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Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by lyons666
The things to really consider when you do your gun training and gun shopping are semi-auto vs. revolver. They each have their pros and cons. The size of the gun, and how you will carry it. Is it going to be in your purse? In your car? In your home? The amount of arm and hand strength you have. My wife cannot chamber the first round of most semi-auto's, so a revolver is better for her. If the gun is only going to be in your home, a small shotgun might be an even better option. We have a shotgun for the home, and my wife and I each carry a .380 concealed on our person.
Originally posted by DarthMuerte
In Florida, they have a concealed carry class that gives you basic familiarity. Also many of the ranges allow you to rent guns in order to become familiar with them. If you have no familiarity with weapons at all, I recommend you stay away from single action pistols like the Colt .45. Go for a double action so you don't have to remember to cock the hammer back before being able to fire. For home defense, shotguns are great, but be aware that they can shoot through most walls in your home. A better choice would be a .357 magnum with frangible ammunition(try to get lead free). I recommend frangible ONLY because of your lack of experience and out of concern for others who may be in your home. The only time I would choose frangible ammo is while on an airplane. Once you gain experience and confidence switch to hollow point rounds.