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Old 11-17-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Anyone have a suggestion for a decent cheaper double action revolver, 38 SPL-357 ish, and concealable, that won't break the bank? Used would be preferable.

I say Touchy Subject, because it would be for my wife, and she hates guns. This would be more for SHTF, and if she NEEDED to be carrying, or defend herself. I'm talking this kind of gun because she doesn't like guns, and is not mechanically inclined. I repeat, this would be an EMERGENCY gun for her, if the situation REQUIRED her to carry. I don't want to put a ton of money in it, because this type of gun is not my interest. I don't think she'd do well with one of my guns. Too big, complicated, & to black.

Not sure how else to approach the subject, what do you guys think?
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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USED S&W J frame, followed by USED Ruger or Rossi, followed by a Charter Arms Undercover type revolver.
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I'd actually try to find an old police trade-in Smith & Wesson, like a model 10 or model 15. They may not be the most concealable but could be in a pinch. They are user friendly, built right, and not as difficult to shoot well as a snubby.
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I agree with C3.

I have a similar problem with a friend of mine. She had never fired a gun in her life until this summer when she came to my place to learn. Her husband passed away, he had left her 4 handguns, 3 of them are .40 S&W (two Glock 23s and a S&W 4013) and a Ruger Mark 4. She gave the Ruger to her brother (it was disassembled- I don't think he has figured out how to re-assemble it yet). I wish she had kept the Ruger as that would have been the best choice for her at this time. When she came over we had her try out .22s, a .25ACP and a .380. She was not comfortable with any of them, but the .22s were tolerable. My plan of action is to take her out shooting more often and get her familiar with guns first. Then we will find something that she likes to shoot, and that will be her gun. I am leaning towards a J-frame Smith though (as I have one for her to practice with).

My advice would be to do what I am planning on. If she is not familiar with the gun it may not be a good idea for her to have one. In an emergency if she grabs a gun she will probably do fine if its loaded. Peole who have never picked up a gun in their lives often do very well at shooting in emergencies.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:07 AM   #6
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a small unpleasent to shoot revolver is only going to reaffirm her nonshooting opinion.

i say go the opposite way. if you have a 22lr pisto,l not some pocket rocket, but something the size of a ruger mk3 do a date nite with a range trip and shootnc targets load the mags for her so all she has to do is have fun. then take her to a REALLY nice restraunt for a dinner.

do this once or twice a month for a while and before long she will be wanting a gun. then get her what she wants.

foisting an unpleasent painful to shoot snubby revolver on her is just going to make her resent guns and shooting even more
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by c3shooter View Post
USED S&W J frame, followed by USED Ruger or Rossi, followed by a Charter Arms Undercover type revolver.
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I have to agree with JonM. She need something with light recoil and easy to shoot. I would consider a 22lr revolver. In either case load it with solids, not hollow points. Ruger makes the LCR in an 8 shot 22lr. If she does not like it, you probably will. It would also be an easy transition to a 38spl.
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I would try to get her to the range with a 22. But for a defense type revolver on a budget it is hard to beat the EAA Windicator. I bought one brand new for $205. Great gun! A little heavy for a snubby. But still a great gun.
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Having experienced this firsthand with a wife who was against guns to shooting with me at the range I would suggest the following:

1 - Bring her to a class on guns...get her educated and in a place where guns are not scary. Giving her a gun is not going to change that. She is not a guy and its a process for some woman.

2 - Have her shoot something fun like a .22lr. Shoot some cans outside or targets at the range, but just let her go at her own pace. I have helped many of my friends wife's and I really have yet to see any of them not enjoy shooting a .22lr. Now on the other hand I have seen many of their husbands move them too fast and they develope a fear of the bigger calibers. Go slow and don't worry about the SHTF right now. If it did hit now you woud be in trouble as she is not comfortable yet.

3- attention because this is the most important part. DO NOT try and do any of this yourself. Let a qualified instructor teach her. You could say the same thing in the same way as clear as crystal and it sounds 180 degrees different than an instructor. If you have every tried to teach your wife anything you will understand this.

My point in all this is that going through a process like this may have her comfortable with any caliber so slow down on picking for her. Let her pick.
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