a wallet.
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