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I have dabbled with a .22 before, I was wondering if i bought a gun, what would the best one be? ;?
9MM? .357 snub?
I need to be able to coneal it right? Just kind of leave it loaded in a my pocket if sombody gets too close. I don't want A.D.'s either. I am thinking that small Ruger one would work. Supposed to be good.
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You talking about the Ruger LCP?

http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-LCP.htm
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Bersa .380 is a good starter/ home defense semi-auto for not much money. It's also made in a double stack clip that holds 15 rounds I believe.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
You talking about the Ruger LCP?

http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-LCP.htm
Well that's one option. maybe an SP101 stainless steel was the other.
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These are good

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You're not going to get a concealed carry license in NY.

What do you intend to use the gun for? Home defense? Its hard to beat a shotgun, but a handgun isn't that bad and can also be used as a range toy.
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It really depends on your purposes. Dedicated home defense, concealed carry, plinker.....etc.

If I were to buy a concealed carry gun right now it would probably be the Smith 642.
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If I was new I would find a range ask around and maybe shoot some rentals and take a course. This way you can get a feel for whats ut there and be safe at the same time. Some states reqiure that the course must be taken. Have fun and may all your shots be in the ten ring!!!
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Originally Posted by ladyjane View Post
If I was new I would find a range ask around and maybe shoot some rentals and take a course. This way you can get a feel for whats ut there and be safe at the same time. Some states reqiure that the course must be taken. Have fun and may all your shots be in the ten ring!!!
Yes - and remember the basics - treat every gun as loaded - especially those you are renting or borrowing - keep them pointed down range and most of all - on or off the range be sure of your target. The few outdoor ranges I have been semed to be very uncontrolled and after seeing the antics of some of the other shooters - well, I don't go to public ranges anymore.

If you really need to carry and conceal size and weight are important. I have the Ruger 357 mentioned above - very heavy and awkward to carry (which i no longer do). Also- not agood choice for home security -

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Les Baer 1911 for a starter gun.... I would have liked one of those for a starter....
Like LI sound grunt said......every gun is loaded......always......
Keep the muzzle down range
Keep your finger out of the trigger guard till your ready to shoot.
Don't point the gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.

+1 on the public ranges......they give me the willy's.....
and gun shows too.....I know the gun's have wire ties through the actions etc. but I still don't like being muzzle swept by anyone.....jusy bad form.

Check out the S&W M&P revolvers or the Ruger revolvers....
Go to your local gun stores and fondle lots of guns.....go to a range where you could rent some to try.....
Maybe a friend will take you shooting...
Get some proper training.
Join the NRA. After you get into shooting take a friend and introduce them to it.... Get thenm to join the NRA.
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Originally Posted by timebandit View Post
Well that's one option. maybe an SP101 stainless steel was the other.
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ruger lcp, keltec .380, scyy 9mm, keltec .32


all these are light and will fit in your pcket
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First time owners should us a single action imho. I know they are not the fastest guns to own but the single action is the safest and least prone to accidental misfiring. Try a ruger single six in any of the various models. The single six Blackhawk .357 is a very smooth well machined gun. It is like buttah and very safe to operate. It is still one of my fav's on the range despite it slow deliberate action. Limited experience with handguns and ego stroking semi auto action do not mix well. But again that's just my opinion.
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Too many variables to give solid advice but for carry I would agree with the S&W 642, or any j frame Smith for that matter. For HD I would say a 4" .357 (I have a S&W 686) and this gun is also good for target as you can shoot the .38's as well. For plinking I would think a Buckmark or the like would be appropriate. And just to reiterate, gun is always loaded and if you have not spent any time around firearms, speak with someone that has or take a quick refresher course before diving in.
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Originally Posted by Boattrash1 View Post
Les Baer 1911 for a starter gun.... I would have liked one of those for a starter....
Like LI sound grunt said......every gun is loaded......always......
Keep the muzzle down range
Keep your finger out of the trigger guard till your ready to shoot.
Don't point the gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.

+1 on the public ranges......they give me the willy's.....
and gun shows too.....I know the gun's have wire ties through the actions etc. but I still don't like being muzzle swept by anyone.....jusy bad form.

Check out the S&W M&P revolvers or the Ruger revolvers....
Go to your local gun stores and fondle lots of guns.....go to a range where you could rent some to try.....
Maybe a friend will take you shooting...
Get some proper training.
Join the NRA. After you get into shooting take a friend and introduce them to it.... Get thenm to join the NRA.
It's very accurate, works everytime.

Everything Boattrash1 has to say here is right on point.
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Ya know why, because I am still trying to get this duck hunt thing off the ground. I go a little ahead of my self on the boat deal a while back. Steep learning curve. More than I thought.

I worry myself only I that I do not know what I doing. It's too easy to mess up. What is the best way to develop good habits around these things?
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Originally Posted by timebandit View Post
Ya know why, because I am still trying to get this duck hunt thing off the ground. I go a little ahead of my self on the boat deal a while back. Steep learning curve. More than I thought.

I worry myself only I that I do not know what I doing. It's too easy to mess up. What is the best way to develop good habits around these things?
The best habits are found amongst the competition shooters They have very ridgid rules They are very well versed in those rules and practices Lastly it will give you incentive to practice and become proficient with whatever you choose
+1 for the LCP Ruger
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Why carry a gun ? Are you in law inforcement?
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Why carry a gun ?
Because they're lighter than a cop.

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