The Guns and Ammo Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Kalessin, May 4, 2006.

  1. Rose

    Rose Bring me to life

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    Dec 5, 2018
    I am home alone maybe 80 percent of the time, so learning to handle a firearm might not be a bad idea. Better to have one and never need it, than to not have one and need it. Lots of crazies in the backwoods.
     
  2. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 2, 2010
    IMO A glock is a good choice (I carry a Glock 21). You may also consider a CZ P-07 if you are not super familiar with striker fired no safety pistols for concealed carry.
     
  3. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    you could if you are willing to pay $10k.
     
  4. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    I'd like to draw your attention to relatively young Slovak 9mm handgun K-100 by Grand Power, being manufactured and sold as STI GP6 in U.S. Both barrel finish and grip utilize the same top of the line materials as Glock, trigger moves really smooth with very short reset, and has good accuracy thanks to rotating barrel. Fun fact: there's one K-100 at shooting range here in Slovakia, borrowed to public on a daily basis for couple of years, and according to the record more than 130000 shots have been fired with it to this day. :)
     
  5. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 2, 2010
    I’m familiar with the grand power- I usually carry something used- preferably without a 100% finish so I don’t have to feel bad about what ends up happening to it via wear and scratches + drawing and holstering. BTW- an X-Trim and X-caliber are on my list to buy
     
  6. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    I'm sure that wherever you're from, there's plenty of ways to get yourself introduced to firearms.

    That said, take any recommendation (including those on this forum) with a grain of salt. Firearms are a very personal thing, what works for someone else might not work for you. The gun community is also infested with fanboys who will stick to a certain brand and prefer it over all else but have no rational reason for doing such.
     
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  7. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 2, 2010
    SuAside is 100% correct about fanboys etc. try lots, choose what works the best. If you lived close to me, I would gladly help you. I’m sure you can find someone close.
     
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  8. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    How much experience do you have with firearms and what do you expect to get from owning a firearm? Are you purely looking at home defense, or are you going for something more than that?
     
  9. Rose

    Rose Bring me to life

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    Dec 5, 2018
    Aside from loading them? Pretty much nothing, ha. I'm really just looking for home defense. I had someone attempt to break into my old apartment a few years ago. Turns out this guy was just wasted and had the wrong one, but it's really scary being woken up by someone attempting to beat your door down. Difference is, I had neighbors then and lived close to a dispatch office. Here I'm in the middle of nowhere and alone. I'd sleep better at night having a decent gun.
     
  10. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    From previous comments, I take it you're in Kentucky? Various ranges near you & the NRA should be offering classes to get you acquainted with the safe handling of guns and will explain what to keep in mind when selecting a weapon for home defense.
    If you narrow down where you are, we can probably get some recommendations for you.
     
  11. Rose

    Rose Bring me to life

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    Yep, I live in KY. There is a new shooting range not far from me that I think offers basic gun training as a free service. I'm sure there is a catch. The place is always freaking full though. And I guess it can't hurt to give my general location. I live about an hour and a half or so from Lexington.
     
  12. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    I'll ask around for recommendations.

    Do note that a lot of the "self-defense" classes will be oriented towards concealed carry. This is somewhat at odds with your goal of home defense. CCW requires a weapon which is small & light enough to carry without too much hassle. The most important part is that the grip is not too long, as that hampers concealment. As a result, you get a firearm with slightly lower capacity, often lower caliber as well.
    If your goal is home defense, there's really no reason not to go with a full sized firearm, which is entirely steel. The weight will help control the recoil and the fullsize grip means you can use higher capacity magazines by default.

    That's assuming you're interesting in a pistol, and not a shotgun or carbine. The latter two work fine for home defense, but probably take a bit more training to master their respective downsides (while generally being more effective at their job).
     
  13. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
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  14. Rose

    Rose Bring me to life

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    Hey, thanks! I went to a gun store right before Christmas, mostly just to get a feel for the weight of different ones. There was a Ruger 9mm that I liked the weight of, but it was pricey. I think I'll put aside a day to actually fire a couple before making a decision. I'm only going to be keeping one for home defense, which hopefully I'll never be in a situation to need to defend myself.
     
  15. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    The comfort of holding a pistol in your hand is generally not a good indicator of how well it'll shoot for you. While it's not always possible, I would strongly suggest actually shooting a few handguns before making a choice of what works for you & what doesn't.
    Some guns that have felt great have shot very poorly for me. I guess the most extreme examples for me were:
    1. The Walther P99, which felt great in the hand, but the ergonomics fought against me when I tried to shoot it. Shot placement was horrendous.
    2. The HK Mk23 on the other hand is a friggin' humongous pistol which feels too large to my medium sized hands. However it shot like a dream. Very natural point of aim and easy to control.
     
  16. Carib FMJ

    Carib FMJ Nuka-Cola Chaser

    Nov 8, 2003
    My Glock Model 45 - The most ironic named firearm I own. I like it. I also have the Lipsey Vicker's edition of the Glock 19 Gen 3 with RTF2 grip... a bit like holding sand paper, but my hands have done work so, meh. 22815599_10159371579980234_373022008268858733_n.jpg 20190108_094218.jpg
     
  17. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    Aside from being ironically named, probably one of the first times Glock actually listened to their fanbase. :)

    I may not be a Glock fan in general, but the Glock 45 fits perfectly in its niche. Certainly one I'd consider if I were to buy a Glock.
     
  18. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    And people that wear them at air ports are terrorist that get killed by John McClaine.
     
  19. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    That's only the porcelain Glock 7.
     
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  20. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    You know, when I watched the movie as a kid, I actually believed that.

    I am curious how many myths people still believe about guns, simply because they get repeated by movies. Like this idea, that a gun knocks people away when they get hit by the bullet.