When I carried a Colt .45, I always had a round in the chamber for instant use. I also felt it was a VERY safe handgun with good safety features.
Safe? Yes yes yes! ...and strong and well-built. I learned these so well on one occasion that I fired two shots in quick succession; the first was a squib load and the bullet lodged itself firmly in the barrel. The second shot was NOT a squib load and the slide, of course would not return all the way. To the gunshop for repair. The barrel looked like a snake who just did lunch; it was the ONLY thing damaged -- not the rest of the gun, and most importantly neither was I.
I trust my life with a Colt .45. Not another single handgun in the world did I ever so feel that way about.
I do not like double-action handguns because there is a different feel when pulling the first one off, than firing the rest of the bullets. This may have changed today, I really don't know.
I never liked the .380, although I strapped one around my ankle, because I never thought it had enough stopping power if I really needed it AND the little one I had used a top eject and those smoking hot cases would always eject right into the middle of my forhead when I took it to the range.
I carried handguns for a long time although it has been years since I have owned one, and equally as long since I have fired one; they just do not interest me anymore. This thread has been a popular one, possibly encouraging some to go out and purchase a handgum, so I say the following:
A handgun has only one purpose. If there is one piece of advice I'd like to offer, that is don't ever get a gun to feel power or cool or think you can tread into shady areas where you couldn't before. Make sure you carry for the right reason because using one can be a one-way street. And if you are going to get something just for the house, a shotgum may be a better choice.
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