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#5769371 - 06/01/15 06:47 PM What would you recommend?
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I need to find a handgun for my wife. Recent events in the news finally has her wanting to a) Learn to shoot, and b) get her own gun.

My wife weighs less than 100 pounds, so I want something easy for her to not only hold and aim, but something without a large amount of felt recoil. Also not looking for .25, .380 etc. This will not be a carry weapon but for home.

I plan to take her to a club so that she can try out several, but I am hoping for some recommendations to get us started in the right direction.

Since the gun is for her obviously cost is irrelevant. grin
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#5769378 - 06/01/15 06:52 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Why not a 380 for home? If it's bigger the recoil will be a turn off.
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#5769383 - 06/01/15 06:55 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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My daughter is getting my Taurus Titanium Model 85 revolver, smooth double action, no hammer and very light. I will get her some wad cutters to practice with and Hornady Lite critical Defense for carry.

Oh yea, I'm replacing it with the new Kimber Micro .380
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#5769385 - 06/01/15 06:55 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Walther PP or PPK, another option that is a lot like those is the Bersa Version. For the home would also get her a Youth 870 20ga shotgun.
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#5769391 - 06/01/15 06:57 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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My wife prefers a 3" 1911. She's 5'2" and about 110.

Take her to a range that does rentals and let her try a bunch out. Cheaper than buying a $600 pistol she won't shoot.


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#5769420 - 06/01/15 07:15 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Walther PP or PPK, another option that is a lot like those is the Bersa Version. For the home would also get her a Youth 870 20ga shotgun.


Kmon I have the 20ga. Youth done. I am leaning towards a revolver for her.
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#5769425 - 06/01/15 07:17 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: Cast]
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Why not a 380 for home? If it's bigger the recoil will be a turn off.


Cast I had an LCP and found that it was quite snappy as well as having a bad trigger. Are there other .380's that are much improved on those 2 points?
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#5769501 - 06/01/15 07:59 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Originally Posted By: TXHOGSLAYER
Originally Posted By: Cast
Why not a 380 for home? If it's bigger the recoil will be a turn off.


Cast I had an LCP and found that it was quite snappy as well as having a bad trigger. Are there other .380's that are much improved on those 2 points?


That is why I recomemded the Walther and Bersa. Both are larger and heavier than the LCP. We got my Sister a Walther, some good friends wives shoot the Bersa an love it. None of those ladies are very big.
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#5769504 - 06/01/15 08:02 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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A 357 double action revolver loaded with 38s. Let her hold several at a gun shop to see which is most comfortable. If she gets used to the recoil of a 38, she may want to try 357s in it.


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#5769532 - 06/01/15 08:20 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Paul, start her off with a .22 revolver. No recoil and building confidence is key. Let her work from that platform initially and see how she progresses.

Don't let her size/stature fool ya. Plenty of 100 pound women out there shooting 45's............... smile

Keep it safe and fun. Everything will fall into place.
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#5769549 - 06/01/15 08:25 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Thanks kmon, I will look into those. Janie, I have planned to start her out on my single six .22 and move up once she is comfortable and confident.
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#5769596 - 06/01/15 08:43 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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I got my daughter a S&W Airweight, found some grips that she liked and it worked out great.

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#5769618 - 06/01/15 08:52 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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My wife is same size. Thru trial and error

My pick and opinion
A thankless no safety or decocker mid size with narrow grip 9mm. I would skip the 38 revolver due to the long trigger pull. Again xd, glock, or something like the new hk vp9 or sig 320.
If you must go revolver look into a 22 mag with vmax. An easy pull trigger was clutch

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#5769623 - 06/01/15 08:53 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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My wife ended up getting a ported 9mm after i told her not to buy it... But she can shoot lights out with it !
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#5769633 - 06/01/15 08:56 PM Re: What would you recommend? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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