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Old 09-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #1
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I already have this .22, but I'm wanting to get something a bit more substantial. Something that if someone barges into my place in the middle of the night, I don't have to feel like I'm grabbing a squirt gun. Lol. I know it would get the job done.... I just want something closer to the size of a glock or revolver or something. Also, want it to be something that's user friendly for half awake people so I'm not fumbling. :-) Recommendations?

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Well they say that the shotgun is the best home defense weapon...however they do not fit well on the nightstand or in the drawer.

I personally think a DA revolver will have less to worry about...point and shoot. Don't have to worry about if it is chambered or not, don't worry about failure to eject. The downside will be capacity 6-7 shots vs 10+ of a magazine. I would consider the .357 since this means .38 special or .357.

This is coming from a guy that keeps an Xd40 in the nightstand. No safety other than a grip safety and trigger safety (like the glock) so as long as its chambered its point and shoot. In te end though, it comes down to what u are comfortable with.

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a shotgun is by far the best home deffence weapon,,,first couple rounds #7 birdshot, then a couple slugs...

you have to remember about other rooms that may have family in them--you donot want it to go through and hit others ..
and if someone does enter you will be half asleep and your aim will not be that precise..,,also you will want a caliber that has knock down power--9m.s,38s,357s, 22s just dont have it,,i only use 44mag...and a 12 gauge for protection...

any gun will kill a human,,,---shot placement is everything--

if you have training great---if not i strongly urge you too...

i still like a good knife------yep, i,d be the guy that brought a knife to a gun fight..
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Any other downsides to a revolver? I'm hoping that 6 shots would get the job done. If I can't hit a guy no more than 20 feet away with 6 shots, I have issues... I like the idea of point and shoot because even though my dog would give me a warning bark and probably slow them down, if not scare them away, it still may take me a few seconds to realize what's going on and grab the gun. I need as little of a chance to eff something up as possible.
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a shotgun is by far the best home deffence weapon,,,first couple rounds #7 birdshot, then a couple slugs...

you have to remember about other rooms that may have family in them--you donot want it to go through and hit others ..
and if someone does enter you will be half asleep and your aim will not be that precise..,,also you will want a caliber that has knock down power--9m.s,38s,357s, 22s just dont have it,,i only use 44mag...and a 12 gauge for protection...

any gun will kill a human,,,---shot placement is everything--

if you have training great---if not i strongly urge you too...

i still like a good knife------yep, i,d be the guy that brought a knife to a gun fight..
Ya, the people in the apartments around me probably wouldn't like it if I shot into their apartment... :-/

I am ashamed to say that I haven't even been to a range. I have a gun and in theory know how to use it, but I do plan on going to a range in the next week or two. I don't want to be the person that was caught off guard and had the "I never thought it would happen to me" syndrome.

I don't know if I would do very well with a knife. I feel like I could be overpowered pretty easily and that I'd be much better off keeping my distance with a gun... Just being honest.
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I would Contact your local police or sheriffs department for a fire arms safety training class. If they don't hold the classes they should be able to help you find one. I first recommend upgrading your door locks, maybe an alarm system. If they get past that game on. Take the shot with whatever you have. O yea I would call 911 first if you can.
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Beretta Neos .22 with a 6 inch barrel, that thing looks mean as hell, and remember, a .22 bullet pierces the skin then bounces around inside. That Neos though, you'll feel like you are grabbing something a lot bigger
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Beretta Neos .22 with a 6 inch barrel, that thing looks mean as hell, and remember, a .22 bullet pierces the skin then bounces around inside. That Neos though, you'll feel like you are grabbing something a lot bigger
.22 does have stopping power, any person shot will stop in shock, and you can fire more rounds, placement is everything. And anything will stop anyone if fired correctly
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I have a Mossberg 500 with the 18.5 barrel and a pistol grip. If you want a pistol.....
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I would Contact your local police or sheriffs department for a fire arms safety training class. If they don't hold the classes they should be able to help you find one. I first recommend upgrading your door locks, maybe an alarm system. If they get past that game on. Take the shot with whatever you have. O yea I would call 911 first if you can.
I do think a class like that would be a good idea. I'll definitely give them a call. Thanks. And I have thought about getting an alarm system... Not sure if I'll get one yet though. And 911 wouldn't be an option before grabbing the gun. If they enter my front door, they can be anywhere in my apartment in 1.5 seconds. I'll be reaching for my gun before my phone.

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.22 does have stopping power, any person shot will stop in shock, and you can fire more rounds, placement is everything. And anything will stop anyone if fired correctly
Ya, need to work on my placement... Or at least find out how good it is... :-/
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Hey TJ, My beside and off duty carry weapon is a Kimber 1911 in .45 cal. It has some kick so you would for sure need to get to a range and shoot it some. Te average encounter is less than 7 feet. Shoot placement is key. Oh yea a shotgun by the bed too wouldn't hurt.
I think it's awesome your wanting to protect yourself, more and more Americans should and take the concealed carry class. Anything you need pm me.
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Remember shot placement is the key!

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I have a Mossberg 500 with the 18.5 barrel and a pistol grip. If you want a pistol.....
That thing looks SWEET! Off to google...

