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Annie Oakley

United States

#1 Aug 27, 2012
So, I have a 410 shotgun for home protection, but now I need something for personal protection, a conceal and carry type weapon. Any suggestions? I'm not looking for trouble, but if it finds me, I wanna be able to end it and end it quickly. There's lots of handguns out there by lots of different manufacturers. If you can't tell me what I SHOULD get, telling me what I should AVOID, would also be helpful. Please and thank you :)

Since: Jun 12

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#2 Aug 27, 2012
Annie Oakley wrote:
So, I have a 410 shotgun for home protection, but now I need something for personal protection, a conceal and carry type weapon. Any suggestions? I'm not looking for trouble, but if it finds me, I wanna be able to end it and end it quickly. There's lots of handguns out there by lots of different manufacturers. If you can't tell me what I SHOULD get, telling me what I should AVOID, would also be helpful. Please and thank you :)
S&W .38 Special air-weight hammerless double-action stub nose revolver.Is that specific enough?Seriously It is safe, reliable,and an ideal packer for a woman.Charter Arms makes a pink model for the lady(No Joke).Check them out on gunbroker.com ,or google images.P.S.Don't shoot yourself in the butt!
Annie Oakley

United States

#3 Aug 28, 2012
Someone told me a shorter barrel cuts down on your level of accuracy. Would I be able to use it to shoot YOU in the butt?
Tallyho

Glenwood, WV

#4 Aug 28, 2012
A proactive brain would be your best weapon
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Since: Mar 12

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#6 Aug 28, 2012
Smith and Wesson Shield is a very well reviewed compact 9mm(or .40). Unfortunately it's extremely hard to find because of demand and probably will be for another year or so. Ruger LCP(.380)or LC9(9mm)and S&W Bodyguard(.380) are also good choices. Whatever you get, commit to going to the range at least several times a year and taking a class periodically. Be safe!
Mounties

Romney, WV

#7 Aug 28, 2012
Annie I would suggest going to a range, like the one opening in caldwell, and trying several different guns to find one that fits you. I would also advocate some type of formal training before trying to carry it. Without good training you are more likely to harm yourself or someone innocent then you are a bad guy. Stay away from cheap guns, they will break just when you need them most. Some good ones are glock, kahr, smith and Wesson, Springfield, fn, cz, and several others. Good luck, and remember you have a right not to be a victim.

Since: Apr 09

Ronceverte, WV

#8 Aug 28, 2012
Annie Oakley wrote:
So, I have a 410 shotgun for home protection, but now I need something for personal protection, a conceal and carry type weapon. Any suggestions? I'm not looking for trouble, but if it finds me, I wanna be able to end it and end it quickly. There's lots of handguns out there by lots of different manufacturers. If you can't tell me what I SHOULD get, telling me what I should AVOID, would also be helpful. Please and thank you :)
The proper handgun to purchase is the one that you will actually carry. It does not make sense to take the advice of suggestions for firearms from an internet forum. Go to a range where you can try different types of guns. I would suggest staying away from semi-automatics and look at revolvers.

Since: Apr 09

Ronceverte, WV

#9 Aug 28, 2012
Mobiustrip wrote:
Smith and Wesson Shield is a very well reviewed compact 9mm(or .40). Unfortunately it's extremely hard to find because of demand and probably will be for another year or so. Ruger LCP(.380)or LC9(9mm)and S&W Bodyguard(.380) are also good choices. Whatever you get, commit to going to the range at least several times a year and taking a class periodically. Be safe!
I say 'no' to semi-autos for women with limited training or use. I got a Ruger LCR .38 for my wife. She likes it because it does not have a hammer so that it does not get tangled up with junk in her purse.
wowme

Charleston, WV

#10 Aug 28, 2012
S&W 3913, AKA Lady Smith or sometimes called the tactical Smith. Small grips and slim. If you are going to carry it in your pocket book I would not reccomend a revolver, too many things to get caught in the cylinder.
Helpfull

