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post #1 of 19
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DH and I have talked about getting guns for ourselves, both for fun at the range, and for protection in our home. I want a nice little 9mm, and he's looking to get a shotgun. I've joked around about getting a "cute pink" gun Some of the other gun enthusiasts online think that's blasphemous! I would probably get a permit to carry it on me, as well.

So I was just wondering if anyone on here carries a gun or goes to the range for fun. If so, what do you have? Any advice for the newbs?! The only guns I've ever shot were hunting rifles, and I couldn't even hit a big ol' white pail in the yard So I'll definitely be needing some practice. (Though I'm also older and a smaller gun won't have as much kickback!)
post #2 of 19
Lol, hub and I have matching small handguns, but I don't carry like I did when we were working retail and I was in charge of dropping/picking up the bank bag. I think ours are 38's? I've done the rifle thing though, and am a great shot with it, to be frank, those small guns, imo, are harder for me to aim....not good! I like the thought of the pink gun .....that's great!!
post #3 of 19
I would deffently get a pink gun if you can find one although they are usally dark coloered for better concelment purposes. I have an M4 and a M16A2 I only carry one with me I have to carry it every day with a full mag straped to the buttstock (while in iraq). If I can make one suggestion take a gun safety course even if you think you know everything there is to know about gun safety take it anyways one little mistake can and has cost ppl there life.

A rifle will prob be easier to shot cause the iron sight is closer to your eye. A rifle will most likely have a harder recoil but is easier to control cause the weapon is tuck into your shoulder.

A M9 may be a little harder to aim because the iron sight is so far from your face but has less of a recoil then the rifle, however the M9's recoil is harder to control since your arms are extend from your body.

For personal protection a M9 may be better because it's smaller and easier to grab.

I hope this helps you remember this is just what I know from my personal experience some other ppls might have a diff opinoin but a gun safety course should be taken if you have never had one your haven't had one in the last 5yrs.
post #4 of 19
If you are getting a concealed carry permit I believe you have to pass a safety course to obtain the permit. It may vary some from state to state. I won't get one.

The only firearm I own is an M1 Garand (.30-06). I want to get a Glock .45 and and a SOCOM version of the M14 rifle.
post #5 of 19
wow. i can't even tell you how crazy this conversation sounds to a girl from canada.... probably from most other places then the USA as well.

I find the thought of wanting or feeling the need to carry a gun for personal protection just insane. But maybe that's just me.
post #6 of 19
DH has some rifles. Depending on where we move to and since crime does seem to be getting worse, even in these small Oklahoma towns (see recent Breaking Mews threads), we'd probably get a handgun or two. One reason for that is because sometimes he works till 3am...
Though in reality, I'm in more danger at work since I work close...

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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
wow. i can't even tell you how crazy this conversation sounds to a girl from canada.... probably from most other places then the USA as well.

I find the thought of wanting or feeling the need to carry a gun for personal protection just insane. But maybe that's just me.
Such feelings have already been addressed in past threads - including one where a person just wanted to chat about their hobby, people ruined the thread (and I don't know if the person has been back since). If you and others want to you can always revive one of the IMO threads.
post #7 of 19
I just got a .380 Cobra that's pretty nice. I don't have a permit to carry yet so I don't take it anywhere except to the range. I've only been to a shooting range about three times but I like it.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Such feelings have already been addressed in past threads - including one where a person just wanted to chat about their hobby, people ruined the thread (and I don't know if the person has been back since). If you and others want to you can always revive one of the IMO threads.
Thanks. I don't think it needs to be revived! I've never seen one of these threads before! I didn't mean any offence, I guess I'm just a little naive and easily shocked.
post #9 of 19
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...I guess I'm just a little naive and easily shocked.
No, you aren't -- you're just a rational person with common sense.
post #10 of 19
[quote=wildfire203;2330121]I would deffently get a pink gun if you can find one although they are usally dark coloered for better concelment purposes. I found a pink 22 in VA! don;t buy it though!]
post #11 of 19
I have a sawed off shotgun as my protection. Hubby has a .45 and can't remember what the other one is.

Protection and for shooting targets at his parent's house.

Hubby will be getting his concealed carry permit soon.

Leslie
post #12 of 19
Hubby has some handguns for target practice. I prefer archery but used to go shooting with Dad all the time. For regular target practice, I prefer a .22 because it is easy and doesn't kick and I don't need anything bigger. I remember helping Dad sight in one of his hunting rifles (a thirty ought six) soon after I got glasses (didn't need them until sophmore year of High School) and I got too close to the scope. I had a nice cut along my eyebrow...that will definately make the eyes water a bit.

