posted on Mar, 5 2003 @ 08:31 PM
I mentioned this in another thread, but a very serious matter, so will give you a few pointers.
For strictly home protection, a shotgun is not a bad idea at all. Depending on your size and strength, a 20g or a 12 g should be considered, although
if you are not physically able to deal with either one, a .410 is still respectable. Baikal (Russian) and Stoeger (German) make cool little "Coach
Guns": short double barrel shotguns that make perfect houseguns. These are very easy to learn to use. Pump shotguns are not much more difficult to
learn to use, relatively inexpensive, and to be had in either guage. Remington 870, Mossberg 500, and the Benelli Nova Special Purpose are the ones to
look for (Excellent quality, reliability, easy to use, and in or around the $300 range).
For a first handgun, one of the newer load and forget/point and shoot handguns would be the best. As for caliber, you want the largest that you can
comfortably control. (I dont like 9mm, and usually DO NOT recommend it, but for a novice shooter, due to soft recoil, and cheap price for practice
ammo, it may be a good choice... just choose your "carry" ammunition very carefully, as you will need to wring the most performance out of it that
you can, therefore, get very good quality hollow points).
Several good quality handguns are on the market that fit this description. The Glock, Walther P99/S&W99 (same gun), many of the Ruger Double Action
Only, and the new Springfield Armory XD (Xtreme Duty) are probably your best bets. Of the above, I would recommend the Springfield XD highest, with
the Ruger 2nd. Both are very accurate, super reliable, very robust and rugged, and affordable, in the $300-400 range.
Just remember, the biggest concern you should have when choosing a gun is making sure that it fits you well, as your "fit" to the gun will likely
determine how well and accurate you shoot it. If at all possible, consult with friends who own guns and see if you can try them out to get an idea
what fits you. If not, find a gun range that has rental guns.
As far as price, you do get what you pay for. Consider that you are buying essential life insurance that could well save your life... if you life
worth just say $79 for a little jamamatic???? Don't skimp, buy QUALITY. Also, PLEASE, when you buy a gun, budget an extra $100 or so for at least a
half case if not a full case of practice ammo.... practice hard, practice often, and it will pay off if you ever really need it.
My personal preference runs toward the old fashioned Colt 1911A1 single action .45 automatic. However, I DO NOT recommend this to a novice shooter, as
it really takes a good bit of skill and practice to get proficient with, and just to make sure you are not a danger with it.
Lastly, if you live in a state or area that issues Concealed Handgun Licenses, by all means, obtain one! For starters, once you have a carry license
and background check, you no longer have to submit to the NICS background check when you buy guns (therefore, the ATF doesnt know you are buying any
additional guns). But most important, regardless of what kind of gun you have, it does no good if you are being mugged or raped in a dark alley while
it sits at home in a drawer.