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Old 01-08-2011, 10:35 AM   #31
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As others have stated, guns are very personal choice, and we all tend to favor our choices.

My wife has Lupus and this has an impact on her wrists. She struggles to rack autos (especially the little monsters like an LCP), and the motion of the autos is another bother.

Her carry gun is a .38sp revolver. She can shoot it well, ammo is cheap enough to get plenty of practice, and with +p hollow points, it is formidable. While the 19+1 crowd will tell you 5 is not enough, typically, only the first one counts.

Get a reliable gun you can shoot and afford to practice with often, everything else is pretty much irrelevant.
When shopping for a "Lady gun", seek out a place that lets you test fire them!
In our "small-town" area we have a business that does just that & even offers
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From personal experience the smaller the gun the harder to handle. Your best bet if you cant find some way to try out some before you buy I would highly recommend the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm not the compact just get the regular one because if you do have to sell due to strict state laws you will be able to sell this pretty easy. This was my first gun and it has a little kick but not bad at all. the smaller the gun the more recoil and you wont like that. Good luck. I would highly suggest taking some classes.

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PLEASE help with some guy/gal opinions! The men in my social circle can't and don't want to help me anyway because of political objections, so I need some real practical advice. I don't want to head to the shop and be overwhelmed, cuz at this point it looks like I'll be going there alone. Thanks soo much for any help!!!
Sorry, but you need to widen or remake your social circle. And Yes, go get a class first. IIRC, there is no shortage of gun shops/ranges in your area.
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If its for carry then the s&w bodygaurd in .38 special (hammerless,intergrated laser,matte black finish) for a revolver, a kal-tec .380 with a mag grip or a ruger sr9 for a compact auto.if its for target shooting I think anything in.22 is a great investment.for full size frames the beretta 96,the s&w m&p in .40,or any third or fourth gen glock would be good,or if you want a conversation piece the s&w 500 or my favorite,desert eagale in .50

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How strong are your hands? For a semi-auto, one must be able to rack the slide to load the first round. Some people have difficulties with that.
Right. However, don't get discouraged. After some guns have been broken in some, they can get easier.
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this thread is almost a year old

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this thread is almost a year old
And contains the only two posts made by the OP.

I'm sure she was a drive-by.
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My wife and daughter both carry Charter arms undercover 38 revolvers, easy to just point and pull the trigger.

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A .38 Special revolver or 9mm double-action semi-auto is a great way to start. They both have minimal recoil are are very easy to control. The 9mms will hold more rounds. First and foremost learn how to use whatever gun you buy and become familiar with it before you start carrying it.

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