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    Unhappy Newbie Needing Protection

    Hi everyone. Iíll be honest - Iím very new to the world of guns Ė in fact, Iíve never shot anything except a BB gun. I am not looking to kill anyone, but I recently bought a house (single, living alone) and there has been a great deal of crime in my neighborhood recently. I plan on adding an alarm system within a month, but Iím wondering about my options as far as protection.

    I sure hope I would never have to use a gun, but just in case. Obviously I would be willing to practice with it and be comfortable with it, but I donít really have time to take any kind of class (college + work). Iíd like to get something and just get comfortable with it in my own time. I was hoping not to spend a TON of money, either, though I have no idea what to expect. Iíve read some of the other topics on here, and went through some of the recommendations, but didnít know if there was anything specific anyone might recommend. Any thoughts?

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    Hi,

    If you're working on a budget I recommend the Ruger SR9c - Ruger SR9c 9mm Compact $407.00 SHIPS FREE - this pistol is a semi-automatic and its around $400, you couldn't ask for a better handgun at that price. Also the M&P Smith and Wesson Shield (which I crave) is also around $400 if you can find one...

    Now my real recommendation is a Glock 9mm (17, 19, 26) - for $500 you have a high quality extremely reliable firearm.

    Good luck choosing you really almost can't go wrong in todays market of pistols. Just do abit of research before choosing the gun for you!

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    First of all, click on: Selecting a Handgun for Self Defense
    Second, use the search function of this forum, looking for "first gun," "new gun," and "new shooter."
    Third, either take a self-protection class in which you get to fire many different kinds of pistols, or go to a range or gun store that will allow you to rent time on many different pistols. Try them all, or as many as you can afford to rent. Go for ergonomic comfort in your own hands, since all of them will be more accurate than you will be.

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    Welcome to the forum! Buying a gun is kinda' like buying a car. Would you let somebody recommend a cheap car for you? Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Honda, etc. You need to make time to try out some different guns just like you would make time to go at least check out a vehicle. If you hadn't driven a car before, would you just go buy one and "practice" when you got time? Not trying to be rude, just sayin' a lot of people with no gun experience think it's no big deal but you can save a lot of money by taking a class, renting some guns, and doing a little research before buying. If you are really a non shooter, you really need to get some instruction. Nothing wrong with asking for advice on a gun forum but don't depend on the internet to teach you what to buy and how to shoot. Just my two bits.

    Edit to add: First gun............get a Glock 19 or 17. Relatively inexpensive, shoots everytime you pull the trigger, and once you get familiar with shooting and want to buy someting else, you can always sell your Glock.

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    I think that taking a class for several hours might be a good thing to do before you buy anything, even though you say you don't have the time I really believe you can squeeze a few hours out of your busy schedule for something this important....

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    Many many firearms to choose from. CZ, Ruger, S&W, FNH, Glock, etc all have high quality products in your price range. So get a gun, train, and train some more, but the best thing you can do is to make your house uninviting to criminals - plenty of outdoor lighting, hardened entry points, lack of tempting/visible items to steal, a large dog if possible. I am no expert but there is plenty of material out there. Increase your odds of never having to use that new gun.

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    Large dog = best protection!

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    Ditto! If you are not prepared to shoot someone to protect yourself, get a dog. If your not willing to put in some class time learning, get a dog. Since you know basically nothing about firearms, please do not listen to people telling you to get a Glock. If you're set on getting a firearm, get something with some safety attached to it....a Glock isn't it.
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    Large dog = best protection!

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    Many shooting ranges offer basic training classes on firearms. As other folks said, I also suggest you contact your local shooting range to take the classes if you plan on getting a handgun for protection.

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    Nothing wrong with a Glock (or the other brands like them). Different strokes for different folks. You must have confidence in yourself regarding handling any weapon, be it a Glock or one with multiple external safeties. If you don't, you shouldn't be handling a weapon. Whatever you end up choosing, it's the one you should train and practice with.

