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Old 03-23-2012, 01:25 PM   #11
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Okay thanks....and its is for a woman. My wife wants a .45 and I didn't think she could handle a pistol that size.
Go check out the thread I posted earlier.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:19 PM   #12
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My wife has weak wrists and had trouble cycling a slide. She really likes the S&W 637 w/ crimson trace grips. She's comfortable with it so she carries it.

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My wife (a new shooter) carries a Glock 26, she is small and shoots it just fine. She dresses like a girl (haha) and conceals it just fine;-)

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Old 03-26-2012, 06:12 AM   #14
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I've been asked this type of question for both sexes many times. The answer is always the same.

Everyone has, or develops, a "comfort zone" as I like to call it. This is a combination of capabilities, knowledge, what gun feels good to a particular person, and budget. This is why I seldom recommend a particular gun to newbies. Obviously, a revolver might be preferential to a newbie simply because of it's simplicity, and this might be of importance especially considering the shooting experience of any particular person. This isn't a hard and fast rule I have, though. Everyone's different and this is one of the most important things to remember.

Take her to a shop or gun show to handle a number of guns. Then, get her out to the range and go at her speed. Make suggestions, but don't push her to a particular style, caliber, or type of gun. Don't be surprised if she changes gears down the road and a second purchase is in the future.
This. I also add that my wife is 5'0", 125 lbs. I taught her to shoot with a .45 ACP Colt Gov't Model. I taught my sisters to shoot with the same gun when they were 14 after I demonstrated shooting the same gun with my thumb and forefinger only.
After shooting several types of guns, I say carry the most powerful weapon they can comfortably carry and hit with. That said, a small framed .22, such as a S&W 317, Ruger 101, or 22/45 would be an excellent beginner's pistol because,1) they have little recoil and report, 2) are relatively inexpensive to shoot, 3) you can pack a small gun in a holster that is light weight, have a couple of boxes of cartridges, eye and ear protection, in a small, easy to carry package which is lots of fun for an outing in the country and picnic, or at a range in town and lunch out together. Additionally, they are a reasonably good carry gun, until you can afford to buy a proper CCW gun.
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Okay thanks....and its is for a woman. My wife wants a .45 and I didn't think she could handle a pistol that size.
I just choked and sputtered but I'm ok now Never underestimate us as the "weaker" sex. My philosophy is if you can shoot it so can I, and in a lot instances I can shoot it better
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Actually as much as I hate to say this. Statistically speaking women are better shooters.

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Don't know why you'd hate to say it, you'd think you'd be glad to have someone that can not only have your back but your front as well if necessary.

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I just hate to say anyone is a better shooter than me. Lol
I love having the honeys around.

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My wife has an Sr9c(9mm) and loves it. She also shoots my xdm 45 at least as well as her 9. Just find somewhere you can rent or try a few different calibers, size and brands. What works beat for one is not always best for the next person

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