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Old May 3rd, 2021, 10:39 AM #11
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.22Mag would not be my 1st (or 2nd or 3rd) choice for a home defense handgun. Cheap, but not as effective as a larger centerfire pistol cartridge.

For relatively inexpensive ammo I would go with 9mm. It's readily available now and I believe it will be inexpensive again in a few years.

I like 45 ACP a lot, but it wasn't nearly as cheap as 9mm before the shortage. It also has appreciably more recoil in the same weight handgun. Not excessive, but more.
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Old May 3rd, 2021, 11:25 AM #12
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. . . I'm looking for something for home defense, doesn't have massive recoil, ammo is inexpensive and easy to get. . .

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1.suggestions on inexpensive model 1911's
2. Suggestions on good home defense rounds/pistols
3. Would a 22mag be good for home defense?
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1. Other MDS'ers can answer this better

2. For self defense rounds Federal HST, Speer gold dot, Hornady critical duty/defense are all well reputed brands, though appropriate hollow point bullets from most other manufacturers should also perform well.

For a home defense pistol, in addition to those already mentioned, I would note a CZ75. The steel frame and 9mm caliber keeps recoil comfortable, standard (outside of Anapolis's opinion) magazine size is 17 rounds, ergonomics is good, and it points well. 9mm is normally more readily available and economically priced compared to other calibers. It has been a while since I looked at prices, but regular steel models were ~$600, and there is a stainless steel one in the classifieds right now for $750 (https://www.mdshooters.com/vbclassif...do=ad&id=42675).

1. I would be leery of relying on a 22 caliber firearm for defense, unless it is .223. That said, I am unfamiliar with the ballistics and recoil of 22mag.
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Old May 3rd, 2021, 11:51 AM #13
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500 bucks for a home defense/range gun? Just get a Glock 17 or 19 and be done.

No use in living in the "affordable" 1911 range with questionable quality. The Glock is going to work.
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Rocks rock, there’s nothing questionable about their function.

.22 can terminate brain function or find the femoral artery. We had someone from Shock Trauma here for a while, his opinion was that 2 or more holes mattered more than any magic bullet.
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The OP asked about 1911 , I addressed 1911 , since it was a viable option , and * Wanting * something is an important factor , so long as it doesn't suck for intended purpose .

IF you want a 1911 , it should be .45acp ( or .38 Super if you're eccentric ) , and 5 inch preferably , but no shorter than 4.25 inches . Because John M. Browning knew best .

In general , most of the Premium / semi Premium rounds will perform close enough to each other that the marginal differences will be minor ( unless you obsess about shooting thru automotive windshields ) .

The beauty of .45acp is that it's not dependent upon trick bullets for effective performance . Even generic .45acp HP will do decently .

Added - Yes , I am a Revolver Guy , and by all means give them consideration . But the marketplace today isn't what it was even 5 years ago . The supply of trade in revolvers is essentially gone , and the price of even plain jane basic S&W are moving up .
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I had a RIA 1911 in 45 ACP. I had to get Wilson Combat mags for it to feed JHP rounds.
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Sig Sauer P226 maybe
This was my first handgun so I'll always have a soft corner for the Sig P226!

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Consider getting a revolver as others have said. A 38 would be my first choice it is a good all around caliber. Also, with a revolver when you do something stupid the rounds stay in the cylinder un like a semi auto.
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My opinion, if new to firearms, and not a frequent shooter, and looking primarily only for home defense. I would suggest a 38 +p revolver. Easy to handle, easy to function, 38+P can do the job; and lets face it, you do not need high capacity in 99% of incidents. Most times, 1-2 rounds will do.
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I agree with the revolver recommendations. Easy to use and will always go bang when you pull the trigger. I might suggest a .357 magnum. If you can handle full power rounds, then great. If it's too much, you can drop down to a .38+p or just plain ol' .38. Lots of options in one (very reliable) gun.
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