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Daughters 18th Birthday Gift

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Charger, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Charger

    Charger Oregun City Area Member

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    Looking at giving her 1st pistol for her 18th birthday.
    Hoping to get some suggestions.
    She 5'2" and a dancer so very athletic.
    She like shooting my 9mm hk usp because the slide is the easiest for her to operate.
    So I was thinking about a 9mm bi tone 1911 in a 4 " barrel single stack.
    Ladies what do think 1911 or what would your suggestions be.
    Also want to stay away from glock and xd and the everyday guns something with a wow factor.
     
  2. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    Wilson Combat would wow me.
     
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  3. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    Don't choose for her. Take her out for a day together and let her choose the one she wants.
     
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  4. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    If she needs an easy slide to pull on try to find a Walther CCP. It is supposed to be easier to rack the slide because it uses a gas blowback system thusly can use a weaker spring. My wife is about your daughters size and has a M&P Shield that she has been able to handly very nicely.
     
  5. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Well you answered your own question didn't you. "She like shooting my 9mm hk usp because the slide is the easiest for her to operate." Just buy her one, problem solved.
     
  6. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I like the 9mm 1911 idea, even the budget models I've shot are easy shooting, accurate pistols. I hadn't seriously considered picking one up, I have enough 9's already, but this thread has me giving some thought toward getting one.

    I'm not a 5'2" girl but I do have 3 of them. They like shooting .38 out of my 6" 686 and love shooting .22's out of the Buckmark. None of them ask to shoot any of my 9's or .45's very often.
     
  7. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I have one of these. Very slim. 1911 controls. Recoil very nice for a small 9mm due to mass I assume.
    Kind of expensive, but slimmer than the HK and the slide racks with ease.

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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Whatever you decide go with, Id go with the more rare or special pistols - this is her 18th birthday gun, she will most likely have it forever so it doesn't need to be the best carry gun, just a nice memory of her old man.
     
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  9. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Wow factor, high quality, something to keep forever.... and a great shooter.
    soft, low jump easy to be accurate.

    Beretta Cougar (if you can find one)....(armslist for $575)
    or available new...
    Stoeger Cougar .... $400 (if you don't care if it's stainless comes in a compact as well).

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    Whatever you get, maybe get the slide engraved...
    ... after she tries it and likes it!
     
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  10. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    NONAME762 Nowheresville Active Member

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    Or the original poster of this thread should follow his own advice as in "she likes to shoot my HK cuz racking the slide is easy." Don't buy her the 1911...sounds to me like you like the 1911s. If she can't rack a 1911 like as not she won't carry it when/if she gets her CC permit/license.
     
  12. pdxjazz

    pdxjazz Portland Active Member

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    How about one of the classic S&W Gen 3 guns? Here is the LadySmith version of the model 3913. They weigh around 24 oz. (aluminum frame/stainless slide).

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  13. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    You are leaning towards a 1911 looks with a wow factor? How about a Coonan?
     
  14. dwaineshort

    dwaineshort Vancouver WA Active Member

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    If just for a range gun. I would say buy what ever.
    If something you want her to conceal , personally I would have her pick something out.
    Went through 15 different handguns before I found the one I enjoy caring every day.
     
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    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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  17. Charger

    Charger Oregun City Area Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I was thinking of more of a nice range gun,
    I plan on taking her to a gun show putting some of them in her hands.
    Now I have some ideas on what to suggest.
    Get some feed back from her than surprise her on her birthday .
     
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  18. Karen Payne

    Karen Payne Salem 1911 girl Bronze Supporter

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    My thought is, make sure she can grip the firearm properly thinking trigger pull. Couple that up with what she likes and hope one works.

    TriggerFit.jpe
     
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  19. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I have not seen this illustration before. This would help/explain a lot.

    Add this to my archives......

    Thanks.
     
  20. Karen Payne

    Karen Payne Salem 1911 girl Bronze Supporter

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    It is an eye opener :) I use this for people who need to see things beside feeling them. Couple this with an exemplary experience where I will have the student hold the firearm, place the finger on the trigger and have them focus on center of target. For a right handed shooter I place my left palm on their shoulder blade and my right index finger on top of their right finger. Before starting I tell them all they need to do is focus on the sights and not the trigger. I tell them as needed, I am now pulling the trigger, keep your focus on the target. Gun goes bang and if they were sighted on the center of the target there will be a bullet hole. Repeat this three times then ask them if they felt a difference followed by it's their turn. Sometimes I will do this w/o first fitting them to a firearm as they just spent $$$'s and get upset if I tell them the handgun simply does not fit them followed by fitting them to a handgun. It's all a journey which baby steps are best.