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One Woman’s Choice for a Personal Defense Weapon

When you read all the articles on the different types of guns and what’s recommended for self-defense and home defense, you come away with only one conclusion: there’s a differing opinion and rationale for each point of view presented. Of course opinions are like writers – there’s one around every corner! Being a woman, my perspective is a little different than my male counterparts on the site. However, I feel it’s a uniquely female position on the issue, and I’d like to share it with our readers.

First of all, I’m not an Annie Oakley. I don’t take my pistol out and shoot it on a daily (or even weekly!) basis. I’m a mom, and a working mom at that. My “spare” time is spent folding laundry, grocery shopping, helping the kids with their homework, cooking supper and trying to stay ahead of the dust bunnies in my house. What little bit of time I have, after escorting the kids to all their events, is used in catching up with all the other things I didn’t get done that day. I live on enough acreage that I don’t have to go to the shooting range to practice with my pistol, and still I find myself looking up and finding it dark outside and well past the time I could practice.

When I think about the type of pistol I want for self-defense, the 9mm with its half-dozen buttons is not my first choice, simply from the fact that when I’m put into a state of alertness (read that FEAR!), my attention is not on my weapon.

Far from it.

I’m wondering what the noise is, I’m wondering who’s in the house, I’m reaching for my pistol, but my focus is NOT on making sure I’m pushing the right buttons! Let me give you my take on what would happen if I relied on a 9mm for my defense needs:  I’m awakened in the middle of the night by a noise. I’m groggy, and I don’t know what the noise is, so I lay there for a moment…and then I hear it again.

It’s the unmistakable crunch of broken glass under someone’s feet. My heart has started pounding in my ears, and I know the intruder can hear each thudding beat! I quietly reach over to my bedside table and draw out my 9mm. I can’t see anything, and because I haven’t had time to go to the shooting range every day and I don’t live with my pistol every day (like a soldier or policeman), I’m not sure where all my little safety buttons are. I push what I think is the safety, only to find it’s the magazine eject button … and there goes nine rounds of ammunition on the floor … in a dark room.

By this time I’m flustered. Not thinking, I slide the action back because I know I at least have to do this to get one in the barrel … only, I already had one in the barrel so I immediately expel the only shell in my weapon. I still haven’t found the safety button and by this time the intruder is walking down the hall. The only thing I have left is an empty pistol to throw at him.

I can hear my male writing buddies now. “Duh!!!  That’s why you have to PRACTICE!” Again, let me refer you to the second paragraph! In addition, with an automatic, there’re too many things that can go wrong. For example, if the shell doesn’t eject properly, then my gun is jammed. I don’t have to worry about that with a revolver. If there’s a bogus shell in the cylinder, all I have to do is pull the trigger again. The cylinder is going to rotate and give me a new bullet.

I thought about it long and hard and decided that, for me, a .38 Special revolver was all I needed.  The only thing I had to decide was whether I wanted a hammerless model or not.

You can get a standard .38, built on a J-frame (a small-frame revolver), with a hammer and the ability for single or double action. (Single action is cocking the gun by pulling the hammer back, each and every time. The trigger is touchier with this method, and your weapon can accidently discharge if you bump the trigger. Double action is simply pointing and shooting. The trigger is harder to pull, but you won’t accidently shoot someone in a stressful situation.)

The hammerless is also available in a revolver built on a J-frame, but it’s strictly double-action. The hammer is there, but it’s built into the frame. What I like about the hammerless model is that I can carry it easily in my purse (I live in a concealed carry state) and don’t have to worry about it hanging on the tons of stuff I’ve got crammed in there. If put to the test, I won’t hesitate to shoot through the purse.  I’ll worry about picking up my Maybelline later.

You’ve also got the choice of an “in-between” model, such as one of the older models of Smith & Wesson’s Bodyguard®. It has the capability of either single or double action, but the hammer is shrouded instead of built into the frame. The newer model is hammerless and double action only, as well as having integrated laser sights now.

