Good first gun for my wife to use?


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bryskee
August 21, 2009, 07:55 PM
My wife is wanting her first pistol. Any suggestions on affordable pistols for a very petite woman's first gun? Obviously my wife will be deciding since it's going to be her gun so any suggestions OTHEr than "Let her decide" etc?

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Larry Ashcraft
August 21, 2009, 08:04 PM
My suggestion is to not go buy something based on what we think. Take her to the gun shop/range and let her handle and or shoot some until she can make up her on mind what she wants.

Also, visit www.corneredcat.com. Kathy has created the definitive learning center for women about firearms.

Most every decision I have made about what my wife would like to own or shoot has been wrong. On the other hand, when she makes her own decisions, they have been 100% correct, for her.

Younggunner
August 21, 2009, 08:04 PM
M1 carbine??? Or to answer your question go to jgsales.com and get a smith and wesson model 64 revolver. It's a 38 spl and it's a 4 inch with a bobber hammer.

rbernie
August 21, 2009, 08:09 PM
Any suggestions on affordable pistols for a very petite woman's first gun? Whatever she likes.

Her tastes will change as she shoots, so I'd recommend finding a range that has some rentals and letting her try out as many handguns as possible.

bryskee
August 21, 2009, 08:40 PM
We won't be buying a gun just because someone on a website tells us it is a good one for her but it's nice to have a direction to start. So far she likes my .22 but it's a bit heavy for her, although she had no problem firing a couple hundred rounds today. She's not fond of the glock 9mm because the recoil. Thanks for the suggestions.

bigfatdave
August 21, 2009, 08:57 PM
My suggestion is to not go buy something based on what we think. Take her to the gun shop/range and let her handle and or shoot some until she can make up her on mind what she wants.
Also, visit www.corneredcat.com. Kathy has created the definitive learning center for women about firearms.
Wise words. Let HER choose, and don't be surprised if it takes a few pistols before she gets one she's comfortable with. This is what rental ranges are for. Or getting a bunch of friends together for free (dry) BBQ, so long as they help make a pile of guns to try out.

Now, as far as practical pistol training goes, I assume you have a few .22 handguns for her to start out on. If you don't, I'd really recommend picking up one or seven. (there are dozens, if not hundreds of "what .22" threads in the archives ... now that I think of it, there are as many "what pistol for new shooter" threads, too)

Now, I can pass on the choices of two women with petite hands I personally know who CC, and their choices. MrsBFD packs a Springfield XD9sc, and is quite proficient with it ... and I recently learned that my mom packs a 2-shot .22mag derringer rather frequently.
(let's not get into that, please, I'm not gun-shopping for mom)

mesinge2
August 21, 2009, 09:02 PM
I wanted my girlfriend to buy a Ruger SR9. I figured relatively thin grips for a double stack, lighter recoil, and since she has a hard time loading mags, a large capacity.

She rented one like it fine and then bought a pink Sig mosquito because it was pretty. Hey, for me, lesson learned. Now, she wants to go shooting all the time.

I have no complaints.

The best advice has been said, "let her choose"

DeepSouth
August 21, 2009, 09:21 PM
Also, visit www.corneredcat.com. Kathy has created the definitive learning center for women about firearms.

Pay special attention to this article. (http://www.corneredcat.com/Men/buywifegun.aspx)

xXxplosive
August 21, 2009, 09:36 PM
Kahr CW9............light weight, simple to use, very comfortable grip, almost no recoil, very concealable, accurate out of the box.....overall great little pistol for the price. Would reccomend it to anyone. My wife's buying one.

bryskee
August 21, 2009, 09:38 PM
Look, my wife likes shooting. She shoots my guns. She wants one for her. She's not sure what to get. She will make the choice because it is she that wants the gun, not me wanting her to get one. Can't you just point someone in a direction? She like's the .22, she doesn't like the 9mm, and no one's forcing her to buy a gun. She doesn't want one for armageddon or self defense. She doesn't want CC permit. She just likes plinkin with me when we go. Relax will ya and just give someone a suggestion please. Dang. It's like pulling teeth here.

WRGADog
August 21, 2009, 09:38 PM
See if you can find someone who owns either a S&W J-frame 38 special, Kahr PM9, or Kahr P380 who will let your wife try them.. All are excellent guns, easily concealed, and very reliable. My wife is small and she can handle these three easily.

mesinge2
August 21, 2009, 09:45 PM
For plinking, a Ruger .22, a Sig Mosquito (my girlfriend loves hers), a Walther P22.

