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I agree that this article is a very good one. The fly in the ointment is that it assumes one can find a sales person who will actually "help" you. I have been to three gun stores in my area and found that the sales people I talked to were interested in one thing: Selling me a personal defense handgun with a minimum investment in their time. I suspect the answer is: "Keep trying". I have a feeling that I will run out of gun stores before I find a sales person that wants to invest his/her time with a complete neophyte.
 

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I agree that this article is a very good one. The fly in the ointment is that it assumes one can find a sales person who will actually "help" you. I have been to three gun stores in my area and found that the sales people I talked to were interested in one thing: Selling me a personal defense handgun with a minimum investment in their time. I suspect the answer is: "Keep trying". I have a feeling that I will run out of gun stores before I find a sales person that wants to invest his/her time with a complete neophyte.
I went to three different automobile dealerships. All they wanted to do was sell me a car with a minimum investment of their time.

I went to three furniture stores... same thing.

I went to three different home appliance stores. same same

I went to three clothing stores... you guessed it.
 

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I went to three different automobile dealerships. All they wanted to do was sell me a car with a minimum investment of their time.

I went to three furniture stores... same thing.

I went to three different home appliance stores. same same

I went to three clothing stores... you guessed it.
I hear you but the ratio of gun stores to furniture, appliance and clothing stores is probably 10 to 1 in my area. A couple of more tries and I'll be out of gun stores but, like I said "Keep trying"........................
 

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You won't find what you need in a gun store. Of course, you'll find guns, but that's not what you need.

Find a local gun club and see if someone will help you there. Occasionally, some shooting ranges will allow you to rent a gun and if you ask, they will likely give you some training. So what if you need to pay for it?

And read every damn web site and gun forum out there. You'll pick it up quickly enough. And ask questions when you're on line. There are plenty of people who will answer you.

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You won't find what you need in a gun store. Of course, you'll find guns, but that's not what you need.

Find a local gun club and see if someone will help you there. Occasionally, some shooting ranges will allow you to rent a gun and if you ask, they will likely give you some training. So what if you need to pay for it?

And read every damn web site and gun forum out there. You'll pick it up quickly enough. And ask questions when you're on line. There are plenty of people who will answer you.

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Many thanks for your comment. I suspected a gun store was not what I needed. I'll try the "forum-- ask questions" route and see if I can find someone to help. My position is a little strange because I presently have two hand guns neither of which is "right" if I believe what people are saying on the web. I really just want to confirm my thinking about the two I have then work on getting the right one for me...........Bill
 

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What are they saying about your guns?

Some gun folk are very opinionated without really knowing what they're talking about.

I may be able to help, but if I don't know the answer, I'll say so.

Wag's advise is very good.

I'm a member of a great shooting club and it's members are always willing to help a neophyte.

I've been shooting for over 60 years and still learn new gun stuff, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
 

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What are they saying about your guns?

Some gun folk are very opinionated without really knowing what they're talking about.

I may be able to help, but if I don't know the answer, I'll say so.

Wag's advise is very good.

I'm a member of a great shooting club and it's members are always willing to help a neophyte.

I've been shooting for over 60 years and still learn new gun stuff, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
I own two hand guns: a Ruger Security Six 357 and a Mauser 1914 7.65 mm (.32)
I have never fired either gun with live ammunition. I have dry fired both.

The Ruger is very difficult for me to pull the trigger. I must use two fingers to cycle thru the double action. I have replaced the main spring and spoken with a gunsmith. The gunsmith says he can improve the action but it may not be enough. Cost: about $200.
The Mauser is perfect in terms of ease of use: Trigger pull is good and slide operation is not difficult for me to pull back. I have been told on two separate occasions by two people who are "gun people" that this is "not a good gun to use for personal defense" because of the operation of the gun, not the caliber. The caliber is about what I want. I don't want a cannon.

I have no attachment to either gun although the Mauser was given to me by a friend who was shot down over Germany during WWII and got the gun while escaping to France.

I have spent some time looking at various forums but have not found help there. I have looked for (Google) Gun Clubs in my area (San Fernando Valley near Los Angles) but have not been able to find one.
 

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My opinion: Nothing 'wrong' with either handgun, but if you can't efficiently pull the trigger on your Ruger, that IS a problem.
 

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My opinion: Nothing 'wrong' with either handgun, but if you can't efficiently pull the trigger on your Ruger, that IS a problem.
Thanks for your comment. I think I will do two things: First, take the Mauser to a range and fire it to make sure all works OK; Second, if all is OK, use the Mauser as my personal defense hand gun.
 

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My #1 recommendation that fits all criteria, Taurus PT111 G2/ G2C which is a 9mm, holds 12 rounds and is a little bit bigger than a Samsung 9S and can be had for about $200. Recoil is very light with the right ammo and is readily available, has 2 main safeties, trigger safety and a safety "switch" on the left of the frame.
 

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Wow! Nice article and very informative. I'm also planning to get another pistol and this article really helps.


Just a suggestion, you better get a magazine speed loader together with your gun. It saved my hands big time especially now that I'm too old to exert much effort on loading.
 

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I believe the .32 is excellent for seniors: Walther PPK, H&R Mag revolver, .327 revolver, Kel Tec P-32

Actually they could even use a .22LR but buy a good one.

There are also a few 9mm's and .38's they may like.
We are talking here about seniors not people with a disability. Here is my carry gun along with holster. I seldom use the extra magazines for carry.



I carry it at about 4 o" Clock OWB. I am perfectly content with a 45 ACP at 70 years old. I also ride a 92 Harley Electroglide and fortunately have no disabilities. I am thinking a trike next year though. :)

The focus of the article seems to be first time senior citizen gun ownership and carry.

Ron
 

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and time marches on........here i am posting roughly 8 years after my last response....

in the airweight snubs......i have gradually changed to the 32 mag's.....my choice/reasons that do not necessarily apply to anyone else.....but for me with the light weight pocket format it was time to switch....and i am purty sure the older i get i will eventually be carrying 32 longs.....if i live long enough.

i will never abandon the 38.....not in my old duty and target target revolvers...but they remain tame with mid-range target loads with their size/weight. i am not going to conceal carry those......
 
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My mom has a Berreta Tomcat 32acp. Neat little gun with a tip up barrel that doesn't need to be racked. Accurate for such a small gun too. 32acp isn't the best round, but it's sure put a lot of folks in both the street and the battlefield down. My Mom's is loaded with fiocchi FMJ.
 

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I'm 84 and I have my 16-ounce titanium .357 "downloaded" with 38 SPL +P's. It's in an Elite pocket holster and I just drop it in a pocket of cargo shorts. I don't think that I need any "quick draw" and 5 shots is plenty.
 

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I am seventy-four with arthritis. I carry a 5" steel government model 1911 in either .45 ACP or 10mm most of the time. My woods carry guns are a .44 magnum revolver or a .454 Casull revolver. My rifles include a .338 Winchester Magnum and a .460 Weatherby Magnum. I shoot the biggest ones first when I go to the range to loosen up the arthritis.
 
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