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For those that do take a firearm with you...
#31
(08-28-2017, 02:26 PM)GypsySpirit Wrote: I just have a little .22   It was given to me, I can shoot it just fine, it's just wimpy. 

If by a "little .22" you mean a hand gun, my old boyfriend used to call those things "chin guns" or "pea shooters". 
Pretty useless, even dangerous, as they are said to only make your attacker (two or four legged) mad.

I understand some very reliable & suitable hand guns for self defense can be bought for very reasonable amounts.  But you need to do your research to get the right one...There are obviously some experts here on this thread--not me tho!

Charlotte
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(08-28-2017, 02:32 PM)Charlotte\s Web Wrote: Thanks, good to learn this forum has knowledgeable gun owners aboard. 
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  The nearest range is far from me, so won't be able to try anything before purchase...
I'm really surprised that Ruger's SP101 in .357 Magnum has not been mentioned here? Can be had with 2 & 1/4", 3", and 4" barrel lengths.
Some have referred to it as the little Tank Gun. Shoots either .38 or .357.
A used weapon is OK too as long as everything about it checks out OK.
Doing the Van thing since the early eighties.
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(08-28-2017, 02:32 PM)Charlotte\s Web Wrote: Anything against the idea of a used revolver from a good gun shop?  What to look out for?  The nearest range is far from me, so won't be able to try anything before purchase...

Nothing wrong with a good used revolver.  A decade or so back, the market was flooded with police trade ins as everybody switched to Glocks and similar pistols.  Mostly Smith & Wessons, a few classic Colts.  Many showed lots of holster wear, but were mechanically still very good, since a lot of cops never practiced much and the guns just weren't shot very often.  You might still find some of them.

Go to YouTube and search on "How to buy a used revolver".  Lots of good info there, way more than I can fit in a post like this.

Just make sure you understand the gun stores warranty and return policy, in case there's a problem with it when you go to shoot it.  If you can put 100 rounds through it without any problems, it's reliable enough to bet your life on it.

Consider paying for it with a credit card.  If you really have a problem, and the gun store isn't really helpful, you can dispute the charge.  That really gets their attention and motivates them to solve the problem.
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John

Life is not about discovering yourself.  Life is about creating yourself!

Talk is cheap because of simple economics: The supply FAR exceeds the demand!
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(08-28-2017, 03:07 PM)Ballenxj Wrote: I'm really surprised that Ruger's SP101 in .357 Magnum has not been mentioned here? Can be had with 2 & 1/4", 3", and 4" barrel lengths.
Some have referred to it as the little Tank Gun. Shoots either .38 or .357.
A used weapon is OK too as long as everything about it checks out OK.


Thanks!
OK, so now I have some good suggestions what to look at.  (A little "Tank Gun" reputation, eh?) 

Now, since I will need to buy over the counter at a good gun shop, am I to assume any used firearm they sell has been "checked out" thoroughly?  Or is the onus on the buyer? 

Charlotte
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(08-28-2017, 03:20 PM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote: Nothing wrong with a good used revolver. 

Just make sure you understand the gun stores warranty and return policy, in case there's a problem with it when you go to shoot it.  If you can put 100 rounds through it without any problems, it's reliable enough to bet your life on it.

Consider paying for it with a credit card.  If you really have a problem, and the gun store isn't really helpful, you can dispute the charge.  That really gets their attention and motivates them to solve the problem.


Thanks, John!
Such good info.  Just what I needed to know.  The only problem I see with putting 100 rounds thru the revolver is the cost of ammo!  It's really outrageous around here (CA).  Need I say more?  The credit card payment suggestion makes perfect sense.  That's what I will do when ready to buy. 

Charlotte
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(08-28-2017, 02:32 PM)Boyntonstu Wrote: Seecamp .32 LWS Winchester Silvertips.

The smallest, lightest, most powerful, made in the USA,  stainless steel carry that I could find  30 years ago.

https://www.ammoland.com/2015/04/seecamp...z4r5GPkYLb

That's really old school.  For a time, that was THE hot gun for knowledgable cops and feds to carry as a backup piece.  There were very long waiting lists.  North American Arms made their own copy to tap into that market.

These days, they either carry Kahrs or mini-glock.

My Kahr PM9 is only a little bigger, weighs a lot less, and is way more powerful.

The long-time have the advantage that you can use the full size magazines in them if you have to.

The Seecamp is still highly collectable, and I'm sure you could sell it for way more than you paid for it.

I wish I had the money to indulge myself by buying collectable guns.  I'd love to own a nice Colt Python.
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John

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Talk is cheap because of simple economics: The supply FAR exceeds the demand!
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#37
(08-28-2017, 01:31 PM)karl Wrote: I prefer wheel guns(revolvers) for dependability, and simplicity. 357 mag GP 100 Ruger is my favorite for the wide range of ammo available, although I preferred my 44mag Redhawk for shotshells. Choice of concealed is a Smith 29, or 60
I have an Ithica 37 12ga that I like a lot, but a Maverick( mossberg knockoff) 12 ga pump, 18" w/ lamp, topped with 2 #7 and followed by 3 -00 buck is my grab n go for bumps in the night or banging around the Jeep or tractor..
Winchester 30/30 mod 94 for nostalgia,and brush hunting,  Ruger 77 in 308 if I'm serious.

Yep, old school for the old fool.
Karl,
I think we must have graduated from the same old school together. I too think fondly of those same choices in Rugers and Smith revolvers...and as stated like the Ithaca M37/12 bore. I too have a Winchester 94 .30-30 in Trapper configuration and a .308 bolt gun. Both of the later get a lot of pig use here.
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#38
WOW!  I never knew that there was such a law!

L.A. is poised to roll back ban on 'ultracompact' guns

L.A.’s longstanding ban prohibits firearm dealers in the city from selling smaller guns that measure up to 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height, as well as holsters to carry them.


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me...story.html
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(08-28-2017, 03:29 PM)Charlotte\s Web Wrote: Thanks, John!
Such good info.  Just what I needed to know.  The only problem I see with putting 100 rounds thru the revolver is the cost of ammo!  It's really outrageous around here (CA).  Need I say more?  The credit card payment suggestion makes perfect sense.  That's what I will do when ready to buy. 

Charlotte

Charlotte,

Lots of good suggestions here. The SP101 is indeed a solid choice. I have one in .4" in .32 H&R magnum that my daughter enjoys playing with. Have never fired the same in .38, but they are certainly built to last. John's comments about Security Six, and larger still GP100 are also valid. Both can be had in stainless with a 4" barrel. Sadly, the Security Sixes are long out of print. 

As to the ammo situation in California, I have been told that inventories have dried up or priced to what the market will bear. Perhaps, have an out of state friend buy ammo for you in their local Wal-Mart and bring or ship it to you via common carrier. 

I know here in Florida, many ranges rent guns to try-before-you-buy. Also, a few of our larger ranges have qualified NRA female police instructors that are good at dispelling the severe testosterone that male range officers can emit. 

Best wishes.
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#40
a word on ammo in California. it has gotten a lot better since last year. prices have come down somewhat and supplies are more plentiful. not back to normal but a whole lot better. a store with great prices and plenty of inventory is LAX Firing Range. they have 3 stores one by LAX, another in Orange County, and one in San Diego. they also do mail order. they have the name brands as well as their own brand. even during the panic they were well stocked.

http://www.laxrange.com/

highdesertranger

oh yeah they rent guns and have classes also.
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