If you have a 1911, you could even buy a conversion kit and make it a .22

tasco 74
August 21, 2009, 09:53 PM
if she likes .22 cal a ruger mkII is hard to beat..................................



LIFE IS SHORT.....

xXxplosive
August 21, 2009, 09:53 PM
Geeezzz..........was only tryin to help with a suggestion as you requested.

Calm down will ya.

bryskee
August 21, 2009, 10:43 PM
xXx I appreciated the suggestion. I just wasn't looking for "let her decide" (which you did not say). I mean obviously she will decide, it's her gun. She's looking for suggestions because when looking around she'll actually has a clue what to be asking for. So your suggestion along with several others on here are very beneficial and appreciative. Thank you.

orvpark
August 22, 2009, 12:03 AM
My wife loves her P22. If you really want her to have fun, get a target style .22 with a red-dot. That and a box of golf balls makes everyone giddy.

She doesn't much care for shooting her snubby .357, but carries it religiously with some low recoil Hydrashock .38's. She only shoots just enough to feel proficient with it.

9mm+
August 22, 2009, 12:05 AM
For plinking, the Ruger .22 is hard to beat. The Walther is very nice, too, but pricey like most Walthers.

bang_bang
August 22, 2009, 12:12 AM
A Ruger or S&W .22 will do the job. In my area, the Ruger runs just a bit higher than the S&W, but both are around the $250-ish mark.

I own a S&W Model 22A...basic version. Shoots wonderful with Federal Bulk pack...going to try some CCI Stingers sometime soon. Great shooting...accurate as hell.

Either will be great pistols...and .22's are slowly seeping back into the market.

I've actually pondered the thought of acquiring a Ruger .22 for my collection. :rolleyes:

One day...

BullRunBear
August 22, 2009, 12:31 AM
My wife is tiny and has small hands. Her two favorite pistols are a Ruger MKII with a 6" bull barrel and a CZ Kadet conversion kit for her CZ 75B 9mm. I thought the 6" Ruger would be muzzle heavy for her but she is very comfortable with it, and damn accurate.

But there can be surprises. I recently helped a young woman pick out a handgun at her father's request. They are a family of rifle shooters but no handguns. The girl is tiny: I doubt she weighs much over a hundred pounds and has small hands. After letting her try my arsenal we visited some guns shops for her to get the feel of a lot of different models. She ended up getting a Ruger GP100 with a 4" barrel. Using 38 specials, she is very comfortable with it.

Over the years I've taught several young women the basics of safety and gun handling. These were college age interns working in my wife's office and most would qualify as petite. I thought they would like the Single-Six or some other 22. They almost all preferred an old Taurus 431 in 44 special with a three inch barrel. (Wish I still had it.) It was a fairly heavy piece but there was something about the balance and grip that worked for them. You never can tell.

Have fun with the search. Time spent around guns is never wasted. And let us know what she ends up with.

Jeff

bryskee
August 22, 2009, 09:50 AM
I'm loving the suggestions! I can show her pictures of these types and she figures what she likes so when we DO go to the next gun show she'll have an idea of what to keep her eyes open for. I think I know a few who have a .38 she can try. Her main thing is recoil. She is not comfortable with that aspect of shooting yet so we're trying to start her small like the .22. I really appreciate all the suggestions! I showed her some pictures so she has an idea and she really likes the look of the Ruger MkII and some others listed here so when we go looking for one, she'll be asking about those to start to see how she likes the feel etc.

pleeds
August 22, 2009, 07:42 PM
After having my darlin' try the Colt Pony .380, Beretta Cheetah 85 in .380, S & W AirLite PD .38, Glock 26 9mm, Glock 19 9mm, Glock 30SF .45, and a Turus model 66, 4' barrel, in .357, she shocked me by preferring the Tarus .357 shooting .38 Specials. Goes to show you.....

wrs840
August 22, 2009, 07:47 PM
My wife really really likes a BHP and a S&W 5904.

Talk yours out of carrying it in her purse, if possible.

Les

1911fan
August 22, 2009, 08:12 PM
My wife, too, has small hands. She held my pistols and pronounced them heavy and awkward, so I didn't have much hope of her becoming a shooter.

One Thanksgiving, coming home from a family thing in Reno, we stopped by Sportsman's Warehouse. We ended up at the gun counter (Who'd'a thunk??) and I spotted a small Ruger revolver and asked the gun guy to see it. We checked it out for a few minutes then moved on.

When we finally got out to the car, she said, "Well, you've finally done it." Instant review of the weekend, what'd I do--not easy when alcohol is involved--then she continued, "You finally put a gun in my hand that I actually LIKE."

