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Old May 31, 2000, 09:26 PM   #1
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In another thread, MB0R0MAN observes:

They say 2 months salary for a diamond ring for the old lady. What do you guys think the rule should be for a self defense side arm?

As a guy currently pricing out pretty rocks, I really like the implications of the question!

While I'm as succeptible to buy-it-all as the next guy, I always wonder what is the one perfect gun for a given task. Now that the question is rephrased in a new light: what defensive sidearm would you pick given that you have $2-10,000 to spend, and that once purchased that would be pretty much it for life? Functionality and concealability are obviously first, and artistic flourishes are optional.
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Old May 31, 2000, 10:43 PM   #2
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Considering your scenario, I'd buy a Govt. Mdl .45acp from one of the top .45 smiths, i.e. Wilson, Brown, etc etc. I'd buy a couple of really good concealment holsters and belt for them. I'd go to a couple of the top tactical handgun self defense schools. I'd spend the rest of the $$$ on ammo, and practice, practice, practice.

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Old May 31, 2000, 10:52 PM   #3
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Well, it sure wont cost as much as that ring or even one months salary: A stainless Wilson Combat CQB.
fwiw, I see the expensive ring scenario for what it is - a marketing ploy of guilt by jewelers who insist that the value of the ring is the value of your love, nonsense.
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Old June 1, 2000, 11:57 AM   #4
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I bought my wife her engagement ring when we were in college, so I probably DID spend two month's salary (wages) back then, and it ain't much but she loves it. However, what I did get in the bargain is a woman who will watch my back with her .38, or my AR if needed.

Now, these days, I guess with two month's salary I could buy one of those new semi auto .50 cal BMGs, and a couple cases of ammo, a linking machine, tool kit, manual, and maybe a spare barrel. I'd take the rest and fly Kent Lamont out here to show me the ins and outs of my gun and buy him dinner. Maybe take the last $600-$800 and buy a junk car to destroy with my first 100 rounds or so.
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Old June 2, 2000, 09:09 AM   #5
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Well the question really was if the rule for diamonds is 2 months salary.

What should the rule for a defensive side arm be for someone who **doesn't** own a handgun.

Not everyone could afford to buy a 600 to 800 dollar pistol for self defense. But everyone should try and buy the best they can afford.

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Old June 2, 2000, 10:14 AM   #6
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In that case I'd buy a Glock.
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Old June 2, 2000, 01:23 PM   #7
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Hell, with two months' salary (net), I'd buy a pair of Serbu BFG-50s and mount them fore-and-aft on my Jeep!
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Old June 2, 2000, 10:22 PM   #8
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Old June 4, 2000, 06:48 PM   #9
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I know the question isn't quite what you had in mind...but it prompted a thought in mine. If you're going to protect your life with a tool that you'll carry most of the time, why not drop 2 month's salary on something really good & nice?

Perhaps it's better to spend all one's gun money on 1-3 high quality guns rather than go for lots of cheaper ones, a thought that I originally had when starting the process. Of course, my collection is blasting past 10...
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Old June 5, 2000, 12:36 AM   #10
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$500 gun, $500 for leather gear and 1000 rounds of ammo, and $500 in quality instruction over two classes is a good minimum budget. How about a Glock, Kramer scabbard, belt, mag pouch and ammo at 20 cents a round. Then maybe Farnam or Louis Awerbuck.

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Old June 6, 2000, 09:47 PM   #12
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This has nothing to do with guns, actually, but my friend, if you really care for that woman, find a real diamond importer. I have a frind who is one. I was amazed at the mark-up of the chain and retail stores...were talking I bought an honest to goodness diamond that appraised at $2500 (by other sources) and I paid $700, and he STILL made a profit. I've sent many, many friends to him as well. Get her a nice diamond and a nice gun.
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Old June 9, 2000, 09:03 PM   #13
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2 month's? Man, I don't make that much but I am sure I could swing some fine body armor along with a few great handguns for that price. Maybe one of those one-shot bazookas?

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