Handgun for ccw for wife?
I'm interested in a small, effective, low recoil handgun for my wife to use as ccw. She hasn't had much experience with guns but we're going to do some training and range shooting in addition to a ccw class.
Her sister gave her a .25 Sterling Auto that I fired a couple of rounds thru. Seemed to work alright, but I've read several posts that they jam quite often.
Any ideas out there 'bout which gun would be best for self defense for her?
Welcome to the FTF.
It depends from person to person. The auto-loaders
will provide a lower recoil than revolvers, as the loading action soaks up
a lot of recoil. Also they are flatter, for enhanced CC.
380s are all the rage right now, and 9mms are also
IF you were to step down to the .25, you might
want to consider the more reliable 22LR pistols available today.
IMHO-take your wife to the range, let her try the 22LR, .380,
and 9mm. Then take her to lunch and mull it over.
If she can handle the 9mm, I would advise it over a .380,
but a good 9mm in a handy CCW size will cost more.
The one she wants to carry.
Get her training, take her to a couple of shops, let her pick the gun of her choice.
Remember things you bought her in the past and she doesn't wear anymore?
Same thing with a firearm. You buy what you think is best and she will find something wrong with it and will not carry it.
The first rule of any gun fight is to have a gun. And if she does not carry it, she will not have a gun when needed.
Do you possibly have a gun store that also has a range & rents firearms? Best that she actually shoot several, next best is to handle a lot of them to see what feels right. A good gun store with interest in helping her find the right firearm, not just sell another gun, is invaluable. If you find one, buy from them even though they may not be the cheapest.
If weight is not an issue, Ruger sp101 in 357 is what my wife carries. 38 specials shoot fairly user friendly.
In an auto, Sig 238 is a metal frame gun, which is very reliable, not as snappy as a Ruger LCP, and easy to use.
Personally, I recommend at least a .380 or larger.
Any gun is better than no gun though.
Get rid of the Stirling. Although many will argue that they are better than nothing, the .25 caliber pistol is a lousy self defense choice. If you love your wife, let her decide what she wants to get. Self defense is no place to go cheap. What is your, or your wife's life worth?
Many women are coming into the self defense world, and surprisingly many seem to prefer semi-auto 9mm pistols. I know some women who prefer .45 caliber 1911s.
Picking out something for "the little lady" would be a serious mistake, if in fact you and she are serious about self defense.
Avoid the temptation to train your wife how to shoot. Even if you are a certified instructor, your wife will feel a lot of unnecessary pressure and may suffer performance anxiety with you there. Find a professional self defense instructor (different than a CCW class) and you shouldn't even be on the range when she is in training.
IME, .25s are all cheap, jammo-matic BUGs. I had a Galesi .25,
(note the 'had', the only gun I ever got rid of) supposedly the
"poor man's Beretta" it jammed every mag. All my friend's .25s
have also been the same. IMHO, caliber is also important as a
factor of dependability.
Given her experience, as much as I hate to admit it, her best
option may be a Glock 9mm. They soak up a surprising amount of
recoil, and are among the most dependable.
Ruger fan club checking in...all great advice listed above...+1 to all...The LCR is a nifty little shooter. I'd advise getting one chambered in .357 that way you/she can shoot .38 as well. Wheel gun simplicity if ideal for a new shooter, the .38's are really controllable as well. It's lightweight and can be safely carried in a pocket or purse...with a good holster of course :cool:
Thanks for all the input. We will be heading to the range soon. There's one close that rents and applies the rental to the cost if u buy.
I think I'll try that.
Thanks again, John
I bought my wife a smith and wesson 38 special Airweight and she loves it. Easy to carry in her purse or even in her pocket while she is going for a walk.
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