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    need a new one...

    looking to get a handgun, never owned one before, but I have fired plenty. what i'm asking is for some advice on what i should get? here is what i'm lookking to use it for.

    1. concealment
    2. home use
    3. used as a sidearm overseas

    note==dont want a subcompact...just too small feeling. i was thinking of a compact, and that a full size was too big. i have been lookin at the glock's cuz of the durability, but is it really that durable? also not looking to spend over a grand...just had a kid, so money is a little tight. thanks for the help.

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    If you like Glocks, a 19 would serve all those purposes well. And yes, they are that durable. For hard use, you will need to replace the plastic sights with metal ones, though. Most people get night sights, anyway.

    Are you a security contractor heading to Iraq or Afghanistan?
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    um....you could say that....

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    Okay, cryptic answer. Are you private security, DoD, DISO, some kind of secret squirrel ninja?

    The DoD, DISO, etc. people I've met here don't seem to have a lot of latitude in weapons choice. Contractors have more, though I have mainly seen Berettas and Glocks with the security mercenaries.

    Secret squirrels get their pick, but I suspect if you were a secret squirrel you wouldn't be asking a bunch of civilians (and I'll be one again soon ) about gun choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Okay, cryptic answer. Are you private security, DoD, DISO, some kind of secret squirrel ninja?

    The DoD, DISO, etc. people I've met here don't seem to have a lot of latitude in weapons choice. Contractors have more, though I have mainly seen Berettas and Glocks with the security mercenaries.

    Secret squirrels get their pick, but I suspect if you were a secret squirrel you wouldn't be asking a bunch of civilians (and I'll be one again soon ) about gun choices.
    I think you may have blown his cover. On second thought, he ain't no SS and that's a no brainer....

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    I would not go to an out of country location that required a carry weapon without a lot more knowledge and training than you seem to have.

    If you realy need a pistol

    About the only reccomendation I might make would be to make it a 9MM. You can get 9MM ammo just about anywhere.

    Edit: You better plan on half of your $1000 going towards practice ammo to get yourself up to speed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Okay, cryptic answer. Are you private security, DoD, DISO, some kind of secret squirrel ninja?

    The DoD, DISO, etc. people I've met here don't seem to have a lot of latitude in weapons choice. Contractors have more, though I have mainly seen Berettas and Glocks with the security mercenaries.

    Secret squirrels get their pick, but I suspect if you were a secret squirrel you wouldn't be asking a bunch of civilians (and I'll be one again soon ) about gun choices.
    Ya, Mike, from what my wife tells me (she's one of those you listed and is currently abroad) they get qualified for the m4 and either a m9 or m11. they don't get to choose (she was given a m11) and they can't take personal firearms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vel525 View Post
    Ya, Mike, from what my wife tells me (she's one of those you listed and is currently abroad) they get qualified for the m4 and either a m9 or m11. they don't get to choose (she was given a m11) and they can't take personal firearms.
    Which gives me a pretty good idea of which agency. Wish her luck for me. Her counterparts here at Bagram are truly excellent folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlsalva View Post
    what i'm asking is for some advice on what i should get? here is what i'm lookking to use it for.

    1. concealment
    2. home use
    3. used as a sidearm overseas
    1. All the major manufacturers have web sites that list the specifications of their handguns. Determine what size you want, and then find the ones that meet your size requirement.

    2. Any handgun can be used at home, provided of course you can legally shoot at home. If by chance you mean home defense, then you would want to pick a handgun of a caliber apppropriate for defensive use.

    3. A handgun will not care where you use it, but as mentioned, you better make sure of caliber availability.


    Only you can determine what you can conceal. Since your requirements can be met by any size-appropriate hangun from any major manufacturer, it would not be possible to narrow down the suggestions from the many hundreds of possibilities. If you want to let the readership know what caliber and what type of handgun you want, we could narrow down the possibilities to perhaps a dozen or so.

    As for Glocks, yes, they are reliable. Why would hundreds of police and governmental agencies use them if they were not?

    PhilR.

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    I like SIg Sauer but they cost a bit more than a Glock would.

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    secret squirrel ninja Now that's comedy
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