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Old 12-03-2010, 08:41 PM   #11
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The softest shooting little .357 I've tried is the Ruger SP101. The alloy S&W J-frames are great guns but tough to shoot well and are very snappy to boot...
^^^Agree. NGIB, I have carried from my largest-Ruger SuperRedHawk .44 (9 1/2"), to my smallest-Beretta 30-32 TomCat.
As of late, I find myself carrying the Wifie's older (pinned barrel) Model 60, .38Spl. Yea, I know-only 5 shots+6 round back up pouch, but is one gun that I would carry more often than say my Kimber full size, or my CZ-75B Stainless.
With 5 rounds of Speer Gold Dot-Short Barreled loads in the cyl. I feel that I have enough punch to get my A$$ out of most problems that may occur.
Don't get me wrong, I still will carry the full size .45acp. or 9MM at times when I can properly cover them, and will not be carrying all day. Also at times-shorts/tee shirt-the TomCat fits right into my back pocket great.
This last week I made a deal on a S&W 637-1=Alloy/Stainless .38Spl. with NO lock. Man it is SWEET! I did take off the Boot style grips and installed an older set of bull horn style S&W brand grips, to fit my hands, but it still seems to feel 1/2 the weight as the Wifie' Model 60!
Been carrying the 637-1 around the house, behind my right hip, in a Bianchi OWB paddle holster, and after a short while, it does not seem to be any more of a load than the cell phone, on the left side hip.
Long story short-a weapon in enough caliber, that you ARE carrying, beats the heck out of one that's too large/heavy and spends most of it's time in the truck, or at home, in your safe! Or actually-underwear drawer!
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Some wives do not want the husbands to buy them their shoes.
Some wives do not want the husbands to buy them their handguns.

Does she want a revolver? Or the "cute" semi-auto? I would get her to a class that offers both types of firearms and let her decide.

She would be more willing to carry the firearm of her choice.
This sounds like the perfect answer to me! When my Mom got started getting into guns, my grandfather bought her this tiny little .25 handgun.....she soon replaced it with a S&W full size .45. Its hard to say what people would really like to protect their lives.
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the best first handgun for a wife in my opinion .....cost,value ,reliability,easy to use ,would be a taurus model 85..in 38 special ,5 shot ,+p rated ,lifetime warranty, get one in 2-3 inch barrels ,regular hammer or bobbed..with the 3 inch barrel +p 38 hollow points are very hot ,will kill any bad guy dead,dead ,dead even if he's amped up on dope..teach her well ....2 to the chest, one to the head

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Before she decides, make sure she tries the Elsie Ahrrrrrr.

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.357 Mag power and .38 Spl practice.

If she has any interest in an autoloader the Elsie Pea is also worth a look. This is my daughter's Raspberry Pea;

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My wife chose her S&W 642. She specifically did NOT want the pink one or the Lady Smith. She likes a revolver because of the simplicity.

We finally went to the range last night and she shot a box and a half. I was so proud of her, leaning into the shots. It is NOT a fun gun to shoot, but she handles it well. In a SD situation, you're not firing 50 rounds.

She is carrying Remington 158 gr +p LSWCHP rounds. They are really smokey and a little harsh on the recoil, but not as bad as Gold Dots, and VERY effective.

A little story...I shot a few cylinders (it has Crimson Trace) and commented that the laser was perfectly set for 5 yards--hole right on the red dot. And she responded, "When I was firing it, the hole was always a few inches below the laser." I just had to smile and let her know that it was her technique...not the laser. It's her first gun. She'll improve. Better a rough technique and ARMED, than just having pepper spray.

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Just saw your post, Cane. I just fired my LCP for the first time yesterday, too. I have heard that it is not that fun, but I really enjoyed it. It is no plinker, but the recoil was pretty easy and it didn't pinch me or bite me anywhere. The trigger is REALLY long.......................

But it is a good option for a lady's pocket. But, Cane, I know you'd prefer your LCR to her LCP any day, considering the greater power.

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Cane, I know you'd prefer your LCR to her LCP any day, considering the greater power.
You bet!

I'm seriously thinking about moving up to the .357. I have become a huge fan of the LCR as it serves me well here in South Florida.
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Cane, your LCR is pretty, but I can stroke the hammer on my 637 Smith if need be. BTW, how do you like the pict. of Chlo that I dug up for my avatar??

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Some wives do not want the husbands to buy them their shoes.
Some wives do not want the husbands to buy them their handguns.

Does she want a revolver? Or the "cute" semi-auto? I would get her to a class that offers both types of firearms and let her decide.

She would be more willing to carry the firearm of her choice.
i totally second this. would like to add take her to a range that rents guns and let her try a wide variety she might surprise ya. my wife likes the desert eagle in 50AE and 44mag she also likes the bersa thunder 7 round 380acp. she hasnt found anything else she likes handgun wise.
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Before she decides, make sure she tries the Elsie Ahrrrrrr.

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.357 Mag power and .38 Spl practice.

If she has any interest in an autoloader the Elsie Pea is also worth a look. This is my daughter's Raspberry Pea;

too bad that slide isnt pink they mighta sold me one!!
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