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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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Thanks Camera Man and Coyote for the quick responses!

Currently I own a 10/22 and a Luger 12ga Shotgun. I'm not sure if either one of those would be a good choice to defend my home. We have very narrow hallways, to where I would actually have to maneuver my shotgun around the corner. It's got a 28" barrel. Great for trap shooting though!? :D

TheGermanGuy :sniper:
Well this is great! Tons of input! I love it!!

TheGermanGuy :sniper:
In case there are any other californians that are wondering what you can buy or not in CA:
Effective January 1, 2001, no handgun may be manufactured within California, imported into California for sale, lent, given, kept for sale, or offered/exposed for sale unless that handgun model has passed firing, safety, and drop tests and is certified for sale in California by the Department of Justice. Private party transfers, curio/relic handguns, certain single-action revolvers, and pawn/consignment returns are exempt from this requirement.

Here's a link where you can see all the approved handguns:

TheGermanGuy :sniper:
I think I'm starting to let go of that semi auto idea. It just seems to make so much more sense to go with a revolver. Having said that, my dealer (he's not the crack dealing kind) has offered me a Ruger GP100 with 4" or 6" barrel in stainless for 380 Bucks. Brand new. Does anybody have any experience with the GP100? He seems to like it, and by comparing prices on I found that $380 is a pretty good deal.

What do ya think?

TheGermanGuy :sniper:
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