Newbie from CT here

Discussion in 'Ruger Center Fire Pistols' started by casinoboy, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. casinoboy

    casinoboy New Member

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    Hi Everyone. I'm new to this site, new to guns, and a new(ish) dad. My wife and I took our permit classes and are waiting for the permit process to be complete. I had picked out the SR9c for her and the SR40c for me. I should mention that when I say "picked out" I mean I researched several types of pistols and took into consideration our needs, budget, hand sizing, comfort level with calibers, and the fact that my wife is a lefty. These 2 guns seem to work for us on all levels however neither of us have shot them and can't shoot them until we have our valid permits (hopefully soon).

    Recently my wife stated that she doesn't want a pistol in the house with our 1 year old. I can still get my pistol if I want one but I have to keep it at a friends house (who has his own pistol). She doesn't want one of her own yet and wants to wait until the kids are older. I'm not sure why the change of heart as its not what we have been talking about. Perhaps something spooked her? I'm ok with keeping my gun at my friends house while I'm still a novice. If something happened at home and I wasn't comfortable then it could be a dangerous situation. However as I gain proficiency and confidence in my firearm, it wouldn't do me any good a couple of miles away should I need it to protect my family.

    I would like to show her how we can keep our kids safe and protect ourselves. I've seen videos of a few biometric safes being opened by toddlers and would like to know your thoughts and ideas of the safe keeping of guns around kids. Please keep in mind that we would only have one or two pistols to start so nothing too big...yet.


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  2. CallMaker

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    Welcome to the RugerTalk forum.
     

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  5. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Sounds like your doing the right way. Patience.

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  7. casinoboy

    casinoboy New Member

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    Any suggestions on a safe I should look into? I've heard that the V-line tactical was good. Thoughts?


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  8. CallMaker

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    casionboy, Can't comment on you safe issue as I have no need for such a device. However, some other members may be of help.
     
  9. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You may want to start a new thread just on Small Handgun Safes. You may get some good input.
    There is a subforuum for safes. Gun Safes.

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  10. markej4801

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    I understand what you are saying, newbie. However there are several options available to you. I have a full-size safe which accommodates 14 guns and it's available to keep safe multiple other items including any jewelry and necessary papers and is fire retardant. As for small safes I use a gun vault at my bedside it comes either with or without biometric. I don't use the biometric. It has a key it also has 4 push buttons to use to open it when needed. I have found it to be quite useful it is able to keep one firearm safety at your bedside if you need it. I open it at night and close it during the day. I don't know if this helps but it's a thought. By the way it doesn't cost very much. I purchased mine at Cabelas for $119. For a budget conscious newbie, you might find this to be the better alternative.

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  11. 00b5

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    I think that before you buy a safe and before you buy any guns, you need to find a local range with rentals. Start off with a .22. They are lightweight, very little recoil, and the ammo is cheap. Besides they are fun. Make it a date night with your wife. Get her comfortable with a gun. The Rugers all come with locks. Show her how they work. No 1 year old is going to defeat them. You are probably right...something or SOMEONE spooked her. If you can't turn her back around, you will be shooting alone, if at all! Just like your child, start off with baby steps.
     
  12. casinoboy

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    Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions. My wife and I do have a date coming up to shoot with some friends. They will be bringing a variety of calibers for us. We also shot lots in our class and she liked the 9mm the best. I don't think she is afraid of guns in general but I think she is afraid to have them in the house. I will keep working on it and post an update when I make my purchase.


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    Welcome to Ruger talk. Glad to have you here
     
  14. emo

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    If you want to try more than your friend has, there are some stores in CT that also have ranges and rent just about anything, Hoffman's on the Berlin Turnpike comes to mind. Last time I was there they also had a decent selections of safes and pistol boxes. Does your screen name mean you like near the casinos? if so, I have a friend that lives and shoots down in that area and can ask him about rentals in that area. The Fort Knox pistol box is pretty good as are some of the GunVault boxes. The Fort Knox is probably the most rugged of the pistol boxes. I have a couple of GunVaults but am looking at a Fort Knox now.
    Maybe take your wife to look at safes and pistol boxes with you. She may be willing to reconsider as long as you keep the firearm locked up and keep the pistol box on a closet shelf that young kids can't reach.

    Welcome to the forum and to shooting!


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  15. casinoboy

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    Thanks Emo. My friend has a LOT but I also plan to take her to Hoffmans. I went there myself a couple of weeks ago and will likely make my purchase from them when the time comes. We had a long chat the other night and I think all she needs is a little time and more experience. My friends wife is going to talk to her also as she was once in the same boat but is now a complete gun nut herself. I will check out the Fort Knox as well. Thanks for the tip!



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  16. markej4801

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    Casino boy, it looks like you are well on your way to getting everything setup. Well done. Hope everything goes smooth for you.

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  17. casinoboy

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    Thanks markej4801. It's very reassuring that I'm on the right path. I want everyone to be happy but most importantly, SAFE!


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  18. SweetPea10

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    Hi Casino Boy,
    I live in CT also. I belong to the Newington, CT chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League - we range in age from 21 to 80+. We have beginners, we have sharpshooters, and everything in-between; there are permit holders and non-permit holders. I'd like to invite your wife to come join us - we shoot at Hoffman's one Sunday morning a month from 8 - 10:00 (they open early just for us.) We also shoot at Wolf's in Bristol one Friday night per month and one Weds. 12-2:00 per month. There are also classes held every 6-8 weeks at Hoffman's. There's no obligation, she doesn't need to join, she doesn't need to bring a gun - we'll put someone with her, go over all the basics, etc. No pressure, just offering.
     
  19. kde71450

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    I babysit my 11 month old grandson. I carry a Ruger SR40C (It's my only gun , so far) Every waking hour i have my gun holstered. I am wearing it. It is a a 3Speed Holster it is usually worn inside your pants at 12:00 (Deep Cover). I wear it above my belt line at 2:30 It is always covered and very hard to notice or get to. The retention is tight, and the trigger is always covered. I also keep the manual safety on. The Ruger has a built in safety that prevents discharge if the firearm gets dropped (That is how Ruger describes it. I dropped mine once and held my breath anyway. It did not fire). I also have a locked steel carrying case that they sell in the Rugershop, but you can also get the Nano cases cheaply on Amazon. I would advise a safe if your looking to expand. I would also think the more you expose your wife to safe shooting the more confidence she would have. I never had a firearm when my kids where small. My brother in law is a retired LEO his kids new about guns, and never bothered (They knew better) with his carry service revolver or his BUG. Good luck. I wish i could get my wife to get it.
     
  20. BamaFan

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    Welcome to the forum! Lots of knowledge here.