That’s it. There are only three things to learn about the gun:  the trigger, the cylinder latch, and the ejector rod. And none of those three are in the same place or even remotely resemble each other. You can learn to use it in a minute.

Smith & Wesson 432PD Centennial

Smith and Wesson is perhaps the most well-known of the pistol manufacturers with their Centennial series of Airweights, a snub-nosed .38 Special hammerless revolver that’s available in either a stainless steel finish (the 642 model) or blued steel (the 442 model). They have aluminum alloy frames with stainless steel cylinders and barrels. The nice thing is that even though the unloaded gun weighs a mere 15 ounces, the gun still carries an excellent power to weight ratio.

Ruger has a hammerless .38 Special revolver called the LCR, and it comes in at a nice 13 ½ ounces. It’s one of the most popular sellers out there right now. If you want to get fancy, you can order the model with the Crimson Trace® LaserGrips®, but it’ll run you a couple of hundred dollars extra.

Taurus and Charter Arms also build their version of the Centennial that is closely patterned after the original. Taurus has their line of .38 Specials in the Protector Polymer, weighing in at a little more than 18 ounces. It is a hybrid “shrouded hammer” gun, giving you the option of single-action firing if you want.

Charter Arms manufactures a gun called the Undercover Lite®. It’s a 12-ounce gun in the aluminum model, but comes in stainless steel or a matte black finish. The only thing that I don’t like about Charter Arms’ line of Undercover Lite® guns is the choice of all the “fun” colors you have. Ladies, if at all possible, stifle your desire to purchase the cute little pink finish gun. A gun is a weapon. It’s a dangerous, LETHAL weapon. Making it look like a fun toy pistol is not what you want to do, especially if you have kids around the house. Buy the model that looks as intimidating as possible.

These guns, like all J-frame models, only carry five rounds. In a self-defense situation (remember, you’re not going into battle here!) that should be enough. If you want to take into account the Murphy factor (if anything can go wrong, it will) then by all means carry a spare quick-loader with you for those moments you might need to reload.

All in all, you should be able to get into one of these guns new for anywhere from $450 to $800, depending on the type and manufacturer you choose. (Checking online prices, I found that they were much higher. Check out prices with a local firearms dealer in your area to save money.) If you’re strapped for cash however, you can still get the standard .38 Special, 2-inch barrel, 16 ounce pistol for under $400. If you want to carry it with you, buy a purse that is specifically made for carrying a gun. These purses take into account the hammer on the pistol. You can find these at many gun shows and online as well.

Another option you have is to scour the pawn shops and gun shops in your area. Some really great deals can be had buying a used pistol. Unless the gun has been terribly abused or left out in the rain to rust, there’s nothing wrong with a used gun and you can usually save yourself some money.

The choice of a gun is as varied as shoes and clothing. There is no “one size fits all” answer to what you’re most comfortable with when it comes to a gun purchase. Take into consideration your lifestyle, your needs and wants, and the application for your weapon. Will this gun stay in your bedside table? Will you want to carry it in your purse? Decide these answers and then go from there. Don’t be pressured into purchasing what someone else thinks would be good for you. Know your abilities and know your limitations. Design your purchase around the factors that affect you.

Your gun will only be as effective as your confidence in your ability to use the weapon to defend yourself. Sometimes, the simplest gun is the best.

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26 comments

  1. “The only thing that I don’t like about Charter Arms’ line of Undercover Lite® guns is the choice of all the “fun” colors you have. Ladies, if at all possible, stifle your desire to purchase the cute little pink finish gun. A gun is a weapon. It’s a dangerous, LETHAL weapon. Making it look like a fun toy pistol is not what you want to do, especially if you have kids around the house. Buy the model that looks as intimidating as possible.”

    Ditto!
    I use a .357 and fire .38 rounds for part of each practice to ease recoil on my hands. The hammer-less airweight is excellent for small stature, small hands cc, confidence might make up for the lack of the .38’s punch. Good choice, Carmen.