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Hey TJ, My beside and off duty carry weapon is a Kimber 1911 in .45 cal. It has some kick so you would for sure need to get to a range and shoot it some. Te average encounter is less than 7 feet. Shoot placement is key. Oh yea a shotgun by the bed too wouldn't hurt.
I think it's awesome your wanting to protect yourself, more and more Americans should and take the concealed carry class. Anything you need pm me.
Thanks. I actually have a shot gun under my bed. I just don't feel it'd be too clumsy to maneuver if it came down to it. And ya, I never want to be the person who says, "I never thought it would happen to me." Anyone that is stupid enough to break into my apartment will quickly realize they messed with the wrong gal.
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Ammunition is cheap to buy, and its important to practice, practice, practice.
Revolvers are heavy, trigger pull is heavy.
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I second the shotgun as best home defense..even just the sound of clicking a shot gun is universal for GTFO - plus it allows you to just shoot in the general direction of who/whatever is where they aren't welcome
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That thing looks SWEET! Off to google...

Thanks. I actually have a shot gun under my bed. I just don't feel it'd be too clumsy to maneuver if it came down to it. And ya, I never want to be the person who says, "I never thought it would happen to me." Anyone that is stupid enough to break into my apartment will quickly realize they messed with the wrong gal.
In regards to "I thought it would never happen to me.." my dad always taught me never to believe in that because "to everyone else, YOU are the everyone else"
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Glock gen 4 in 9mm

Ammunition is cheap to buy, and its important to practice, practice, practice.
Revolvers are heavy, trigger pull is heavy.
So here's my evidence that I need to take a class.... After u turn the safety off on a glock, is there anything u need to do before pulling the trigger? (besides aim.... ha)
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Glock gen 4 in 9mm

Ammunition is cheap to buy, and its important to practice, practice, practice.
Revolvers are heavy, trigger pull is heavy.
Not always, I have a .38 revolver, damn trigger is so light the wrong move and it fires, that is more a collectors piece now, I will eventually fix it
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There is no external safety on a Glock just internal ones. The real safety is keeping your finger out if the trigger guard until your ready to destroy something.
Google " Grey Group Training" or "Alias Training" and look for classes in your area. A class from any of their Cadre will be WELL WORTH the time and money
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So here's my evidence that I need to take a class.... After u turn the safety off on a glock, is there anything u need to do before pulling the trigger? (besides aim.... ha)
Never messed with a glock, but if you have a semi-auto fire pistol you will need to chamber a round by cocking the pistol, which usually means pulling the rear of the pistol to load the round from the magazine to the chamber then safety off then aim, then fire, of course I've never touched a glock, therefore they COULD be different but I doubt it
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There is no external safety on a Glock just internal ones. The real safety is keeping your finger out if the trigger guard until your ready to destroy something.
Google " Grey Group Training" or "Alias Training" and look for classes in your area. A class from any of their Cadre will be WELL WORTH the time and money
I don't even know what internal safety means... Yikes... Definitely need a class...
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In regards to "I thought it would never happen to me.." my dad always taught me never to believe in that because "to everyone else, YOU are the everyone else"
Very true...
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The best weapon for home defense is the one that you spend many, many, many, many hours training with. Train in the light, train in the dark, train with your strong hand, train with your weak hand, train with a burlap bag over your head, train with really loud music blasting in your ears, train after doing 40 push ups, train early in the morning, train late at night... Get the point yet?
It makes no difference to me what weapon you choose as long as you have trained for every possible scenario that you can be faced with in your home. And this doesnt even begin to touch the surface of what I would suggest if planing to carry the weapon outside the home.
I personally consider my Glock 17 to be my "home defense" weapon. But I also have a Benelli M2 Tactical if the shit really hits the fan.
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That thing looks SWEET! Off to google...

It's a Taurus Judge. It will hold either a .410 shell or a .45 bullet
A well placed .410 to the face will work
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lol sorry

Just means when a round is chambered (as in bullet is in the barrel) and the firing pin is cocked there is an safety inside the gun that won't allow the firing pin to go forward with out the trigger being depressed ( pulled) So say you dropped the gun it won't go bang from the impact.
I think it's awesome you are active and being proactive in your self defense! Way to go all the recommendations here have been good, if you find a range near by you that will rent pistols go try a few out and see what you enjoy shooting the most.
A .22 will be all you need if you can learn to consistently put rounds in the high thoracic cavity ( upper chest)
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I would honestly go and hold one of the judges. I work in an ER and can tell you most all people drop when hit by any bullet or shotgun

With the judge, you get the feel of a pistol, but have the spray of a shotgun. Especially if it's dark and you haven't quite gotten your bearings
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Just means when a round is chambered (as in bullet is in the barrel) and the firing pin is cocked there is an safety inside the gun that won't allow the firing pin to go forward with out the trigger being depressed ( pulled) So say you dropped the gun it won't go bang from the impact.
I think it's awesome you are active and being proactive in your self defense! Way to go all the recommendations here have been good, if you find a range near by you that will rent pistols go try a few out and see what you enjoy shooting the most.
A .22 will be all you need if you can learn to consistently put rounds in the high thoracic cavity ( upper chest)
Oh, that makes sense. Ya, I'm hoping to go somewhere that I can try a few out.

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