ccw wifey

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by steel, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. steel

    steel New Member

    Recently my wife was in downtown Lousiville, she was fallowed by a bum to her car. The man asked for change and when my wife told him she had no cash then the man produced a blade and demanded her purse. She now is in the process of obtaining a ccw permit. I am in the market for a decent, defensive, compact firearm for under $650 in 9mm or .40. Any advise on a rig for her would be greatly appreciated.
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 Active Member

    ruger sr9c, or the smaller lc9. the sr9c's recoil wasnt bad. feels smooth in my hands. easy to pick up and aim as well as under your price range was 440 for me out the door

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  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

    My suggestions for a 9mm handgun
    Glock 19
    Glock 26
    Ruger SR9c
    Springfield XDm 3.8 9mm

    If she wants to have a back up aka a pocket firearm I suggest
    Kahr PM9
    Ruger LC9
    Kahr P380
    Ruger LCP

    My suggestion for .40
    Glock 23
    Glock 27
    Ruger SR40c
    Springfield XDm 3.8 .40
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    Take her to the gun store and let her hold a few and pick one out. There's list of options.
    Also, get her as much training as you can.
  5. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

    Why Compact?

    Why a compact?

    First have a serious discussion w/your wife about "how" she intends to carry. Most ladies I know opt for a purse carry option. Not met 1 yet interested in holsters or 1 who owns pants loose enough to pocket carry.

    I bring this up because "most" compact in 9mm or 40 WILL be very snappy in the recoil department, something that turns off most new shooters.

    If my suspicion is correct and she opt's for purse carry there is zero reason to punish her with a compact anything.

  6. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

    Correction: She is in the market for....... Let her make the decision about which gun fits her hand. What you think will work for her, may not feel right for her. If it does not feel right for her, she will not feel comfortable shooting it and may get turned off. Also, I do not know how much experience she has, if she needs lessons, looks for lessons for women, don't try to teach her yourself, it will be better in the long run, trust me.

    I would say stay with a 9mm or a 38.
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  7. TimKS

    TimKS Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    Not a 9mm or .40

    ...but a lowly revolver....the Ruger LCR in .38 or 357 mag. Women often find it difficult to rack the slide on some autos, and they can jam with crap from the bottom of a purse. A revolver will always crank off a shot if the trigger is pulled. Also no safety buttons or levers to fumble with. The LCR is a small gun.....even in .357 mag. You can shoot 38sp. in the mag. to lose some kick. I highly recommend it for a woman's EDC.
  8. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I would also suggest some self defense training. You aren't always going to have time to draw a weapon.
    She should have the ability to defend her self with empty hands also.

    You two should look into it.
    Here is a place close to you.Self Defense Club Krav Maga
  9. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    The bottom line is that this has to be HER decision. I listened to my wife and her desires/needs for a few months. I even took her to the range to try out many different guns. Then she chose (between the black LCR and the shiny S&W 642) the 642, because it was shiny.

    She still doesn't carry, though, because she can't figure out a way to carry it that makes her comfortable.

    This has to be HER driving this decision.
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    SHE has to decide what and when she wants to carry.

    Although the 6" spike heels may look nice, they are nothing if they stay in the closet. :)
  11. steel

    steel New Member

    Thanks for the help, great suggestions.
  12. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

    Many guns would fit your requirements. Two nice guns I would propose for femalse CCW are a Glock 26 (9mm) or a nice S&W Airweight revolver. I might suggest the revolver for woman new to shooting.

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  13. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    S&W makes the Lady S&W and other small revolvers chambered in 38 Special Cal. and 357 Mag. They are simple to operate. Just load the cylinder to carry and pull the trigger when ready or needed. I like the semi-autos a lot but the small revolver for a lady just starting to carry or shoot they are simple to operate and good.
    You also have the large Gun Show there at the Fairgrounds quite often there in Louisville where you and her could go and check out every pistol and revolver known to man! See what she likes and what fits her.
    I believe it is the Bill Goodman show.

    Good Luck!

  14. Ambrola

    Ambrola New Member

    Go straight to the nearest sporting goods store and get her some pepper spray! I would not let my wife leave home without it. Then you take your time deciding on a weapon.
  15. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    with my wife i let her handle many different guns then let her shoot the ones i own. she ended up liking the bersa thunder 380 best as she can control it for easy follow up shots. while she does shoot her 50AE desert eagle she doesnt shoot it fast or accurate. so she stole my duotone bersa i ended up getting two new ones a 15 rounder which she doesnt like and their pink gripped one.

    let her try a bunch rent and shoot if possible. she may surprise you.
  16. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    100% plastic semis, really? Those aren't bad guns, BTW.

    But if it's going in a purse (which I only suspect), I'd start the search with revolvers. Look into 38sp/357mags, but also investigate the 327mag. It's got plenty of power and less recoil, and often comes in a nice compact package (such as the Ruger SP101). Sometimes 327s also offer an extra round of capacity over 357s in the same model.

    Revolvers are really the most practical purse gun. In a true emergency a person may have to fire from within the purse, and that can be highly problematic with a semiauto.
  17. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    I can't recall if anyone stated this emphatically enough. The .40 S&W is NOT NOT NOT the caliber for someone new to shooting or carrying. The recoil is not fun, especially in a smaller gun. 9mm, 38spl, and .380 are great need to go to .40.

  18. cswann1

    cswann1 New Member

    I'm going to make an assumption that she's not a gun enthusiast and thus has no preferences. She decided she wants a gun for 100% practical reasons.

    From all I have read the Bersa Thunder .380 is "practically" the best choice.
  19. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

    I agree, revolvers are great carry firearms. That was just a mear list for the specific caliber's he mentioned. I could go into a whole different list of revolvers ;).
  20. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    Yeah, this.

    A hammerless S&W would show your love.

    Join the NRA. Take her out to the range.