Good handgun choices for security work?

Hello! I'm considering taking a job as an armed security guard to scrape together enough cash to go back to school. I'm familiar with firearms, the different actions, and calibers. However, I wanted some more imput from everyone out there. What would you choose as your preferred sidearm as a security guard? I've ruled out the .50AE Desert Eagle due to weight and over-penetration issues so don't go there. Here is what I have given serious consideration to: Ruger GP 101 .357 Magnum Berestta 92f (9mm) OR 96f (.40 S&W) Glock 17 (9mm) or 22 (.40 S&W) some 1911-style I thought of the wheel gun because of it's reliability and simplicity of usage, though I've shot all of the other guns mentioned here. I'm somewhat concerned with the 9mm round though. Do you think that this is still an effective man-stopper, or should I concentrate on a .40 S&W on up? Any other suggestions welcomed. Later!

Asked By: atomicfrog81 - 10/5/2006
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First and foremost don' listen to rick s; he doesn't know what he is talking about... More
Answered By: Queevil - 10/8/2006
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Wow! Have you thought about posting this question under the Law Enforcement & Police Category? You'll probably get more answers! You'll find it under Politics & Government!
Answered By: sherryn - 10/5/2006
I have got nothing but praises for the Glocks, regardless of caliber. The trigger pull is a consistent 5.5 pound double action pull.The gun is super safe, and never go off without a deliberate trigger pull. In tests, Glocks have gone through tens of thousands of rounds, and Glock feels that these guns have many more... More
Answered By: pathfinder - 10/5/2006
My personal preferrence is the 45 auto "1911". Most accurate and most powerful. Most have a hand grip safety feature meaning you have to be depressing a mechanism in the rear of the pistol grip with your palm which can only be achieved by grasping the weapon in a firing position in order to fire. The converse is the... More
Answered By: corpsengineer - 10/5/2006
Glock 22 or 22C. The .40 cal. will eat 9mils for desert. And the Glock is much more reliable and durable than any wheel gun. In over twenty yrs. of combat/tactical/practical shooting, I've found the Glock to be my very (bestest)lol friend.
Answered By: renegadeslawdawg - 10/5/2006
Answered By: John K - 10/5/2006
it depends on what type of and where you will be working. is it somewhere you might have to use your gun for real or like dept. store security?? the gp 101 .357 is fine for the latter, but if you have to seriously throw down go with something high capacity that you can hanle well ( think recoil) and shoot accurately... More
Answered By: bghoundawg - 10/5/2006
No such thing as "over-penetration" my friend, just shoot hollow-points. Try a Desert Eagle .44mag, but if you must, go for a Beretta for reliability, you can even get them in 10 MM. I shot, and taught them for years in the Marines. Get a 1911 for stopping power, but just don't buy a junk Glock. Ive gotten rid of 3... More
Answered By: rick s - 10/5/2006
glock all the way solders trust them why shouldnt you
Answered By: galen m - 10/5/2006
Those are pretty good choices for carry weapons, the only ones that you listed I would use for security work would be the Baretta and the Glock. Personally, for work I carry a Springfield XD SC in 9 MM. I've never had any issue with the XD
Answered By: .45 Peacemaker - 10/5/2006
Double check with the security company because they may require you to carry their duty sidearm. But if you can take your own gun or choose, then any of the guns you mentioned is fine so long as you can shoot it proficiently. I like Glocks.
Answered By: eddygordo19 - 10/6/2006
before you spend your hard earned cash check with local police in many coomunities you can't carry certain types of weapons OHIO is one of them having said that your life and possibly some others may depend on you get aquality and brush upon your proficiency
Answered By: helo pilot - 10/9/2006
If you are worried about over-penetration go with the 1911 style. The rounds come in various weights [grains] and they are man-stoppers.
Answered By: WBD - 10/9/2006
I would but a Smith and Weston
Answered By: Matt - 10/10/2006
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