Recommendation for home defense for FOM

Recommendation for home defense for FOM

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    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...

    Thanks.
    Last edited by ArmyCop; December 20th, 2008 at 09:35 AM. Reason: Added the not for carry statement - just for home.
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    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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    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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    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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    plus 1 on the 12 guage. I also use a glock 21.
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    Beretta 92 is perfect for such things.
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    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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    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.

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    A revolver and a shotgun.

    Everything else can wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Beretta 92 is perfect for such things.
    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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    +1 on the Beretta 92...seems to fit what he's looking for.
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    A good used Ruger P series 85,89,95 in 9mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodLark View Post
    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.
    I was thinking the same thing, oddly enough, before I even read this post. Second vote for the 5903/5906.


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    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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