Taurus Judge or Ruger LCP

Taurus Judge or Ruger LCP

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    Taurus Judge or Ruger LCP

    I plan on puchasing both of these guns by next yaer but ones gonna be for Christmas this year which one would you get first The Judge or LCP?


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    The judge is a great nightstand gun and the LCP is great for carry.

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    Whichever one you want, they are so different. I'd probably get the LCP first because you can carry it and if need be use it in the house, the Judge, not so much on the carry.

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    The Judge is a for fun gun and the LCP is a for carrying gun. Judge would make a terrible carry, and the LCP makes a lousy for-fun gun.

    So -- are you short a practical gun or a fun gun? If you've got a closet full of carryable guns, have fun. If you're having a hard time carrying for lack of a small gun... better get the LCP.

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    The Judge seems kinda gimmicky to me. I bet its a hoot as a range toy, but I'd think that its real-world usefulness would be rather limited. But if you really want it as a novelty, by all means go for it, as there is nothing wrong with having a fun gun.

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    From everything that I've read about the Judge (yeah, I want one too), it makes for a great Static Defense gun. This means that it is perfectly suited to live in a holster under a business counter (maybe by the cash register), beside the bed attached to the nightstand, or in a car-safe for holster carry on long trips. In other words, it defends one place real well, but not so much in the daily carry department.

    It was marketed to women as the "Ultimate Purse Gun", but how longs that lasts as it is quite heavy is up for debate...

    The LCP I don't know so much about, but it sounds like a good carry gun as I've seen it mentioned in good standing in many a thread on this site.

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    I do plan on getting both and I currently carry a XD SC 40 just wandering which to get first!

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    The Judge would make a good trail gun or something to have in the boat but other than that its about worthless for carrying....to big, long and cumbersome.
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    I know I'll get flamed by Judge lovers out there, but the Judge is not a very good self-defense handgun unless you load it with .45 LC. In that case, there are many better choices for the price/size/weight.

    Buckshot fired out of that short barrel is not going to penetrate to the vitals reliably. Might it work? Sure, it might. There are better choices though.

    Birdshot? No way.

    The Judge is good as a trail gun, for snakes and such. Even then, there are better choices. If you want one as a fun gun, then go for it.

    No, I don't want to get shot with one - that still does not mean it is a good defensive choice.

    As far as the LCP - my wife has one. Not fun to shoot at the range, but great for what it is. Powerful enough to get you out of trouble at close range. Light, small, easy to conceal. Reliable. Inexpensive. I'd recommend it - as long as you can find ammo for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    I know I'll get flamed by Judge lovers out there, but the Judge is not a very good self-defense handgun unless you load it with .45 LC. In that case, there are many better choices for the price/size/weight.

    Buckshot fired out of that short barrel is not going to penetrate to the vitals reliably. Might it work? Sure, it might. There are better choices though.

    Birdshot? No way.

    The Judge is good as a trail gun, for snakes and such. Even then, there are better choices. If you want one as a fun gun, then go for it.

    No, I don't want to get shot with one - that still does not mean it is a good defensive choice.

    As far as the LCP - my wife has one. Not fun to shoot at the range, but great for what it is. Powerful enough to get you out of trouble at close range. Light, small, easy to conceal. Reliable. Inexpensive. I'd recommend it - as long as you can find ammo for it!

    What he said.

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    since you already have the carry gun i would probably just get the judge for a home gun. then get the LCP as a BUG later on. Just my $.02
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    Lets not forget that with buckshot (.410) there are now 3 projectiles going down range that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR!!!!
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    Yup, The LCP is a good choice for CC either for a BUG or a primary, given what you would consider your daily threat level to be.
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    The Judge would make a great snake gun out in a field, but for not for anything else, IMHO.
    Pretty bulky item for carry...so many other good choices for CCW.
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    LCP first. And like mentioned before, start looking for ammo even if it is second!

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