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Hi all-


Let me preface this by saying I'm a teacher, not a cop... Even though there are some days that I feel like one!  I'm planning on buying a hand gun in the next few months, to get my concealed permit, but I don't know what to look for in a gun.  I've had several people that know "all about guns" giving me advice, but much of it is conflicting, or it's way over my head and I have no clue what they're talking about.  I'm a tomboy that grew up shooting rifles, and I thought I knew a decent amount about guns, but apparently not.  I was originally going to start out looking with the big brands and narrow it down from there.  I've always heard that if you get a Ruger, you're just paying for the name, but then I was told the same thing about Smith and Wesson, Beretta, Glock, and Sig Sauer...


The SRO where my mom works said to tell me to go to a shooting range that rents weapons and go try them all out and find one that I feel comfortable with... I found a shooting range about half an hour from where I live, but they have a million types of guns, and I have no idea where to start.  This is more or less what I need advice on.


Here's what I know I want in a gun:


I don't want to break my bank account... Like I said, I'm a teacher. 


I have fairly large hands for a woman, and I don't want one of those prissy little guns that I feel like I'm going to break by just holding it.


I want something bigger than a .22, because let's face it... If it comes down to where I'm in a situation where I need to protect myself, I want whoever I'm shooting at to go down and stay down.  (Not absolutely huge though.)


I don't want a revolver, because I wouldn't be comfortable carrying a gun in my purse if it didn't have a safety. And before I start getting warnings about it, yes I know I can't carry my gun at school! :) 


I also want more than 5 or 6 shots, because if I'm in a position where I have to use it, I may need more than that.


I don't know what it's called, but I know some guns have a thing on the top of the barrel that pops up whenever a round is in the chamber.  Anyone know what that's called?  It's not a huge deal, but it sounds kind of cool. lol


I've been told that I should I try hitting the pawn shops around here, but that seems a little iffy to me.  How do I know that the gun's really in good shape?  How do I know that they guy working there is telling me the truth and not lying to me because I'm a clueless girl and he can get away with it?  Anywhere else I should try?  What brands should I steer clear of?  What about any lesser known brands that are just as good as the big ones? Any specific models I should try or features I should check out?  What are some questions I should ask if I do go to a pawn shop? 


I'll take any advice I can get, because I'm pretty much clueless here...  Thanks in advance!

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Follow the advice of the SRO.

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Spend a Saturday gun shopping. Go to sport supply stores that carry guns Sports Aurthoity comes to mind. Go to a gun show. Go to a gun shop.I had a supervisor who often went to pawn shops for hand guns. Remember that pawn shops want return cusotmers for sales just the same as for people looking for loans. I'd imagine that the pawn shop would not have an issye with you writting down the serial number and taking it to the local police department to run a check on it. Don't be affraid to ask to handle several different weapons while you're there.


If you're looking for something to keep in your purse or car, I'd say look at a compact model of a semi-automatic.


I know that Beretta has a feature where there is a red dot just under the barrel that indicates when a round is in the chamber, There is nothing wrong with pulling the slide back slightly to check. Always remember, when in doubt treat the weapon as if it is loaded. As far as a model to stay away from, each person has his own personal preferences. I have a Glock for when I'm on duty and a Beretta for off duty.


Good luck! Hope it helped a little bit.


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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Springfield Armory XDM 9MM. It is comfortable and fits great in your hands. Being 9MM, there is not much of a kick. Smooth action plus comes with 2 double stack mags which hold 19 ea. Fully loaded out you will be holding 20 rounds in your hands plus a 19 round mag on your hip. If you cannot hit what you are aiming at with 39 rounds you should not have a weapon in your hand. This is my off duty carry. The way it is described it is full sized, there is a smaller version for concealed carry. It is also PRICEY, but well worth it in my opinion.


My duty weapon is something else entirely, and I do not recommend it. It is of a higher caliber, which is not the problem. It is however virtually indestructible so after all rounds are expended it would make a fantastic hammer.


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I carry a full size S&W M&P .40 caliber on duty and a compact in the same configuration for off duty. The nice thing about these weapons is you can change out the back strap on the grip. The Compact I can carry in a jacket pocket and it hold 11 rounds including the one in the chamber. These weapons are reliable and reasonable priced. As far as the cheaper guns, remember this...what is your life worth... an inexpensive gun or one that cost a little more. Good luck in your endeavors.


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Google. Glock 26 & Glock 27. You can check most handguns on Google. Remember Google is your friend. The handguns I pointed out are good purse guns.

