Just got my hands on a PC 2.0 Shield 9mm at Coastal very nice. And it $200 less than a Cabelas. The trigger felt so much better than the other M&P’s
This....If you can find a LGS nearby with a female clerk it might be helpful.
Personally I would only go with .380 to save either weight (for example lcp II) or size (f.e seecamp .380).My sister is looking for her first pistol and gal friend of her’s has the Glock 42 380. And has told her it’s a good SD gun. But I’ve told her go with the 9. She’s shot my M&P FS 9 and she shoots it well. She’s never shot a 380 nor have l. Any advice or thoughts y’all can share that I can give my sis. And she does really like my 9.
That right there makes a big difference. When I met the Wife she did not shoot or own. First thing was to get her permit then a .22 to teach her to shoot. First was a 5 shot .38. She could shoot it, did not like it much, but did carry. As years went on we went through I lost track of how many guns. She will not carry something heavy. So I live with what she will. Beretta .32 or Ruger SR22 compact is her now days. I don't like it but, anything she has beats whats at home. I have a Ruger LCPII and love it but, she bought it. She can't rack the slide with out it being a huge deal. She fired it one time and that was it. Too much recoil. So again I live with what she will carry and practice with.It took 10 years for me to get her to keep a mouse gun in her purse . I don't think I could ever convince her to carry P99 or any other full sized gun in a holster.
We'll see. As she likes to remind me, I've been wrong before
I’ve taken my sis to SafeFire indoor range several times. And actually she prefers shooting full sized or compact pistols. Not sure why but she didn’t care for the 43. She put 50 rounds through the rental and said I prefer your FS M&P 9.9mm > .380
If she's thinking about purchasing any type of small sub compact in any caliber, make absolutely sure she rents the exact gun she's thinking of getting and try it first. Many of them can be very unpleasant to shoot. And some .380's can be pretty snappy.
Also, if this is only going to be a home defense gun and she's not planning on carrying it, then definitely get a full size gun. If she's looking for a carry gun then see the point above.
Yup.Get her a G43....9mm. Compared to 380, 9mm is more effective, costs less, more plentiful, and a myriad of available configurations.
Thanks for that article link! We are in the hunt for a possible new CC pistol for my wife. She has a G43X, but struggles with the stiff slide. We are working on technique for that, but she tried a M&P 380 EZ and was amazed at the easy to rack slide. Downside was she seemed to get quite a trigger pinch with it. She has small hands and is very small frame overall. I was thinking that could be remedied by the PC version. Too bad the article didn't include that gun...My sister asked me the same question last month. I told her to look at the results from the 3rd Ladies Pistol Project sponsored by American Rifleman...
Right For You: Ladies Pistol Project 3 Results
She picked their number one choice after trying out several others mentioned at her LGS's range. She liked that it was hammer-fired and wasn't a blowback system so it had less felt recoil. It was easy for her to rack and she liked the easy loading magazines too.
You'll have to read the article to find her choice.
I agree that the PC version will address your wife's issue. The PC version has some nice upgrades. It has my vote and I like the black model. Lucky Gunner's Chris Baker did a nice gun review of the 380EZ and the short video is worth watching.I was thinking that could be remedied by the PC version.