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Old 04-29-2008, 03:55 AM
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Tonight I went to the gas station to get a six pack about 8 blocks away and when I came home the place was swarming with cops. Turns out there was a traffic stop a block away and 2 of the little bastards ran. One of them went through my back yard while my wife was sitting out there, this was at 11:30 pm. She is freaked out and wants some personal protection when she is alone. (I work nites and evenings)
Now the question. We have a CZ 75 9mm thats too big for her hand and its locked in a safe in our bedroom which is difficult to get to. What would you guys recommend for a light weight easy to handle gun for a woman. Also she wants to have it easily acessible in the kitchen so we need some sort of quick lock box.
Grand Junction PD caught the punks pretty quick they do a great job in spite of all the meth head **** bags they have to deal with. I'm proud to say that my taxes employ these people.

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Old 04-29-2008, 04:12 AM
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S&W 649 hammerless 357? Always ready to fire, no jamming and nothing to snag on....
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:42 AM
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Get a dog. Make sure it's properly trained. Most people don't like barking dogs with sharp teeth, like a German Shepard. Less risk of someone else being shot.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:25 AM
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Get a dog. Make sure it's properly trained. Most people don't like barking dogs with sharp teeth, like a German Shepard. Less risk of someone else being shot.
Yes. Or a Rott.

You have to be mindful of training dogs like that -- they should never be untrained. Doesn't have to be complicated, but the usual: sit, heel, come, stay, NO! Sometimes these dogs can be so loyal as to pose a threat to unfamiliar visitors. Discipline & obedience are important.

Or you could get a couple of nippy little yap dogs. Noisy and distracting, they discourage people, too and act as a great neighborhood alarm.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:45 AM
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I agree with the dog idea. Handguns are pretty dangerous in the hands of unskilled persons.

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tazer might be an option.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:36 AM
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tazer might be an option.
Ditto, they come in sizes that will fit a woman's hand and come in a arrray of colors.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:36 AM
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Perhaps both. S&W Airweight .38 Special with a shrouded hammer and a Sharpei/Bull Mastiff mix were my choices.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:40 AM
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tazer might be an option.
Some places might require you to go through training in order to get a permit to carry/use...

She if she's into "Shock & OW!" - training sometimes involves getting shot by a tazer so you know EXACTLY what is going to happen to the perp...

Ask any officer that's carrying a tazer...he KNOWS from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE what the perps' going through (and it makes him even more happy it's not HIM on the end of those wires!)
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Ditto, they come in sizes that will fit a woman's hand and come in a arrray of colors.
Oh, I thought you were talking about rubbers the first time I read this . . .
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Perhaps both. S&W Airweight .38 Special with a shrouded hammer and a Sharpei/Bull Mastiff mix were my choices.
X2 on the S&W. A revolver is the easiest and most foolproof handgun for a beginner. Also get her some firearms training, if she isn't VERY familiar with how to use it, she won't be able to operate it under stressfull conditions. Plus it does her very little good if she can't hit what she is shooting at. Be sure you purchase some good quality ammo to load in it for defense. Use some type of hollow point or expanding type ammo, NOT ball (full metal jacket). Ball ammo has a tendency to punch straight through and cause little damage. However the most important thing to stress is MENTAL preparedness. Winning a gunfight is in large part being mentally prepared for it to happen. Make sure that she realizes that it isn't like in the movies where a single shot drops the bad guy in his tracks. I know that it sounds silly, but many people don't really think about this and it comes as a real shock when it happens and then they don't know what to do. Make sure she is prepared to keep fighting, shoot at alternate targets (head, pelvis) to stop the threat. And most importantly, make sure that she is mentally prepared to take someones life. Sure most all of us can do it if it comes down to us or them, but if you aren't mentally prepared it can be very difficult to deal with the after effects.

DO NOT waste your time with a Taser. They are a great tool for Officers to temporarily incapacitate someone in order to take then into custody. However the key there is TEMPORARILY, once the Taser's cycle finishes the effects stop. It is not realistic to think that you can stand there and tase an intruder over and over to keep him incapacitated until the Cops arrive.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:06 AM
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May be I am missing something but will your wife always have the gun in a holster when kicking back around the house when you are not there? Sounds unlikely that she would have had the gun at the ready when someone decides to hop the fence at 11:30 PM.

Seems a dog would have been a much more ready and appropriate defense.

I suppose since everyone else has guns why not right? I just hope no one gets killed in the process.
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Oh, I thought you were talking about rubbers the first time I read this . . .
This is a serious thread......
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Being mentally prepared to kill another person seems like the hardest part. I suppose in the heat of fighting for one's life, one might find the ability to do it. I hope I never am in a position like that. My hat's off to you guys who take an oath to put yourselves in the position to do that on behalf of the rest of us.

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