  2. I would highly encourage you to practice with whatever you shoot. The right gun is the one you’re actually willing to carry, and no one can argue with an S&W Airweight’s carriability. But you should understand the tradeoffs, so you won’t be surprised when it’s time to use it. Lightweight guns tend to kick hard, which may degrade its controllability; above all else, it doesn’t matter what you use if you can’t aim and hit with it. Also, their short barrels means the muzzle velocity of the fired round will be lower, which means lower energy at the point of impact. But hey, if you’re content with those tradeoff, you’ve found the right gun for you.
    About 9 mm pistols, don’t lump them all in the same basket. What you described as a 9 mm reminds me of the Beretta 92F which is standard issue in the military. I agree, that darn safety lever is just in the way. But have you ever looked at the Glock handgun line? As a Blackwater instructor once told me, “It has everything you want and nothing you don’t want”. Glocks have an internal striker pin instead of a hammer. The safety is incorporated with the trigger and is disengaged with a proper trigger press. You can’t mess it up, unless you really have no idea what your doing. If that’s the case, you’re not going to hit anything anyway. Glock is not the only line of firearms with this type of operating system, but it is the brand that popularized it. And they are very reliable.

  3. My husband bought me a Kahr 45 Compact. I’m a small woman and it fits my hand just fine. It’s lightweight with less kick than the 40. My husband wanted me to be able to defend myself with one well-placed shot, not just wound someone and not stop the perpetrator. A 38 isn’t enough to stop a person. He has several Glocks and loves them, but the grips are too big for my hand.

    • You are so wrong..I love my S&W and it will put anyone down, for good! I load Pow’R Ball self defense ammunition for anyday carrying out there in the real world. I practice with a 125 JHP since it is cheaper. I have been shooting for over 20 yrs. Women, you have to carry something you can work and handle with confidence. Since aging is a problem for me now, my hands can’t handle what it use to. Sliding back anything Glock makes I can no longer do, my S&W does the job everytime. Easy to conceal, easy to operate, easy to clean, easy to do anything. Don’t listen to a man, don’t have a man buy you what they think you should have and carry, go out and look for yourself, put a number of different guns in your hands, try to operate everything on it, go to a shop that has a shooting range and will let you try before you buy and remember….you get what you pay for! Don’t go cheap!

  4. Something to also consider is barrel length. While it is easier to carry concealed, a short barrel is also harder to hit what you’re shooting at. They’re known as “belly-guns” for a good reason.

  5. She dumps her mag and ejects her last round – this can be avoided. That is a good reason why you own a GLOCK. NO safety, 15 rounds. Slide and shoot. Get night sites while you are at it. I have small hands. I own a G23 and a G22. I also have a conversion barrel from a .40 to a 9mm… BUY COR BAN or Thunder Ranch high end ammo for defense. AND… YES… practice. Get some cheaper practice loads and shoot a mag full a week. (well i do this cause i live in the ‘country’…. you may need to go to a range and need to make use of the range fee by going every other week or monthly… but GO.

    • Go Team Glock. I keep my Glock 22 (40cal) next to my bed just in case. Never had a problem with the kick and despite it’s size, I’ve never had a problem gripping it with my smallish hands. With the recent case a few towns over of some punks breaking into someone’s house and hacking a mother to death and nearly killing her daughter because they felt like it, I feel safer with something that does more damage than my dad’s pea-shooter. Some people are just nuts.

    • Cor-Bon ammo rocks.’Nuff said.

  6. not a bad choice at all!! though i would preffer a 357 over a 38 anyday, in a home that could be overkill and cause bad / unintentional things to happen. if your looking for simple late night at home defence, i will stand by the pump shotgun everytime…most often the sound of the action will send all but the most hardened (craziest or most stupid) people back out the way they came in. as for a carry weapon, im a vet so im perfectly comfortable with a glock or my new walther p99. a revolver is always a great choice as it is 100% reliable and for conceled carry you should never be getting into a drawn out firefight so the limit on rounds is not a real concern. but if that is your concern get a speedloader or 2. but a 38 snubby is a great choice for anybody as a pdw.