Princeton, WV

#11 Aug 28, 2012
I'll take a revolver anyday over an auto. You're not going to be in a shootout with the bad guy. It will be at close range. One or two shots and it's over. He'll either be hit or running away. Get a.38 Special small lightweight hammerless revolver. Easy to check if loaded and just pull the trigger to fire. Say away from the automatics. Highly overrated. To much to check - magazine, safty, slide, loaded chamber, and more maintenance as well as possible jams and the flying brass. Go to a shop and handle several models to see what fits you hand, your purse and your pocket. Get trained and know your weapon to be able to use it without hesitation.
Annie Oakley

United States

#12 Aug 28, 2012
Thanks for all the tips, guys! Almost everyone has reinforced my initial decision to go with a revolver, and Smith & Wesson seems to be the favored brand, so I'll be skewing my selection in that direction. And once I get my piece, I'll definitely be checking out the new range in Caldwell. Certainly wouldn't want to shoot my butt off, afterall ;) gunbroker.com eh?

Since: Apr 09

Ronceverte, WV

#13 Aug 29, 2012
wowme wrote:
S&W 3913, AKA Lady Smith or sometimes called the tactical Smith. Small grips and slim. If you are going to carry it in your pocket book I would not reccomend a revolver, too many things to get caught in the cylinder.
As long as the pistol is in a fitted sleeve or holster nothing will get in the cylinder and you don't want residual gun oil to smear on the contents of your purse.
Anthroterra

Lewisburg, WV

#14 Sep 17, 2012
You may have already bought your gun, but as a woman with tiny hands that has shot a lot of different pistols, I highly recommend going to the range now that it's open and trying out what they have. You never know what you may like and be comfortable with until you try it. Personally, I'm not a fan of revolvers because they are not comfortable for me to fire even though I'm quite accurate with them. Of all the different makers, I've found that Springfield makes a nice line of composite pistols with adjustable grips and I love firing them because of how well they fit my hand. They have a new XDS that is nice and small without too much to catch on things. I personally have an XDm and a much loved EMP, both in 9mm. Again, it's personal choice and it's best to choose after handling several types. As for carry, beware of purse carry since most purses are not easy to draw from quickly. Gun Tot'n Mamas has an awesome line of gun purses that have all been tested on the range and have shown to be easy to draw from. I have one and really like it! Good luck and enjoy shooting :)
looper

United States

#15 Sep 17, 2012
Why would a girl need a gun in the kitchen? Scared of the pilsbury dough man having his way with you or aunt Jemima trying to hold you up? A roling pin was good enough for granny why don't you get yourself one?
Anthroterra

Lewisburg, WV

#16 Sep 18, 2012
As a female veteran who has served in Iraq, I'd suggest you either get with the times or assume the kitchen "housewife" role yourself, looper, merely as a sign of your ignorance. I also find it funny that your're mocking women who know how to shoot and are discussing their preferred weapons..

Annie, Walther and Kimber also make a small, slim pistol more suitable for women shooters. For ultra small but still comfortable, there is always the .38 Ruger LCP which can fit into a pocket. As for revolvers, the Smith and Wesson mentioned already is a good choice.
wowme

Charleston, WV

#17 Sep 18, 2012
I think that was a play on "range", instead of a shooting range, a range you cook on.
Judge

Rupert, WV

#18 Sep 18, 2012
Go with a FN-Five Seven. 2,000+fps 20 round magazine. Laser accurate and light recoil.
eatmorebeef

Charleston, WV

#19 Sep 18, 2012
Ruger .38
eatmorebeef

Charleston, WV

#20 Sep 18, 2012
Or desert eagle .50 revolver

Since: Jun 12

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#21 Sep 18, 2012
eatmorebeef wrote:
Or desert eagle .50 revolver
I have never heard of a Desert Eagle .50 cal revolver.Are you sure that they exist?

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