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#5537610 - 01/12/15 11:43 AM 380 for the wife?
TGreen Offline
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Registered: 10/24/12
Posts: 65
Loc: PK
I was looking at getting my wife a 380 to keep in her car. I have looked into the Taurus and KelTecs and really like them not having a safety. Heaven forbid, if she did have to use it I don't want her fumbling around looking for a safety. Point and click. She has shot a LCP and had trouble with the slide(couldn't grip it and get it all the back sometimes), im just wondering since this was a new gun if it was just stiff and would loosen up with break in or if it would always have that much tension? would a hammerless wheel gun be better suited? Any suggestions on models?

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#5537619 - 01/12/15 11:45 AM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
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Sig P-238

Bought it for myself, ended up giving it to the GF. Easy to handle/shoot, only drawback for you is it's carried cocked and locked (its a mini-1911). Practice makes Permanent!
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#5537655 - 01/12/15 12:08 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
BCJ Offline
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My wife has the LCP; she couldn't rack the slide is she held it out with one hand and pulled back with the other. Instead I showed her how to rack it easier by pushing both hand together close to the body. Much easier for most women since it uses more muscles

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#5537656 - 01/12/15 12:08 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
Precision_Shooter Offline


Registered: 02/18/09
Posts: 818
Loc: Crossroads, TX
Glock 42.

Half the muscle needed to rack the slide compared to the Taurus, Keltec, and LCP's...
Great shooting little gun which will also have less perceived recoil than the ones mentioned above...
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#5537671 - 01/12/15 12:20 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
bjones2571 Offline
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Get her a revolver. S&W Airwight but add hogue grips. The standard grips can pound the hand a bit.

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#5537697 - 01/12/15 12:38 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
RLUM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/13
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+1 on the revolver that way she doesn't have to worry about magazine springs.

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#5538234 - 01/12/15 04:34 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
ralph Offline
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Another revolver recommendation. Concealed hammer/DAO. Point and shoot. Make it as simple as possible.

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#5538307 - 01/12/15 05:05 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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I have an LCP that I really love, but I took several females out shooting. They all had trouble racking the slide, and they hated loading magazines on the Ruger LCP and SW MP40. None of them had any problems with the 1911. I think revolvers are better options for gals who don't like fussing with heavy slide and magazine springs.

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#5538311 - 01/12/15 05:08 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Loc: Metroplex
Taurus TCP

Have two of them. The no safety is a non issue being its DA only trigger, which takes some pull and has lots of creep.

On a 15 yard and under gun that's not an issue.

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#5538315 - 01/12/15 05:09 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
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Registered: 03/09/09
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Take her to a range where they have several different pistols that she can try.

Let her pick what works best for her.

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#5538458 - 01/12/15 06:08 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Take her to a range where they have several different pistols that she can try.

Let her pick what works best for her.


^^^^
This.

She can try out several different models and find one that fits HER hand and that she can handle. Not to mention you won't be having to trade in something that you picked out for HER (figuring you're 90% likely to pick out something she cant use). wink

Though I like the idea of a revolver. Point and 'click' system.
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#5538587 - 01/12/15 06:54 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
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Registered: 02/18/09
Posts: 818
Loc: Crossroads, TX
I'm confused. Everyone keeps saying to get a revolver because it's easier...

How is having a loaded G42, LCP, etc any different than a loaded revolver?
Both you just "point and pull the trigger"... A better/lighter DAO pull on the G42 than any of the shrouded hammer DAO snub nose revolvers...
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#5538707 - 01/12/15 07:44 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
bjones2571 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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What if it jams? What if she needs to clear the gun and later reload? If she is going to carry an auto she has to be able to fully manipulate the gun, including working the slide. IMHO. Often a revolver is just easier for those that lack hand strength. Plus in a true self defense situation a long pull is m ot necessarily a bad thing. Again IMHO.

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#5538753 - 01/12/15 07:58 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: TGreen]
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Registered: 03/07/12
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gave my wife a revolver she never likes it so she moved on to a walther 380
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#5538807 - 01/12/15 08:13 PM Re: 380 for the wife? [Re: Precision_Shooter]
jeffbird Offline


Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 1717
Originally Posted By: Precision_Shooter
I'm confused. Everyone keeps saying to get a revolver because it's easier...

..


Not me.

They are hard to learn to shoot accurately under pressure and even harder to reload under pressure compared to a semi.

Again, let her try things out and she what she likes and shoots well.

Give her a blank check and it will be repaid many times over.

Who knows, the life she saves might be yours.

She might just surprise you.

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