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    The $1000 question

    Recognizing that there are lots of individual differences and personal preferences, if you were to advise someone on the matter of how they might "best" spend $1000 on a self-defense (carry) firearm(s) [ammo, training classes, etc. not included], what would you recommend? FWIW, I'm thinking of advising my brother to get a G19 AND an S&W 642.
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    Those will both work, and if it's just one...the Glock-19.
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    G19, holster and lots of ammo would be an excellent choice. I guess it depends on how much your brother knows about guns. Advise him to get some training and let him pick out his firearm.
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    It sounds like you are right on the mark.

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    I would say go and buy a $135 Hi-point, and send the rest of the money to me.


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    It sounds like you are on the right track, but also depends on his experience with firearms.


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    G19, holster and lots of ammo would be an excellent choice. I guess it depends on how much your brother knows about guns. Advise him to get some training and let him pick out his firearm.
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    Buy any of a large number of affordable and reliable handguns. Then, spend all the rest of the money training. Finally, save up some more money and train even more.
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    Go to the store, fondle a bunch. Set aside those that make the cut in terms of ergonomics. Get a bunch of ammo, and go shoot the snot out of them.

    Buy the one that he shoots the best.

    Use the left-over to address any modification issues that may need to be undertaken for the gun, to fit the specific user's needs/wants.

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    Enroll your brother in an NRA first steps class and afterwards take him gun shopping. I'd suggest checking out the M&P & M&P compacts.
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    Best advise you can give your brother, or anyone looking for a first gun, is go to the range and shoot as many as they can. Then make the determination on what works best for them.
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    It goes without sayin that you about have him shoot any prospective handgun prior to purchase, however, my short list is:

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    To the OP....what is good for you is NOT necessarily good for your brother. I applaude your choices of the G19 and the 642, however, your brother may not like or be able to shoot/control either weapon with accuracy. As others have said, take your brother to a range that rents weapons, let him shoot a number of different weapons from revolvers to semiautomatics. Let him shoot YOUR carry weapon(s). Then when the session is over, discuss with him HIS likes and dislikes of what he has shot. Let HIM narrow down his choices and discuss again, the pros and cons of his choices. Take a break, let him shoot his FINAL choices one more time and hopefully he will settle on a weapon(s) that works for HIM. Then, once he purchases his weapon of choice, steer him in to some TRAINING with a reputable instructor/company and keep encouraging him to train train train...Oh...the same goes for you Sir...TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN....JMO
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    I appreciate the thoughtful replies. Thank you. The "training" and "practice" requirements go without saying, but it's never a bad idea to remind someone of this. BTW, my brother has decades of experience with hunting and he's very comfortable around and proficient with firearms. However, he's a relative novice when it comes to handguns. I can easily see his self-assuredness resulting in a less-than-optimal EDC purchase (e.g., S&W 686 - 4 inch). I'm trying to stear him in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hbc View Post
    Recognizing that there are lots of individual differences and personal preferences, if you were to advise someone on the matter of how they might "best" spend $1000 on a self-defense (carry) firearm(s) [ammo, training classes, etc. not included], what would you recommend? FWIW, I'm thinking of advising my brother to get a G19 AND an S&W 642.
    Depends on his experience with firearms..first timer I would suggest a revolver of some sort.
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    Hbc?... IMO Those are about two of the best choices I could think of. A service sized, high cap pistol, and a small hideout revolver. I think you have answrered your own question.

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