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My wife retired her 9mm today.

Posted on 01/16/2013 6:06:55 PM PST by Farmer Dean

After reading the story of the mother who shot the home invader 5 times,she went to the store and bought a Beretta PX-4 in .45acp.Anybody have any experience with this weapon?


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1 posted on 01/16/2013 6:06:59 PM PST by Farmer Dean
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To: Farmer Dean

No, but the .45 ACP is a damned good choice. My lady and I each have.................er, had, prior to that awful boating accident..............Glock 30’s; smaller .45 ACP’s. Major stopping power with virtually zero recoil. Great CCW guns, if a tad on the large side for that purpose. Let us know how hers works out for her.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 6:11:32 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Farmer Dean

What kind of 9 did she retire? Sorry, can’t help on th Baretta. We are XD fans here.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 6:12:32 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Don’t own one myself, but from all the reviews I have read, they are an excellent handgun.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 6:13:59 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: Lurker

She was carrying a HK USP.


5 posted on 01/16/2013 6:14:11 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

I have a PX4 in 9mm and 45. Both are great handguns.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 6:14:11 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Farmer Dean

The PX4 is a great weapon. Too bad about retiring the 9mm though, the woman who didn’t kill the intruder dead right there was using .38 Special. The nine is better than that round by a good margin.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 6:14:32 PM PST by Goldsborough
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To: Farmer Dean

Oswald was shot once with a 38. Lots of dead folks passed after tangling with a 38, no need to get rid of something if you are competent with it and can hit your target.

The woman and her children were unharmed, the 38 did its job.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 6:14:49 PM PST by wrench
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To: Farmer Dean

No but Beretta is a damned fine company and .45acp is a damned fine round


9 posted on 01/16/2013 6:16:12 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: RightOnline

You had a boating accident too?!

Huh, what are the odds of that!

I really miss my Glock, but it was too deep to get to.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 6:19:04 PM PST by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Farmer Dean

Aw, come on, don’t be so dramatic. Try using 9mm Hornady, Critical Defense.

If you’re not satisfied with the results, I’ll buy the ammo from you.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 6:19:42 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Goldsborough

She just lost confidence in the 9,so she went with a .45.
She’s a proficient shooter,but if she didn’t trust her weapon to get the job done....


12 posted on 01/16/2013 6:20:10 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

FD, I have the full size in .40. Good compromise of muzzle velocity, stopping power, and mag capacity.

The firearm platform itself is an outstanding ergonomic design, and you can strip it for cleaning in less than 5 seconds.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 6:20:21 PM PST by Yudan (Living comes much easier once we admit we're dying.)
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To: Farmer Dean

That situation had nothing to do with caliber, and everything to do with not being able to shoot worth a damn. Get momma off her butt and take her to the range once a month - 100 to 150 rounds per session should be fine.

And quit with the bullseye target practice - use 9” paper plates or sheets of computer paper at 21 feet...


14 posted on 01/16/2013 6:21:18 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: 353FMG

She was carrying hydro-shoks.
Her gun,her decision.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 6:22:17 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

I assume she got the full size model, if it is a .45?


16 posted on 01/16/2013 6:22:38 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: WomBom

Yeah....it truly sucked. Miss those beauties. Hope fish don’t develop opposable thumbs and take those suckers on a toddler-plinking rampage.


17 posted on 01/16/2013 6:24:16 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline
er, had, prior to that awful boating accident

What's the deal with the gun owners on FR? Everybody keeps losing their guns in boat accidents. You need fishing poles in a boat, not guns! I've never needed a gun in a boat (well except for the one time with that shark while albacore fishing), you people need to be more careful out there. and another thing, why do you all take ALL your guns out there on a boat? Pirates? < / s > :)

BTW, after the shark incident, my gun slipped and I lost it overboard. :(

18 posted on 01/16/2013 6:28:39 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Yes,the full size model.She’s never been a fan of compacts.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 6:29:13 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: QBFimi

Don’t worry, she’ll probably put 5 or 6 hundred rounds through it this weekend.It’s a good think I reload.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 6:36:27 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
Can't go wrong with a .45, but there's aboslutely nothing wrong with a 9mm as long as you select premium self defense ammuntion such as Speer Gold Dot 124 grain +P.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 6:38:09 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Goldsborough

Actualy the 9mm and 38 special shoot the same caliber round. the .38 just has alot more powder (velocity) behind it. Same with the 357 mag. More powder than the .38 but same caliber round.

You can think of the 9mm, .38 special, and 357 mag as the .22 short, .22 long, and .22 long rifle of their caliber.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 6:39:05 PM PST by bosco24
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To: Yo-Yo

I’ve got those loaded in my MP5.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 6:41:31 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

A friend of mine has one of those, and he swears by it. Beretta makes good stuff. I bought a semi-auto 12 gauge 13 months ago, and now have over 12,000 rounds through it without a hitch. The gas system is a pain to clean, though.


24 posted on 01/16/2013 6:44:16 PM PST by Texas Mulerider (Rap music: hieroglyphics with a beat.)
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To: QBFimi
That situation had nothing to do with caliber, and everything to do with not being able to shoot worth a damn.

What?? Is this the lady in GA? I heard she hit the guy five times in the head and neck. I don't know why he didn't croak.

