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Old 01-23-2013, 12:01 AM   #21
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It must fit her hand. I know it's expensive to rent pistols for try out but you could buy something you/she doesn't like. (My sister bought a "Lady Smith" with the laser sight and she can't handle the recoil. She wants my brother inlaw to take it for his pistol but he doesn't want a Lady Smith.) I'm on his side here.
She just as well get a NA 22 wmr. That is all there is on the market other than a Bersa Thunder. A Bersa thunder is as big as my P95. It is not an easy gun to conceal. She might be one of those people that don't need a gun.

I have fired the Lady Smith my self. My P-3AT has more recoil than a Lady Smith.
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She just as well get a NA 22 wmr. That is all there is on the market other than a Bersa Thunder. A Bersa thunder is as big as my P95. It is not an easy gun to conceal. She might be one of those people that don't need a gun.

I have fired the Lady Smith my self. My P-3AT has more recoil than a Lady Smith.
I'll check those ones out too. I've also been looking at the Ruger SR9c. I've read a lot of good things about it.
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I know that this is the semi-auto section but as you stated it was for your wife as a defense weapon, i would seriously consider a revolver.

My reasoning is simple. Even if she picks out an auto she likes and learns how to operate it, chances are she will not practice enough with it to ensure instinctive operation of it during a time of panic. The advantage of the revolver is it's simplicity and postive results to the most primal panic responce of 'point and pull'.

Not saying autos are bad for her to consider, but if she isn't going to be practiced enough with it, then give her something that gives the biggest chance of sucessful deployment in a situation where otherwise she may fail due to forgeting about the safety, or chambering a round, or racking it successfully, or... etc etc etc.

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I know that this is the semi-auto section but as you stated it was for your wife as a defense weapon, i would seriously consider a revolver.

My reasoning is simple. Even if she picks out an auto she likes and learns how to operate it, chances are she will not practice enough with it to ensure instinctive operation of it during a time of panic. The advantage of the revolver is it's simplicity and postive results to the most primal panic responce of 'point and pull'.

Not saying autos are bad for her to consider, but if she isn't going to be practiced enough with it, then give her something that gives the biggest chance of sucessful deployment in a situation where otherwise she may fail due to forgeting about the safety, or chambering a round, or racking it successfully, or... etc etc etc.
Allot of the self defense shootings you hear about involving women also involve revolvers, not all, but quite a few.
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My wife is exact size. 5'2", 120. She has Bersa Thunder CC and Beretta Tomcat 32. Can shoot both but prefers the 32 because easier to carry and tip up barrel more convenient for chambering. Plus she never would carry the 380 but does carry the Tomcat. We live in country and have a nice pistol range so lots of practice has helped her become confident with a gun. Handling, etc.

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Well I finally got my hands on a Ruger LC9. It's a nice little firearm but my wife didn't like it. She hates recoil so I may be in trouble with this one. She's fond of her brothers Browning buckmark, too back it's a .22 peashooter. I have true telling her, for self defense, a .22 won't do squat! We'll be going to the range to try out some others soon.

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I'll check those ones out too. I've also been looking at the Ruger SR9c. I've read a lot of good things about it.
My wife has had a SR9C for several years
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My wife has had a SR9C for several years
I shot one at a range recently. I liked it, but disliked how it kept jamming. I think it was the ammo, but still, not a good start haha
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And also, unfortunately, my wife didn't like that one either.

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I shot one at a range recently. I liked it, but disliked how it kept jamming. I think it was the ammo, but still, not a good start haha
Either ammo or ranges ain't know for regualar maintenence
I've had ONE FTFire in mabe 800rds fired & it was a cheep winchester FMJ-
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