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Old 07-17-2011, 06:15 PM   #11
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Thanks for the help, great suggestions.

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Many guns would fit your requirements. Two nice guns I would propose for femalse CCW are a Glock 26 (9mm) or a nice S&W Airweight revolver. I might suggest the revolver for woman new to shooting.

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Steel,

S&W makes the Lady S&W and other small revolvers chambered in 38 Special Cal. and 357 Mag. They are simple to operate. Just load the cylinder to carry and pull the trigger when ready or needed. I like the semi-autos a lot but the small revolver for a lady just starting to carry or shoot they are simple to operate and good.
You also have the large Gun Show there at the Fairgrounds quite often there in Louisville where you and her could go and check out every pistol and revolver known to man! See what she likes and what fits her.
I believe it is the Bill Goodman show.

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Go straight to the nearest sporting goods store and get her some pepper spray! I would not let my wife leave home without it. Then you take your time deciding on a weapon.

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with my wife i let her handle many different guns then let her shoot the ones i own. she ended up liking the bersa thunder 380 best as she can control it for easy follow up shots. while she does shoot her 50AE desert eagle she doesnt shoot it fast or accurate. so she stole my duotone bersa i ended up getting two new ones a 15 rounder which she doesnt like and their pink gripped one.

let her try a bunch rent and shoot if possible. she may surprise you.

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My suggestions for a 9mm handgun
Glock 19
Glock 26
Ruger SR9c
Springfield XDm 3.8 9mm

If she wants to have a back up aka a pocket firearm I suggest
Kahr PM9
Ruger LC9
Kahr P380
Ruger LCP

My suggestion for .40
Glock 23
Glock 27
Ruger SR40c
Springfield XDm 3.8 .40
100% plastic semis, really? Those aren't bad guns, BTW.

But if it's going in a purse (which I only suspect), I'd start the search with revolvers. Look into 38sp/357mags, but also investigate the 327mag. It's got plenty of power and less recoil, and often comes in a nice compact package (such as the Ruger SP101). Sometimes 327s also offer an extra round of capacity over 357s in the same model.

Revolvers are really the most practical purse gun. In a true emergency a person may have to fire from within the purse, and that can be highly problematic with a semiauto.
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I can't recall if anyone stated this emphatically enough. The .40 S&W is NOT NOT NOT the caliber for someone new to shooting or carrying. The recoil is not fun, especially in a smaller gun. 9mm, 38spl, and .380 are great options...no need to go to .40.

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I'm going to make an assumption that she's not a gun enthusiast and thus has no preferences. She decided she wants a gun for 100% practical reasons.

From all I have read the Bersa Thunder .380 is "practically" the best choice.

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100% plastic semis, really? Those aren't bad guns, BTW.

But if it's going in a purse (which I only suspect), I'd start the search with revolvers. Look into 38sp/357mags, but also investigate the 327mag. It's got plenty of power and less recoil, and often comes in a nice compact package (such as the Ruger SP101). Sometimes 327s also offer an extra round of capacity over 357s in the same model.

Revolvers are really the most practical purse gun. In a true emergency a person may have to fire from within the purse, and that can be highly problematic with a semiauto.
I agree, revolvers are great carry firearms. That was just a mear list for the specific caliber's he mentioned. I could go into a whole different list of revolvers .
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...but a lowly revolver....the Ruger LCR in .38 or 357 mag. Women often find it difficult to rack the slide on some autos, and they can jam with crap from the bottom of a purse. A revolver will always crank off a shot if the trigger is pulled. Also no safety buttons or levers to fumble with. The LCR is a small gun.....even in .357 mag. You can shoot 38sp. in the mag. to lose some kick. I highly recommend it for a woman's EDC.
Yeah, this.

A hammerless S&W would show your love.

Join the NRA. Take her out to the range.
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