Suggestion for wife's first handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rurak, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Hi everyone. As the title suggests my wife is interested in purchasing her first handgun. We have shot the guns I own multiple times together and she really seems to enjoy it, especially when she is outshooting me! We looked at guns last night and she really likes the look and feel of the bodyguard .380 in her hand. I did some research on here and found that the general opinion is that it's a good gun but the recoil makes it no fun to shoot. I want her to enjoy this experience and also want her to buy something she both likes and enjoys shooting. I think she would probably be better off with something in .22 lr. She does shoot my Ruger p345 in .45 acp with no problem though. This won't be a carry gun (I can't seem to talk her into that yet), just a plinker. I would love to see a bodyguard .380 or ruger lc9 with a .22 conversion. Is that even possible? Any suggestions? We live in Massachusetts so we've got some pretty stiff gun laws. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Certainly a good idea to have 22lr for low cost range time, just not for PD.

    My wife chose an S&W J frame in 38 spl. The Ruger LCR was unavailable at the time. Both of these are worthy of consideration and should be available in MA.

    A combination of a Ruger SR 9 and an SR 22 would be worthy of consideration.

    Springfield's new XDs is on my watch for list.

    Just browse the threads for good info.
     

  3. KeysKelly

    KeysKelly New Member

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    If it will not be a carry gun I would stay far away from the Body Guard. Any of those pocket .380's, Body Guard, LCP, P3AT, Diamondback, etc are great pocket guns for easy conceal but are very hard on the hand, not too accurate and just no fun to shoot. I own a LCP and carry it more than any other gun I own but it is an up close and personal gun designed to be carried not a fun gun by any means.

    My vote, based on what you have said, is a .357 Magnum with a 4" barrel. It is a nice range gun, plenty of power for a protection situation, easy to shoot, practically maintenance free, reliable, accurate, can shoot .38 Specials as well as full power .357's and is just a lot of fun. I own one and love it. I taught both my daughters to shoot with it and they loved it too. She should have no problem shooting the full .357's as you said she shoots .45 with ease but the .38's are a lot easier on the hand and wallet.
     
  4. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Thanks very much for the suggestions. Shes a semi auto kinda gal i think. Shes not into wheel guns :(
     
  5. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I'd go with a full size 9mm then as it will have less recoil and cheapest price for ammo. Plus there are just so many good guns to choose from so she'll have a good time shopping for it.
     
  6. hardluk1

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    Stay away from a 380 is a "fun gun" Think toward the future too. She may cc one day so try to streer her toward a pistol she will like andhave the option of one like it but smaller for cc. 9MM is one of the lower cost to shot and in a mid to large frame is very mild to shoot. Maybe what she will like. xd,m&p, ruger P series, glock . What ever look at a indoor range for a rental where with a ammo purchase she can shoot all the different pistols in 1 cartidge. Most do anyhow. Example= If your wife just loves a s&w M&P 9mm down the road a m&p shield may be her cc pistol.

    BUT Let Her Choice What She Wants.
     
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  7. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    She likes the bodyguard because its "cute"........... i will let her choos but not for the wrong reasons
     
  8. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Yeah my wife is the same way! :mad:
     
  9. utf59

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    rurak,

    What guns has she already shot? Which did she like best? And why?
     
  10. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Shes shot my Ruger p345. 45 acp. A Ruger mk III .22 lr and a sig in 9mm and a few rifles. She has very limited experience. As far as which one she likes best i think she likes my. 45 ruger!
     
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  11. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl New Member

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    I have a Keltec P3AT because it fits nicely in my pocket, but it is not fun to shoot at all! I also have a Ruger SR22 and that one is a lot of fun and is what I carry on occasion. Once I get a holster, I will start carrying our Ruger P95 which is a 9 mm.
     
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  12. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    My wife LOVES shooting my P3AT so I guess it all depends, but she's been married to a Marine for 13 years so I guess she is just use to punishment :D.
     
  13. Zombiegirl

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    Too funny. I think it depends on the size and shape of your hands. My family and friends have all shot it and they didn't like it either. I like it because if I'm in workout clothes I can put it in my sports bra by my shoulder and don't have to have pockets.
     
  14. jjfuller1

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    i say look for either a .22 or a 9mm. in 22 check out the ruger sr22. its great fun to shoot. super cheap for ammo. for a 9mm i like rugers sr9c, S & W MP9, and berettas. take her to a store. tell the clerk you want to hold a variety of .22 and 9mm semi autos. to see what fits her hands. see what she thinks is comfortable to hold and RACK. some slides are much stiffer than others. have her work the safety too. just so you know if you like where they sit and such. she wont much like to shoot if the gun doesnt fit right or press her hand in strange spots.
     
  15. tshoot91

    tshoot91 New Member

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    My woman just bought a sig p238 in 9mm and loves it
     
  16. armed1212

    armed1212 New Member

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    ( Note- sig 238 only comes in 380. The p239 is 9mm) My wife loves her sig p238. And shes got small hands so it work great. it out shoots my lcp all day. It was bought for range n I had the hopes she would cry once she is comfortable n she does every now n then . Hey its a start. Have her check it out
     
  17. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I like the P290 for 9mm and it comes with a "LASER".
     
  18. Secondhand_Hero

    Secondhand_Hero New Member

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    The question i always ask when it comes to these kinds of topics is this; what will its primary use be? Plinking? PD? Local contesting? Beginning gun to really train? Hunting gators or kodiac bears?
     
  19. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Op said it's a plinker.
     
  20. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Yes it's going to be mainly a plinker for her. You never know though. Does anyone know if its possible to convert a bodyguard. 380 to. 22 lr??