went to the range today....

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by apwvsd40ve, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    So I have spent my entire life shooting/owning firearms of all types. I peaked my wifes interest a while back with handguns but even once I owned them..her participation was sparse at best...that is until today.
    I took my wife to an indoor range today and she fell in love with shooting...so much that after a couple of "turns" with the SD40 ....I ended up reloading mags for her as she shot over 200 rounds of ammunition and did it well...I Mean put the rest of the shooters (including myself) to shame as far as accuracy goes.
    She asked me to help her purchase a firearm for her birthday in a couple months (and I am excited to do so!) So I need some help from those more knowledgeable than I because she would like a pink semi-auto .40 cal.
    Does anyone know where I may be able too find one our if there are accessories/paint options/ or customizing reccomendations that anyone might reccomend to achieve this for her. She really likes mine...but The SD40 does not have a huge amount of options. Any help/advice/ etc. is much appreciated! :)
     
  2. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    If she likes the gun she shot then buy one and get it coated (Duracoat) pink. Then you can share mags.
     

  3. nosaj

    nosaj New Member

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    Now you run into the problem of "sharing" ammo....haha
     
  4. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    1911, you can get grips of any color/material you'd/she'd like!

    Other than that I think Taurus makes some of their peashooters in pink, but no 40 cal I can recall at all.

    There's always Duracoat... Any color option you want, simply spray on gun of choice! Booya!
     
  5. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    First off, congrats on getting a new shooter into the fold! I'd be interested to know your effective tactic in getting her to try it out. Was she always interested, or did you have to win her over? Either way, great job just stepping back and letting her enjoy. The first visit always makes the greatest impression!

    As far as getting her a gun, her enjoyment will continue only if you get her EXACTLY what she wants! If there are many options, explain each one, it's advantages and disadvantages, and let her decide. It will make her feel much more involved with the purchase. She is much more likely to use the gun SHE chose with the options SHE picked out than something you bought "for her own good," even if her choice is not what you would choose.

    As far as being pink, don't worry about guns that are manufactured in that color. CeraKote is an aeronautics-quality ceramic coating that can be used to apply single, double or triple colors to any firearm and lasts almost forever. Download the color chart at the above link and maybe your wife will decide on a pink camo with purple appointments! The nice thing is that your wife gets the exact gun she wants in the color she wants and therefore shoots it often and becomes another happy member of our sport.

    Congrats again to both you and your wife and please let us know how everything goes!
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Let her choose a gun that fits her hand and she likes. Worry about the pink later. The color should be the least important to her.
     
  7. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I have heard about duracoat before...is that a process that you have to the firearm sent away for..or is it a case of finding the right person locally?
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Can you spray paint? If so then you could do it in a well ventilated area yourself if you get the air cure stuff.
     
  9. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    TekGreg-

    She had shot my 22lr rifle in the post but long guns were not her thing...when I starred talking about handguns a while back..I rounded up several with the help of some friends and my wife and I both shot but my wife only fired a round or two from each. That was over a year ago.when I brought the sd40 home we both shot a mag through it and she said she was done. This time I knew the weather was going to be nice, we had no plans, I found a sitter...took care of everything. I told her that I wanted her to shoot mre for self defense purposes which she liked the idea of. The range is owned by GREAT people that were nice to her (important note for my eifes comfory level). I took the first shots to get her used to the noise and then I showed her (again) how to use the firearm safely. I also purchased silhouette targets that were shoot n see which gave her instant feedback...she saw success and went nuts!

    Now as to cerakote...have you used it before? Is it a send away or a DIY?
     
  10. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Winds- Thanks for your thoughs...While I agree with you that color should be the last consideration, I am willing to help her if it makes he more interested in the sport. I will not discourage any choice she makes and that includes a color. With that said, She has fired at least a round through 9mm, 22 revolver, 40, 45, and believe it or not 44 mag revolver. she has pulled the trigger on S&W and Glock. She already knows that she likes a Smith and Wesson semi-automatic .40 cal. I intend to let her choose one (she would be happy with her own SD40) but has also mentioned something smaller. She will hold/use every handgun she wants until she finds the best one for her...my question with color is because I do not find it important..but for her...it means something so I will help her get there. I prefer Smith and I know (other than the Breast Cancer M&P 9mm or a lady smith revolver) that they do not offer a ton of customization in regard to color...therefore the question to the forum.
     
  11. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Which is going to last longer? If we did this, I know that it is only the polymer portions of the firearm that she would want in color. We talked about this all evening last night..lol..she has not quit talking about it since we came home last night..lol
     
  12. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    haha..I know! Her shooting is going to get me into reloading quickly is she burns 200 rounds everytime..lol (not that I would mind that license to get into it haha)
     
  13. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    How about a 1911
     

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  14. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Sacrilege! My wife would put you in "time out" for such a statement. LOL.
     
  15. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Duracoat and ceracoat are both spray applied two art polymer coatings. They apply pretty much like spray paint. Midway, Brownels and others have it online. The first gun costs a bit more because you need to buy the sprayer, big can of prep solvent, etc.
     
  16. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Thanks! I did find an lgs in the area listed on the Cerakote site....I may check with them to see some of their work and see how much they would charge to do it. I would hate to Ruin a brand new gun trying to DIY....especially when it is my wifes and not mine lol
     
  17. customammo72

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    You don't need the license to reload for just your personal use, including what your wife uses, you only need it if you are going to manufacture and sell ammo to outside people, plus you have to have insurance which isn't cheap. You can reload all you want for you and her to shoot with no issues at all.
     
  18. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Shoot-n-see targets. Go figure! I will keep that in mind while trying to convert others.

    CeraKote must be applied to completely cleaned and dried parts - they are usually dipped in acetone and then sand-blasted. It is also baked on. While the company does not hide the process and sells chemicals publicly, the tools necessary are not common to most people. A certified applicator can do the work locally in only about 3-7 days for ~$150, depending on work load.

    Check the website for comparisons, but CeraKote appears to be the longest lasting when put under stress and abrasion tests. According to their charts, DuraCoat starts to break down in roughly 1,000 abrasions (racking slide, inserting magazine, etc.) and CeraKote doesn't show signs of wear until 5,000 abrasions. If you are not going to use the firearm much, or don't carry it daily, or don't mind reapplying a coating, DuraCoat may be for you because it is simply a high-stress industrial paint. But if you plan to compete or carry daily where there is much more use and stress, I would go with CeraKote. Just my personal opinion.
     
  19. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Thanks...I more meant like a reason to get into reloading...but I certainly understand why you read it as you did.
     
  20. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Thanks for that info...honestly this would at least be a range gun/ hd. As to carry...that would be up to her...bit she had mentioned it today...again hooked..lol :)
    I was telling her about the options I found online for the ceracoat and she liked the idea. Just have to find what she wants and get it for her now!