I don't carry for protection mainly because I think that the gun would end up being taken away and used on me....I would rather use my hands or a knife or bear spray in my defense....
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
...I don't carry for protection mainly because I think that the gun would end up being taken away and used on me....I would rather use my hands or a knife or bear spray in my defense....
A very wise choice. As Kinky Friedman likes to say, "If somebody wants to shoot me, he's gonna have to bring his own gun."
post #14 of 19
We only have shot guns and rifles. Nothing small, my SO would like to get something small, but they are expensive and he hardly uses the big guns My favorite is a little 22 rifle. It's really fun to shoot and it's quite and "weak" enough it doesn't hurt your ears or your shoulder. I he has one big shoot gun that he tricked me into firing and my shoulder hurt for a weak! I still don't enjoy the smaller shot gun or the bigger rifle. They are far to loud (with ear plugs) and too strong for me.
post #15 of 19
My condo was almost broken into a couple of years ago when I lived in San Diego and I was home at the time. Scared me silly, so I took a gun safety course and bought myself an "equalizer". I've never had to use it, except to shoot at balloons or empty milk cartons filled with sand. I'm pretty good at that, but don't know if a real person would make as good a target for me.

I bought a small 38 my first time out, but was advised to get something a little more powerful if I meant it as a life-safety device. So I graduated from my little 38 to a Glock 19 which is still sizeable for a woman, but more powerful. The experts say that you will most likely only hurt and piss off an intruder with a 38, but if your intent is to stop him, the Glock 19 won't let you down.

I'm not a gun advocate, but living alone, I certainly feel safer with it beside my bed. I know folks with kids can't do that, but if I do have kids visit, I always put it away in a high, safe place. Otherwise, he is my best friend.
post #16 of 19
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Rob and I went over to a gun shop nearby and took a look at their selection. I signed up for a 1-on-1 shooting course to start off with. I expect to have to take a safety test in order to get a carry permit. I think I'll probably be going with a Taurus or S&W 9mm. They were extremely helpful there too, letting me hold and examine a bunch of different pistols to feel the weight, show me how to work it (unloaded of course), etc. In the course, they want to start me off with a Walther P-22 (.22cal) and work up to a 9mm. Rob wants a pump-action shotgun with a flashlight on it - he's drawn to it.

I never really thought I would ever need to feel unsafe in the town I'm in right now - but crime is slowly creeping this way. We've had a few murders in an apartment complex down the street, a lot of drug-related shootings, etc. It seems to be stretching out from North Charleston (one of the country's top 10 most dangerous cities - ranking #7 in 2007)

Rob works in North Charleston, and when he started there, the front building on his boss's property had bullet holes in the window! (It is a scooter shop, so he doesn't work in that building - there are no windows where he spends most of his day). We also were there until 3am once doing a job outside, and there'd be people walking down the road! There were two other people once eyeing our car around 11:30pm when he had to run back to work and unplug something. They turned and took off when they realized someone was in the car (me), because I started it up, ready to use it as protection! So while I'm there in N.Chas, it'll be comforting to have some protection if we are there by ourselves. And with the crime there seeping into Summerville, in order to feel safe at home we'll want something too. Then just for fun out at the range.

Rob thinks just hearing him chamber a shell in that shotgun in the dark would be enough to scare someone right out of their wits
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
Thanks. I don't think it needs to be revived! I've never seen one of these threads before! I didn't mean any offence, I guess I'm just a little naive and easily shocked.
I don't think you have any reason to apologize for stating your honest opinion. It's not like you wanted to start a flame war or anything.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
Thanks. I don't think it needs to be revived! I've never seen one of these threads before! I didn't mean any offence, I guess I'm just a little naive and easily shocked.
I took no offense to your post It is fine for you to state your opinion! There are a lot of places where one wouldn't need to protect themselves, and there are other places that are just crazy and would surprise you how dangerous they can be.
post #19 of 19
I learned to shoot with a Ruger Mark II target pistol. A high quality, reasonably priced excellent target pistol. When I got proficient with that, I got 2 different 9 MLs, which I hated. Sold both of them.
I have a Ruger Sp101 357 revolver for carrying, it is quite small, accurate and all you have to do is point and shoot. It has some professional customizing done to it, bobbed hammer, custom grips and sights. It fits in my pocket or purse and the bobbed hammer keeps it from having it catch on anything. I used to carry a S&W model 29, 44 magnum, (yes, the Dirty Harry gun from the films) but it was too heavy. Ruger GP 100 models are also good home protection. I like revolvers over autos because they seldom jam or malfunction.
Even thought the one I learned on was an automatic, it was a really good one. I still have it, and another one. I like it best for home protection, even, because it is so accurate.
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