We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am finally scheduled for the required course to get my Connecticut concealed-carry license. I can't wait. Luckily, I have kept my record of violent felonies to a bare minimum thanks to a high innate degree of self-restraint, so they cannot deny me.
Gotta love freedom.
The Brits are one thing, but I cannot believe that the manly Aussies voluntarily gave up the right to self-defence. What can be more basic?
Let us know what you learn! When I applied for my CT CCP, there wasn't much in the way of instruction, just some writings by Massad Ayoub, et al. The process was onerous back in the 1980's, to say the least; I can imagine what it's like now. My upbringing and other training taught me to look for reasons not to pull and shoot, which I trust will never cause a fatal (to me) hesitation.
I would recommend purchasing a Springfield Armory .45 ACP which will hold 14 rounds and has received excellent reviews. The .45 has the power to kill a man with one shot.
It has no par in the handgun world of close quarters combat.
And Barrister, practice ,practice practice. I know I just said it would kill with one shot whether well placed or not but you want your foe DEAD.
A prudent man such as yourself would have no reason to level a pistol at a person other than to protect yourself or your loved ones. Believe me, you want the hombre dead. It really simplifies the paperwork and hassle.
That is my recommendation.
Florida not only has a concealed weapons law but recently backed it up with a "stand your ground" law stating that if you are being harassed and feel the threat is sufficient to cause you harm you may use deadly force. You do not have to run away.
I speak about the .45 ACP from experience in Vietnam. It will stop a man in his tracks. In fact it moves them backwards.
Colt Officers Compact .45
a) Because I've owned own for years and years
b) I can throw a magazine full (6 rounds) down range as fast as I can pull the trigger and still fall inside a pie plate
c) Because I can't afford a Kimber .45!
Buying a gun is like buying a suit or choosing golf clubs that fit. Are you right handed or left handed? Will you practice frequently or only occasionally? Might some one else in your house use the gun for home defense, or will it be just you? Are you interested in how your gun works such that you want to be able to take it apart and put it back together, or can you not imagine yourself ever doing such a thing?
Consider all that, surf the net, talk with friends, go to a range where you can rent several types - maybe at more than one range - shoot them all, then decide. Take NRA or other shooting classes. When you have your gun, buy a safe. Ideally, the same day. Maybe buy the safe first.
Actually, a revolver might not be a bad first gun, especially if your wife could conceivably use it too. Simple, intuitive, easy to understand. See all the cartridges when you open the gun. Maybe one with a swing-out cylinder, perhaps something heavier than a J-frame to start with and with one or two shots more, a 686 or 686 Plus, maybe.
Habu is a person, a snake on Okinawa, and the nickname for the SR-71.
I am the human , although I have been called a snake.
Skook..absolutely great advice..the best..you've really got to shoot some to see what's best for yourself.
Jephnol..you named one helluva GREAT gun ..so many guns, so little time.
The wife just returned from six weeks in Montana with news that the BLM land that borders my property will be just fine for a rifle/pistol range given the remotness of the property etc. That was nice to hear, but when I get up there next I'm double checking ....trust but verify...