Okay.... It has been an experience, learning what is said here, reading handgun forums, countless Youtube videos and finally visited a gunshot now that I have handgun speak and handling methods down pretty good. Never said I was smart, but I'm a good learner :)
I seriously took your advice (many/most of you) in considering a revolver as a first gun. I like the KISS method, first to acclimating both me and my wife with having a weapon in the house. But more so, have something that she would have less reluctance to train and use if/when needed - point and shot is about as as simple as it gets.
I joined a well experienced friend to a fairly local gunshop and was introduced to many semi-autos, most of which I find are better designed for right-handed shooters than left-handed as I am, but things as safeties, slide locks, magazine ejectors, etc., require me to switch hands to do, again on most handguns.
Interestingly (and this is a question) I was drawn to the carry sized handguns more that the "Make My Day" stuff - and of course the vast stuff in the middle. I really liked the compact size of the Ruger .380 LCP - https://ruger-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/_manuals/lcp.pdf
for a few reasons: I have smaller hands and it fit well (no I have not shot it) but It was comfortable to hold and after researching later, it did have a few drawbacks that are worth mentioning. FIRST THOUGH, do any of you own this?
The Ruger.380 LCP doesn't lock the slide open when spending all the rounds, nor does it have a safety lock. Also, most people comparing it to other carry size pistols say it has a harder trigger pull at first, but a bit sloppy (maybe free is better) right before the
trigger clicks. Lastly, it is double action only as most of these compacts are. Just some stuff to think about and way to early to think about buying anything.
But I thought you all would get a kick at the documentation which is required in NJ to get a Purchaser Identification and permit handgun purchase permit. I understand my town of Manchester is LESS paper-heavy than many towns nearer the big cities.
It is the following forms and then $57.50 to the Fingerprint service, which is actually the most expensive part - local police get a $5 application handling fee plus $2 for each handgun Permit. You are allowed 3 handguns (I am applying for 2). And you need to wait 31 days between each hand gun purchase.
Approximate wait time, 3 months currently for purchase permits.
Here are the forms - and just curious, does your states require anything like this???
Consent for mental health recordshttp://www.njsp.org/info/pdf/firearms/sp-066.pdf
FIREARM APPLICANT BACKGROUND CHECK
AUTHORIZATION FOR THE RELEASE OF INFORMATIONhttp://manchesterpolicenj.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/releaseofinformationauthorization.pdf
STATE OF NJ Application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permithttp://www.njsp.org/info/pdf/firearms/sts-033.pdf
then after all these are submitted, you get a paper allowing you to go and get finger printed. How's that stack up to your state.
And REMEMBER there is NO SUCH THING AS CONCEAL OR OPEN CARRY unless you have jobs that directly protect life or "extraordinary" valuables and NJ does not recognize ANY OTHER STATES rules of carrying weapons into this state - no matter how packaged for safety.
Last interesting fact. In NJ you can only transport handguns, sealed away from occupants, ammo at the furthest point from weapons, and MOST IMPORTANTLY you can only drive directly to and from gun-ranges or place of purchase, the most direct route, not stopping for gas, to pick up someone else to go to the range with you, and God forbid stop for lunch. If stopped, the fine can easily be a felony charge of improper transport of a deadly weapon, no lie.
Enjoy my trip into the world of gun ownership, this surely ain't the way is was meant to be. I figure more than anything, the shear paper-trail and traveling for fingerprinting (who only takes money orders) is a deterrent to many, surely a 3 to 6 month or more waiting period can be frustrating as well.
Almost forgot, I would be getting the revolver in .380 also, so wondering - is that one of the tougher ammo finds today, I know it is a great problem.