Which is it?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by chootem75, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. chootem75

    chootem75 New Member

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    What would be the best hand gun for a woman to have? Let's keep in mind that she is a novice to guns!
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The handgun does not know or care what the sex is of the person firing it.

    The best handgun for a specific woman is the one she is familiar with, can handle safely and proficiently.

    Just like other hand tools. The more experience one gets with it, the better they become.
     
  4. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    I agree with ^^ ^^

    I would suggest that she goes to a place where she can use many different makes and models of handguns (maybe there is a range that rents??). Or, if you know someone with a variety of handguns that would be willing to take her shooting, that's useful, too.

    Either way, it comes down to what she can handle safely, proficiently and is comfortable with.
     
  5. bkace4

    bkace4 New Member

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    I recently bought my wife a smith and wesson 442 revolver. She had only shot rifles and shotguns prior to taking her to the range to test it out. After a day of shooting she decided she liked my 9mm semi auto better than the revolver, so now I'm trying to sell or trade it for the ruger lc9. She really likes this particular gun as well as the kel tech p-11 (She was able to shoot both of these at the range, thanks to some kind folks). If your looking for a small 9mm, I'd recommend the Ruger. I'm sure you'll get some much better advice from others on this forum.

    Best of luck.
     
  6. wjnfirearms

    wjnfirearms New Member

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    I've been asked this type of question for both sexes many times. The answer is always the same.

    Everyone has, or develops, a "comfort zone" as I like to call it. This is a combination of capabilities, knowledge, what gun feels good to a particular person, and budget. This is why I seldom recommend a particular gun to newbies. Obviously, a revolver might be preferential to a newbie simply because of it's simplicity, and this might be of importance especially considering the shooting experience of any particular person. This isn't a hard and fast rule I have, though. Everyone's different and this is one of the most important things to remember.

    Take her to a shop or gun show to handle a number of guns. Then, get her out to the range and go at her speed. Make suggestions, but don't push her to a particular style, caliber, or type of gun. Don't be surprised if she changes gears down the road and a second purchase is in the future. My wife got her CCW and went from preferring a .380 semi to a .38 J Frame. Now she has both.
     
  7. chootem75

    chootem75 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If available, take a ccw or self defense class. One taught by a woman if it is for a woman. A good one will include range time and instruction with several different guns. Qualify with the one you feel most comfortable with. This way you will get a good grounding in safe gun handling and find a platform you like.
     
  9. chootem75

    chootem75 New Member

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    Okay thanks....and its is for a woman. My wife wants a .45 and I didn't think she could handle a pistol that size.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    why would you think that? my wife is no expert with firearms, doesn't do near the amount of shooting i do and has very small hands and shoots my 1911's and my 44 magnum with ease. now your wife being a novice, i would think of her trying something larger without her full understanding of the recoil. like allowing her to watch from the side of you shooting it, so that she can judge the amount of recoil when it fires. after that, she might want to give it a try. i have heard of idiots having their wife or girlfriend try out some hard recoiling magnum and thought it was pretty funny. personally i just don't see any humor in it. let her see what it looks like first with you shooting it and then let her make the decision if she wants to try it out.
     
  11. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Go check out the thread I posted earlier.
     
  12. pmriley

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    My wife has weak wrists and had trouble cycling a slide. She really likes the S&W 637 w/ crimson trace grips. She's comfortable with it so she carries it.
     
  13. fetep

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    My wife (a new shooter) carries a Glock 26, she is small and shoots it just fine. She dresses like a girl (haha) and conceals it just fine;-)
     
  14. fudo

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    This. I also add that my wife is 5'0", 125 lbs. I taught her to shoot with a .45 ACP Colt Gov't Model. I taught my sisters to shoot with the same gun when they were 14 after I demonstrated shooting the same gun with my thumb and forefinger only.
    After shooting several types of guns, I say carry the most powerful weapon they can comfortably carry and hit with. That said, a small framed .22, such as a S&W 317, Ruger 101, or 22/45 would be an excellent beginner's pistol because,1) they have little recoil and report, 2) are relatively inexpensive to shoot, 3) you can pack a small gun in a holster that is light weight, have a couple of boxes of cartridges, eye and ear protection, in a small, easy to carry package which is lots of fun for an outing in the country and picnic, or at a range in town and lunch out together. Additionally, they are a reasonably good carry gun, until you can afford to buy a proper CCW gun.
     
  15. 1HotMama

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    I just choked and sputtered but I'm ok now ;) Never underestimate us as the "weaker" sex. My philosophy is if you can shoot it so can I, and in a lot instances I can shoot it better :D
     
  16. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Actually as much as I hate to say this. Statistically speaking women are better shooters.
     
  17. 1HotMama

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    Don't know why you'd hate to say it, you'd think you'd be glad to have someone that can not only have your back but your front as well if necessary.
     
  18. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I just hate to say anyone is a better shooter than me. Lol
    I love having the honeys around. ;)
     
  19. redfox

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    My wife has an Sr9c(9mm) and loves it. She also shoots my xdm 45 at least as well as her 9. Just find somewhere you can rent or try a few different calibers, size and brands. What works beat for one is not always best for the next person