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#5601655 - 02/16/15 07:55 AM Good handgun for daughter
Mike Wilson Offline
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She really wants to start shooting. She is really small and I want to get her something that she can enjoy shooting. We have been looking at .380's and will want to buy from an owner here on this forum. Any suggestions?

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#5601673 - 02/16/15 08:05 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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For a new shooter, I always like to keep it simple. D/A revolver chambered in .22LR

Go over the basic's and safety in handling a firearm, and let her enjoy the simplicity, as well as no recoil. Once she's comfortable with the .22 work your way up.

Good luck! Safe and happy shooting.
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#5601704 - 02/16/15 08:26 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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I agree with janie. A revolver in 22 is probably the best possible gun for a beginner handgun shooter. No recoil, no jams, low cost to buy and shoot.

380s are generally very small framed and tough to handle because (more often than not) the only reason they're built is to be concealable. If you don't want to start with a 22 and/or don't want to start with a revolver, I'd look at either a 4" 38 special revolver or a full-size polymer 9mm like a Springfield XD, S&W M&P, Taurus 24/7, Beretta PX4, etc. Still relatively low recoil, relatively cheap to shoot and easy to handle.

If you're looking for concealable and easy to shoot for a beginner, that's two things that don't go particularly well together.

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#5601748 - 02/16/15 08:57 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
Mike Wilson Offline
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Ok, she's a pretty tough kid. Not afraid or tentative. Would you suggest taking her to a range that will let me rent a gun and let her shoot to try it out? I feel like I know the answer to that. But in case you have other suggestions I am gonna ask

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#5601785 - 02/16/15 09:19 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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I recommend a S&W M&P 22 Compact in .22LR
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#5601799 - 02/16/15 09:28 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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Google WOW on the web. This is a great organization of women helping women learn about the outdoors and shooting is one of their strong points. They have the variety of firearms and calibers to allow your daughter to discover what she can handle and what she likes. They also handle rifle & shotgun training plus other areas, fishing & camping, etc. Their program runs from helping beginners with absolutely no knowledge to those who have "too much" knowledge.
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#5601801 - 02/16/15 09:29 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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Do you have a gun she could try out? A 38 special or 9mm?

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#5601815 - 02/16/15 09:34 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
Mike Wilson Offline
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I think I can manager her as far as learning. The whole purpose is for us to do this together. I am just asking questions. Not saying I know everything, but I am very familiar with shooting. Just not girls shooting and what guns to put in her hands that will not overwhelm her. As I said, she is a pretty tough kid and fear really isn't a factor. I just want to stay away from the shock factor. But thanks.

I think we are going to go to a range that will let us try a couple of different guns. We'll see what she likes them look to get her one.

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#5601916 - 02/16/15 10:13 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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Go the route of taking her somewhere you can rent different pistols. Try a few and roll from that new knowledge. Or borrow some from friends if that is an option.

I agree with the 22LR double action revolver or even single action. A good 22LR can be a fun and useful gun for a lifetime of shooting, not just to learn on.

If going 380 check out the Bersa, based off the Walther but less expensive.
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#5601933 - 02/16/15 10:23 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Go the route of taking her somewhere you can rent different pistols. Try a few and roll from that new knowledge. Or borrow some from friends if that is an option.

I agree with the 22LR double action revolver or even single action. A good 22LR can be a fun and useful gun for a lifetime of shooting, not just to learn on.

If going 380 check out the Bersa, based off the Walther but less expensive.
Agreed. If you do want to go with a 380, the Bersa is what I was going to recommend.

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#5601938 - 02/16/15 10:24 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
Mike Wilson Offline
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I think that is what we are gonna do. She may just buy her a 22 and when she wants to move up, just trade it or sell and add cash. Once I get to enough posts, I will be doing some buying in the classifieds.

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#5602063 - 02/16/15 11:14 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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The .22 is great for learning. You can go over the fundamentals and she can aim without recoil flinch. Then go to a gun rental range and see what she likes.
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#5602124 - 02/16/15 11:45 AM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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I agree with the others on starting her on a .22 and then go from there

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#5602310 - 02/16/15 12:55 PM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
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Originally Posted By: Mike Wilson
Ok, she's a pretty tough kid. Not afraid or tentative. Would you suggest taking her to a range that will let me rent a gun and let her shoot to try it out? I feel like I know the answer to that. But in case you have other suggestions I am gonna ask


Frisco Gun Club has a ton of rental guns, not sure where you're at.

I think it's more a deal of letting your daughter actually hit something starting out. The double action, .22 revolver is best. Then move to a .22 semi auto. She needs to understand sight picture and trigger control and a .22 is the only way to do this. When she see's little yellow splotches on a shoot n see target, this will giver her confidence. When she is ready, move her to a full size .38 or 9mm.
The pocket .380 has its place but not in a beginner's hands no matter HOW tough she is. They just are not accurate enough and with the very sharp, whippy recoil, they are NO FUN to shoot. There is a time for fun shooting and a time for defensive shooting

Find some instruction and take small steps.

BTW, my favorite .380 would be a single action 1911 style auto. The LCR's, Berreta Pico's, etc, have a TERRIBLY long a hard put, a perfect recipe for missing. The Sig and Colt packet .380's are the ticket.


These are all MY OPINIONS, take them for what they are..

If you ever come to Frisco, give me a holler, I will give you a range pass for your daughter.
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#5602350 - 02/16/15 01:11 PM Re: Good handgun for daughter [Re: Mike Wilson]
Mike Wilson Offline
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Ok, if I bring her to Frisco, and rent a gun we have to use your ammo, what is the limit on rounds she could shoot. We looked earlier and if I read it right it was 20? We live in Mckinney and work off of Preston and 121 so the area works for us. I see you are closed on Mondays so we were looking at running over to Garland because she is fired up about it.

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