Best for me?

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by TheDoctor, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Former Guest

    Sep 16, 2010
    I'm searching for the perfect handgun for me to carry. I'm a small guy, about 5"10 and 110 lbs. I have small hands and a Beretta 92F doesn't fit comfortably in my hands, as a reference guide. I recently bought a double action revolver that I thought was nifty for personal defense, until I did some research. It was an H&R Model 732. I'd like a good semi-auto pistol, preferably a .32 cal or .25 cal. And a must is to have a hammer you can clearly see. I like the 1911 frame, and the Beretta 92F frame. Any help?
  2. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    Beretta, any of the .32 cal models will work fine, My wife is but a 5'2" little dinky thing and these little jewels fit her just fine. These fall in the pocket category on the Beretta website. Taurus makes a few models also but I would stay away from them for the most part cuz the quality on their stuff has been less than par as of late. High Point will do you no good cuz they are too bulky. I looked through the other manufacturers and wasnt able to see much that would calssify as what you are looking for that would be of any quality. Here is what I would do, hit up your local pawn shops and gun shops, even go to a couple of gun shows. Look and pick up diffrent guns and see what feels right in your hand. if it feels good as long as it is a quality firearm then get it. If it is a odd ball name stay away from it. You are lookng for a carry gun, not something you are better off throwing at a would be bad guy. My personall opinion though is the Beretta's though. Go to my profile and click on my albums, there is a pic of an older Beretta in there, that is about the size of what I think you are looking for. My wife carries on just like it and I pocket carry that one in the pic all the time.

  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010

    Welcome and G'day

    try the Kimber 4" but in .22 WMR way more punch that a average 32

    more shock ...

    i chat with a US mate , he has small hands , i've seen him here and seen the issue

    but he's just got one of the mini 1911 they make and raves about it

    and it was not that bad in price,

    and from my own experience there was a small S&W semi auto nick named the lady smith

    it was designed for police women but they made it is a goodly range of calibers 22 and others with .40 and a .45 model

    my wife had tiny hands so i got this for the home as we could both use it well and it'd do the job if needed

    i miss those days eh ( gun control here now)

    good luck
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2010
  4. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    lots to choose from. but if you have your mind made up on a 25 acp and lord knows why ???? you might consider a 22 , so if small calibers are what you're looking for the beretta bobcat in 22 will fill the bill, also check out the beretta tomcat in 32 acp. now another overlooked choice is the accu-tek 380 , yes it has a hammer and is very thin and easy to slip in your pocket. though not having a real good reputation in the past the quality has improved over the years and the lastest examples i've seen and fired seem worth while. but do some internet searches and reconsider the 25acp trust me when i say you'd be better off with a 22 , and even better yet look at nothing less than a 380 auto maybe a walther ?
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Former Guest

    Sep 16, 2010
    I picked up a Llama .22 on a 1911 frame. I think this'll do fine for now. Unless Llama's are bad. :S
  6. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    llama's are questionable. sometimes you get one that works great for years. i think everyone would agree that they do not hold up quite as good as other brands. but as you said, it should do for now.

    i went back and read your original post doc. (you'd be surprised that a lot of people dont do that)

    you like the look of a 1911, but you didnt say if it fit your hand. if it does, i would recommend a 1911. if 45acp is a little much for you, 1911's can be had in either 9mm or 40 S&W.

    if the 1911 is a little large for your hands you might check out springfield armory's EMP model. it is basically a 1911 style gun that is fitted around the 9mm or 40 size cartridges, so the grip is smaller and the gun is thinner.

    colt made a little 25 auto for a while with an exposed hammer called the "junior" they aren't made by colt, but for colt somewhere overseas... i cannot remember where though. they are not collectors pieces though so you'll be able to pick one up for 400ish i think

    you did specify 25 or 32 caliber, but i am assuming that you're not opposed to a larger caliber. so i am suggesting some larger ones.

    beretta 1934 chambered for 380 caliber

    another nice little 380 is a colt mustang i'd LOVE to have one of these

    you can get a walther ppk in 32acp,

    i hope these links help you a little, i tried to recommend guns that had hammers as you requested, but i also did not recommend something i would not carry myself. and while i would prefer a larger caliber firearm like a 1911, i do on occasion carry one of these

    God bless you.

  7. TTE

    TTE Member

    Aug 23, 2010


    380 Auto

    Light, accurate, reliable.

    I really like mine.
  8. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    When you said you like the 1911 but want something small, I immediately thought of the Colt Mustang. You can find one used, or the same gun is now built by SIG and designated the P238.
  9. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN

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  10. GoodOl'12gauge

    GoodOl'12gauge New Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    What about a walther ppk or pps or for the budget a bersa. Wide array of calibers all in small but nice packages.
  11. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Former Guest

    Sep 16, 2010
    All wonderful suggestions, thank you. When I replace my Llama I'll probably go with a Beretta M 1934, though. As much as I dislike hammerless I'm actually going and buying a Glock 35 in a .40. I'm trying to get on with the local sheriff's department and that's what they carry. I may not like it, but if I wanna do my civic duty I gotta do it. :(
  12. Recon 173

    Recon 173 Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    Central Illinois
    I would consider a .32 acp Beretta semi-automatic pistol. I would also carry at least 2 extra magazines with the gun at all times and I would practice the Mozambique Shooting Technique of 2 to the chest and 1 to the head. The Beretta is a very small handgun and the .32 acp can be an effective round when used in the right fashion.
  13. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    local gunsmith advised me to stay clear of the tomcats. said if you take the grips of springs and pins go flying and they are a bear to get back together.
  14. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    I don't go anywhere without my .32 kel tec. Both mags are the ten rounders and it likes the Speer 71 grn.
  15. bank_man

    bank_man New Member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Stay away from the tomcat, its alloy and crap. I have two. A north american arms .22 mag 5 shot with 11/4 inch barrel. Fits in a pants pocket in summer and it packs a punch. I carry a Glock 26 9mm with no safety in cooler weather. It will stop anyone. Good luck.
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