Yes, I've been throwing the thought to get my Permit to Purchase (NJ Jargon) for getting a weapon. Basically, the permit is to purchase, up to two weapons, the permit is good for three months, but can be extended another 3 months.
No, my victim being a victim of mild road rage did not sway me over the top, it has been coming a long time, well beyond the year I have given it more thought. Remember, this is a big deal to me and the State of NJ who has had background checks, no conceal carry (except in extreme cases) and surely no weapon accessible in an automobile.
That said, here is where you all come in: I want the weapon for home protection, I don't want a revolver, nor a pistol with excessive noise, flash or something overkill for home protection.
I don't need lists of your armory, just a description of your favorite hand-helds and why they are your favorite, especially keeping in mind my wife and I have little to no experience.
After a few dozen Youtube videos, I like a double-action/single action combo, just seems a bit safer before firing and fast re-fire after that. I also like a rubberized or composite material, both the look and the feel, I love the bright colors alignment guides too.
Again, I'm just window shopping for what I might like, I'll be taking coworkers who have a good selection of weapons to the gun-range to get the final feel for what is right for me and her. We will both go obviously.
The wait time is around 2.5-3 months, lots of time to learn what I can and to find out from owner what is their favorite handgun and why. Oh, I also like the conceal carry sized weapons, not the super small, but something that fits nicely in smaller hands but gets the job done if ever needed. I was told by my most savvy gun owner - a great hunter from crossbow, to flint rifle to a miriad of stockpiled weapon that a 38 special is a good all around weapon because of multiple ammo options, size and recoil - all important things.
A BIG consideration too is I'm left-handed. I want a semi-auto and wondering if the shell expeller (sic)is an issue - are there left-handed guns, does it really make that much difference to even consider this point. I just know there are a thousand questions I don't know enough to even ask.
But for reference, I plan on two handguns, on in the living room safely stowed to the rear of a stand besides my comfy chair and the second in the bedroom. Ideally, I want to rounds in the chamber, I want a full clip and just a slide away from being armed and very ready if needed.
As always, I'm a rookie seeking out your knowledge, I know I'll learn some things with this post. A question that bugs me, is why does the Glock barrel seem to point upwards rather than parallel - is that an illusion?
Lastly, keep in mind ammo cost and availability, I expect to spend some time at the range and I know that can get expensive quickly.
I have not read all the other posts, so forgive me if I am beating a dead horse.
I worked as, and owned my own gunsmithing business, selling, refinishing and fixing guns for many years.
First thing I want to say, is that most people buy something too big for their first gun. I have storeis to tell about this, but tend to get into writing books instead of simple posts, so will TRY to keep it simple.. Larger guns produce a lot of recoil and a BIT more noise.. People tend to develop a flinch when they pull the trigger, and often dont even realize what they are doing.
So I want to recommend that you buy TWO guns, (or the smaller one first) both of a similar type. Whatever Semi you want to use for home defense, and a .22 Semi of similar type and function. The purpose is to SHOOT the .22 and practice. It has almost no recoil, and very little noise. By shooting the .22 you can condition yourself to use the right hold, to breathe and aim correctly, before you start shooting the 9mm, .45, or whatever it is you decide to get. Conditioning yourself with the smaller gun will help you tremendously when you begin practicing with the larger caliber.
Yes there are left handed versions of Semi autos, but they are often more expensive. I know a lot of left handed people who have trained themselves to shoot right handed. Depending on the Semi you buy.. if you buy a right handed gun and shoot it left handed, you might get beaned by the spent cartridge, so if you can try them out first. Some Semi's are ambidextrous, or can be bought with that option, AND, they put the spent casing up over your head behind you. So try them, and make sure they will work for you before you buy one.
A big burly guy I Knew brought a gun into my shop.. said it wouldnt hit the broad side of a barn.. I told him I woold look at it..
So... this thing is a Thompson Contender, in 45-70.. yes, a pistol... that shoots a cartridge as big as your thumb.. I owned several large caliber handguns, and had learned to shoot them well, so was not too worried about this thing.
I loaded it, aimed, fired....
It peeled the skin off the meaty part of where my thumb and palm meet, and completely NUMBED my hand... Forearm, all the way to my shoulder. When I had the injury cared for, I looked through my spotting scope to see a neat hole JUST touching the bull in the target.
I didnt fire it again.
He came in the next day... and I loaded it in front of him, with a round I had reloaded, with a dead primer and no powder. I turned the camera on, and told him to go ahead and shoot it... Yeah.. he almost fell over when he squeezed the trigger. he CLOSED his eyes, and his whole body lunged forward when the gun ... Clicked... I convinced him to get a .22 barrel for it to practice with, and then trade that in for larger calibers, working his way up until he COULD shoot the big cartridge.. I considered myself pretty macho back then... certainly cured me of that!