  7. I’m a 50 year old Male and reading this article reminded me of the thought process i used when I purchased my Ruger LCR with the laser site. I’ve never felt like I needed a weapon, although I didn’t care what other spent they’re money on. My wife finished her degree and went to work as a school teacher. One day it came to me that i had no idea what manner of “mankind” she would be teaching. I needed a gun…not for the kids but for the mad parents of kids. I wanted something i could keep within reach while sleeping and something i wouldn’t have to think about while shooting. Racking in the first shot would give my position in the house away and besides like i told my wife when i wanted to buy the more expensive LCR with the laser site….”RED DOTS HURT!”.

  8. As a retired police officer I have handled a lot of different weapons. What no one is thinking about is if you use an
    auto no matter how good it is, if it is not use often enough to let the tension out of the spring in the clip it will miss fire and jam. learning to tap and rap is ok for the job but for home defence when pumped on the fear of the moment you may forget to keep your arms strong or take off the saftey or any number of things… I have lots of weapons but the next to the bed will always be a small frame 38 or 357 with hollow point or hydro shock rounds they will stop someone. you set it under your bed tonight and 10 years from now it will shoot no question. I carry my concealed in a holster and had hammerless guns go flying out in front of me when i ran someplace. the hammer allows you to keep it in a not so fancy holster when your wearing jeans…

  9. Things to consider, in no particular order:

    1. Spring set in *magazines* is a MYTH. It is the action of compressing and decompressing a spring that wears it out – as in many many many cycles of loading and unloading (firing…)
    I did a net search on “loaded magazine spring set myth” and immediately found plenty of documentation about this myth.
    http://smith-wessonforum.com/smith-wesson-semi-auto-pistols/109990-can-you-keep-magazine-loaded.html
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=946651

    2. Handguns suck for self defense. Why use handguns? Because you cannot carry around a shotgun or rifle (or policeman) with you everywhere you go. Handguns are small, lightweight, and concealable.

    3. More is almost always better. The more rounds your gun holds, the better. Unlike in the movies, one shot will not blow the goblin 5 feet back through the air. How many times do you shoot a bad guy trying to kill or rape you? You shoot until the threat is gone – until the bad guy is down. How many times is that? No way to know… and how many times will you miss your target while under the stress of him trying to kill you? Things to consider, to say the least.

    4. My opinion: If a person does not have time to practice with a gun, a person has no business using a gun for self defense. That person is a danger to themselves and others. Time to consider some pepper spray…

    5. Skill with firearms is a perishable skill. You must practice to be successful.

    6. My opinion: Any handgun of sufficient caliber that is mechanically reliable, that you have practiced with enough to build muscle memory (your hands know how to operate it without you having to consciously think about it) will serve for self defense.

    7. The larger the hole it makes the better. Choose the largest caliber that you can handle comfortably.

    8. 99% of a gun’s effectiveness is the person pulling the trigger.

  10. Carmen, I agree with Liberty.
    The key with a perishable skill is practice, practice, practice. This can be done at home, when the kids are in bed and its dark outside, it is called ‘dry firing’.
    *Clear the gun of ammunition. put the ammo in a drawer or go to another room and practice dry firing. Pull the empty gun (a survival tool) from the holster and pull the trigger. If you are using a double-action revolver (a good choice), you can pull the trigger without having to ‘recock’ the gun for many many ‘shots’. You are building muscle memory. Do it correctly each time you do it and don’t worry about the speed (that will come).
    *Make sure your front sight stays on the target you have aimed it at. Charts are available to let you know what corrections you need to make when your front sight goes off in any direction. Squeeze your trigger directly back to the web between your thumb and index finger. (#8 by Liberty)
    *Check the NRA (and other) web sites for ladies-only classes (usually called ‘Women On Target’, ‘First Steps’ or something similar).
    *Check out your local gun club (mine does a women-only class monthly: Mar-Oct).
    *Try many handguns for fit to your hand (the same way you buy gloves). The more comfortable the fit, the more inclined you are to practice with it: live-fire as well as dry-fire, and the more powerful the cartridge you can use, which means you put the perpetrator down more effectively.
    *Be confident. Move into a new ‘comfort zone’ deliberately. It is a rewarding feeling all by itself.

