Self Defense Revolvers for Woman?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by ArmedCitizen, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. ArmedCitizen

    ArmedCitizen New Member

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    First of all, I'm fairly new to the forum; This being the first post I've written.

    I'm looking to get my grandmother a hammerless revolver for concealed carry. She's 74 years old, but still incredibly active and pretty much acts half her age. Hence, me wanting her to carry. She has never done so, but is not opposed to the idea and has shot most of her life.

    She likes to shoot revolvers, and has shot the few I've had over the years.
    I don't own any currently, as I am more fond of autos.
    I was actually going to give her one of my sub-compacts, but she doesn't have the finger strength to operate the slide.

    Anyway, I've narrowed it down to style and one of two calibers(.38 Special or .327 Fed Mag).
    I'm not very familiar with the .327 and have never actually fired the round myself. So any tips there would be helpful.

    Any recommendations will also be appreciated.
     
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  2. PanBaccha

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  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest the Ruger LCR
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Smith & Wesson model 36. Like 1911's and Rolex, nothing quite says classic the same way.
     
  5. Marlinman

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    Cheaper than dirt has a charter arms undercover agent in 38 special for about $260. Iv heard that charter makes golun guns. The only one i ever messed with was a 22/22 mag revolver. It shot good and was a pretty good weapon except the sights sucked on it. I sold it for $100 including the belt/holster and the spare wheel.
     
  6. Marlinman

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    These are both great pistols
     
  7. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Ruger LCR is a good gun but is ugly. Still it has probably the best trigger of the snubbies. The S&W 36 is a classic and they also have the 642 and 442. Lasers are available for all the above. The Charter Arms Pink Lady seems to be very popular with the ladies. One caution; do not buy anything with a muzzle brake. They are loud and only good for 1 shot at night. It will blind you in very low light. I had one and tried it on a dark range. I got rid of it quick.
     
  8. ArmedCitizen

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    A S&W 36 was one of the first pistols I owned. It's pretty much my go-to comparison for snubbies.
    I've looked at a few now, two of which were the S&W 442 and the LCR.
    I wasn't really impressed with the 442. The LCR, however, really caught my eye. I agree that it's quite ugly, but the trigger pull was very crisp. A key point in what I'm looking for. Other than that, and what I've read online about, which seems hit or miss, is all I know.

    Looks do not matter, I guess I should add. Hopefully, it will spend it's life in her purse, only coming out at the range.
    It did seem rather light in the weight department. Which is great for carry, but i'm afraid that when I give her a box of +p rounds to fill it with, she might rock her wrist.
     
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  9. JTJ

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    Make sure you give her a holster that will work in her purse or a concealed carry purse so she does not destroy a good revolver like my daughter did.
     
  10. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Im afraid to ask but how did this daughter destroy it?
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I myself carry a model 37. I would stay away from all +P loads in any snubby. What's the point of shooting fire out the barrel and absorbing all the recoil/jump? I carry 115 grain hollow points. Put a couple of those in someone and they are going to be a hurtin' unit.
     
  12. Marlinman

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    Hurtin? Id say they would have a major case of deaditis real soon.
     
  13. Gatoragn

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    The S&W 642 J frame airweight .38 spl gets my vote. My wife likes hers.
     
  14. fmj

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    Something i havent seen mentioned here

    If she doesnt have the finger strength for an auto, i highly doubt shes gonna have the strength for a hammerless revolver.

    Its one of the issues we have had shopping a carry pistol for my wife. I have had her fondle many a revolver, including the lady smith .38 and not a one could she work the in DA.
     
  15. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    It has been mentioned that she's been shooting revolvers regularly until recently.
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The revolver was pristine when I gave it to her. She gave it back when it would not function properly. The blue was badly worn and there were scratches all over the gun. She had just dropped it in the purse with all the junk women carry. I am not sure but she may have jammed some debris into the mechanism and forced the cylinder. When I got it back the yoke was bent and it was out of time. It was a wreck and it would have cost more to repair than it was worth.
     
  17. Marlinman

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    Ouch!! Id have takin a stick to her behind
     
  18. Lindenwood

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    Why does everyone think women need a snubnose? Unless she's going to carry it on her person, she'll shoot a Glock17 ten times better than any Snubby.

    Maybe we just stereotype women into cute, traditional guns despite the inadequacies of said guns compared to modern options?
     
  19. Gatoragn

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    My wife can actually use both right and left "trigger" fingers to fire her hammerless revolver. This also helps with aim.
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Aw man, those are some simple DIY fixes. You still have it?