11/11/2009 2:48am, #1
- Join Date
- Jun 2009
- Los Angeles
Newb Guard needs help choosing gun.
Hello everyone. So i just recently became a Security guard and I was wondering if any of you guys can help set me up suitable for me. I'm on a budget of about 300-400 and I'm about 5'7", 160lbs and have small hands if that helps. Thanks
11/11/2009 4:48am, #2
- Join Date
- Dec 2006
1st what caliber of weapon does your state allow or dictate you must carry based on qualifying etc.
second part is get a glock
11/11/2009 3:40pm, #3
"Small hands" can mean almost anything, since it's entirely subjective. It would be better if you measured from your palm heel to the tip of your index finger and posted the result as two lengths: the width of your palm and the length of your index finger.
That may sound strange, but I'm 5'7" at ~140lbs (I wouldn't call my hands big) and I can handle a full size 1911—a gun some people regard as not being suitable for those with small hands—firing 230gr ball. For a price reference, I bought my Rock Island Armory 1911 for $397 (not including the shooting range's transfer fee).
I typically post links to Bud's Gun Shop for price references, so here's some that might be relevant:
If you want a revolver, look at this Used Ruger GP100 in .357 Magnum with four inch barrel and stainless steel finish.
A cheap option for an automatic is this (new) Ruger P95 in 9mm Luger with blued finish.
I will wait until the discussion has developed further before posting any more price links, though I should also mention that the guns listed above are approved for sale in California...and the fact that they're both Rugers is a coincidence.
11/11/2009 5:11pm, #4
I sold a great many Ruger semi-autos when I worked in a retail gun store, I never had any brought in for service. A GP 100 would also be a solid choice in that price range. I'd suggest you try to scrounge up a few more bucks however. I always felt that if you're going to spend a couple hundred anyway you may as well pay for what you want rather than settle. Take a look at the Springfield XDs. I think they are really solid, mine is accurate as Hell. Good luck and be safe.
11/12/2009 6:39pm, #5
- Join Date
- Jun 2009
Do you have any training with a firearm? If you do not, go get some first.
If you have training, then go to a range and try some out.
I agree with finding what restrictions you have in your area.
Guns I would consider: Glock, Springfield XD, Smith and Wesson M&P or Model 66, Ruger GP100, or even a Taurus(revolver or semi). There are a great number of guns out there in your price range. If you need help contact the NRA and talk to a handgun instructor. They can help you a bunch.
11/12/2009 7:00pm, #6
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
- South Texas
go with a glock 23 .40 cal or any glock for that matter.....mine cost me 450 but its worth the extra money trust me
11/12/2009 7:08pm, #7
Go shoot some guns first. You don't know what fits your hand until you fire it.
That being said, a 4" 8-shot .357 from Taurus costs about 425 bucks. All the capacity of a 1911, and twice the stopping power (Or 3X the power if you get sick loads.)
Hi-point makes 9mm and .45ACP autos for under 200 bucks. They are picky eaters but good shooters. Probably not a piece for a gun noob, however. They often require some minor tinkering to get reliable performance.
Taurus has a couple of 9mm for under 400 bucks. They are good, reliable weapons, but at that pricce they are pretty minimal pieces.
Go with a full-size Taurus revolver and you will be very happy with power and performance for under 400 bucks.And lo, Kano looked down upon the field and saw the multitudes. Amongst them were the disciples of Uesheba who were greatly vexed at his sayings. And Kano spake: "Do not be concerned with the mote in thy neighbor's eye, when verily thou hast a massive stick in thine ass".
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11/12/2009 8:07pm, #9
If your life is going to depend on your handgun you shouldn't Budget yourself to $300. Ask borrow some money and get a high quality pistol.You are not free whose liberty is won by the rigour of other, more righteous souls. Your are merely protected. Your freedom is parasitic, you suck the honourable man dry and offer nothing in return. You who have enjoyed freedom, who have done nothing to earn it
11/12/2009 9:41pm, #10