  11. What is it with you women? Somebody please tell me!!! Why do you gals beat up on yourselves so baddly?
    Everybody screws up, my first time on the pistol range at Quantico, I dropped a whole mag of .45 in the mud. (the Mag bottom fell out) I still had time so I put them in my mouth to clean them and fired them singly through the pistol. managed to get a pizzabox and a smile from the SSGT line coach.
    anyway just realize that it is OK to screw up, stay on the range, keep working at it, and nobody is watching you in particular, nor laughing. Guarantee your practice will make you better than someone with none. And Gals, everyone is scared when the bullets start flying, except the section 8’s. It is only normal.

  12. Boy I think back on my own mom, as an “unsporting” adversary, she would sure enought shoot you, and had no qualms about being “unfair” in doing so. That was one lady, even I would not go up against.

  13. One of the best concealed carry guns for women or men is the Sig Sauer P238. It is .380 caliber and is very concealable and the best part is that it has little or no recoil. It also comes with night sights that allow you to use the site in the dark. The Ruger LCP and others have much more recoil and even hurt my wife’s hand so much that she is selling it. It is expensive, but I don’t have a problem paying more when it comes to protecting my family and myself.

    I liked shooting this little gun so much that I also got one for my conceal carry gun.

    Why not a bigger gun and bullet? When you get above .30 caliber, I feel that shot placement is the next thing you should worry about vs. knock down power. A larger gun carries less rounds and the recoil can take you off target. You also have a larger report and muzzle flash with a larger gun. A bigger bullet is no good unless you hit what you are aiming at. I do agree that a bigger bullet will do more damage if it hits something, but for my wife who is smaller than average, low recoil and shot placement is the way to go. She will practice with this gun.

    Some people even prefer a .22 auto pistol. Get what you are comfortable with. If you are handicapped or have a physical infirmity that doesn’t allow you to handle a larger gun’s recoil. Go with a smaller caliber and work on shot placement only. Something is better than nothing. Even a .22 can be very lethal in the right hands.

    Automatics need maintenance from time to time and ocassionallly will jam if not cleaned regularly. If you don’t think that you will shoot the gun much and it will end up lying around most of the time, you might get a revolver. Revolvers are very simple and safer. They will fire fine after being left in a drawer for years. They don’t have the high capacity magazines of the automatics. So you will need to be effective with less shots.

    Hope and pray that you never have to use them, but practice so that if you do, you don’t have to think much about it.

  14. ALL good posts but I didn’t see ANYONE say ” when I was in a shootout, I “………..if you ain’t been there then you don’t REALLY know how you will react! Carmen put it perfectly …….’simply from the fact that when I’m put into a state of alertness (read that FEAR!), my attention is not on my weapon.’…….I’ve never been in a shootout but I’ve come close and she has it right, you are NOT thinking about everything you need to do, you are thinking about the threat right there in your face! The LESS you have to think about the better…………..period. A small frame 38 with hollow points is exactly what she needs to have and yeah, she needs to learn how to shoot it correctly. But think about how big YOUR bed room is. Even a bad shot can hit a man at 7 feet. And laser sites are perfect for a revolver in the dark. And oh yeah, I hope she doesnt wear glasses and drops them on the floor in the dark, while he’s breaking down her bedroom door. Think about YOUR wife or sister or GF having to go through all that……..alone…….

  15. Why buy a .38 when a .357 is about the same price and can shoot both .38’s and .357’s?Practice with one if you want and then load with the other,more higher power round.In a high stress situation,you will never know you are shooting a more potent round.And in a severe situation,the .357 actually will safely shoot FIVE different rounds.JMO

  16. I have a Smith 640 snubby loaded with Hornady Critical Defense .357 bullets on my bedstand. Three little dogs serve as an early warning system. I know I could defend myself, but would probably go deaf for a few days. I’ve already killed a few phone books. Those bullets are perfect for a snubby!

