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Old 10-07-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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i need some suggestions for a small 38 caliber revolver for my wife. she has a Bersa Thunder 380 now that i bought for her to carry, but she has a hard time operating the slide. she shoots it well enough, but if she had to reload and rack slide to chamber a round, well she might be in trouble. i'm thinking about a small revolver in at least 38 caliber, but not some cheap gun, but not extremely expensive. any input would be appreciated.
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I have seen Charter Arms .38's out there at a very good price lately, S & W has out a very reasonably priced snubbie that I may pick up myself. Taurus firearms shoot very well in my opinion and I would have no qualms in trying out one of their revolvers. Also, my wife shoots her SR9 very well, but has alot of trouble with the recoil from a .38 snubbie, I was thinking of possibly going to the .32 magnum or the .327 Federal,, possible options you may wish to investigate.

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I just bought a LCR in 38. I have only put about 100 rounds through it so far but I already love it. Even with the +P the recoil didn't feel bad IMO. I only paid $400 for it brand new.
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Both the LCR and S&W are great options.
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Both the LCR and S&W are great options.
Indeed. Personally I would get them in .357, like the LCR .357. That way, she or you, would have the choice of 3 different shooting loads.
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My mum has some pretty bad shoulder pains, and serious issues racking a slide(she can't stand my 1911, for example) and heavy guns and heavy recoil cause her issues too.
The 38 lcr was her choice, and so far, it's treated her well.
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Look into one of these .327 Fed. Mag. 10 fold better than a .38, Charter Arms.
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I'd let her handle both the Ruger LCR (either in .38 or .357), and the S&W model 442. The double action only trigger pull on the LCR is superior to the trigger pull on the 442. LCR would be my choice but she has to decide which fits her better.
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i need some suggestions for a small 38 caliber revolver for my wife. she has a Bersa Thunder 380 now that i bought for her to carry, but she has a hard time operating the slide. she shoots it well enough, but if she had to reload and rack slide to chamber a round, well she might be in trouble. i'm thinking about a small revolver in at least 38 caliber, but not some cheap gun, but not extremely expensive. any input would be appreciated.
If you can find a nice used one, SW made an all steel "Ladysmith" .38 snub revolver that was REALLY nice. One of the best snubs ever made. I believe they can be had in either the mini J frame size or the next larger K frame.I wouldn't recommend the ultra lights with aluminum frames for a lady because they are so light, the recoil will be too much on a lady (or some men) and really cause muzzle flip.

http://www.budspolicesupply.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/4_9/products_id/88

http://www.gunauction.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=9848951&oh=216543

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i need some suggestions for a small 38 caliber revolver for my wife. she has a Bersa Thunder 380 now that i bought for her to carry, but she has a hard time operating the slide. she shoots it well enough, but if she had to reload and rack slide to chamber a round, well she might be in trouble. i'm thinking about a small revolver in at least 38 caliber, but not some cheap gun, but not extremely expensive. any input would be appreciated.
There are boatloads of used S&W Model 36's out there with holster wear that have seen a lot of carry and not much shooting. These guns can usually be had for a song and will give you many years of great service.
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