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Old 09-29-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 09-30-2009, 01:45 AM   #2
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hey all,
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.
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thanks for the reply billy bob. i will pass the word on to the old man.

yeah ive been busy with school/work so its been tough to do my internetting but im trying to get back into it haha

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thanks for the reply billy bob. i will pass the word on to the old man.

yeah ive been busy with school/work so its been tough to do my internetting but im trying to get back into it haha
Hay, school comes first!! That's not to say that you can't substitute some of your "Party" time for FTF time?? Great to see you back.......
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haha if by party you mean work (or maybe a little xbox time) then i guess i agree with you.

dont worry, i never left, i still found a little time to take a look at what you guys were spouting off...i need some other media source beyond the mainstream media right?

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If it doesn't have to be a semi-auto, I'd recommend a S&W J-frame revolver. No slide to mess with and recoil is no worse than a .380 semi-auto (and I have a couple). To lessen recoil the most, get a steel framed model versus the airweight. I recently picked up this nice Model 37 for $265 used...

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i agree 100% i told my dad to get her a revolver but her fingers aren't quite strong enough to squeeze the trigger on most revolvers without pulling back the hammer. plus for some reason my dad doesn't like them...dont ask me why.

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An option, albeit a pricey one, may be the new Sig P238. It uses a locked breech barrel rather than blowback for less recoil and it has a 1911 style single action trigger. I haven't shot one yet myself but I have a friend that has one and he's very satisfied with it...

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