Thread: She wants a gun....
2/26/2009 2:33pm, #1
She wants a gun....
So, my fiancee is in the process of joining the Rochester Police Department. Due to some physical fitness issues (re: shin splints) she failed her physical exam for this year's academy. She plans on retrying next year. However in the interim she is looking to get a head start, take some martial arts and get in some range time.
She has only fired a gun a few times years ago. I have extensive experience with rifles and shotguns but no handgun experience. So both her and I plan to start from scratch.
She also wants to purchase as her first gun the Beretta PX4 Storm in .45ACP as it is the service weapon the RPD uses. While I do not think she would have an issue controlling a .45 I worry that the cost of the gun, and ammunition would make shooting enough to become proficient prohibitive.
As for the martial arts, I plan on coercing her into Judo as it is both cheap, and widely available.
So, my questions for you oh gun nuts are these: Should she start with the PX4? How expensive is ammunition going to run? Can it be bought in bulk, and for roughly how much? Is there a better gun given the information stated above? What pearls of wisdom would you like to impart?
2/26/2009 2:52pm, #2I feel like you eye-bawlin' me, dawg!
2/26/2009 3:45pm, #3
5'10 220, wightlifter. I have no doubt she will be able to control a .45 but I do like the idea of taking her to a range to try one. Only issue being I can't find a range in Rochester that rents guns to shoot.
2/26/2009 4:01pm, #4
Yeah she'll be fine with a .45. Check with your local gun store or gun club. They might have an idea of where you can go that will allow you to rent a handgun wile using the range. Maybe in or near Buffalo or if you want to take a trip, you can go to PA or Ohio.I feel like you eye-bawlin' me, dawg!
2/26/2009 4:33pm, #5
I'll ask around. I'm sure there is a range in Rochester.
I'd like to eventually apply for my CCW so I would most likely end up with a smaller gun in addition to her PX4 as they are HUGE guns.
2/26/2009 9:11pm, #6
.45 ACP is rather expensive, but perhaps you can buy reloaded cartridges, or reload them yourself. Myself, I just bite the bullet (har) and spend what I need to spend to do what I want to do (e.g. practice for a specific reason) but at the same time I don't go shooting all the time.Best Vietnam War music video I've ever seen put together by a vet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDY8raKsdfg
2/26/2009 11:41pm, #7
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I don't profess any kind of knowledge about this at all, but it seems to me if you were planning on getting a smaller firearm for CCW and she wants a bigger firearm to familiarize herself with the tools of her future job, that kinda' solves your problem.
Your non-compensatory, totally rationally sized handgun can feed a less expensive round than her knock-them-on-the-ground-with-a-sucking-chest-wound gun. You can swap around so everyone gets plenty of marksmanship practice and she still gets her hands on the tool of her trade, right?
2/27/2009 1:17pm, #8
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2/27/2009 1:30pm, #9
I have no doubt that she will be able to handle the .45. If she would learn to shoot something with a little less recoil, proficiently, it will make it easier to learn to shoot the .45.
2/27/2009 1:58pm, #10
I'm thinking about looking around and seeing what I can find used at a good price. It doesn't have to be anything crazy, or flashy, just dependable and hopefully cheap.
However, her father has instilled a stigma in her against 9mm. She thinks it's a "gangster" or "punk" round. I don't understand, but whatever.