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Help me buy a gun.

post #1 of 84
Thread Starter 
I don't know much at all about guns, but I'd like to buy one for personal protection.

I'd like something very small. I prefer silver metals, dislike wood, and like sleekness and right angles. I'd prefer a (relatively) inexpensive model. So long as it's capable of performing the necessary task, I don't need any absurdly fancy stuff. I'd still like a bit of sexiness, though, and preferably the sort of thing that could fit in a jacket pocket if need be.

I know there are many who are knowledgeable about guns here, so any guidance you might have would be appreciated.
post #2 of 84
Are you in America? If so, what state?
post #3 of 84
I'd go to a shooting range and learn how to shoot before you buy a gun.
post #4 of 84
Yeah, seriously. The particulars of picking a gun should basically be the last thing you worry about in this process.
post #5 of 84
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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Are you in America? If so, what state?

Ohio.

I know fuck all about guns and have little intention of shooting one at a range in which accuracy is that big of a concern. Feel free to attempt to talk sense into me as well, as I am entirely out of my element.
post #6 of 84
Learn the law. Consider the consequences of shooting very seriously. Learn about guns and how to handle them safely. Then think about learning to shoot and picking out a pretty gun. The other stuff is far, far more important.
post #7 of 84
I don't know into whose ass you intend to pop a cap, but you're doing this all backwards. If you just want a nice looking gun, fine, get one you like to look at and put it in a locked case and fondle it sometimes. (Based on your criteria, a Walther PPK or the equivalent SIG would be nice.)

If you want to protect yourself, look into alternatives to guns (sprays, batons, not knives) while putting in some range time with rented guns to familiarize yourself with how they work etc. Get some training or at very least read some books on the subject. It's a huge responsibility to carry or even to keep a loaded weapon available.

Don't just pick a gun and start carrying it around and expect that it's going to do you any good.
post #8 of 84
This is how people end up being statistics. Don't do it. At least, not yet. As a person who admittedly knows nothing about guns, take our advice. Do yourself, and everyone around you, a favor, enroll in a good class. Spend about two hours a week for at least three (preferrably six) months at the range shooting different guns in the general size range you are looking for and question whether or not you really need a gun for self-defense or not. If in six months, with one or two hours a week on the range, and at least one gun class under your belt, you still think you want one, go ahead, but the chances are that what you are looking for will be totally different then what you think you want now. Just remember, a gun isn't a fashion accessory. When you pull it out to use it, someone should die. With your current level of commitment to training and researching the owning of a firearm, chances are it will be you. A stun gun would probably serve you better. And I'm generally a gun advocate! You just aren't ready. Do some homework and go to the range... otherwise you are a danger to yourself and everyone around you.
post #9 of 84
in Cambodia you can blow the snotter out of a live cow with a grenade launcher for 20 bucks. theyll let you loose in a field of wild pigs with an AK47 for about the same. just thought Id throw that in there.
post #10 of 84
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Originally Posted by m@T
in Cambodia you can blow the snotter out of a live cow with a grenade launcher for 20 bucks.

theyll let you loose in a field of wild pigs with an AK47 for about the same.

just thought Id throw that in there.

Whoa.
post #11 of 84
I hear that people gather up what's left of the pigs and you get to eat it.
post #12 of 84
the locals eat it. they also demine fields by playing fetch with a bunch of stray dogs and a few tennis balls.
post #13 of 84
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Originally Posted by m@T
the locals eat it.

they also demine fields by playing fetch with a bunch of stray dogs and a few tennis balls.

Sporting bunch, aren't they?
post #14 of 84
ahh at least its quick....the Vietnamese kill dogs for eating in a seriously cruel way. Basically they break its legs, leave it laying on the floor for a couple hours while the adrenaline settles (bitter taste apparently). Then they put it in a sack and beat it with planks til it stops whimpering (tenderises the meat apparently).
post #15 of 84
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Originally Posted by orbitingio
I don't know much at all about guns, but I'd like to buy one for personal protection.
No. Unless you are going to take the time to become knowledgeable about guns on your own, learn the information neccesary and put in countless hours shooting, familirizing yourself with the proper use and saftey of a gun you should not have a gun for personal protection.
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and preferably the sort of thing that could fit in a jacket pocket if need be.
Not going to happen.
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