Originally Posted by roosterjuicer
my dad wants to get a home defense gun for my mom. she weighs 90lbs soaking wet so recoil is a big deal for her and we want her to be comfortable. the debate is between the pk380 and the p22.
1) how much more recoil will she have to deal with for the 380 compared to the 22. I have the 22 and while its no big deal for me, i do think it has more recoil than most 22 pistols i have fired.
2) how much harder is the spring on the 380 than the 22? a big problem she has is she isn't strong enough to operate the slide on a lot of pistols.
Hay Juice, long time no-see. I've handled a couple of Walther's-the .380's have a pretty "smart" recoil. The .380's also have a stiff slide spring-due to the blow-back design. My summer time back pocket gun is a Beretta Tom Cat, in .32acp. No it's NOT a giant killer, but it is small and works well. With the tip-up barrel, your Mom would never have to rack the slide, unless a jam would occur. I bought the TomCat new, and have NEVER had a jam, to date.