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Pistol for the lady

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by CrossHairs, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    So, my lady finds cocking my SIG P226 tough to do, despite my suggesting a better technique, she struggles (but does manage) to get the slide back. OK, she's a weenie, but there's nothing I can do about that.

    Question is, what do your ladies shoot that they find easy to work with? Semi's? Revolvers?
     
  2. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    that's a tough one. my wife has weak hands (until she punches me) and has a hard time with pulling slides back and the trigger pull on the .38 spl revolver. I tell her her best weapon is just bubblegum (filter for the 'B' word) at the BG and they'll high tail it :laugh:
     
  3. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    I took my lady to the gun shop to rack the slide on everthing in sight and she did best with the sig p250 in 9mm it has a light recoil spring and agressive cocking serrations, she also did well with the XD9 tactical, the S&W sigma, and the HK p2000 9mm.
     
  4. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Funny, been tinkering with the same problem. I went out and bought my wife a gun just for her...I bought her a Taurus Millenium Pro...but then she never carried it because she says it's "too heavy". Currently, she steals my Kel-Tec P3AT.

    I've found that the best solution for women who can't handle slides is a revolver....nevertheless, women usually find the .38SPC a tad bit harsh on the recoil.

    Solution? I plan on getting the wifey a .32 H&R mag, hammerless S&W 432PD Airweight to replace the Kel-Tec (mainly so I can have it back!).
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    You should see GunBlast's review on it.
     
  5. MEP1000

    MEP1000 Milwaukie Active Member

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    My wife enjoys her Glock 19.
     
  6. jasparseed1@yahoo.com

    jasparseed1@yahoo.com Lebanon Member

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    Ruger SP 101 in 357, If I need back up I want a gun that will do it.....
     
  7. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    at one time I found a you tube type video of a gun show where a guy is teaching a lady that was new to shooting how to rack the slide on an auto loader. this is what he said as described for a right handed person:

    hold the pistol in your right hand with your trigger finger along the side of the gun

    hold the gun half way between your chest and full arm extension withthe gun pointed at the target

    with your left hand grip the serrations with your fingers on the right side of the gun and your thumb pointed at your right shoulder

    now move the gun to the target in a fluid motion and and quickly move you left thumb to your right shoulder you will have to let go with the left hand as the slide hits full retract.

    the biggest problem with new shooters when racking the slide is trying to ride it back to lock up without pinching your skin this method eliminates that because you are only pulling back and letting the spring do it's job
     
  8. cbzdel

    cbzdel Tacoma, WA Member

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    my wife refuses to use steel framed semi-autos and any revolvers. She says the checkered engraved steel on the semi-autos is to rough on her hands (I know not all have that engraved but all mine do) and she hates revolvers because she was holding ti wrong once and it pinched her skin pretty hard so she said never again (not sure what she actually did as it has never happened to me)

    But she loves poly frame semi-autos :)
     
  9. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    I had a hard time with slides when I was new to shooting. Not because it was too hard, but because I wasn't comfortable with the weapon. Also, I am just so used to it now, and I use my arm, not just my wrist, especially on a heavy recoil-spring on a .357Sig chambered weapon.

    I'll be buying my lady a Sig P232 eventually, when she has citizenship and can legally carry.
     
  10. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    my wife went through about 8 handguns before she decided on a 357. She now has decided that it is too heavy to carry and has started carring my Keltec.
     
  11. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    My girlfriend recently bought her first handgun. I let her try several of mine- various revolvers and centerfire pistols and she commented on the same thing- too difficult to rack the slide. But she liked the semiauto style of pistol. I suggested a 22lr version of a larger centerfire model. She settled on a sig mosquito 22lr. The slide on it is very easy to rack and the gun is very accurate. She loves it. She's now thinking of stepping up to a sig 239 9mm which mimmicks her mosquito, only larger. :thumbup:
     
  12. SSG

    SSG Lane County New Member

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    Ruger Mark II...why not?..if the bad guy still wants to have sex with my wife after she put 12 .22 cal, rounds in him...he's a bigger man then me.
     
  13. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    My wife prefers a .38 spl. snubby, J-frame. But, racking the slide of a semi-auto does not need to be difficult for anyone of any size.

    Go to; http://www.guntalktv.com/site.php
    About 3/4 of the way down on the page, click on the green "instruction" box.

    On the right side of the new page, scroll down to the video link entitled; "racking a slide."

    Gun Talk host Tom Gresham demonstrates a relatively easy way to work the slide of a semi-auto. It's a 3:09 minute free video.
     
  14. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    My mom has used a S&W model 10 snubby for years, but I gave her my old keltec .32 (because it's smaller....and "cute"), and a S&W 442, because it is way lighter and smaller than the model 10 as well, plus it's rated for +P loads.

    She doesn't shoot much, and doesn't know much about guns, so I tell her to use the 442 over the keltec, since it's as simple as it gets and as reliable as a gun can possibly be.

    I'd recommend a J-frame snubby for anyone, man or woman, who's new to guns, or has problems racking a slide/remembering to switch off the safety, etc. They're about as perfect of CC gun as you could possibly ask for IMO. I still carry a keltec .32 though, but that's because the extra 5 ounces that a 442/642 weighs over a keltec is enough that I choose to go with a weaker caliber and less reliability.
     
  15. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    tell her to man up and give her the AE50 Desert Eagle
     
  16. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Some great suggestions and comments. I'll let you know how it works out
     
  17. gallogiro

    gallogiro Willamette Valley Active Member

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    priceless. :laugh:
     
  18. onearmedswordsman

    onearmedswordsman Hillsboro, OR Member

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    Mostly agree, perhaps the only exception may be slide mounted safeties pistols, at least until you get used. But he P226 is not one of them!

    I think that what "magnum" did was an excellent approach. Like CharlesAFerg said, when you are new to guns you are not comfortable with the weapon. Plus, your muscles and nerves are not accustomed, or trained to exert the forces required to operate a handgun. Notice I did not say developed, but trained. The strength is already there in most cases.

    If she is not willing to dry run your P226 until she masters it, then, start her with a Mosquito or P22, then graduate her to your P226 or a P239, like "magnum" did.

    My $0.022 (adjusted for inflation)
     
  19. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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  20. turq

    turq Molino,oregon Member

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    Have her try handle the Sig 238. Frame mounted safety and button mag release.