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Old 03-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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Thank you all very much for the sound advice were going to head out with the father-in-law and try a range of different guns for us both and then make our decisions on which we both want a present from her to me and me to her etc
Does she want to carry it? If she does not want to carry then a larger revolver would be a good idea.
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Does she want to carry it? If she does not want to carry then a larger revolver would be a good idea.
At the minute no, but she may in the future for now it's just a, at home gun for her when I'm not there
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A J frame's a good choice for easy carry. The drawbacks are limited ammo capacity, muzzle report, recoil and proficiency. It's gonna take significant range time to get used to the long D/A only trigger pull and engage targets with any kind of consistency.
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At the minute no, but she may in the future for now it's just a, at home gun for her when I'm not there
Since that is the case, I would get a larger gun for her to practice with and have at home, then get something smaller for her to pack later.

Of course, that is just what I would do, you do what you think is best
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There is nothing wrong with a smith and wesson model 19 "Combat Magnum". It uses a light weight and not too big k- frame and is chambered in .357. If the user is recoil sensitive, .38s can be used with no problem. Bill Jordan sure got it right with this one.

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Don't overlook the .327 Federal revolvers, the Charter Arms models are moderately priced and they will shoot the .32 H&R and .32 S&W also if I read correctly, which would be a low recoil cartridge for her to use for practice and she could work up to the full power .327 for carry when she decides. I have Charter revolvers and with aftermarket grips are much easier to control and fire accurately. Triggers are not as good as Smith's,, esp. the older ones, but a servicable and very good revolver for my money anyways,, something to consider.

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Just to throw in my 2 cents. I'd recommend a Ruger Sp101. As many have stated before me, you will get a lot of recommendations and there are many good options. But as far as revolvers go, I don't think you could go wrong with an Sp101 for carry. It's one of the best selling small frame revolvers for a reason.

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Thanks for all the input fellas!


I think she wants a snub nosed revolver

There's a 357 mag s&w 7chamber one that I think she likes

Would 357 recoil too hard?

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Thanks for all the input fellas!

I think she wants a snub nosed revolver

There's a 357 mag s&w 7chamber one that I think she likes

Would 357 recoil too hard?
A snub nose, big bore wouldn't be my first revolver choice. A 2" barrel takes some experience to shoot accurately, consistently. Add in a stiff recoil and it quickly loses its value as a self defense carry. JMHO, have her shoot a few different models to see how they feel. A major benefit if the .357 mag is that you can also load it with .38 spc.
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A snub nose, big bore wouldn't be my first revolver choice. A 2" barrel takes some experience to shoot accurately, consistently. Add in a stiff recoil and it quickly loses its value as a self defense carry. JMHO, have her shoot a few different models to see how they feel. A major benefit if the .357 mag is that you can also load it with .38 spc.
Thanks ill get her to try a few she has decided a revolver over semi-auto recently
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