That gun was a Ruger Bearcat. They were not to be found at sportsman's through the Christmas season and into the new year. We finally decided to look for used and found an old model in the box at my favorite pawnbroker. A little cleaning and we had a beautiful (blue and walnut with brass triggerguard) little gun that she could handle. She loves to shoot it.

If you can find one of these, I highly suggest it. One thing about a single action, it probably won't go full auto on you!

ed

PT1911
August 22, 2009, 08:14 PM
always let her choose!!!

gidaeon
August 22, 2009, 08:27 PM
in .22 handgun for fun - Ruger mkii\iii, a browning Buckmark, or an colt woodsman are king. for more money s&w 41.

I like my ruger mkiii target bull barrel. Reasonable price, good gun built strong. My wife shoots it sometimes and took a class with it.

420Stainless
August 22, 2009, 08:33 PM
Let her start out with one that appeals to her so she'll be more inclined to want to learn everything about shooting it and caring for it. As she gains more knowledge about usage and tactics, she'll make more knowledgeable choices about the right gun(s) for her.

Ghost Walker
August 22, 2009, 09:58 PM
:rolleyes: I don't recommend semiautomatic pistols for lightly experienced users. My own wife carries a Ruger SP-101 with a 3" barrel and Hogue Monogrip.

It's in 357 magnum caliber which I have taught her to use well; but, if she hadn't had me to fall back on, I would have wanted her to start out with nice and mild 38 Special wadcutters.

My wife's one and only firearm -

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/9549/josnewrugerrc1.jpg

(All the rest are in my name! She, still, makes me clean it for her, though.) ;)

rightside
August 22, 2009, 10:50 PM
My wife has had three, Taurus JUNK did I say JUNK, ya JUNK, A Springfield Lt wt 9mm ultra compact. The ultra compact was too jumpy, kinda like others mentioned. Today she shoots A Sig Backwater Tactical and she has a smile on her face. Little guns, no matter what the (EXPERTS SAY) have lots of recoil, no weight. Just trying to tell it like it is. She can go to many shops but what do the experts know. Hey maybe I can be an expert. Not really life experience, from my wife.

doc2rn
August 23, 2009, 09:14 AM
I would recommend a S&W 9 shot .22lr airweight for everyday and a Ruger MKII for the range. If she is comfortable with .22lr go with it. Love mine, since I got my first with dad at 11, went in halves on a Ruger Standard. Still take it everywhere too, hmm must be a reason.
Also some .22lr can be picky on ammo. Try alot and find what shoots best. Mine likes the Federal match target 325 blk pack.

makarovnik
August 23, 2009, 09:37 AM
Kahr, Kel-Tec, compact 1911, J-frame

bigfatdave
August 23, 2009, 07:00 PM
I don't recommend semiautomatic pistols for lightly experienced users.Automatically assuming women can only handle a "simple revolver" is sort of condescending, isn't it?
At least you can see what is wrong with a semi-auto and fix it, if you get a (admittedly more frequent) malfunction.

wnycollector
August 24, 2009, 08:57 AM
Here is the chronology from my experience with my wife:
- go with wife to gunstore...SHE picks S&W 638, loved the lite weight.
- go to range with wife, HATED 638 recoil because of lite weight.
- husband picks up steel fame m36 so that hubby can have J frame also and wife can practice more with J frame. Wife like M36 much more...638 collects dust in safe.
- Wife try's out husbands Ruger Security Six snubbie...LOVES IT!!!
-Wife carries the Six whenever she can...husband needs to get another Six when he finds good deal!

My wife will occasionally shoot my SIG P6 (slim single stack grip!). She WILL not shot any of my other pistols. She prefers revolvers, calls them "idiot proof"...likes simple manuel of arms.

Ghost Walker
August 24, 2009, 10:04 AM
From: bigfatdave
Automatically assuming women can only handle a "simple revolver" is sort of condescending, isn't it? At least you can see what is wrong with a semi-auto and fix it, if you get a (admittedly more frequent) malfunction.

Now that would depend upon your individual point-of-view, wouldn't it, dave.







(I've spent a lot of my life on numerous firing lines and taught this stuff for a good many years, now. Frankly I'm inclined to trust my own experience and judgment rather than your opinion. But, hey, opinions are what make the world go around. So, please, don't let me interfere. Go right ahead and do whatever you want.) ;)

Marlin 45 carbine
August 24, 2009, 10:58 AM
if you know someone with a good .22LR revolver (or semi) that would let her plink w/it for a box or 2 of ammo? she may like that but decide for 'a little more power is better'. in which case a .32 or even .38spcl?
one of my (5) sisters is not really anti-gun but she's anti-ccw so to speak and when I talked her into busting water filled balloons tied to a tree limb with my Taurus 9-shot she got a real kick out of that.
shot all the balloons I had AAMOF.

