reply to post by lightinthedark33
Thanks light, I found some .380 for decent price I just have to wait a few weeks for it. I'm not good at patience.
If I may offer a few suggestions about buying a defense weapon. I am a native Texan, and was gifted my first gun at about 8 years old. Buying a gun
is a lot like buying a car, get the one you like, and does what it needs to do too. If you are looking for a primary home defense weapon, in other
words, it stays in the house all the time to protect property, life, and limb. May I suggest a good shotgun. It isn't as sexy as a pistol, I know,
but versatile, powerful, and usually very easy to operate. Plus NOTHING, and I really mean nothing is as intimidating as the sound of a pump shotgun
chambering a shell. That's usually all it takes to stop an intruder cold, just rack a round in it. If you are going to travel, or need/want more
portable protection, then yes a pistol is the way to go. Per our discussion earlier in this thread, bigger is not always better though. Bottom line is
this: Buy a gun you like, is comfortable to you, and that you will go shoot often. You should price the ammunition, and availability of the ammunition
for the gun before you settle on one. A .50 cal. Desert Eagle is sweet, but I doubt you want to feed it. If you can't afford or get ammo for it you
won't shoot it often. If you don't shoot it often, you won't be familiar with the tool you plan to use to save yourself when milliseconds count. So
my advice in a nutshell is: Shoot lots of different guns, 12ga, 20ga, .410 shotguns, .380, 9mm, 40S&W, 45 ACP pistols, .223, .243, .270, 7mm etc...
rifles. Enough to develop an affinity for something. The right gun will usually find you. You'll shoot one that just feels like an extension of your
person, and if you can afford it, and the ammo, go for it. I have shot $2000 pistols, and thought "what a piece of crap!" , and I've shot $100
shotguns, and rifles that looked like crap, but shot like velvet, and hit dead on. Also don't listen to advice from some "Bubba" who says you have
to get the biggest, most expensive piece of steel you can barely afford. Most of all ENJOY your purchase.