  17. I have taught CCW classes in Louisiana for 15 years. Here are 4 items I always stress:
    1] NEVER practices a double action weapon in single action mode. You will react in a stress situation as you have practiced and attempting to cock the hammer takes precious time.
    2] NEVER practice using your sights when shooting at full man sized targets less than 20 feet from you. You will react in a stress situation as you have practiced and attempting to find the sights takes precious time.
    3] Learn how to “point-shoot” with your weapon positioned somewhere below eye level. Practice in front of a full length mirror, withdrawing from your usual carry position, aiming at your reflection without using the sights WITH AN UNLOADED WEAPON. Watch to see if the weapon is pointed directly back at you – if it is you’re “on target “, if not practice until it is.
    4] NOTE: some folks will react negatively to the next statement, but:
    Never practice withdrawing from your usuall carry position, aiming your weapon and placing your trigger finger BESIDE trigger guard. Practice with a weapon you have confirmed to be empty [and established by a partner] and practice by ACTUALLY pulling the trigger and dry fire your weapon. You will react in a stress situation as you have practiced and attempting to find the trigger will be unexpectedly cumbersome. If you’ve not tried this, do it. I have and it made a believer out of me. Folks, we are NOT talking about taking time to accomplish precision target shooting for “points” on a range where you will have all the time you need and little to no stress. If you HAVE to present your firearm you NEED TO BE READY TO PULL THE TRIGGER AND FIRE IT, time and accuracy will be the essence of the, hopefully, success of your defense.

  18. While I agree that a wheelgun might be a good choice for home defense if you can’t use a pump-action shotgun, I have to wonder about someone who has done all that enormous research on what is available, but has no time to practice.

  19. Dear Carmen,

    Don’t know if you’re still following this thread, but you sure enough opened the ball with your treatise on guns and home/self-defense. Although you offered your thoughts from a ‘feminine’ point of view, you get bonus points from me for having the ‘balls’ to 1) get a gun in the first place, 2) share your views when you suspected you’d get criticized, and 3) listen and learn from others who might have something worthwhile to share.

    Reminds me of a time I had to confront an armed and dangerous character. In this case, the bad guy wasn’t a burglar, he was a bear–a wounded one. The outcome of that encounter should be obvious since I am able to write about it. But what I learned was life-changing. In dealing with the threat, I experienced a surge of emotions and adrenalin that nearly paralyzed me. The LAST thing I needed to worry about was how to work my gun, which in this case was a revolver through which I had put several thousand practice rounds. None of that practice prepared me for how I FELT in that life-threatening situation, but it had prepared me to do what I had to do with the tool in my hand. Not having to think about HOW to use the gun, freed me up to use it. I had plenty of time to think about what happened after it was over.

    My thoughts regarding your ‘questions’: In many ways, choosing a have a gun (or not) is a lot like choosing to be in a relationship (or not). Neither choice is one to make lightly. Personally, I have chosen both. My wife, who is the joy of my heart, totally supports my position. I explained during our courtship that since I could only have one of her, I felt that I should be able to have as many guns and knives as I wanted and asked if she was OK with that. I was serious, and so was she when she said it wouldn’t be a problem as long as I was willing to share them and teach her to shoot. (Right about now, any gun guy who reads this will be wanting to know if my wife has a sister. Yes, she does, and, yes, she is single.)

    What gun to choose? Well, that’s like asking another man, “What woman should I marry?” Redhead, blonde, brunette, etc.? I favor brunettes, but my best friend married a blonde. It’s working well for both of us. In the end, a SUCCESSFUL relationship isn’t based on how tall she is or how bald he isn’t or how big her you-know-whats are. It all comes down to how do-we-make-each-other-feel and do-we-get-along. Same thing is true about choosing a gun. They all make the bullet go, but how does the one in my hand feel? Do we ‘get along’ or are we always fighting each other? (This thread is kind of like eHarmony.com for shooters… Folks are trying to match you up with with a like-minded weapon so that you have a decent chance to hit it off. Maybe it’ll be love at first ‘sight,’ or maybe you’ll get ‘kicked’ around a bit before you meet your match.)