25 posted on 01/16/2013 6:44:47 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Bathhouse Barry wants YOU to bend over for another four years)
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To: Farmer Dean

I heard of a camper that shot a grizzly with a 9 round clip of 9MM before he was eaten,.. shots to the head neck and body..

Every round penetrated.. the bear died a week later..
A 45cal is not a 9MM...


26 posted on 01/16/2013 6:44:58 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Doomonyou; Farmer Dean

You have not lived until you went turtle hunting with a .410...

Now, I don’t know about boat accidents. But that tragic house fire - all that ammunition started cooking off, the firemen couldn’t get close enough...

Dean, my experience with Baretta was limited to military issue. When we dumped the venerable 1911 for the 9mm, we only did it because of the inventory - NOT because of performance. The Baretta had an issue with jamming; costs valuable seconds to perform immediate action on a stoppage. The 1911 was far more dependable.

Get the weapon she is most comfortable with. Have her test-drive a few various handguns, and see for herself what she prefers. You can’t go wrong with experience.


27 posted on 01/16/2013 6:45:33 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Farmer Dean

Excellent choice, as long as it is not a model C (DAO).


28 posted on 01/16/2013 6:46:28 PM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: Texas Mulerider

I bought Becky one of the first CX4 Storm carbines.She loves that little gun.


29 posted on 01/16/2013 6:47:05 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Yo-Yo
Took me a minute to find the ammo in the pic.

My eyes were drawn to that cross.

/johnny

30 posted on 01/16/2013 6:47:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Yo-Yo

Nice set of bullets..


31 posted on 01/16/2013 6:47:51 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Yo-Yo

There is ammo in that pic?


32 posted on 01/16/2013 6:50:07 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Screw that. .410 pump shotgun is the best choice.


33 posted on 01/16/2013 6:52:28 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Farmer Dean
She was carrying a HK USP.

What?! (HK-USP Bigot here...) Did she hate the grip or something? My wife hates my HK-USP9 and USP-45 grips, she prefers Beretta's too.....

Personally, I can't stand anything other than HnK but hey, she's the better half and she gets what she wants!

34 posted on 01/16/2013 6:56:27 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Old Sarge
If you're talking the fire in Webster NY...It wasn't that ammo was cooking....they just didn't know where the shooter was and were all told to stand down.

Getting the neighbors out of there was a HUGE concern....

We're pretty certain now that Spengler (the shooter)took his own life pretty early. Our hearts are broken for the loss of our Fireman.

35 posted on 01/16/2013 6:58:22 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Farmer Dean

The 45 is noisy. Very noisy.


36 posted on 01/16/2013 6:58:54 PM PST by lurk
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To: Farmer Dean

I’m planning on purchasing a weapon as soon as my permit is processed. As a female novice on the subject of guns, I need to learn all I can about different types, sizes, velocity of guns that women might use. Anyone recommend a good web-site to go to for this?


37 posted on 01/16/2013 6:59:39 PM PST by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: AppyPappy

Kind of hard to conceal one of those in her purse.Plus,she’s not going to give up her 12 gauge for a .410.


38 posted on 01/16/2013 7:00:24 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean
Remington Golden Saber 9mm ammo will do the same damage to a semi-permeable mass as a .45.............Just saying.
A bit pricey, better than a buck a cartridge, but worth it.
Will admit however, it can't do the damage of a Remington Golden Saber in .45.
39 posted on 01/16/2013 7:01:03 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: bosco24

Actually the typical 9mm loading is hotter than the typical .38 special. There used to be a .38 special load which was really hot but it was restricted to only a couple of .38 revolvers.


40 posted on 01/16/2013 7:02:53 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: cblue55
Beginners should start with NRA Certified training

I would recommend training
from an NRA Certified Instructor in

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NRA training for women
Basic pistol
Personal protection in the home
and the newly released
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NRA Gun Safety Rules

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

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41 posted on 01/16/2013 7:03:19 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: lurk

Not as bad as those short barrel .357’s.The muzzle blast is appalling with those things.


42 posted on 01/16/2013 7:04:23 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: The Cajun

She bought a box of 230grain Hydro-Shoks with the gun.She’s carrying it tonight with that load.


43 posted on 01/16/2013 7:07:51 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: yarddog

you are right, I should have specified .38 designed for P loads.


44 posted on 01/16/2013 7:10:16 PM PST by bosco24
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To: Farmer Dean
230grain Hydro-Shoks

Smart wife and very well defended.

45 posted on 01/16/2013 7:17:35 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Farmer Dean

I checked one out in a gun store the other day. I can’t speak to function as I didn’t fire it, but I loved the ergonomics. It fit my hand perfectly. I may need one.


46 posted on 01/16/2013 7:19:46 PM PST by LouD
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To: Farmer Dean

I have fired many large bore handguns. However, one of the most punishing loads I have dealt with is a 158gr .357 fired from a Rossi with a 2in barrel.


47 posted on 01/16/2013 7:27:29 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

I shot a S&W 2.5 inch barrelled .357,I thought the muzzle blast was going to burn off my eyebrows.I thought that a 4 inch barrel was bad until I shot that thing.


48 posted on 01/16/2013 7:32:43 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Yo-Yo

>> Took me a minute to find the ammo in the pic.

You were probably focused on the guns.


49 posted on 01/16/2013 7:41:49 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: cblue55

You’ll be just fine right here. 120 posts later, all bases will be covered.


50 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:18 PM PST by pingman (ust)
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