CoRoMo
August 24, 2009, 12:38 PM
Let her rent/shoot whatever she can find appealing. My wife is on the hunt for a pistol too. I could give her all my thoughts and recommendations, but I know for a fact it won't work out well for her. We'll see what she decides on, but I'll make a guess that she'll pick the Taurus 941 or Glock 19.:o

bigfatdave
August 24, 2009, 01:41 PM
Now that would depend upon your individual point-of-view, wouldn't it, dave. Not MY opinion, the opinion of the potential female shooter. this same question gets asked far too often, and everyone posts up what THEY think a new female shooter will want, but does anyone ever take the lady to a rental range? Does anyone provide the lady with information to help HER make an informed choice?

Buying a first handgun for someone else without their input is dumb. Handgun preferences are so personal, and so hard to predict, that assuming that female=snub revolver is patently ridiculous.
If you buy anyone a handgun because you think they need one, generally it will be shoved into a dark corner and forgotten, because it doesn't fit the hand, and doesn't fit the defensive philosophy of the recipient.
I don't care if a bunch of first-time female shooters did OK with a revolver, did they go on to practice with it? Did they go on to get a CC permit? Or do they just shoot once to satisfy the jerk who got them the thing and then shove it in a drawer for the next 30 years?

Ghost Walker
August 24, 2009, 07:12 PM
:) Dave, take a moment to read what you wrote! Wow, talk about being egocentric! Where is your self-confidence? Whatever happened to: experience, judgment, and good old fashioned know how? I’ve selected handguns for many women. In fact several of them sought me out in order to ask for my help.

I don’t tell accountants how to do my taxes; I don’t tell carpenter’s how to replace my roof; however, I have told their wives what guns to buy. What happens to these handguns? Good question! Like learning how to: bowl, fish, or play canasta, they are used to attain a certain level of proficiency before they are either thrown into a large handbag, or placed somewhere near the bed.

(Yes, there are women in this world who won’t carry a handgun for an extended period-of-time unless they remain thoroughly good and scared by whatever their life circumstances happen to be; but, neither you nor I are going to change that; and, the psychology behind this, ‘sheepish’ behavior has absolutely nothing to do with whatever handgun they started out carrying.)

Perhaps you do, or would; but, I do not allow students to dictate to me. If I’m the teacher then we do things my way until such a time that sufficient proficiency is reached. After that the student is welcome to select any handgun he or she wants. When my job as an instructor is finished, I no longer offer input into what weapon should be used.

However, during the learning curve things will get done my way. (Which is, by the way, exactly what the NRA requires of me!) I don’t recommend or prefer to start out inexperienced shooters with semi-automatic pistols. I’m not saying I never have; but, given my druthers, I prefer not to. Neither have I ever had a student who shot himself or anyone else by accident.

You know what they say: ‘Opinions are like noses; everyone has one.’ You need to remember that some people will pay you good money in order to form an opinion on a subject about which they know next-to-nothing. Pink pistols, lightweight pistols, cute pistols, small pistols, or whatever might be attractive to a woman who is new to firearms. However, none of this means that; ‘I like this one’, or; ‘This has the best recoil’ are acceptable reasons for an inexperienced shooter to buy a certain handgun.

When you’re on someone else’s payroll, you give him (or her) the gun you want them to become familiar and proficient with, and drill them over and over in how to handle and fire it correctly. After about 500 to 1,000 rounds that person should be well, ‘anchored’ enough with that particular weapon to adequately defend himself with some real pizzazz. If handgun self-defense were really all about, ‘This is what I feel like using;’ can you imagine all the missing fingers and toes, or how full the morgues would be!

You’ve got to crawl before you walk. You’ve, also, got to trust those with more experience than you in a certain subject to take you where you want to go. After you get there the rest is up to you – NOT before.

Understand? :cool:

Sheepdog1968
August 24, 2009, 08:05 PM
We won't be buying a gun just because someone on a website tells us it is a good one for her but it's nice to have a direction to start. So far she likes my .22 but it's a bit heavy for her, although she had no problem firing a couple hundred rounds today. She's not fond of the glock 9mm because the recoil. Thanks for the suggestions.
It's good to know that the 9 mm recoil is too much for her. The last thing you want to do is to force her into something with too much recoil. Over time, people typically build up a tollerance to recoil and can slowly increase the caliber they shoot. Too many men force women to shoot something they don't like and then wonder why their wives won't go shooting with them.

