Originally Posted by 4safety
I'm wanting to get a gun for self-defense, concealed carry. I have looked at semi & pistols and think I like a hammerless pistol best, mainly because I'm not strong enough to handle the slide mechanism on the semi-auto. What is the most reliable manufacturer and what calibar should I start with?
I only have experience with trap and upland game shotguns. My husband left me a few shot guns that I thought I would sell or trade to get a hand gun as a shotgun is a little conspicious as a concealed weapon.
Thanks for any info you can share.
I've heard quite a few people that have a .22 revolver for their first pistol. If you're using it for CC, I'd probably get a .357 Magnum and shoot .38 Special +P out of it. More controllable than .357 Magnum from what I hear. You might also want to look at one of the smaller Berettas. I forget, but I think there's one called the Stoeger Cougar, which I've heard is just a non-name brand Beretta. Pretty sure it's a .380. From what I've heard, Berettas are supposed to have some of the smoothest slides on them. If it's hard for you to rack the slide, I'd definitely at least give one of these a try before you make your final choice.
My first gun was a Rock Island 1911A1 .45.