Handgun for my wife

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by slimetime, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. slimetime

    slimetime New Member

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    I am new to the whole handgun experience and am looking to get my wife a handgun, I have a Glock 22 and she says the grip is to big for her. Just wondering if there are any out there with a smaller grip for her?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Welcome to the Firearmstalk forum. The next time you log-in, stop by our "Introductions" area and say "Hi".

    You say that you are new to the handgun experience, and we can tell.
    The best suggestions are:
    1. Get Training. Go to a nearby shooting range and talk with the range people about getting some.

    2. Your wife is telling you that SHE wants to pick out her choice of firearm. Just like my wife doesn't wear the outfit I got her for St Valentine's day (but will wear those dern flannels), your wife will probably use the firearm she selects. Take her to a range that rents firearms. Take her to a store where she can pick up and check out firearms. Let her choose.
     

  3. deadsp0t

    deadsp0t New Member

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    Agreed 1000000000%
     
  4. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would start her out with a .22 rimfire,, lots of choices there,, self loaders and revolvers. My wife never fired a weapon but once in her life before I met her, when I knew we were going to have a relationship, I wanted to make sure she could protect herself. I started her off with a little Jennings and after she felt comfortable started moving up in power. I created a monster,, she now shoots ATA Trap, has enough Browning shotguns to outfit a squad and deer hunts etc. The most important thing is to let her move at her pace. She may never shoot more than one gun, but if she likes it, don't push, a .22 is a lot better than nothing but she may end up being proficient with many,, let her choose and decide what's right for her,, besides if you push, you'll never hear the end of it and she won't want to learn,, good luck.
     
  5. yayamamasami

    yayamamasami New Member

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    I shoot .45 ACP only. When I got married, guess what my wife started shooting? It scared her at first, big .45 for a small lady. She learned quickly and soon bought her own M1911A1 which she carries concealed. Except sometimes she can't carry the 1911 because its too big and she has nowhere to hide it (80% of the time, here in Texas). She will not carry in her purse (wise choice!). So she bough a Bodyguard .380. She didn't like the trigger pull. She bought a SigSauer P238 and loves it! Carries it in a Flashbang bra holster. Or a thigh holster (forget the name at the moment) when she wears dresses. I HAD no say in her weapons choices. The gun picks you.

    The biggest thing, though, is training! Training, Training, Training!! Strong hand, weak hand, standing, kneeling, prone, running, walking, in the open, behind cover, from the ground to a standing position. Hundreds of things to know before I took her to a CWL class. And we did it together. Even though I have had my CWL for years, I went with her and asked if I could sit through and audit the class. She knew how to field strip, clean and reassemble all our weapons before the class. She was proficient in clearing stoppages, before the class. It helped that I'm an instructor but I still had her go to a Women and Guns class run by a woman I know. We drill scenarios. We practice and train home defense, unarmed combat, parking lot drills, mass shooting scenarios, End of Days scenarios, shotgun and rifle defense. Probably more than most. It's our thing. We enjoy it and I hope it's all for naught. It's serious business for the simple fact that when and if the SHTF, and she has to draw, she will probably take someone's life. Nothing more serious than that.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    First off, have her take a course in handgun self defense.

    Then take her to a range that rents different weapons and have her try several.

    The old medium frame .38 special revolvers are still a viable option, extremely safe, simple to use under stress and effective.

    Until she gets quite a bit of experience, I would avoid the .40 S&W, .45 and .357 SIG like the plague. I would also avoid the small frame revolvers like the Ruger 101 and thje S&W J frames.
     
  7. kitkat89

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    My husband bought me the Charter Arms .38 pink lady revolver on Valentines day, it is my very first handgun. Once she gets the hang of it, it won't be too hard for her to shoot, plus it's easy to clean and learn how to use, and very easy to conceal if that is what your looking for.
     
  8. Jagermeister

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    The CZ 75 p07 duty is a very good gun that looks elegant. It has a very slim handle. I have small hands myself, but the gun was too slim for me. I think it would fit your wife's hand perfectly. It is used by the Czech SF police as a service pistol. The CZ 75s all have the slimmer design.

    Still, she should handle and fire various weapon systems...oops military;)...I mean handguns. Everyone on this thread has made valid points, especially with training.
     
  9. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I wish my wife would by me a gun for valentines day. :( Great gift! I have seen a pink Glock! The gun still looked ugly!:p:
     
  10. kitkat89

    kitkat89 New Member

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    Lol a gun for any occasion is better than flowers! What says I love you and want you to live forever better than a gun :)
     
  11. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Lol wish my GF liked guns as much as you
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Have her look at the Ruger SR9c. I got one for my wife and after shooting hers I traded my G19 for one for myself. The Glock grips feel a little big for me and my wife's hand are smaller. While she could shoot the G19 it was not the best fit. The pistol has to feel right to her not to you so let her choose what she wants. The Ruger sells for about $400.
     
  13. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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    This Lady Sig P238 is what my wife carries the most.

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  14. FrontierTCB

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    I would suggest the SR9 also. Ruger quality and reasonable price. Not sure what your budget will alow but the CZ mentioned by Jäger is a great weapon with "slim" grip.
    If you can find a range or LGS with a large inventory let her handle several different styles. It is extremely difficult to be proficient with a weapon you aren't comfortable with.
     
  15. rickster

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    I started my wife off with a S&W featherlight 38 special and she loves it. Most women I know have a hard time with semi-auto pistols. Revolvers are easier, specially if its her first handgun
     
  16. davva360

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    I have the SR9C as my carry gun and love it. My fiancee has shot it and likes it too. The guy at the gun shop told her she needs a revolver. Now she wants an SR9C like mine.

    Some people say that women struggle to rack the slide but if they are taught how to do it properly it really is not difficult.
     
  17. yayamamasami

    yayamamasami New Member

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    Don't tell my wife that!! But I know what you mean. She's 5'4" and 130 but dang, she shoots as good as me!! Iol love going in gun stores and the clerks automatically go to 9mm or .38. Really cheeses off wifey.
     
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  18. BeyondTheBox

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    She probably finds the double stack width of your Glock too large for her hands. Take her to a shop and let her hold some guns and see what she likes for fit. If you can, of course, find a range that rents. If not, the first suggestion is best place to start, then you can address things like trigger action and caliber choice.

    If she likes the Glock trigger try the Taurus pt709 slim or Ruger sr9 or sr9c. These are 9mm and come in 40cal versions as well if she should choose, though I think she'll find the lighter recoil of the 9mm more conducive to follow up about timing and accuracy.

    If open to other trigger type the Kahr CM9 is great option as well.
     
  19. yayamamasami

    yayamamasami New Member

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    Exactly! She needs to put them in her hands, let the gun pick her.
     
  20. rickster

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    Tell me about it. I got my wife the revolver for one of our anniversaries and right away she wanted me to take her to the range. It was her first time shooting a gun and she scared the crap out of me. She went thru a 50 round box and all her shots were dead center. I told her she was a natural , she really liked that. I just find that for beginners a semi-auto has more things to keep track of versus a simple old fashion revolver. Best thing is what already others have suggested, visit a range that rents and find out what's most comfortable for her.