    I’m just having fun here, guys, so don’t go off on me about my stupid analogies…

    Anyway, once you marry up, you need to spend some quality time together. I pity the poor soul who finds a wife and then ignores her until there is a crisis. Same thinking applies to a gun.

    Next thought… I’ve learned a few things about WHAT TO BELIEVE about using a gun and HOW TO BEHAVE during a crisis that are just as important as being able to shoot straight. The encounter with the wounded bear helped me with this:

    1) In my heart-of-hearts, am I willing to use lethal force to protect myself and/or others? This question is best put to rest BEFORE the need arises.

    2) Am I willing to do what it takes to develop the SPECIAL SKILLS needed to use lethal force RESPONSIBLY and EFFECTIVELY? As they say–and ‘they’ can’t say it too often–once the bullet leaves my gun, I can’t get it back. I am responsible for where it goes and what it does!

    3) Do I have a crisis management plan for multiple scenarios that might involve the use of lethal force? You can practice pulling the trigger, but that’s only part of it. Repeated VISUALIZATION of different situations (as in ‘pretend it’s happening’) can help can help prepare us to respond more effectively than if we merely get a gun and hope we never have to use it. About this… My wife and I work through a number of scenarios that might develop. We have a plan, for example, for how to respond if someone breaks into our home in the middle of the night. Well, one night–it was about 2 a.m. actually–I woke up for some reason. I got up to look around and almost immediately discovered that our front door was wide open. We instantly defaulted to our plan. While my wife retreated to our young daughter’s bedroom and called 911, I got my .38 special and stationed myself at the head of the stairs in a protected position that gave me a clear view of that approach. The police took all of two minutes to get there. My wife stayed on the phone and let them know where I was and that I was armed. We communicated effectively, the police entered and cleared the house for us but found no one. Thank God! To this day we have no idea what or who opened our (normally) dead-bolted front door. However, and I know this is true, had a bad guy started up those stairs, he would have heard the OMINOUS ‘click’ when I thumbed back the hammer of my revolver. If at that point he didn’t wet his pants and flee, then he would have been very much at risk of going the way of the wounded bear…

    About the cops… They were awesome and commended us on our behavior through the whole process. You have no doubt heard that “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” As true as that may be, 911 is still a viable option in some cases. I would rather have the experts clear my house when that choice exists.

    Well, Carmen, I trust that you are happily wedded to the firearm of your dreams and that the two of you are getting to know one another better even as we ‘speak.’ This was fun!

    May God bless you and keep you safe…

  20. P.S. A poignant quip: “An ounce of prevention is worth more than 150 grains of semi-jacketed, hollow-pointed cure.”

  21. All the comments about revolvers are valid and should be considered. Going back to the 9mm, Springfield Armory has come out with its new line of XDM pistols and the 3.8 version in the compact is especially useful. When loaded with the compact magazine is it a 13+1 pistol. With the full-size magazine with the sleeve on it that makes the stock complete, it is a 19+1 handgun. This is the closest thing yet to a belt-fed hand. There are a couple of extra features that make it desirable over a Glock. In addition to the safety trigger, it has a grip safety similar to a 1911. This prevents an accidental discharge when carried in the purse if you snag the trigger while rummaging around looking for your lipstick. It also has two other features that make it more desirable in the dark. It has a loaded chamber indicator on top of the slide. It the indicator is up, it has a cartridge in the chamber. The other feature is the firing pin extension that protrudes from the rear of the slide when cocked. If the pin is not extended and the loaded chamber indicator is up, tap-rack-flip to recycle. It also comes in 40S&W. With a set of night sights on it it is a formidable defense weapon.

  22. I just got my wife a ls9 ruger she is 63 and just got her conseal wepon permment . She is a small worman so she
    was looking for some thing that would fit her hand and have some power. This gun works real well for her
    it also has good rated. 7/14/2012

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