Originally Posted by Xelazaughra
I'm trying to get my girlfriend into the whole firearms thing. I've let her try racking the slide on multiple semi-auto handguns but she just doesn't have quite enough strength to camber a round. So I'm thinking a revolver would be an easy fix, but with so many options to choose from which route should we take? I've seen the S&W Bodyguard .38 special. I like the no hammer concept. What else might we try?
I had the same problem with my 67 year old girl friend. Great bod, no strength. She couldn't rack the slide on my Ruger SR40C, but she truly enjoyed shooting. So she shot my Ruger GP100 a lot and wanted her own gun. We ended up getting her a Ruger LCR 38 special ($399), not the 357 ($499). It is one sweet gun and really fun to shoot. We've put over 2000 rounds through it in 2 months. I reload for both of us, but it was tough keeping up as we were practicing defensive drills so much. I have a shooting range on my property so we shoot A LOT !
So we also get her a Ruger LCR 22 ($449). Now there's a very practical monetary reason for owning two Ruger LCR's in 22 and 38 caliber. This point is covered in one of the below videos.
The LCR 38 Special is light as a potato chip, reliable as dirt, butter smooth trigger, and accurate as all heck. I use to compete in combat pistol matches and bowling pin shoots. And, I'm a retired teacher, so I taught her how to shoot her new guns. She's deadly and quick on pie plates at 21 feet. Don't believe the myth that a mouse gun or a snubby is hard to shoot or inaccurate. It just takes some "proper and patient training
". The nice thing about a revolver is there are no safeties or malfunctions to deal with. Ya pull the trigger and it goes BANG!
My girl friend shoots her LCR 22 about 75% of the time and her LCR 38 Special about 25% of the time. They're almost exactly the same so she builds muscle memory with either gun. She just loves them both. My girl friend preferred the stock grips on both guns over any of the aftermarket grips. The 38 is her bedside gun and the 22 is her New York reload. Don't get all caught up in the power or caliber thing. Hornady Critical Defense 38 Special ammo will get the job done with plenty of authority. (But practice with the cheap stuff.)
Truth be told, there are a whole bunch of nice guns which your girl friend could handle just fine, so it just boils down to her
personal preference. But I can only relate my personal and very extensive experience with the LCR in 22 and 38 caliber. Just get her what ever she wants and can handle
, which might be different then what you want her to have
One further note. I'm not a believer in laser sights as they're no substitute for good marksmanship skills. But that's just me. Others may have a different opinion of them. My girl friend does just fine without one. She can out shoot almost all guys because they don't practice, and she does, A LOT !
And I really mean A LOT
because she just loves the shooting sport. She can easily go through a box of 500 22's in two days. Now that's cheap practice ! ! ! As mentioned in the video, when practicing with the 22, load it with just 5 rounds (it holds 8), as that's all you'd have in the 38.
Watch the vids and notice how little the 38 recoils in the top video. Unlike a lot of guns in this genre, it's grip completely encases the back strap and there's a blue spongy material inside the grip which covers the backstrap and really helps to reduce the felt recoil. Also notice it's long range accuracy. Before you buy anything, go to youtube and do a search on any gun you're interested in. You will find a ton of really excellent gun review videos, including concealed carry for women.
Happy shooting and Semper Fi