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Old 01-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default Help, need a handgun for my wife

Hey folks, this is my first post on the forum. I'll give you a little background. Im a 23 year old Southern California resident, I've never owned a firearm, but I've fired my fair share of different guns. I am purchasing my first home in a couple months, and I am prepared to acquire a small arsenal of guns to defend it, and my 2nd Amendment right.

So with all that said, I'd like to get my wife her very own handgun. I looked at a few different small guns, because she is small,(5'2"-120lbs). She's also fired a handful of guns. She's definitely not afraid to shoot. But I think a gun with too much kick would intimidate her.

What do you guys recommend?

Also, if you have any recommendations for me concerning a handgun let me know.

Thanks. God Bless America.

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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The best thing to do is find a range that rents guns and go try a few.

There are a lot of good manufacturers out there so it usually ends up as personal choice due to the way it feels. If you stick to major players like Glock, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, Springfield, Sig Sauer etc they all make good quality pistols.

In my case, I bought my first handgun last year. I researched what was out there and came up with a short list. Then I shot the ones I was considering at the range. I ended up with a Ruger SR9c and I love it.

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It's going to be her gun. Let her pick it out. If she likes the way a. 380 feels shoot a couple and gun up to 9mm just to see if she prefers the more solid feel of a larger frame. Keep in mind, is this going to be a range gun or just a home defense only gun. If it's going to be something she shoots regularly, I'll bet she'll go larger than a. 380. She may like a revolver over a semi-auto. Let it be here choice.

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The above posts have excellent advice. I'm more of a revolver guy. The big advantage of a revolver is the ability to shoot a variety of ammo. A .357 mag can also shoot 38 special, 38 long and short Colt. A .327 mag revolver can shoot .327 mag, 32 H&R Mag, 32 S&W long and short. If she looks at autos make sure she can open the action(rack the slide) without to much effort.

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Welcome to the Firearmstalkforum.

I would suggest also to check out some local firearms ranges. Talk with the people there.

Get some proper firearms training! Getting with a bunch of buddies to shoot in a gravel pit is not the best way to learn.
You and your wife will learn how to properly handle a firearm and some tricks on how to use them. There are techniques to handling firearms that are taught by certified instructors that could change your mind about larger caliber firearms.

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I would suggest also to check out some local firearms ranges. Talk with the people there.

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Get some proper firearms training!
Getting with a bunch of buddies to shoot in a gravel pit is not the best way to learn.
You and your wife will learn how to properly handle a firearm and some tricks on how to use them. There are techniques to handling firearms that are taught by certified instructors that could change your mind about larger caliber firearms.

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After my wife got her concealed carry permit we when down to the gun shop and had her try out the feel of handling different weapons. She when with a S&W Bodyguard 38 because she couldn't rack the slide easily on the other guns and not having a exposed hammer it wouldn't accidentally catch on something, plus she liked the integrated laser which it came with.

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Thanks for the input folks. On Monday I'll take her to a couple firearms stores nearby.

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I think first thing to know is what trigger type you each prefer, long or short pull. Do you want a hidden hammer or a manual hammer? From there I can perhaps make a recommendation. Also will they be for home defense only or carry pieces as well? Do you value manual safety or none?

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These are some good pointers. I am considering a Ruger LC9 but I've read it's got a very long trigger pull. I've never fired one so I don't know what to expect. Any help would be appreciated.

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