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Old 05-04-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Debating on a revolver or pistol for my daughter whom has a young family. Concerned about her ability to rack the slide or go for a S&W air weight revolver?
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.
Do you have access to different guns for her to try?
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Taurus PT745 and S&W 38 airweight
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Take her to the range and see which she prefers. It should be a fun time and if she likes one better than the other you have a good starting point.
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Thanks for the advice. She may even like my 870 tactical 12 gage!
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External hammer racks easier if you cock the hammer 1st. There are also several methods of racking a slide that are easier.
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Will she be using it for concealed carry or home defense?

If its for HD, a heavy revolver will provide her with better control.
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FWIW, many people try to rack slide w/ muzzle pointing away from torso, pistol gripped by strong hand, slide pinched between thumb and fingers of weak hand, palm of weak hand down. The two thumbs will be on opposite sides of pistol. VERY hard to do.

Instead, grip pistol in strong hand, pointed ACROSS body. Grip slide with weak hand, using all fingers and heel of hand- and SHOVE hands towards each other briskly. If do this on a range, be sure to rotate body (to the right if right handed) so that muzzle is downrange. Both thumbs will be on same side of pistol- between pistol and body. MUCH easier to do.

In all fairness, will say I am still a fan of a good DA revolver, but most folks CAN shoot an auto using above.

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Take her to a gun shop that has a wide selection so she can see and feel them all.
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Great video on how to rack with weak hands, wish I would have had this for my wife before i helped her to pinch her hand in the ejection port....if you can teach her to rack it once, you may want to consider a semi that is double action to single action with a de-cocker, for example, Beretta PX4 Storm is the gun I am familiar with but am sure there are dozens of other options.
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