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Old 01-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Girlfriend looking for a Carry/practice handgun

Hi, my GF is looking for a good carry gun. Every gun store she walks into trys to push a .38 revolver on her and when she tells them she wants a semi-auto, they stand there dumbfounded like a woman can't own anything other than a .38. At this point she has a S&W bodyguard .380 and hates it so much, she refuses to carry it. She says that the recoil is too much in order to actually enjoy, so that pretty much rules out a pocket piece. Anyway, she wants something chambered in 9mm, with a mid sized frame, easy to carry and has a manual safety. If anybody has any suggestions on something practical, she would love to hear it. Thanks guys.

Also, single/double action, she hates DAO, I don't much blame her.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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I get asked questions like this all of the time. Sorry to hear that the dealer you went to gave her so hard a time. That is something I never like to hear.

First, she has to decide how much she wants to spend and what size auto she feels comfortable getting. Everybody has a "comfort zone" and this is very important.

If she wants something in the 3" to 4" range and is budget conscious, she might want to consider the SCCY CPX series. These are DAO, but designed to be more confortable to shoot in this configuration. These are in the Generation 2 line and are very underrated guns. MSRP on the blued is only $299 and well worth the price. Stainless is only $40 more. I've shot the guns and like them. If you can't find anyone local that sells them, I have a factory direct tie and can get them for you.

If she is looking for smaller, though costlier, Beretta has come out with the Nano and it has gotten great reviews in some of the mags.

Back to larger, she cannot go wrong with the Springfield XD series in 9mm. I know of nobody that owns an XD that dislikes them.

What really sucks is that if she tries to trade in the Bodyguard, she'll lose a significant chunk of $$. My advice is to try to sell it outright if she doesn't want to keep it after she finds her 9mm.

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Based on the criteria listed I would look for a Ruger SR9c. Great CCW, recoil is light and they shoot great. Also for more money, alot Sigs also have the features she wants. The Ruger is a great gun for around $400. I think the Sig SP2022 also has those features and can be had fairly inexpensive depending on where you buy, but I prefer the alloy framed Sigs which normally run 800 to 1000. If you have the luxury of renting guns, do it. I have bought guns, based solely on feel and once I shot them was less than enamored.

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Hi, my GF is looking for a good carry gun. Every gun store she walks into trys to push a .38 revolver on her and when she tells them she wants a semi-auto, they stand there dumbfounded like a woman can't own anything other than a .38. At this point she has a S&W bodyguard .380 and hates it so much, she refuses to carry it. She says that the recoil is too much in order to actually enjoy, so that pretty much rules out a pocket piece. Anyway, she wants something chambered in 9mm, with a mid sized frame, easy to carry and has a manual safety. If anybody has any suggestions on something practical, she would love to hear it. Thanks guys.

Also, single/double action, she hates DAO, I don't much blame her.
The Sig P238 is a pocket piece 380 that is very comfortable to shoot. Mini 1911 carry cocked and locked. I have one and the female instructor at the local indoor range carries one. I tried hers and bought one. I hated my P3AT. None of the other micro 380 pistols were comfortable to shoot.
If she wants a slim 9mm, the one I would buy is the Kahr. It has a very smooth trigger. I had a PF9 Keltec and did not like it. Did not like the others I tried as well as the Kahr.
My wife and I have matching SR9c Rugers. Striker but try it before you dismiss it. Has a better trigger than the Glocks, smaller grip and thumb safety in addition to the trigger safety. About 28 oz loaded with 11 rnds.
The Bersa 380 is about the size of a slim 9 but is 380, DA/SA and is very comfortable to shoot. Based on the PPK and has a very good rep and price.
Look at the Sig P232. It is a larger 380 that is very nice. DA/SA. Take a good look at all the Sig pistols.
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If recoil is the issue, don't rule out .380. A 9mm is going to have more recoil if it's in a similar-sized package.

JTJ beat me to the punch about the Sig P238. For a small pistol, it shoots very smoothly. The Walther P380 is pretty smooth also.

Look at the XD line. The grip safety should qualify as a "manual safety," which you mentioned she wants.

I doubt you have enough time for this to develop, but Springfield just introduced the XDS, a very compact single-stack version of the XD. One of the many bloggers at the SHOT show last week said a Springfield rep told him the 9mm version (it's initially only available in .45) would be available this summer.

There have been a lot of other fine guns mentioned. It looks like you two have some shopping (and range renting) to do.

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I bought my wife to be a S&W Bodygard, because she picked it out. We wnt and shot it, and she hated it. She handed me the Bodygard and took my Sig P238. Now she only carries the Sig.
For everything that you listed, that she want's, the Sig P238 would be my first recomendation.

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I'd also recommend the SR9c from Ruger but you can also find a Smith & Wesson M&P9c or full-size 9 with a thumb safety. With the back-straps the M&P autos have it can really be customized for just about any size hands out there.

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I currently shoot a Walther PK 380. But, I've been looking around for a 9mm also. I really want the Ruger SR9c. I'm a woman with a smaller hand, and it fits perfect. At the Las Vegas gun show this weekend, they were running $420.00. The local GS where I live is selling them for $495.00. That gun is definitely on my wish list!

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My father-in-law is a huge advocate of the SR9/SR9c and in a bit less than a year has ran about 1500 plus rounds through his SR9c in practice and in IDPA. No malfunctions of any sort; the only think I've ever heard of causing problems is that Ruger does send out their guns over lubricated so a good cleaning, especially in the striker channel, is in order before the visit to the range.

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Best advice is to take her to the range and shhot as many models and calibers as you can. She will find the one that fits her.

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