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    Plinker

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    Ideas for a handgun for my wife

    So after 20 years of marriage, my wife decides now that she wants a handgun, she has had a LTCH , for all 20 years but she has never even shot a gun, just not her thing.
    She decided it would be in her best interest to have her own gun, and to start carrying.
    I have many full size guns and she says "too big"
    I gave her a Kahr PM-40 to try to pull the slide back and she can't do it.
    This is my number one concern with an auto for her, my thoughts are if she can't pull the slide back she doesn't need to be carrying it.
    So I am trying to find something she can safely handle , and something in a suitable caliber.
    I've always took the approach nothing smaller than a .380 or a .38 in a revolver

    One guy at work has recommended a Ruger LCR and says it has a great trigger, I am just not so convinced on revolvers, due to the capacity issue.
    We have plenty of property to shoot at, so it's not an issue of a place to teach her how to handle a gun as I can set up a range in a few minutes.

    Someone also suggested a Beretta tomcat , and stated she won't have to pull the slide back to load it, but again , in a FTF or FTE , she will be in a position where she will be forced to do so, and if she can't , then that is a problem, and I am not to impressed with the idea of her carrying a .32

    Any ideas, suggestions, or tips that might help me go in the right direction ???

    I don't own a J frame or any small revolver, but have access to a J frame to let her shoot one , but I think I need to start small, like .22 small and then go up after a month or so.

    I've seen answers going to the Sig 238 and 938, I am not wanting her to go toward a 1911 style, I want her to get some experience carrying and handling a firearm first, plus she will be mainly carrying in her purse , I really doubt you will ever see my wife OC , and if you do it will just be on our property, simply because she gets upset if I go out and OC , she always tells me to find a way to conceal carry because she doesn't like the attention it draws.

    UPDATE 5-17-15

    I went into a gunshop yesterday and was looking at several pistols, trying to find one she could rack the slide on, and the guy at the counter told her to position the gun sideways, so the muzzle was pointed to her left , and to push the slide, I have always pointed the gun in front of me so I could visually check the chamber, and it just seems easier. here are the problems I noted by this guys methods
    1. with the gun sideways it is aimed at her forearm
    2. with the small compact guns she could not see the chamber
    3. he told her to ride the slide forward, I was taught to let it fly forward never to ride it forward.
    4. if it is pointed to the side, and you are at a local gun range, you are essentially pointing a firearm at another person.
    5. just seems "un-natural" and it is just too easy for the barrel to be pointed at yourself, and while my problem is not with her loading the gun, it is only clearing a malfunction, this is when she needs to be able to see the chamber and manipulate the mag release, seems to hard with the gun sideways and almost pointed right at herself.
    Last edited by 10mmMarc; 05-17-2015 at 09:54.

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    Plinker

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    I like the smith 642 for the little lady, low capacity sure but fool proof, no hammer to snag everything in her purse and she's in real trouble if ever in a situation requiring more than a shot or 3

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    I think a bigger gun would be the best for her, but if she is going to carry it I am sure it can't be too big... So anyway to my point, the Sig P238 and P938 are both very shootable small pistols and the slides are amazingly easy to rack. Any time a woman has trouble with racking a slide these are the first guns I think of, I've never had a girl not be able to rack mine.

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    Racking the slide on a semiautomatic pistol is all about technique, not strength. There are plenty of youtube vids on this very subject. Have her to check them out.

    also, let HER try several and she will select the one that fits her the best.
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    Plinker

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    I carry a sig p220 and have a p230 love pistols for me but when I was trying to pick one for my wife who I have no doubt she could operate the slide and has, but when I see how frazzled she gets by a low tire on the car I'm not 100% sure she could keep presence of mind to clear a jam or misfire in a tense situation. I know she could do it but would she think to do it if needed. To make it second nature in that situation it has to be encountered and the only way to truly encounter it is to shoot, shoot, shoot until she hits the range more often its a 5 shooter for her. just my thought process.

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    See if there is a beginner handgun or ladies only class offered somewhere locally. My wife attended one a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it. She got to shoot around 9 different handguns of various calibers. It really helped her decide what was right for her, and she will be making a purchase soon.
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    Ideally, have her try several and see what fits her hand.

    My generic answer, though, is the S&W Shield. You can find them for $350-ish fairly regularly, the factory trigger and sights are as good as you'll do at that price point, and they've done a nice job of tamping down the perceived recoil. It's also lightweight and thin, which is easier for on body carry. I think that's more of a concern for many ladies, with women's fashions being less forgiving of clunky objects than men's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBlueI's View Post
    Ideally, have her try several and see what fits her hand.

    My generic answer, though, is the S&W Shield. You can find them for $350-ish fairly regularly, the factory trigger and sights are as good as you'll do at that price point, and they've done a nice job of tamping down the perceived recoil. It's also lightweight and thin, which is easier for on body carry. I think that's more of a concern for many ladies, with women's fashions being less forgiving of clunky objects than men's.
    I second BBI on both points. My wife has many handguns, the Shield has been her EDC for a couple of years.
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    Best thing to do is take here to a range that rents pistols and have her try several models, I would recommend a Walther PPS 9mm, very accurate, 8 round capacity, or a Colt Mustang in 380. Both very easy to carry and with the right ammo quite effective for self defense.
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    Just remember that generally speaking, the lighter the gun, the harder it is to control. People recommending airweight revolvers for women because "they're so simple even a woman could do it" drive me bananas. First off, women are entirely capable of using any gun you are, and secondly the recoil those things offer is insane. We've got one and I hate shooting more than a few plain old plinking .38 in it, let alone anything +P.

    As to racking the slide, that is 100% about how you do it (not physical strength) in any normal healthy adult woman. Help her sign up for an NRA basic pistol at one of the many awesome trainers here on INGO, many even offer all female classes. That should go a long way toward helping her figure out what she wants.
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