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My wife and I are looking to get a gun each, after going through the different options with my wife she has now piped up with an interest in revolvers,

In semi-auto she likes a 9mm, and a smaller frame would fit her hand better not a compact but a subframe. Job

What kind of revolver and caliber would you recommend and also what kind of orice am I looking at?

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The Yankee Marshal on You Tube is a revolver guy. Check out his videos. He says the J frame revolvers in .38 is a great cc revolver. I like semis because of capacity and carry options. See if you can try out different types of guns to determine what she is most comfortable with. Price range is so variant and depends on your location. Used or new. Cabelas
is selling a S&W J frame between 400 to 600 dollars.
 

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Best idea, of course, is for her to go to a range where she can rent various guns and try shooting them to see what she likes. It's a highly personal choice.

The J-frames are fine carry guns, but the Airweights and still lighter models are not fun for most people to shoot, even with +P .38 Special, much less the .357 jobs. The .38's can sting your hand, and a lot of experienced shooters say the Magnums are downright painful. For a first revolver to carry, I think she might be more comfortable with an all-steel piece in .38 Special +P. Due to severe arthritis I've carried a concealed-hammer 640 .38 for years. Only weighs 21 ounces unloaded, not a burden to carry. With Pachmayr Compac grips it's comfortable to shoot and won't snag on the draw. With good +P I don't feel undergunned.
 

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Sound advice! Please listen to both of us about trying out various guns before purchase. You will always get a million suggestions about what gun is best, yet it is a personal choice. For example, As a former shooting instructor, I have seen many bring Glocks. Normally LEO tells them that is the best gun to buy. You have no idea how many people have problems with Glocks! You can insert any gun in the above statement. Maybe your wife will end up liking a .40. My kids (boy and girl) have no problem with it (hint hint). Or, Maybe she will feel more comfortable with higher capacity magazine. Lastly, I always tell my students to also buy a good home defense shotgun. Please do if you do not own one. Also night sights and/or flashlights. Practice, practice, practice. Sign up for local courses. I love buying a new gun. Enjoy the experience!
 

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Thank you all very much for the sound advice were going to head out with the father-in-law and try a range of different guns for us both and then make our decisions on which we both want a present from her to me and me to her etc
 

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Wow blindshooter, how about a little history. Also, how old is it?
I bought it at a flee market and the old man that sold it to me said Billy The Kid owned it. He looked like an honest man and I only gave $500.00 for it.
That's not bad for a valuable piece of old western memorabilia, don't you think?
 

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I bought it at a flee market and the old man that sold it to me said Billy The Kid owned it. He looked like an honest man and I only gave $500.00 for it.
That's not bad for a valuable piece of old western memorabilia, don't you think?
Billy the kid favored the smith an wesson lightning 2 in 44 caliber he is not known to have carried very many other weapons aside from a winchester 98
 

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Thank you all very much for the sound advice were going to head out with the father-in-law and try a range of different guns for us both and then make our decisions on which we both want a present from her to me and me to her etc
Does she want to carry it? If she does not want to carry then a larger revolver would be a good idea.
 

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Does she want to carry it? If she does not want to carry then a larger revolver would be a good idea.
At the minute no, but she may in the future for now it's just a, at home gun for her when I'm not there
 

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A J frame's a good choice for easy carry. The drawbacks are limited ammo capacity, muzzle report, recoil and proficiency. It's gonna take significant range time to get used to the long D/A only trigger pull and engage targets with any kind of consistency.
 

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At the minute no, but she may in the future for now it's just a, at home gun for her when I'm not there
Since that is the case, I would get a larger gun for her to practice with and have at home, then get something smaller for her to pack later.

Of course, that is just what I would do, you do what you think is best :)
 

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There is nothing wrong with a smith and wesson model 19 "Combat Magnum". It uses a light weight and not too big k- frame and is chambered in .357. If the user is recoil sensitive, .38s can be used with no problem. Bill Jordan sure got it right with this one.
 

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Don't overlook the .327 Federal revolvers, the Charter Arms models are moderately priced and they will shoot the .32 H&R and .32 S&W also if I read correctly, which would be a low recoil cartridge for her to use for practice and she could work up to the full power .327 for carry when she decides. I have Charter revolvers and with aftermarket grips are much easier to control and fire accurately. Triggers are not as good as Smith's,, esp. the older ones, but a servicable and very good revolver for my money anyways,, something to consider.

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Just to throw in my 2 cents. I'd recommend a Ruger Sp101. As many have stated before me, you will get a lot of recommendations and there are many good options. But as far as revolvers go, I don't think you could go wrong with an Sp101 for carry. It's one of the best selling small frame revolvers for a reason.
 

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Thanks for all the input fellas!


I think she wants a snub nosed revolver

There's a 357 mag s&w 7chamber one that I think she likes

Would 357 recoil too hard?
 

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johnty1911 said:
Thanks for all the input fellas!

I think she wants a snub nosed revolver

There's a 357 mag s&w 7chamber one that I think she likes

Would 357 recoil too hard?
A snub nose, big bore wouldn't be my first revolver choice. A 2" barrel takes some experience to shoot accurately, consistently. Add in a stiff recoil and it quickly loses its value as a self defense carry. JMHO, have her shoot a few different models to see how they feel. A major benefit if the .357 mag is that you can also load it with .38 spc.
 

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Jpyle said:
A snub nose, big bore wouldn't be my first revolver choice. A 2" barrel takes some experience to shoot accurately, consistently. Add in a stiff recoil and it quickly loses its value as a self defense carry. JMHO, have her shoot a few different models to see how they feel. A major benefit if the .357 mag is that you can also load it with .38 spc.
Thanks ill get her to try a few she has decided a revolver over semi-auto recently
 
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