Originally Posted by Palms
Wanted something easily concealable. Not too heavy. Easy recoil very important as well as easy to rack. Willing to go to 380 but really wanted 9mm. So, tried the Taurus 780, Ruger LCP, KelTec 3AT with too much recoil and listed in order of preference. Will probably wait to see new S&W Bodyguard and Beretta Pico (claiming lowest recoil) before totally giving up on that caliber (no, I won't go smaller). I have an XDM 9 mm Competition with really great recoil but neither lightweight nor concealable. It got me thinking though in the 9mm smaller options. So, shot the 9mm version of the LCP. Are you kidding? Looking for what I said before but maybe in 9 if recoil and racking easy for partial impaired other half. Maybe a 380 in larger frame but still concealable in purse? She wants to but has problems. Thought XDS or similar but haven't shot anything other than my XDM and Glock 34 so any and all contributions to this thread are more than welcome. On another note, is it considered bad manners to post the same question on different forums (XD, Guns and Ammo). Appreciate your feedback on that too. Much obliged from the Treasure Coast!
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You rambled a bit there(not that i don't, but i'm a writer & a Broadcaster), so let me see if I have this right: LCP and Other 380's Bit you too much, but you thought one of them might be OK? The LC380 is supposed to be easier to use (rack the slide) for folks with hand strength Issues. You tried the LC9 As well. Did either of those guns have the Pinky extension on the Mag? It does make a difference. Not that Ruger is the only choice, like others have said, The Sig 238(380) and the 938(9MM) are both excellent guns, and function just like a mini-1911
so does the Colt Mustang BTW
.In the same price range. Bersa isn't bad if you don't mind a bit heavier, they also make a "+" model, with a 15 rd. mag.(same 380). One thing about 32ACP/380ACP right now is it's even more expensive then 9MM/40S&W/45ACP..Im a little stout myself, but not tall at about 5'9". 45's with full power loads kick too much for me after too many rounds. I went to 9MM. some snappy recoil in smaller guns, but I have several larger frame Guns where 9MM is almost NO recoil.
If doublestack is not an Issue, Beretta/Taurus/Chiappa 92 Compact.
if a single stack is what you want, I urge you to look at the Rugers again, or some other brands of single column 9MM/380's Avoid the 32ACP except as a BUG or for "better then throwing rocks") avoid the 22LR again except as a back up, But 22Mag. might be a possible solution, as 22Mag. rounds are faster then many Standard Velocity 38's
Edit: you can also get something called a HANDI-RACKER. I wrote a review a little while back. It's made to fit over the guns' front sight and front of the slide to allow you to "Push"(actuate the slide) better. I don't have as much trouble with my hands as my wife, but being Diabetic& a spinal injury victim, nureopathy is already setting in with my feet, so who knows how long before my hands get worse(I'm more upset about not being able to play my Gibsons over not shooting. I'll always have something I can Shoot!)