We returned from a three-day trip and found out we were robbed.
They didn't take much, but broke a back door open to get in.
Lost a few things (ipad, camera, laptop, etc.) but that's not what
I'm asking about.
If it happened when we're home, I'd be worried about personal safety.
In fact, personal safety is the *only* thing I care about.
Googling, I see a 9mm or a revolver is a decent choice.
But I don't know where to buy them.
What's the best place to buy such a handgun in California?
I would presume to look up gun stores in the yellow
A revolver is a a better choice if you are not going
to be doing a lot of fussing with it. They just
work when you need them to.
An Auto (9mm) an be a lot more deadly when you need it,
but they do require a lot of upkeep and more training.
I would recommend that you go to a gun store that is
also a shooting range, take a course and try various
Me personally, I am fond of .45. Fits my hand perfectly.
And it has a devastating kill power. Plus there is not
end to the customization. To me a revolver is like
holding a door know -- very awkward in my hand. But
everyone is different, so try them out.
On Monday, November 10, 2014 12:38:58 AM UTC-6, Todd wrote:
I agree with Todd about a revolver.
They are much more reliable than a semi-auto where stove-piping is not uncommon.
Get a lot of practice at a shooting range and keep your targets.
Post them on your front door as a deterrent. :-)
Look at why your house was targeted. I lived in a dicey neighborhood in
Abq, NM. The robbers would just skip the houses with security and hit
the easy targets. Guns won't stop the break-ins unless you are on-guard
24/7. I'm not against owning guns but you have to think about what
really works. Security, Beware of Dog signs and security sticker on your
windows. My neighbor had a big alarm right on the front of his house.
There is a better way since you cannot be home all the time. I have
small cannons set up with motion detectors. First cannon is set up to
go over your head (assuming you are no taller than 6'2") but take a few
more steps and the next one is aimed lower.
Open the yellow pages under "guns" or maybe gun
store. Go in person to four or five of these
stores, and tell them what you just said, here.
One or two might be idiots, and the rest will be
common sense men or women who know just what you
mean, and will be very polite and helpful. They
will ask questions, so they know how to best
meet your needs.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
As others say, look for a gun shop.
I also agree with others that a revolver is a better choice for someone
that does not put in a lot of practice time as semi-automatics are more
prone to malfunction.
An even better choice for you may be a shotgun. A good pump shotgun can
be had for maybe half the cost of a handgun and there may be less hassle
to buy in California.
On Monday, November 10, 2014 9:02:03 AM UTC-5, Frank wrote:
Much cheaper, legal more places, and you can actually get some use out of it if you DON'T get robbed - shoot skeet on the weekend, for example. .
On the other hand, can be awkward to maneuver inside a house, and at inside house distances there will be no spread, you are essentially shooting a loose slug. So you'll have to aim.
Outside the house you have no business engaging - that's what the police are for.
One of my sons bought a Rem 870 tactical like shotgun with peep-like
site for home defense. I took him to range to shoot it and was
surprised that it accurately shot slugs at 50 yards. Would make a good
hunting gun although it would need to be plugged to hold only 3 rounds
Think this is it:
He bought it a few years ago at nowhere near MSRP.
On Monday, November 10, 2014 9:27:20 AM UTC-5, TimR wrote:
My main home defense weapon is a coach gun. This is a short, double barreled shotgun. Easy to maneuver but you only have two shots before reloading. My friend has a pistol grip, pump action shotgun which has more shots in the tube.
As others have said... first thing to do is harden the target. Good
locks, signage indicating alarm system in place (you can buy ADT, etc
signs on EBAY).
Gun? If you will only have one gun for in-home self-defense choose
either a home defense shotgun (short barrel in 12 or 20 gauge) or
something like a Taurus Judge in .45 Long Colt/.410 shotgun
The latter is a 5 shot revolver chambered to fire either .45 cal or .410
shotgun. Reliable and the ammo manufacturers are making some very
devastating personal defense loads.
Don't let the caliber dissuade you. A friend bought one and his wife, a
little slip of a thing who's all of 5 foot nothing, has "appropriated"
it for her own personal firearm at home on their ranch. She loves to
shoot it and it makes a great snake gun.
With either the shotgun or the Judge, you have a reliable weapon that
doesn't require a lot of practice.
You don't have to be good, you just have to be CLOSE!<g>
On 11/10/2014 08:09 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
Shotguns are good in the sense that one does not need to be a great
shot...but bad in the sense that they'd be easier for a perp to grab
before one got a shot off.
That's why it's best to keep them out in the first place.
That's why I previously suggested security cameras.
Yeah, you're correct. Exception to every rule and all that stuff!
Only in California have they managed to codify "black is bad" They (and
others like the idiots in Chicago, etc.) believe the color of a weapon
has a lot to do with its use. Another sticking point is bayonet lugs.
Think how many drive by bayonetings they have prevented. It boggles the
mind and I'm sure it would theirs too - if only they (the politicians
Still, if you live in the United States (as opposed to the sovereign
Republic of Kalifornicate) the Judge (and variants) is a nice "one size
nearly fits all in the home defense category.
On Friday, November 14, 2014 11:01:15 PM UTC-5, Unquestionably Confused wro
I would try before buying. I find them too big, too awkward, too expensive
, and essentially an answer to a question nobody asked. Other people love
The big advantage is the ability to shoot .45 Colt OR .410 shotgun. I see
zero use for a .410 in defense. It might be okay for snakes but I don't sh
oot them anyway, I just walk around them. So in my opinion (and others dis
agree) you're buying a .45 colt revolver that is unnecessarily large, becau
se the cylinder has to accomodate the .410 shells. I haven't checked price
s lately but last I looked .45 Colt ammo was much more expensive than .45 A
One thing for sure, you are NOT going to concealed carry a Judge.
Taurus used to make a .45 ACP revolver, dunno if they still do. I think th
ey (and several others) make a .44 Special revolver which would not be a ba
d choice for home defense. IMO of course. (I don't need one, I have a dog
and alert neighbors, and live in a crime free neighborhood.)
That's why I specifically stated that I considered them a great home
Not having one nor the opportunity to shoot one, I won't comment other
than to say that since their introduction, ammo manufacturer's have come
up with some very interesting personal defense loads in .410
Effective? Who knows? All I know is that I sure as hell wouldn't want
to be down range from one when it went off.
.45 Long Colt is still pricey.
Recommended it to a friend in AZ who wanted ONE gun for the house and
one to carry when he went on his frequent hikes in the desert and
foothills. In the latter situation, I think, the Judge (a derivative)
would be ideal. Good snake gun, big gun in a holster will forewarn
two-legged predators that they might want to choose a softer target.
In the end a handgun for personal protection is a very subjective,
personal choice and the bottom line is "the best gun for concealed carry
is the gun you will ALWAYS carry."
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