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Old 03-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #11
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Yeah I was actually thinking of the 3" SP101 at first... I just got myself a 4" GP100 and am very pleased with it!!! I thought about the Taurus line because they're a bit cheaper, but then I realized she probably wouldn't mind a used firearm. I'll go take a look at BudsGunShop to get an idea on some prices for a semi-used SP101. Thanks for all the replies!!
I was thinking "used GP100". I bought a 6" blued one last year for about $400, NIB (though there is a oily spot by the hammer). My future sister in law loves shooting my GP100 & comments that it "kicks" much less than her .38 Titan. Go for the longer barrel; if nothing else, it will make a better club.
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I am a female and for my first gun I have a Ruger GP100, 6" barrel, stainless. I like the gun and the recoil isn't bad at all, in my opinion. It's a 'big' gun but I think that helps with the recoil. That's is my recommendation and my experience.

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The Judge is a gimmick gun and so is this one IMHO...
Not if you say the name with a British accent . . . . . . . . . The Gov'na

But, yeah; not one I would suggest as a first firearm either. Doyle, get some in her hands. Take her to the store and let her try on a few. They may be a bit pricey-er, but try the some in the Lady Smith line.
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There are two perfect guns for this application, both I would trust my life with and also my sister's.

The first is way too expensive. (But we all need a bucket list!)



The Colt Python.

And the second I picked up for <$400.



The S&W M19-3.

As you can see I prefer 6" barrels but for your sister I think a 4" would be a tad more manageable.

You can't go wrong with a vintage S&W wheel gun!
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Dang, Cane... I think my sister would have to fight me for a Colt Python!! I am thinking that a longer barrel would be better (4 to 6) than a snubby. She says she wants a little revolver, but if I let her shoot my GP100 she may change her mind and want something more like it.

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For whatever it's worth, I really like the Ruger LCR with 38 SPL +P hollow points. And being hammerless, it would be easy to fire from pocket or purse, if necessary.

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The heft might make it something she puts in the sock drawer and forgets. My suggestion would be a S&W Airweight or a Ruger LCR.

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Keep in mind WDB that this is only a weapon she needs for home defense. My sister has no interest in getting a ccw... A heavier gun would encourage her to practice more because of the less felt recoil.

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Keep in mind WDB that this is only a weapon she needs for home defense. My sister has no interest in getting a ccw... A heavier gun would encourage her to practice more because of the less felt recoil.

Yep I got that, just thinking the lighter weight might feel better in hand and be easier to obtain target. With some over sized rubber grips the recoil wouldn't be that much more. My daughter (5'-4" 115 pounds) shoots well with my airweight. She doen't care for my S&W 586 at all due to the weight.
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Yep I got that, just thinking the lighter weight might feel better in hand and be easier to obtain target. With some over sized rubber grips the recoil wouldn't be that much more. My daughter (5'-4" 115 pounds) shoots well with my airweight. She doen't care for my S&W 586 at all due to the weight.
Yeah, I see your point. I just need to get her to shoot both and go from there. She may be surprised and end up wanting a light weight revolver.
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