December 20th, 2008 08:34 AM
Recommendation for home defense for FOM
FOM at work - never had a gun before but had been around them hunting as a youth - now wants a semi-auto pistol for home defense. Not for carry - just for home.
He's not concerned with weight - thinks he wants a 9mm - wants a thumb safety and not just a trigger safety like many are today.
Links appreciated to what you suggest so it'd be easy for me to pass on...
Last edited by ArmyCop; December 20th, 2008 at 08:35 AM.
Reason: Added the not for carry statement - just for home.
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December 20th, 2008 08:47 AM
S&W 5903 (alloy frame) or 5906 (stainless frame). Available as LE trade-ins for $300 or less. Totally reliable and very ammo tolerant. On a used one, replace the recoil spring (about $10 from Wolff) and you are good to go. Here is a good source. Firearms, Guns, Rifles. Grain Valley, Missouri.
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December 20th, 2008 08:55 AM
Your friend should get a 12 gauge, IMO. If he's insistant on a pistol and wants a thumb safety, he'd be well served with some sort of 1911. Too many to list without knowing his price range.
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December 20th, 2008 09:00 AM
Lots of choices, but if it's just for home, don't get anything snubby; you don't need it. And whatever he gets, he should shoot 500 rounds through it at least until he's comfortable working with it.
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December 20th, 2008 09:01 AM
December 20th, 2008 10:20 AM
Beretta 92 is perfect for such things.
December 20th, 2008 10:24 AM
First choice would be a 12 ga shotgun. Second choice I'd go with a CZ75. Either the 75B or the CZ75 P-01. Reliable, accurate and well built.
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December 20th, 2008 10:42 AM
Someone unfamiliar with semi-autos in general who demands a manual safety indicates to me a rather fearful outlook on the weapon, and I don't think a semi-auto would be a wise choice UNTIL he at least gains a little experience with two or three popular models at a range. Then if he still wants a model with safety, so be it.
But all in all, shottie is the KING of home defense. I carry daily, but if SHTF at home I'm grabbing the 870 if at all possible.
December 20th, 2008 11:21 AM
December 20th, 2008 11:24 AM
A revolver and a shotgun.
Everything else can wait.
December 20th, 2008 12:37 PM
A Beretta 92G SD with a light added to the rail could be the ticket. I used one for the first SD pistol class I took years ago...also sold the gun years ago (with my regrets) because it was a little too heavy and bulky for CCW. The gun itself was a great shooter...smoooooooth...and easy takedown for cleaning.
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December 20th, 2008 01:15 PM
+1 on the Beretta 92...seems to fit what he's looking for.
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December 20th, 2008 01:25 PM
A good used Ruger P series 85,89,95 in 9mm.
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December 20th, 2008 03:09 PM
I was thinking the same thing, oddly enough, before I even read this post. Second vote for the 5903/5906.
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December 20th, 2008 03:27 PM
Strong believer in having a 12 gauge pump as the primary HD gun...simple to use, and with 00 Buck guaranteed to be noticed by whoever's on the recieving end of the boom stick.
If he must have a pistol for HD, I like the S&W 5903/5906 as well. If the M&P comes with a thumb safety I'd recommend that too.
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