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Best option of guns for wife?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Radkng, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Radkng

    Radkng Boring, Oregon Member

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    Hi, I am looking for opinions on a good gun to buy for my wife hopefully by Christmas.:D
    She had a concealed permit and is considering renewing it. The only pistol we have that she likes to shoot is a .22 and I would like to get her something with more stopping power.
    Things to consider, she doesnt like alot of recoil, she has a hard time focusing on small sites and the target at the same time, needs to be small enough to conceal and small enough grip for a womans hand.

    I have been thinking of a 9mm or .38 special, with good sites or a laser.

    Any opinions appreciated, a short list of reasonably priced guns would be great!

    Thanks, -Steve
     
  2. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    100% sure that a good stainless snubby .38 special will be your best bet.

    My wife has a Ruger sp101, and a S&W mod 60 ladysmith. She only shoots .38 special.

    Laser is nice, but might be a distraction. My wife trains for fast point shooting. Most likely, if she has to use it in self defence, it will be a conflict under 10 yds away. Laser wouldn't ever be used.

    Taurus stainless .38 snubby, used $250, new $325.
    Ruger sp101, .38/.357, used $400, new $500.
    S&W 60 snubby, .38/.357, used $400, new $500.

    Nothing wrong with a Taurus.
     
  3. marksman

    marksman Portland, OR New Member

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    Take her to a range that has lots of pistols to try out... then let her choose.

    She must have the chance to try some different models and different calibers to make an informed choice... buying a pistol without her input is not a good idea.
     
  4. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Unless you want that pistol in your collection after she decides she doesn't want it :D
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    You mean in trade?
     
  6. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Taurus Judge
     
  7. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Desert Eagle in .357mag, custom tuned to fire .38 special: No Recoil
    ...a little spendy, though.......
     
  8. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Assuming that you can't take her to try some out first, I'd also suggest looking at an all-steel 5-shot .38spl/.357mag. You might also consider going 3" over the 2" size guns.

    I have a 3" S&W Model 60 - my wife & other new shooters have found it to be quite reasonable w/ .38spl rounds. .357mag rounds are a bit of a handful....
     
  9. Searcher451

    Searcher451 Oregon Member

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    Without a doubt, the best option for the wife is the gun that the wife herself selects. Pick one for her and put it under the tree and you are doomed to failure.

    If you really want to do the right thing, take her to a range that rents guns, and/or invite some friends along who own guns that might -- might -- be right for her. Then let her shoot them to her heart's content and find the one that best fits her hand and eye.
     
  10. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    No question about letting her choose. My wife had the option of several pistols, Sig 239, S&W 649, and some others I can't remember. She chose a Smith 66-1 with the 2.5" barrel. Reason? Trigger pull, she found it the easiest to pull the trigger without having to think about anything. What I found easy in a trigger pull she struggled with.

    All that to say, make sure she doesn't struggle shooting at and let her choose.
     
  11. Radkng

    Radkng Boring, Oregon Member

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    Is there a good place in the Portland area that has a variety of guns available to use or rent? We are members of a local range (DRCC) but that is not a option there.
    Thanks, -Steve
     
  12. pirateer2007

    pirateer2007 Spokane Wa Member

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    Have her try a Kel-Tec P32 or P3AT. My wife is 105lbs and she has a blast shooting them. She likes the P32 the best though.
     
  13. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    colt mustang

    its the only pistol none of the girls (wife sister mother)
    have ever had any issue with
     
  14. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Clackamas County PSTC -- they have a fair selection, not Keith's Sporting Goods - but not terrible. Glock, Springfield, Kimber, HK, Ruger, Walther, S&W...

    $15 lane fee and $8 rental. bring a gun to rent a gun -- they don't want anyone renting a gun and committing suicide (has happened)
     
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    ajf1 beaverton Member

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    I'm in about the same process as you, 1st took her to a gun show and let her find the one that she liked the most. then we went from there on finding the right caliber.
     
  16. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    Agree 100%. Instead of picking something up for "the little woman," let her decide. If you love her, urge her to carry something other than a mouse gun. Sure a .32 or .380 is better than nothing, but if you have to use a self defense gun, that means someone is trying to kill you. Why would you want to use an under powered gun for defending your life?
     
  17. Radkng

    Radkng Boring, Oregon Member

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    The one thing everyone agrees on is she should choose her own pistol...
    when we go to let her chose her own pistol which ones should she consider?

    Thanks for all the replys so far!

    -Steve
     
  18. Blov

    Blov Oregon Central Coast Member

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    It depends on what she is comfortable with and how much she is going to shoot. If she isn't going to shoot much I would stick to a double action revolver because of ease of use.
     
  19. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    Yes, certainly let HER choose. It will be her personal assistant, SHE must be comfortable with it.

    I'd guess she'll want something small enough to fit her hand comfortably, enough power to do the required job, light enough to handle easily yet heavy enough to result in less felt recoil.

    I'd make a couple of suggestions.... the Smith J-frames and Ruger mentioned are good.. though the all steel/stainless ones can weigh a bit. THe Ruger 101 with .38 +P will have nowhere near the recoil of the .357 it was designed for, and that round will have enough power to make a difference.

    I'd also look into some of the nines...... Kahr make VERY fine pistols, lighter weight plastic frames or heavier all stainless ones. Nine or forty, but make sure she fires a forty before buying one. A LOT more recoil..... THe standard series (4" barrel) or the short, the M series, are good size. I've got CT grips on my MK 40..... and like it.

    HK have very soft felt recoil, I suspect because of longer slides and softer springs. Doesn't pack the kick of some others. Farily light weight. I think they make a smaller single stack series, unless she's got fairly big hands the USP series might be a bit much.

    A friend of mine has a CZ autoloader in .40, and his two daughters (skinny little things of fifteen and sixteen years old) LOVE shooting it. He was amazed, but they prefer that to his Ruger .22/45 pistol....... I believe the same size is also out in a nine.
    I'm an avid fan of the Browing High Powers, most commonly found in nine, though forty have been produced for 20 years or so. VERY natural feeling pistol, relatively small grip, easy on recoil, absolutely accurate and foolproof... and classy. I've seen them 20 or 30 years old at gun shows for $500 to $600 bucks.....
    Yes, its an adventure figuring out the best gun for a particular purpose. Part of why there are so many, I guess.
     
  20. krawl

    krawl Oregon Member

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    As all has been said let her choose. Ya know what they say about assumptions!! My ex-wife had a Sig P232 that was excellent for her, but she also liked my Glock 19 while I thought would have been too thick for her hands (very petite!). She refused revolvers, but they do work good for many women. I will say avoid the super-compacts for now; LCP, P3at, etc. Small fgins can be harder to manage, and can scare women who wan't some more comfort. Find a gun that fits her well and she loves, then pay whatever you have to for it. This was what kept my ex shooting with me.

    Oh yeah- 1911's she did not care a whole lot for, the weight made her nervous, whereas girlfriend after I think developed a 1911 fetish!