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 The SRO is right. Buying a handgun is like buying a car, you have to test drive a few to find the right fit. Try joining a sportsmans club/shooting club/local shooting range, increase your knowledge and proficiency while "test driving" a few.


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Go to a store that has a lot of guns like a gun store or a major sporting goods store that carrys guns and look at what you think you would like, and then ask to see the gun and see how it feels in your hands.  Do not be overly concerned by the brand name.  If you're looking at concealment and want more than 5-6 shots, there are many brands that offer what you want.  As for caliber, yes you do not want a .22, but you also probably do not want a .45 especially if you're looking for a smaller gun for concealment.  A .380, 9mm, or a .40 is all you should need and after selecting the gun you want, ensure you get quality ammunition like a high quality hollow point that has both penetration and expansion.  Good luck... 


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 I love my Springfield XDs. I have the compact in the 45 and 9mm.   They felt the best in my hand.   For carrying I wish I had got the subcompact for the 9mm.  They both have the loaded indicator on top.    Like my car keys I would never carry my gun in my purse.  If someone steals it your screwed.  And to be able to get it quickly you would need to get the special purse to carry a gun.     Take all the courses you can if your state requires none.   A lot of responsabilty and things to think about before you take it out and shoot someone.  Plus you must be absolutely sure that if you need to you CAN use it.    Once the gun is out of the holster that is not the time to say 'I can't do this".  


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 SRO is right, it's the best way.  If you want to check out the feel before shooting, you can always hit up a gun show if there is one nearby (only down side I find with them is the ones I go to are over run by Glocks and small amount of any other model).

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I carry a Glock model 19 9mm.  I don't have dainty little hands either LOL and it's a good fit. NEVER carry your gun in your purse !! Like Ginny said, what happens if the purse gets stolen !! You just armed your purse snatcher ! There are lot s of good holsters that you can get that are for conceled carry. Check your laws, civilians can't carry the same type of mags as LEOs in my state, so you would need multiple mags.


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Like others have said, listen to the SRO.  I would suggest eithe a 9 mm or 40 caliber, you would probably find 45 a tad big and 357 sig ammo is expensive and harder to find.  Next go to gun shop or range and hold a bunch of different handguns, find the ones that feel best in your hand.  Rent and shoot 2 or 3, and find the one that you feel most comfortable shooting, that will probably be your best choice.  Any major brand is acceptable, but don't pick some off beat brand based on price, you want to avoid something likea High Point 9mm, I have never heard anything good about it.


Like Cat_D says, never carry your gun in your purse.

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You do not say what state you live in and I am only familiar with gun shops here in Southern California.  As for telling you which firearm to purchase as an absolute, it's just not that easy.  Many here are Glock fans while I prefer a Sig Sauer.  There are many manufacturers to choose from as well as the respective calibers.  What it comes down to is your ability to properly conceal the firearm of your choice and be able to use said firearm you choose to purchase when fecal matter hits the fan.  You say that you have large hands for a woman..... I'm a guy and that may mean different things to most people.  May I suggest that you find a reputable firearms dealer in your area and look at several firearms.  Consider grip and your ability to use and maintain this piece of equipment so that it works for you when you need it to most.  If said dealer has a range or can recommend a range that rents firearms and has several of these offerings from the various manufacturers, spend a day at the range and try them to see how they feel.  Remember that you need to properly conceal this piece of equipment weather it is on your person, in your purse or your vehicle.  Keeping this in mind, size may matter as some of these hand cannons are difficult to conceal.  In California (check the laws in your state), it is against the law to have a firearm on school grounds which includes faculty and staff as well as the students so I would advise that bringing or carrying your firearm to work is NOT RECOMMENDED WHILE AT WORK AS A TEACHER IN YOUR SCHOOL.  Good luck in your search and let us know what you find, experience and ultimately choose.

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Especially for starting out in the weapons world I would suggest nothing smaller than a 380 and nothing larger than a 40 cal.These,I believe would be perfect for the civilian lady who probably won't need it frequently.Absolutely shop all over and listen to advise of those in the business(law enforcement officers.)As a 27 year veteran officer I prefer the Glock and the Sig.---Be advised,unless you are close friends with a gun dealer,you will ALWAYS pay a premium price for a name brand.If you are determined to purchase a weapon for stopping power alone it would be a 44 cal.-45 cal. or a 50 cal.  Quite frankly though most females have difficulty not only carrying ,but fireing a firearm with that size cal.Find something you can handle,not something which overpowers you.