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    Anyone who would suggest to a newbie, to aquire a Glock, for their first firearm...should do a little re-evaluation. I am not stating that there is anything wrong with Glock.....I am stating that IMHO, a Glock should not be a first firearm, without some training.....you watch new people at the gun range, and they just can't seem to keep their finger off of the trigger.....is a Glock, really the right call, for a first firearm?
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Nothing wrong with a Glock (or the other brands like them). Different strokes for different folks. You must have confidence in yourself regarding handling any weapon, be it a Glock or one with multiple external safeties. If you don't, you shouldn't be handling a weapon. Whatever you end up choosing, it's the one you should train and practice with.

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    "Training" is the key word in this discussion regardless of what handgun one uses. If one gets trained with a Glock (as a great deal of law enforcement officers do) then I would absolutely think a Glock is what one should buy. If one gets training with a 1911, then I'd a 1911 is what should be bought, same with a DA/SA type of weapon.


    Edit to add: Most new people at the range without training are going to be prone to mistakes no matter which gun they are using.

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    Not to argue or disparage any of the previous comments regarding Glock for a newbie...all I will say is that, as a self-taught shooter with zero military or LE training, I greatly appreciate and value the safety intensive features of firearms such as my FNX-9 and HK P30S.

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    I realize this, and it's the place to get rid of these "bad habits", but the OP stated that they don't have any time for training....so, I stick to my original opinion....Is a Glock, a good first choice, for someone who isn't going to get any instruction? I think not.....in fact, anyone who suggested a firearm for this person, is way ahead of the problems. All you do, when you suggest a firearm to a person, who is not going to get any training, is just fodder for anti gun groups...and I would suggest that anyone who is planning on aquiring a firearm, without taking the proper training or resposibility for owning, and shooting that firearm, should just skip the idea for now, and get a dog. I realize that people in the shooting community get excited, when new people want to purchase firearms to shoot and for protection, but If you can't use it when needed, and you're not going to get any training, you are just asking for trouble, and wasting your money.
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    "Training" is the key word in this discussion regardless of what handgun one uses. If one gets trained with a Glock (as a great deal of law enforcement officers do) then I would absolutely think a Glock is what one should buy. If one gets training with a 1911, then I'd a 1911 is what should be bought, same with a DA/SA type of weapon.


    Edit to add: Most new people at the range without training are going to be prone to mistakes no matter which gun they are using.

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    As I do, with my Beretta 96's, and Ruger SR40.......
    Quote Originally Posted by goNYG View Post
    Not to argue or disparage any of the previous comments regarding Glock for a newbie...all I will say is that, as a self-taught shooter with zero military or LE training, I greatly appreciate and value the safety intensive features of firearms such as my FNX-9 and HK P30S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goNYG View Post
    Not to argue or disparage any of the previous comments regarding Glock for a newbie...all I will say is that, as a self-taught shooter with zero military or LE training, I greatly appreciate and value the safety intensive features of firearms such as my FNX-9 and HK P30S.
    Agreed, but I think I would recommend the training before purchasing the gun. All this about the Glock is based on, IMO, some people's idea that a gun without an exposed safety lever of some sort is inherently dangerous. If that is the case then wouldn't most revolvers be considered inherently dangerous? Basically I don't feel the Glock is any more dangerous than any the other gun if one is properly trained.

    And we've just about beat this dead horse to death ............................ again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berettabone View Post
    I realize this, and it's the place to get rid of these "bad habits", but the OP stated that they don't have any time for training....so, I stick to my original opinion....Is a Glock, a good first choice, for someone who isn't going to get any instruction? I think not.....in fact, anyone who suggested a firearm for this person, is way ahead of the problems. All you do, when you suggest a firearm to a person, who is not going to get any training, is just fodder for anti gun groups...and I would suggest that anyone who is planning on aquiring a firearm, without taking the proper training or resposibility for owning, and shooting that firearm, should just skip the idea for now, and get a dog. I realize that people in the shooting community get excited, when new people want to purchase firearms to shoot and for protection, but If you can't use it when needed, and you're not going to get any training, you are just asking for trouble, and wasting your money.
    I agree 100%!

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    You have a friend or two that have firearms? If so, ask that they take you out shooting and offer um some money for ammo, gas, lunch out...whatever.

    Listen to what they have to say and ask questions. Ask them what they'd buy if they were in the market for a new handgun. Spend some time at your local gun shop and just look. Ask to handle a few if one catches your eye.

