Need some advice.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Kabraxis, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Kabraxis

    Kabraxis New Member

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    My wife is looking for a gun to call her own. She was looking at the Sig Mosquito but i have "heard" they have issues with jams and other malfunctions.

    Is there any other gun out there about this size that she can operate well that is more reliable?

    We might still get the Mosquito for plinking but she would still need something for self and home defense.

    I have a 4.52 9mm B-Eagle at home and it is to large for her hands.
    She is only 5'2 :p

    so suggestions for a small handgun for her small hands?
     
  2. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Ruger has some nice small frame pistols and revolvers that might interest you. Springfield, Glock, Kahr and S&W also offer compact and subcompact semis in calibers from .380 through .45ACP. If possible go to a range and rent a few models so that your wife can get a feel for the different models. What's important is that she settle on a gun that is not only comfortable to shoot but also one that she is confident using.

    A .22lr caliber is not really suitable for SD purposes, in my opinion. They are cheap and fun plinkers, and yes a .22lr can be lethal, but you don't want to stake your life on one.

    Some of my favs...Springfield XDm 3.8" subcompact: 9mm, .40S&W, 45ACP

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    Ruger LCR .357 magnum, .38 spc

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  3. ANGRYcanary

    ANGRYcanary New Member

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    She could try the Ruger SR9c, or, the Smith and Wesson M&P. If she likes .45, the Colt Defender. They all have smaller/adjustable grip profiles, as far as auto pistols go.
     

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  4. sweeper22

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    Sounds like you want a full-framed style of gun, just scaled back a bit in size...rather than a stripped down micro or subcompact. So a medium frame with a not so fat grip, but also a barrel with decent length.

    Do a little research on these guns:
    Kahr CW9 (medium/compact single stack 9mm)
    Sig P230 (medium sized 380)
    Sig P239 (single stack 9mm)
    Walther P380
    Bersa Thunder (medium sized 380/9mm)

    The safest bet when it comes to a quality 22lr is a Ruger or Browning. But a Walther P22 would be pretty "Mosquito-esque", and probably less finicky than the Sigs I've seen. As to the above list, there'll be no telling until she actually holds the gun. And then bear in mind that if she happens to be recoil sensitive, she'll have more success (and enjoyment) shooting something with at least a little bit of weight.
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    This is also an excellent suggestion. The SR9c is relatively slim for a double-stack 9mm, and it's been getting consistently solid reviews. And better still, they're very easy to find.
     
  6. 75370

    75370 New Member

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    How about S&W Ladysmith revolver?
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Wife has had her SR9C over a year now :cool:
     
  8. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    As mentioned above, find a range that rents or friends who own, and let her try.

    There are a number of great suggestions above. I would second the P22, since you mentioned a .22 in your OP. Then if she wants a defensive pistol, she can move up to the P380 without having to learn new controls or adjust to another "feel." Plus, she can get in cheap practice with her .22.

    And if you like Walther, you might also look at the PPS.
     
  9. Kabraxis

    Kabraxis New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to take her to a few lgs and check for those models. I think the m&p is to big for her hands if I remember correctly.
    She may have to get a snub nose like the one in the first reply. She had a hard time racking the slide on my gun.
    I figured she would have to go try and shoot a few but was looking to get a few model suggestions to look out for.
    Appreciate the help :)