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Old 07-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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I bought the wife a G36. Have not fired a round and she cannot pull the slide without difficulty and dropping the pin to release the slide is impossible for her. I need a gun with dimensions greater than 4X6" that is lady friendly 9mm or above. Please give me some ideas to look at. Thanks

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Old 07-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Remove the slide out of the equation. I recommend a revolver in .38.

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Does she know the "technique"?

If she holds with the dominant hand and tries to pull on the slide with non-dominant hand, tell her she is doing it wrong.

Have her try to hold the slide with the non-dominant hand and push the frame forward with dominant hand.

There is a difference between the two ways.
(And practice with an unloaded pistol without the mag inserted)

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I bought the wife a G36.... Please give me some ideas to look at. Thanks
Okay....do you buy the wife's shoes, too?

I advocate allowing the wife to get her hands on as many handguns as she can before any purchase is made.

She will find the one that works for her.
She will be more likely to carry the one She selects.

Your job in the purchasing is to keep her protected from the "Minimum wage chain sports store temporary gun clerk who thinks they are the expert and told to sell this model because of so many in stock" idiot.
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How is she trying to pull the slide?

Sounds silly I know, I saw my girlfriend struggle with this issue the first time as well, she had her arms fully extended trying to pull back, I had her bring her arms in with the gun pointed at the floor, with it being close to her body she was able to "pull" the slide back and"push" the gun forward.

As far as releasing the pin to let the slide forward, break it in, fire some rounds, clean it lube it, over time it will get easier.

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Okay....do you buy the wife's shoes, too?

I advocate allowing the wife to get her hands on as many handguns as she can before any purchase is made.

She will find the one that works for her.
She will be more likely to carry the one She selects.

Your job in the purchasing is to keep her protected from the "Minimum wage chain sports store temporary gun clerk who thinks they are the expert and told to sell this model because of so many in stock" idiot.
No don't buy her shoes but then she has been wearing them forever and stopped being afraid of them years ago. Not true for firearms it was a gift that may have been a bust had she rejected it from fear. Thankfully she did not so the ice is broken. I will just add the gun to my inventory which are all big 45 ACP's. I am seeking simple recommendations for a lady friendly handgun. Thank you.
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Have her look at the Ruger LC9. It fits the 9mm requirement that you said above and it is small and most likely manageable for smaller hands and muscles.

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If for whatever reason you think she must have an auto then take her to several shops so she can pick one(and try to rack the slide first). Or listen to Jagermeister and let her look at revolvers too.

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If for whatever reason you think she must have an auto then take her to several shops so she can pick one(and try to rack the slide first). Or listen to Jagermeister and let her look at revolvers too.
I second the revolver idea, as well.

For what its worth, my wife has no trouble with the slide on her M&P9 full sized, although we bought it used.
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Could she handle something in DA/SA for easier slide pulling? I have a little Bersa Thunder 9UCP (compact version) that is easy to rack and not too too large, but she would have to be confident/competent with the exposed hammer and decocker/safety and such.

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_178/products_id/26467/Bersa+13+%2B+1+Round+9MM+Ultra+Compact+Pistol+wMat te+Finish mine has the satin nickel slide

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