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I want a good handgun that the wife can use. I wantt it to have good stopping power. Would happen prefer an automatic. Any ideas?
 

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That is a very broad question. You need to narrow it down more. There are thousands of guns that would fill that bill.

Personally, my favorite Home Defense gun is a revolver.
 

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I have been very happy with my XD45 sold by Springfield Armory. I don't know if you and/or your wife have any experience with large handguns, but the firearm is fairly simple to operate. Safe use/ownership would involve some regular practice, IMO.

My go-to is a pump shotgun, but some people aren't comfortable or competent with them.
 

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A quality high capacity 9MM is nearly perfect.

(A quality weapon, not a K-Mart blue light special.)

Low recoil, all the stopping power you'll ever need, and low cost ammo for practice.
 

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locutus said:
A quality high capacity 9MM is nearly perfect.

(A quality weapon, not a K-Mart blue light special.)

Low recoil, all the stopping power you'll ever need, and low cost ammo for practice.
Pretty much agree for man wife combo-
 

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A firearm alone will not be the best choice for home protection.

I suggest getting some training (both of you), and while you are there, look at what the wife can handle best.

The trainer should have different handguns available for you to try.
 

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My suggestion is to get down to a range and try out a good half dozen or so firearms, get a feel for them all see what feels good for her.

Also consider price range when you choose what you're going to try.

In terms of a suggestion for a particular pistol try a Glock, specifically a 19 and then take it from there.

and +1 on danf_fl s recommendation on some training, everyone can do with a little training.
 

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I want a good handgun that the wife can use. I wantt it to have good stopping power. Would happen prefer an automatic. Any ideas?
If you mean 'use' as in take it out of the box, load the magazine, insert the magazine, work the action to put a round in the chamber, point it and fire it, good luck. Many women lack the upper body strength to comfortably operate the action on most auto-loaders. If it isn't comfortable, she won't practice.

If you are going to do all the prep work every single time you can go with anything she'll shoot more than once, which brings us to the stopping power question. Unless your wife is Conan the Librarian anything with adequate stopping power is either going to be too heavy or too brutal for her to practice with. If it isn't comfortable, she won't practice.

What would I recommend? Something light that depends more on shot placement than it does making major league holes. If she is the least bit recoil sensitive it's the only way you will ever get her to practice. If it isn't comfortable, she won't practice.


In the long run type of ammo, brand or type of gun, or caliber of the weapon don't matter. All that matters is that your wife wins the contest if she gets in that situation. Get her something she's comfortable with so she won't dread practicing with it. In other words, don't ask us, ask your wife.
 

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i have to agree to some degree with the last post. how much experiance does she have in shooting guns in general, and handguns in particular? just buying a handgun for her, and saying here ya go, well that's just not going to work out well. she needs some training and then select a pistol that fits her hand well and then lots of practice with it. if it doesn't fit her hand well, she will not be able to hit accurately with it. revolvers are also a good option.
 

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Well i have a cheap .45 now and she has shot it. I was thinking a 9 mm but i have never shot one. The .45 i have never tends to jam. So what would be a hi end brand?
 

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I am just wondering...

If, for some reason, she had to take the firearm you normally use, could she do it?

House protection involves more than a firearm. The couple have to have a plan. They have to know exactly what to do and not deviate.
There are stories of a person shooting their partner because of a lack of planning and/or coordination.
 

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Well i have a cheap .45 now and she has shot it. I was thinking a 9 mm but i have never shot one. The .45 i have never tends to jam. So what would be a hi end brand?
A little scared to ask but what are you calling "a cheep 45"?
I have a RIA & A Springfield XD- Neither are near "high end"----

 

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Lol no big deal hi-point .45 very cheaply made when i got it cost me 150 bucks brand new
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Somehow i knew you were going to say that :D
Many here will say the hi point is a great (however ugly) dependable handgun-
I'll just say---------------nothin else :eek:
 

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As far as your wife goes you could get a Ruger LCR in .357. The .38 specials have very little recoil in the gun for practice, and then for home defense you can load it up with .357's because recoil won't matter.
 

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My wife has a 20 gauge pump and she can handle it just fine. She knows to sit in her room and wait for them to open the door and then open fire. Most women can handle a automatic or pump shotgun with no problem. #4 3 inch magnum can tear some stuff up. After the first round most intruders crawfish back out the door as fast as they came in. She also has a 380 automatic for back up when the shotgun is empty and a 9 mm. on my side of the bed when the 380 is empty. I am sure by that time they will not be in the house.
 

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Cheap gun

Somehow i knew you were going to say that :D
Many here will say the hi point is a great (however ugly) dependable handgun-
I'll just say---------------nothin else :eek:
You get what you pay for. A good high point is as useful as a grease gun on a tank. It can spray bullets but its not accurate or dependable. That is all I have to say about that. I would buy a higher end gun for the wife she is worth it isnt she.
 

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You get what you pay for. A good high point is as useful as a grease gun on a tank. It can spray bullets but its not accurate or dependable. That is all I have to say about that. I would buy a higher end gun for the wife she is worth it isnt she.
Now lets don't make this a hi point haters thread- I shouldn't have even asked :eek:
 

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I prefer the Beretta 92.

IMO, if she's serious,

she should be able to handle it.

But any quality name-brand

full sized 9mm

pistol should do.
 
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