Originally Posted by Desertice
First of all; I would like to greet everyone here.
I live around Chicago, IL. I have a wife and 3 kids. Although the area I am in is pretty safe, but I recently started to hear some theft stories here and there... I even heard about some home intrusion in the neighborhood.....
so, I started considering buying a gun in order to defend my family and myself in case if i have to.
I do not have a gun at this time, but I do have medium experience in guns (I am a veteran: was an Engineer at the airforce and received basic military training multiple times).
previously (long time ago), I owned a 9mm Browning, a .38 special S&W, and a 9mm Beretta ().
and now i am trying to get back and get one gun which I will use for defense, and for training/practice as well.
here is my criteria (not ordered):
1. preferably brand new
2. less than $500
3. preferably, US Made
4. preferably, stainless steel completely (i don't like the 2-tone ones)
5. semi-auto (not big fan of revolvers, but open to changing my mind)
6. preferably, capacity of 13+ rounds
7. reliable, and safe to store (remember: i have kids at home)
9. preferably, 9mm
is that difficult to find?
First off, Welcome to the forum!
Remember that a gun is the last resort in home defence! Home defense should start outside the home, and work inward. Cameras, motion detection lights, alarms on doors, and windows. Strong locks, and re-enforced hinges on the doors, and windows. A dog in the house is good too, if you don't already have a dog. The next thing is a plan! What should everyone be doing in the event of a break in? Plan it out, practice that plan. Get some help from someone that is both local, and knowledgable in home defence to help you. Once you have done as much as you can in fortifying your home then get that gun! Again, try to get some local help with this. I personally like the 12ga shotgun for home defence, but a pistol will work. I have a CCW, and am armed at all times. First thing I do in the mornings is to pick up my .45, and a spare mag, it goes with me everywhere I go. Watching TV, or working in the yard, I will have a gun on me.
Y'all be safe now, ya hear!
Without God we have no moral compass. Without Family we have no purpose. Without Guns we can not defend either our religious choice, or our family! Millwright