    Compare prices if you find a particular brand / model of firearm. Prices do vary!

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    If home defense only is your intention, I personally do not recommend a handgun. Get a short barrel, collapsible stock 12 guage shotgun.

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    If you are planning on buying a firearm, you MUST have training first. If you do not have the time for training, DO NOT buy a firearm. Would you let someone drive your automobile who has never drove before? In this case I would recommend a dog. This would be your best protection. If you are willing to get some training, do this first because you will have the opportunity to shoot different models. You need one that fits perfectly for you. Once you found your firearm, go to the range and practice, practice, practice. As the old saying goes, "Practice makes perfect." Welcome to the forum, hope you will post often, and let us know what you decide on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMann View Post
    If home defense only is your intention, I personally do not recommend a handgun. Get a short barrel, collapsible stock 12 guage shotgun.
    Bingo, we have a winner! If it's for home defense only. A good 20 ga. is sufficient also in a home environment and still has plenty of firepower at those ranges.

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    I disagree with a shotgun for home defense.......unless you are one that is very skilled in the use.

    Beings that it (shotgun) is much longer than a handgun, it makes it much more cumbersome, even one w/o a stock, and only a pistol grip. A shotgun is also harder to secure close-by your bedside than a handgun is. And, if you must move from room to room inside your house (for whatever reason) it means that the muzzle will arrive before you do.

    If you have a physical confrontation with an intruder, the shotgun will make it much easier for the bad guy to grab or take hold of.

    I'm not saying that a shotgun is the worst thing to have in your house for self-defense, but rather, it's one that will be harder to keep close-by your bed (and out of sight) and harder to manage while you're trying to clear your house, if you think you hear something go bump in the dark of the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paratrooper View Post
    I disagree with a shotgun for home defense.......unless you are one that is very skilled in the use.

    Beings that it (shotgun) is much longer than a handgun, it makes it much more cumbersome, even one w/o a stock, and only a grip. A shotgun is also harder to secure close-by your bedside than a handgun is. And, if you must move from room to room inside your house (for whatever reason) it means that the muzzle will arrive before you do.

    If you have a physical confrontation with an intruder, the shotgun will make it much easier for the bad guy to grab or take hold of.

    I'm not saying that a shotgun is the worst thing to have in your house for self-defense, but rather, it's one that will be harder to keep close-by your bed (and out of sight) and harder to manage while you're trying to clear your house, if you think you hear something go bump in the dark of the night.


    DUDE paratrooper, cosign on that... You have brought up something that I have thought to myself time and time again. Shotguns while like the #1 recommended gun for HD, seem to me not the best home defense for the reasons you give. But also unless your shooting a single slug shot, you are going to have a wide spread of shot which if your loved ones are near or around your going to want to think twice about shooting. Especially if a bad guy would human shield someone you love, it would be impossible to take them out with a shotgun.

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    I forgot to mention, that it requires two hands to operate a shotgun. No way to shoot one accurately with only one hand on it. If you DO get into a physical confrontation with an intruder, you're going to need at least one free hand to defend yourself with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeleinen1 View Post
    DUDE paratrooper, cosign on that... You have brought up something that I have thought to myself time and time again. Shotguns while like the #1 recommended gun for HD, seem to me not the best home defense for the reasons you give. But also unless your shooting a single slug shot, you are going to have a wide spread of shot which if your loved ones are near or around your going to want to think twice about shooting. Especially if a bad guy would human shield someone you love, it would be impossible to take them out with a shotgun.

    +1 to some things you brought up. And.....bad guys don't always break into a home in the middle of the night, while you and yours, are fast asleep.

    Many cities are having issues with home invasions during all hours of the day. Pretty hard to stash a shot gun somewhere that's out of sight, yet easy to access. Hand guns can be kept (concealed) most anywhere through out a home.

    And.....remember the ole saying about a bad guy hearing you rack a shot gun? Well....in most cases, it only tells him that you're armed and gives him a good idea as to where the noise came from.

    Me? I want the quietest, most easily handled firearm I can get. I want it close-by to my bed and easy to get to. And, for the record, my bedside guns are always loaded with one in the chamber.

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