What is the best caliber hand gun for...

What is the best caliber hand gun for protection?

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Concerned

Tallahassee, FL

#1 Nov 1, 2010
Need Heat!
Johnson Knows

Tallahassee, FL

#2 Nov 1, 2010
I like a 38 revolver, less chance of it getting jammed ....police used them for years
Informed

Tallahassee, FL

#3 Nov 1, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Need Heat!
Guns do not really protect you. If you get yourself in a situation where you need a gun, I would imagine they have one also. The best course of action is to be aware of your surroundings at all times and not let yourself get into that situation. However, there are always exceptions to the rules. I prefer a 9 myself.
That depends

Columbia, SC

#4 Nov 1, 2010
That is a very open ended question. Depends phyiscally on who is using it, what size gun they wish to use and then also their familiarity with firearms. If you are not planning on carrying it, then a larger sized gun (not caliber) may work best. If you are not carrying it at all....for home defense...20ga youth pump shotgun. That with a load of birdshot in a house will do the job anytime and not kill the person in the next room.
Revolvers are simpler...38/357 and the new 327 mag..smaller frame for carry...medium frame for house use. Don't even think about anything bigger unless you have experience...too much recoil for most folks.
Autos range from small (380, 32 and smaller calibers), to medium 9mm/357 sig to larger framed (40 and 45)...all have their place. But you have to: A. be able to handle what recoil it does generate. B. Be able to shoot it accurately. C. Operate it properly and safely. Smaller autos do kick. A 9mm is very simliar in power to a 38 special and is adaquate for protective duties.
Go to a good gun shop and talk to some folks there. There are as many models as there are types of cars and each is slightly different. There is NO on best caliber, although for general purposes of duty and self defense the 38 special, 357 mag, 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP pretty much have the lions share of the business.
You have to define what you are wanting to do...ie you can't carry a 44 mag in your purse very effectively...but you wouldn't wanna deal with bank robbers with a 25acp either...all have specific niches.
Also....if you do wish to carry: get some training and your permit. Do it right and do it legal.

Since: Sep 10

United States

#5 Nov 1, 2010
I believe you'll need to test fire at a range many guns. I like the Sig 9 myself. It really depends on the caliber of the person shooting the gun. Meaning your ability to handle the gun smoothly and as an extension of yourself. You need to be comfortable firing it under pressure and in rapid succession.

I'd focus on which gun you can shoot well enough to get the most rounds on target ( not just necessarily the bullseye ). Get your hands on a few handguns and test fire at least a few clips of each. Take your time and decide. I like alot of different handguns myself, but none of the one's I suggest might be right for you. It's ultimately up to the person firing the weapon to decide whether or not it is the right one for them or not. Hope this helps somehow.

Since: Sep 10

United States

#6 Nov 1, 2010
I also stress gun safety above all. It's not a matter of knowing how to use the gun, more so than it is knowing how to use it safely and effectively.

I.E.- Not sweeping someone's body if you have to be on the move with the weapon.
That depends

Columbia, SC

#7 Nov 1, 2010
Exactly...The gun shows in Fla almost always have a familiarity course the day of the show...is required in Fla for a permit. They go over the basics. The NRA also has free materials you can download on handgun and gun safety.
juyde

Hilo, HI

#8 Nov 1, 2010
.45! Big Hole, drains a lot of blood quickly!
Concerned

Tallahassee, FL

#9 Nov 1, 2010
I want something small enough to conceal when I get my permit to carry. The 45 may be hard to conceal on my 5'2" 105lb body. Would a 22 caliber be effective in stopping someone?

Since: Jul 10

Tallahassee, FL

#10 Nov 2, 2010
a 22 is to small. doesnt have any knock down. with you i would suggest something bigger than a 22 no bigger than a 38. 38's arent just limited to revolvers.
That depends

Columbia, SC

#11 Nov 2, 2010
I would look at something bigger than a 22. Method of carry will determine part of it. KelTec,Tarus,Beretta and NAA have 32 and 380 autos that are very slim. A miniGlock, KelTec or Kharr 9mm would also be fairly small...but the downside...recoil. Little guns in 9mm do recoil fairly strongly but it is managable with practice. If you are going to do small of back or purse/bag carry a small framed revolver such as one of the J framed Smith and Wessons or Taurus would work well. 32 mag, 327 mag, 38 or 357 (125gr only) would be fine. Stay away from Highpoint, Jennings or other cheap guns....inexpensive is one thing..but cheap is bad.
My sister in law has a Beretta Tomcat in 32 auto. Loaded with 32acp Winchester Silvertips it functions fine, is accurate and she can shoot it well enough to do double taps at 10 paces on a man sized target and keep in kill zone....not big but plenty effective.
If and when you get something....learn to handle it safely and shoot often.
scott

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#12 Nov 2, 2010
5'2" 105..hmmm. I would go with a 32 caliber or a 22 mag. These are both small and easily concealed. However, neither of these matter if you don't know how to use it safely and accurately. If you are in a house situation I would suggest a 410 shotgun loaded with birdshot. Not lethal, and it will run anybody off.
Salt

Atlanta, GA

#13 Nov 2, 2010
Glock 19 or Glock 26 both in 9mm you will be able to control them easily, drop in a trigger connector thats around 25-50 bucks and youll have a sweet shooting handgun thats small enough to conceal.
Concerned

Tallahassee, FL

#14 Nov 2, 2010
A friend gave me a snake charmer, but I'm not worried about snakes.
Slow Poke

Toronto, Canada

#15 Nov 3, 2010
Twelve Gauge, double barrel, sawed of to the stock, no question. If their standing within 20 foot, their dog food. If their kicking in you door, you ain't gonna have time to aim--plus you may get a two for one.

“qui s` y frotte s` y pique ”

Since: Apr 10

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#16 Nov 3, 2010
Slow Poke wrote:
Twelve Gauge, double barrel, sawed of to the stock, no question. If their standing within 20 foot, their dog food. If their kicking in you door, you ain't gonna have time to aim--plus you may get a two for one.
Yeah, and the BATFA will be carting you away from a good kill. Get an 18.5 inch barrel 20 gauge pump or a M1014 Combat Shotgun if you can handle a 12 gauge. Winchester model 1300 defender if the M1014 is out of range price wise. I am assuming home defense, so no. 7 1/2 to 8 bird shot. If it is for defense, buy the best ammo you can.
Salt

Atlanta, GA

#17 Nov 5, 2010
Talking shotguns I dont think he/she could handle a sawed off 12 gauge IMO, not to mention the weapons charges they would get. But have any of yall saw the 930spx by Mossberg If yall have somebody on here should get me one for Christmas.
Concerned

Tallahassee, FL

#18 Nov 7, 2010
Got heat!
S&W model 38 with hammer shroud. Sweet little gun. Shot it from inside an old purse, and it worked great. Set the lining on fire, but a bad guy would have been in worse shape.
Thanks for the advice.

Parker Patterson

Since: Nov 10

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#19 Nov 7, 2010
Who needs a gun when ya got a 5ft guard cock? lol

“qui s` y frotte s` y pique ”

Since: Apr 10

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#20 Nov 7, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Got heat!
S&W model 38 with hammer shroud. Sweet little gun. Shot it from inside an old purse, and it worked great. Set the lining on fire, but a bad guy would have been in worse shape.
Thanks for the advice.
Now go get a concealed carry permit and do it right. I hope you never need to use it. Best of luck.

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