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Old 09-04-2010, 04:31 PM   #11
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You bring up .22lr. I read American Rifleman (NRA magazine) and am always on the lookout for self defense stories in the paper. Here is what I've noticed most often:

-After shots fired nobody is actually shot and everyone just runs away
-Even when someone is shot, they don't die
-Just the sounds of shots fired scares the perps, or the sight of a gun

.22 should be fine in the real world...much better than no gun. I, personally, would like to END the threat with the bad guy on the ground never to get back up, but that is probably a rare ending to a critical situation.

.22lr would be fine if she is comfortable with that. But the next step up would be .380/.38spl/9mm. I would skip the .25 and .32.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:16 PM   #12
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It has been awhile since your post - - - what did she choose and is she still happy with it or has she now got a collection?
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You should be careful about asking a dealer for advise on this. Several years ago I accompanied my 5'4" 115-# wife to a gun dealer to get her a handgun. The first thing the dealer did was to get a Raven .22 mouse gun outta the case. I hurt his feelings by telling her, "if you shoot somebody with that, you may piss him off". He tried to avoid me and sell her that toy. Then she told him she felt perfectly comfortable shooting my Dan Wesson .44 mag, and would like to buy one with a full set of interchangeable barrels, 4", 6", and 8". After he regained his composure, he kindly ordered the Dan Wesson for her. A lady should be given the credit for being able to use any gun she chooses to use, and not have to settle for an inadequate toy that won't protect her. Today she prefers a Para-Ordnance S14.45.
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I have a LCR with a Crimson Trace grip. It is a nice little 38 but it is a hand full to shoot. My wife shot 2 rounds from it and turned to me and said...
It is also very loud. Check out the Bersa 380. Reasonably priced, trust worthy small recoil and very accurate. Sort of a 9mm on stun
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Charter Arms makes some very lightweight revolvers in several calibers - .22, .327 Federal, .38 SPL, .357 Magnum, .44 SPL, and lately, 9MM and .40 S&W. Charter used to have a bad reputation due to poor workmanship, but for the last few years they've been putting out a pretty good product. I have a .38 snubby and 4 .44 SPL's in various finishes and barrel lengths. They are handy to carry due to their weight, 12 oz. to 21 oz. The .44's kick a little, but they have good grips and are easy to control.
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Oh yeah, the .22's are .22LR and that oxymoron, .22 Magnum (WMR).
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A brief synopsis of why this is becoming such a chore for me, that I'm turning to you, my friends, for help:

My wife is an big girl, standing 6 ft tall. Her hands are as big as mine, but proportioned differently (me - big palm, shorter fingers, her - smaller palm, longer fingers,) so that my Sig P220 (Which fits my hand like it was built just for me!) is too broad for her. She likes the way my S&W mod 14 with a 6 inch barrel handles, but due to her Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the gun is just too barrel heavy for her, resulting in only about 12 accurate shots on the range before her wrists become too unsteady to support accurate shooting.

We're going to be taking our CCW course within the next few weeks, and I would like to get her her CCW weapon before (if not soon after) we become licensed. She's now talking about getting a .22 LR as her primary CCW gun.
Suggestions? And thank you in advance.
Interesting that only a few messages apart are the same questions: What to get for my husband; what to get for my wife? And the answer is the same for both. Get them what they select for themselves. BTW, many newer model handguns come with interchangeable backstraps for small or larger hands.

For a woman, try and find a woman at the gun shop. Racking a slide is like putting a motorcycle on its centerstand--it can require brute force, or only the right technique. I think Glocks may be the easiest to rack. Look up Limalife on Youtube. This is a lady who has a bunch of videos on gun carry topics, including racking a slide, and even carrying a baby while carrying a gun, spare mags, and a knife!

Be sure and check your laws on calibers for concealed carry license tests. In Texas, a .38 is the smallest you can use. Also in Texas, if you take the test with a revolver, you can only carry a revolver, but it you test with an automatic, you can carry either.

Oh yes. Twelve accurate shots is normally plenty. Average "gunfight" is less than two shots. Event the CHL test here in Texas is short boughts of five rounds each.
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3-2009 End of interest in original thread

9-2010 Somehow I ended up finding it, then resurrecting the zombie.

9-2011 gwk4667 somehow found the thread and raised the dead zombie again. It is an

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The way I found it was by scrolling down to the bottom after reading another thread and it list similar threads I might be interested in. I assumed ( yes I know ) that the list was current - - -so much for that!
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