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Old 08-10-2011, 06:36 PM   #11
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You want to "try on" some different handguns to see which you can get a comfortable grip on.

Generally, a heavier handgun will not "kick" or recoil as much as a heavier handgun, particularly with a bit longer barrel. For example, i have a ruger GP100 .357magnum with a 6" barrel and a snubnosed (short barreled) .38 special; with the same .38 special ammo, the snubnose "kicks" MUCH harder than the longer heavier GP100. This effect is made more noticeable by the tiny grips on the snubnose.

The Bersa Thunder .380 that was mentioned is what lives in my sister's purse pocket. The .380 is not the biggest or most devastating round; it is like a 9mm "short". The little Bersa has reasonable recoil for a handgun due to the lighter kicking .380. It is definately one to "try on".

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Like orangello said "try on some different handguns". Look for what's comfortable to you that's the key thing. For a starting point I recommend looking at 9mm, .380 ACP, and .357 magnum/.38 special. Some of the manufacturers to look at would be Ruger, Glock, Springfield, Kahr, Bersa, Beretta, Sig Saurer, Smith and Weson, CZ, and FN.

I carry the Ruger SR9c as my primary and the Kahr PM9 as my back up, but I'm currently switching over to .40.

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A revolver in .357 or .38 special. You can shoot .38 long colts or .38 short colts in these revolvers also for even less recoil. A very short barrel (snub-nosed) would make a very easy carry piece. You can go very light weight like a S&W model 37. A very safe and very uncomplicated gun. Rule of thumb is the lighter the gun the lighter the bullets. You can get different bullet weights in each caliber(lighter bullets recoil less). I use 115 grain bullets in my 38.

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I thought you couldn't shoot those in a .357 magnum revolver or .38 special revolver because I thought the diameter of them were .361 and not .357/.358.

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357 revolver shoot 38 specials leave no cases

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I agree with firearms4ever; do some studying and explore. The one i would really think about is the Glock 26 Its very concealable, good firepower, famous Glock reliability, and most of all its very simple. Some dont like Glocks because of the "no safety" issue but, use the best safety you have(your brain) and a nice holster and you will be find Keep us updated once you decide!!

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I thought you couldn't shoot those in a .357 magnum revolver or .38 special revolver because I thought the diameter of them were .361 and not .357/.358.
Yes you can the case diameter is the same. I do think some(all?) of the 38 colts had a larger bore size but the bullets were all .358 diameter. many of these bullets were skirted or had hollow bases to fill the larger bore.
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My wife loves shooting her Glock 35 but enjoys carrying a S&W airlite .38 snubby.

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i may suggest a ruger sr9c. they are semi light and fun to shoot. has mor power than a .380 and. but go with what fits you rhands best. or "feels good" to shoot. go to a range where you can rent different guns, try a .380, 357 mag, or a 9mm. i think anythign highpowered tha those choices might be to much recoil and causer too many bad habits when practicing

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I would suggesting investigating a compact 380acp or 9mm.

For 380, I think Bersa offers a really good gun for the price.

For 9mm (more powerful, more affordable than 380acp)...
Steel: I would advise a CZ 75b compact.
Polymer: Compact versions of Glock, Springfeld XD, S&W M&P, FNP, Ruger SR9, etc.
Alloy: Sig P228, P229, P239, and CZ 2075 RAMI


These are all good guns. Which fits your hands and your needs is for you to determine.

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