Handgun for my wife

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Sniper75, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Sniper75

    Sniper75 New Member

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    I am currently in the market for a small handgun for my wife. Preferably a .40. I have been researching it but just want to know somebody's opinion what works best and not so much. Thanks Semper Fi
     
  2. cswann1

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    Does your wife have arms like an Olympic wrestler? LOL ..I kid


    But seriously..I think there are some advantages of the 9mm over the .40 that you may want to consider. It's only marginally less powerful than the .40, it has more manageable recoil, offers a higher mag capacity and it's cheaper.


    I have a M&P 9. In the 2 years I've owned and shot it I have never considered looking at anything else. If I did it would be only to add a M&P 9 Compact for CC.
     

  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I recommend she goes to some local gunshops to look at their inventory, see what feels good to her, and fits the bill. If ya'll have a local range or two that have rental programs then she should go try some of the firearms that are available.
     
  4. sweeper22

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    Small gun, or small grip?

    Most people will agree that a subcompact 40sw can be a less than manageable package. Compacts (like a G23 for example) are about as small as I'd choose in that caliber.

    Nobody's opinion will matter more than that of your wife. But if there's a strong desire for a .40, I'd suggest looking at a Sig P239. Handles almost like a full framed gun but with a slim single-stack grip. They can be a little spendy, spanning the range of $650-950.

    Don't write off 9mm as a viable option.
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    You may give your wife an opinion on shoes, but which shoes does she buy?
    Like one thinks that the wife will enjoy 6' stilletos, but she prefers flats.

    Take her to the gun shop and let her look. Stay away from the chain sports stores though. The people behind those counters probable know less about firearms than the wife.
     
  6. HOSSFLY

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    Why a 40?
    Anyway my wife carries a SR9C & loves it :cool:
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 40SW has very snappy recoil. I would rather shoot a 45 than the 40 in a light pistol. I prefer the G36 to the G23. I bought my wife a Ruger SR9c because the grip was comfortable for her and the trigger was fairly light. Bought one for myself too. The recoil from a 9mm is much more manageable and quicker for a 2nd shot. Let her pick her own pistol but give her some guidance. Dont let her pick a POS because it costs less. Long or DA triggers can be a handicap for some shooters. Dont buy her one of the super light 9mm's unless she tries it. The recoil could be more than she likes. Same with the mouse guns in 380. Find a few guns she thinks she might like and see if you can rent them or if friends have them. If at all possible try before you buy.
     
  8. Alchemist

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    Sniper... You didn't mention how much experience your wife has with guns. Unless she's very experienced, I wouldn't go with anything more powerful than 9mm tops.

    You said "small"... As usual, I suggest looking at the single-stack poly 9's if she's going to carry... especially Kahr CW9, Ruger LC9, or (@$100 more) Walther PPS. These are all reliable, small, and light... easy to carry... but big enough for a solid 3-finger grip.

    If for home defense and range, an all-metal auto might be preferable. Show her... Talk it over... Try some different ones at a range... Get her involved in the whole process...

    I'd start out with a rather mild load in the ammo too.
     
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  9. Glockpotion23

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    G27 hands down for me;) lasts a lifetime, very reliable, plus very easy maintenance.
     
  10. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    But thats a GLOCK :eek: :p
     
  11. Firearms4ever

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    My wife carries a Kahr CM9 in her pocket with either a Ruger SR9c or a Colt Series 80 1991 model 1911.
     
  12. HOSSFLY

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    Your wife sounds like a very intellegent lady with great taste in handguns :cool:
     
  13. Sniper75

    Sniper75 New Member

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    Reason why I say .40 is because I don't trust the 9, hate the 9, and I've heard horror stories about the 9. Just Never really liked it. I have heard stories from here at home how they can fail to stop someone and in war where they just cant seem to get the job done. I prefer her to have something a little bigger. I mean my grandmother packs a .357 magnum for Pete's sake!
    I like the .40 she likes the .40. Just seeing what you guys think. I know the .40 does have the "snap" you talk about but you can counter that with correct form.
     
  14. Sniper75

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    As for her experience... Well it's limited she shoots my glock every other moon but other than that not a whole lot.( it's half the idea here is to get her into the gun world)
    Plus I want her to be comfortable with handguns in general
     
  15. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Keep in mind that the 9mm the military uses are hard ball. There are some very good defensive rounds out there. Advances in bullet design have changed the playing field from even 3 years ago. If you are set on bigger, look at the G36 which is a single stack 45ACP. About 28 oz loaded with 6+1. Another possibility might be the EMP in 40. It has enough weight to dampen the recoil. Most important get something she is willing to shoot and practice with. A 9mm might be all she is willing to shoot and it is better than nothing.
     
  16. Sniper75

    Sniper75 New Member

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    Thanks for everyone's advice
     
  17. Sniper75

    Sniper75 New Member

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    Thanks all your advice is much appreciated
     
  18. Bizdaddy

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    Recently shot a Glock 19, 22 and 36. 19 is a subcompact 9mm, 22 is fullsized .40 cal and 36 is subcompact .45 ACP. The 22 absolutely sucked ass as recoil went. It actually hurt after about 15 rounds because of the weird recoil, the wife and I hated it. She preferred the 19 and I preferred the 36.
     
  19. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    micro 1911, single stack .45
     
  20. Alchemist

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    Just a note... light, easy-carry single-stack.40's; Kahr CW40, Walther PPS.