Getting my girl a gun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Matthew161, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

    I was thinking of getting my girl a gun for Xmas and her bday I was looking at a .380 or. 22lr what do u guys think
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

    NO. dont do it. if theres no ring, its an aweful expensive and personal item. second if you dont care if she eventually dumps you and keeps the gun fine.. but you must take her with you. let her pick it out. and then simply pay for it.. unless she drops hints of what she thinks she likes. if she has no clue, try to take her to a range where there are rentals. or shoot with some friends so she can get a grasp of calibers, styles, that she can shoot, and likes.

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    JJ's advice is pretty sound and i agree. the only women i would ever buy a gun for is my wife and only if i knew exactly what she wanted. exactly what she wanted! a handgun is a very personal thing and what you think someone else may like or want, could be further from the truth than you might think.
  4. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

    Hard to go wrong with a Ruger 22/45.
  5. Cinderocka1989

    Cinderocka1989 Well-Known Member

    I agree with jj, take her to a range that rents them, let her shoot a few and figure out what she likes. My first gun was given to me, as much as I love it, were I going to pick a gun for myself it wouldn't have been that one, it's too big and bulky for my little hands.
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    To follow the above, but in a slightly different way, would you choose the scent of her tampons or pads too? No. Like they said, you can pay for it, if you don't mind her keeping it if you split (this is a gift, never expect to get a gift back), but don't pick it out unless you know what she wants. And I mean, has been in the store, had her hands on one, and said, "baby, I want THIS one".

    Yes, it's a very deeply personal thing. Other people have equated it another way, shoes. You wouldn't buy shoes for someone (at least you shouldn't), and a gun is just as personal in it's fit to each person.

    Gift certificates or a shopping trip on your dime, but it's not your choice.
  7. Matthew161

    Matthew161 New Member

    R is one ring of her finger just waiting for the wedding
  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    Why buy her a gun? Frying pans hurt bad enough. Who wants to get shot for forgetting to take out the trash. Lol
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Get a gift certificate to give her.

    For you to buy her a gun is like buying her lingerie.
    It may not be what she will want wear every night (and she won't), but what you want her to wear every night.

    That maid's outfit still hasn't come out of my wife's closet and she does not carry the gun I bought her.
  10. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

    Unless this gun is really for you ;) then let her pick it out, rent it before you buy, make damn sure it is the one she can't live without...then pay up. It took well over a year to buy the wife a gun that she liked and will carry, took an hour to buy her one that stayed in the night stand for over a year, now it is mine.:D

    Hers that she picked out after renting 20 or so guns.

    Mine after she picked out what she thought she wanted.

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  11. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    JJ is right on the MONEY! Literally! Weapons are like clothes. They rather fit or they don't. So as he and the others have recommended. Take her to see which one fits her anatomically reference hand size, location and comfort of grip, and one she enjoys shooting. Then the reason you want it for her is another consideration. 1. Only for personal protection 2. Personal Protection and some Target Shooting. The correct weapon will also build confidence and enjoyment for her! Just to get her one "blind" could result in a waste of money and her lack of confidence and interest in shooting it.
    Great advise JJ!

  12. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

    Assuming she even wants a gun...has she said anything that would make you think this is a good idea? If you turn her loose to pick on her own with little or no input from you, there's a very good chance she would come away with something you would never have considered.
    If you feel the need to ignore all the "let her pick" advice, you should at least consider a .22 range gun and NOT a .380 mouse gun. Of all the guns in my safe, my wife enjoys my Ruger Mk3 the most. Get something that is enjoyable to shoot for a first gun. That nasty little .380 mouse gun can come along later once she is a competent shooter.
    All things considered, she might be best served with a prepaid Basic handgun Class if she is a complete noob.