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    I'm 19 and new to the black hills, recently got my CC permit and have been doing a little research on the internet. cant remember where i read it at but legal age to purchase a handgun from a FFL dealer is 21, legal age to purchase private party is 18. anybody prove/disprove this info for me?

    EDIT: on the NRA website i have found the federal law to state no sale of a handgun to a person under 21 from a retail firearm dealer

    and nothing under the SD state section on age restrictions on purchase just 18 to possess

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    That is correct.

    Under an ambiguity of Federal Law, one needs to be 21 to purchase a Pistol from an FFL (Federal Firearm Licensee), however; one needs only to be 18 to own, have, or Carry a Pistol.

    Souta Dakota allows both at 18,including Pistol Permit Licensing.

    One may purchase a Pistol from a Private Citizen or at a Gun Show at only 18.



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    Sweet thanks Aadvark just the answer i was hoping for.

    I've been Eye-ballin' a few different handguns. one of which is the Ruger LCP. anybody own/carry one and whats your take on the gun?

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    maddoc:

    The choice of which type of Firearm you want to Carry is yours.

    I trust you will make the right choice, it being, one which is right for you.

    ...I wish that I lived in South Dakota.

    aadvark

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    I don't own one (LCP) , but have been thinking of getting one as well. I wouldn't hesitate except that it doesn't lock open on empty, and it requires a tool for takedown.

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    I have a Ruger LCP. Bought it for a concealed carry option and I don't like it. Too small for my hands.

    I also bought a Bersa Thunder 380 as another concealed carry option. Keep looking for and trying various smaller concealed carry options. The Bersa is better for my hand size but I am unhappy with the holsters I have for it.

    No matter what I try and I am always trying some new gun, I go back to carrying a Glock 23. Sometimes I carry it openly and at other times concealed but I end up carrying the Glock most of the time.

    It is not that difficult to get used to carrying a larger gun. I also like the idea of a real stopping round as opposed to a 380 or even a 9mm. To me, I want a .357, .40 or .45 cal.

    My wife and daughter each carry a .38 J frame revolver. I don't let them carry semiautos in their handbags.

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