.32 ??

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    My 89 year old father is thinking of getting one of these guns, either the Ruger SP101 .327, or the Tarus M731 32Magnum.
    He wants a small light frame with decent fire power for home defense.
    any thoughts on either of these? Please email directly at imafirebabe@hotmail.com
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    Why not a softer-shooting, more common .38 Special?
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    Personally I'd go with the Ruger SP101. Stronger and better built that the Taurus.
    Neither of the 2 calibers mentioned are going to be cheap to shoot. .327 is new and hard to find factory ammo for. 32 mag, although it has been around for a while is not readily available either, and is lacking in good defensive loads.
    Better caliber choice would be one in .357 firing .38 special defensive rounds.
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    +1 for the Ruger, not to mention the .327 is a lot harder hitting than the .32 Mag
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    I'd worry about recoil in an 89 year old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    I'd worry about recoil in an 89 year old man.
    My 87 year old grandfather has no trouble at all with his .44 RemMag. Just saying I wouldn't discount a gun/caliber until you've tried it
    The muzzle end of a .45 pretty much says, "Go Away" in every language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    I'd worry about recoil in an 89 year old man.
    I wouldn't worry about that...never pick a fight with an old man. He's too old to fight, and he'll just kill you.

    I've seen lots of guys in their eighties handle the big guns.

    I would stick with a caliber that's easy to find/buy... .38/9mm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I would stick with a caliber that's easy to find/buy... .38/9mm?
    Or 12ga
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    I'd worry about recoil in an 89 year old man.
    Could be an issue with stock grips, with a hogue grip it would be much better and one could step down to .32 H&R if necessary.

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    I am with the 38 crowd only steel frame not alloy and rubber grips . Other hard to find ammo for. 38 has been around for a 100 yrs and will work.
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    Archer 51, thanks for the input, you made a good point... Retsupt99, hahhaaa you are correct, I dont worry about my dad, he is 89 but he shoots straight. He's has carried a gun since he was a small child in the hills of West Virginia.
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    Why not take him to a range, and have him try the 38, and the 9mm. Either would give much better protection than the 32. If he absolutely has to get a 32, I would go with the new 327 magnum. But the key is to have him actually try them to see first.

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    I would recommend the Ruger SP 101 in 357 cal, for an 89 yr. old, but I would load it up with .38 cal ammo. Recoil will be light, and the gun is easy to hold on to. The SP 101 in 327 mag is kind of limited as far as ammo goes, and only comes with 3" barrel. That, or a good Smith .38 snubby.

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    The Dalton Bros' carried several .32 cal guns on them at the same time (5-6)when they went in to rob banks.... so they didn't have to reload. At his age, he'll know who I'm talking about. All of them but Emmett got killed when they tried to rob 2 banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kanas (later 1800's). Emmett, was shot 26 times and survived.

    Hopefully the accuracy of them has gotten a lot better since then, because they sure didn't work too well for them. LOL.

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