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Home Defense Handgun

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I am currently looking to buy my first handgun. It's purpose would be to defend my home from intruders. It should have enough knock down power for that reason, but I also want my wife to be able to use it. If that's a factor.

Neither one of us have any experience with handguns. I grew up in Germany, where the only guns you're allowed to have... are pellet guns. So once we purchase this gun, I would like to take some sort of class with my wife, to really know what we're doing. Wonder if there is a class for home defense out there!?

Another factor is that my budget is rather small right now, since the economy in CA is still bottoming out. Which is another reason to get some sort of home defense. You never know when one of those crack heads decides that there's gotta be something of value in your house...

Any suggestions on what to buy? I'm looking forward to your responses!!

TheGermanGuy :sniper:

God bless America!!
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I am not sure of the cost against an S&W, but my vote for both a weapon that you and your wife can handle is the Glock 23. This is 40 cal. and will have knock down power. It is a very light weapon and yet has very good qualities and durability. The females (and detectives) on our department carry this weapon and have no problems in handling them. We just returned from the firing range and had 16 Glocks firing. We fired over 5000 rounds with one stovepipe. That’s a pretty good report. The weapon is a single action, so it acts just like a wheel gun,(course the wheel gun will not stovepipe) but is still just as safe as a double/single action semi-auto.

Like the germanguy, I too am looking for my 1st handgun. I see that you guys are recommending a .40/.45 gun. How anout 9mm?
The 9mm is not a bad weapon. But from experience go with the 40/45. Those are stopping rounds. Remember you are NOT trying to kill anyone. Your just trying to stop their actions. (This is a must when going to court, and if you shoot someone, you will go to court.) After a incident in my area, where a bad guy was shot numerous times with two different 9mm, and still was able to take out two LE officers (he was shooting a 44 mag.) , I have lost my faith in 9mms. He was finally stopped with one shot from a 45 cal weapon. Guess what he was wearing.........a very heavy leather jacket.
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