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Old 05-05-2012, 03:40 AM   #11
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My wife picked the Bersa thunderbolt 380 for the ease of racking it. I tried to get her to go with a Walter. Oh well she saved me money. LOL

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My wife carries a sig p238 with hornidy critical defense. She loves it it, racks really easy and shoots great.

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Beretta makes a .22, a .25, a .32, and a .380 with tip up barrels. You don't have to rack the slide to load or unload them. That might be worth looking into.

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Walters are pretty nice, I was looking at one for my wife for similar reasons as you for your daughter. But we ended getting her a SIG SAUER sp2022 in 40 cal. They also come in 9mm and .357, they are reasonable priced which I've seen in low $400's and for under $450. Great pistols for the cash.

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With regards to the beretta tip ups, i sidnt know they had em in .380? And also if (when) they jam they are a pain to clear. I would recommend a revolver. S&w, ruger, both are great choices.

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Is she healthy with full use of her hands & arms? Is so, racking the slide on most semi-autos is more about technique than outright strength.
If it not going to be carried, I'd recommend going a bit toward the larger end. I find itty bitty semi autos harder to work with than full sized. My wife's PPK/S is harder to get a hold of than say a CZ or even my XD40SC.
Revolvers are going to be simpler for people who aren't "Gun People." IMHO, stay away from Ultra light or air weight revolvers for novices. I'm an experienced shooter, and I don't really like shooting them. They are simply unpleasant with all but the lightest loads. Steel frames aren't THAT much heavier and felt recoil is significantly better.
What ever you end up getting her, she will need to practice with it on a regular basis.

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You might want to think about visiting this site:
http://www.corneredcat.com/What_Gun_for_a_Woman/
The linked article addresses your question, but the whole site is worth a read.

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I forgot about the H&K P2000sk I had in a .40 cal as well which she could use as well with ease but that pistol was almost $1000 and I dont know your budget or your desired spending limit.

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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?
A toddler could rack the slide on my Beretta 96 (92fs) its well worn so that may have something to do with it, idk.

It's been 100% reliable, but the grips are a bit thick, I'd have her hold one and try it out.
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Because of what my wife said, I also vote for the Sig P238. She has arthritus in her hands, plus had 3 fingers almost amputated in an accident, so also has a weak grip in her left hand, the one that operates the slide. She can barely rack the slide on her Bersa .380.

She has been shopping for a P238 & finally found a dealer that was holding one for a customer to pick up & let her try it. When she racked the slide, she said "oh yeah, that's it!". It's just a matter of time & finding one now!

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Is she healthy with full use of her hands & arms? Is so, racking the slide on most semi-autos is more about technique than outright strength.
If it not going to be carried, I'd recommend going a bit toward the larger end. I find itty bitty semi autos harder to work with than full sized. My wife's PPK/S is harder to get a hold of than say a CZ or even my XD40SC.
Revolvers are going to be simpler for people who aren't "Gun People." IMHO, stay away from Ultra light or air weight revolvers for novices. I'm an experienced shooter, and I don't really like shooting them. They are simply unpleasant with all but the lightest loads. Steel frames aren't THAT much heavier and felt recoil is significantly better.
What ever you end up getting her, she will need to practice with it on a regular basis.

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You might want to think about visiting this site:
http://www.corneredcat.com/What_Gun_for_a_Woman/
The linked article addresses your question, but the whole site is worth a read.
I agree with this 100 percent racking the slide is easy with good technique regardless of pistol size. I saw a good Vid on YouTube of a 13 year old girl racking a variety of full-size and compact without issue. Under her fathers supervision of course.
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