I'd be tempeted to start with a .22 either as a pistol (Ruger Mk II or III; S&W revolver in .22) or a rifle (Ruger 10-22; lever action Henry). They are accurate, inexpensive and has almost no recoil.

Another possibility would be a Rem 700 bolt action rifle in .223 caliber.

There are lots of good choices and your approach to trying them is a great idea.

trailblazer
August 24, 2009, 09:19 PM
a lot of good suggestions here, i recommend letting her try a Bersa .380. although, i don't know if a range would have one to rent.
they are extremely easy to shoot, low recoil, very accurate, lifetime warranty & if there is a problem, Colorado Gunworks will have it back to you in about a week.
my daughter-in-law loves her Duo-Tone, $250.00 at gander mtn.

cchris
August 25, 2009, 01:08 AM
My stepdad gave my mother a Ruger MkIII shortly after they got married. After we took her to the range and let her shoot it, she loved it, so he told her "it's yours now." Out of the SIG and S&W 9mm's, XD40, and Para .45, the .22 was her favorite. But she had to shoot all to decide that. About the best comparison that I can give you, as I'm 22 and don't plan on getting married anytime soon.

chris in va
August 25, 2009, 01:24 AM
My friend is still waiting for her KY permit. But she pretty much 'confiscated' my KelTec P11 for nightstand/SD duty...until I got my Kahr K9 which she likes more, but isn't getting.:p

Know what her favorite is? My Sig 220 .45. "I like the kick and the big bullet. It puts big holes in things.":rolleyes:

So don't ass-u-me she'll like a little 380 or something. My old all-steel J frame is her least favorite.

Sport45
August 25, 2009, 03:25 AM
Okay, here's what you do.

Go to your favorite gun shop and look at everything there. Find the one that YOU like the best and buy it.

Take it home and give it to your sweetie and tell her you got it just for her. After one trip to the range she'll hand it to you and tell you to keep the thing and she'll pick out her own, thank you.

Take her to the gun shop and let her handle all that she likes and pick out her own and buy it.

There. Now you're both happy!

Blakenzy
August 25, 2009, 06:20 AM
"The lowest recoiling, most accurate handgun that fits her hand". Low recoiling to make the shooting as pleasant as possible, accurate to reward her for effort made to aim correctly. That would be my first answer, but there are other things to consider;

Recoil sensitive.. or not?
First you have to find out what her "unpleasantness" threshold is considering blast and recoil. Forcing someone to endure what he/she considers too much BOOM! will turn them off very fast.

What purpose does she expect the gun to serve?
Target shooting, general purpose-all around firearm, CCW, hunting... you have to think about what role it will be serving most of the time.

If self defense is a very low priority, go with a large frame .22LR (EVERYBODY has fun with a .22). S&W 617, Ruger Mk IIs, Browning Buckmark, or .22 conversion kits for large bore guns(1911 Ceiner, Kadet CZ75) are good too.

A gun that I think deserves special mention is the Beretta model 70 in .32ACP as the most pleasant centerfire gun I have shot. It has minimal recoil, has very good accuracy, the grip is very lean and comfy for small hands, and it looks quite sleek and attractive if you ask me. It is better suited than a .22 as general purpose carry/range gun, hardly adding any more recoil and blast. http://media.photobucket.com/image/beretta%20model%2070/jriler/Beretta70S_Metalife_1.jpg

If self defense is a primary role for the gun and she is not intimidated by considerable recoil go with a service caliber(9x19mm and up) handgun that she likes and fits her well.

murdoc rose
August 25, 2009, 07:19 AM
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=137604797

Pilot
August 25, 2009, 07:28 AM
Ruger MK II Target or 22/45 Target. Try to find one with the 4 inch bull barrel as that is a little handier but still very accurate. Browning Buckmark is another great choice.

If she likes revolvers a Ruger Bearcat or Single Six would be my choice. I prefer the Single Six due to its larger size and adjustable sights.

BCRider
August 25, 2009, 05:27 PM
.....So far she likes my .22 but it's a bit heavy for her, although she had no problem firing a couple hundred rounds today. She's not fond of the glock 9mm because the recoil......

Sorry but I didn't seen anywhere where you said which .22 you have now. That would help.

The all steel pistols like the Ruger and Buckmark tend to be a little heavy in the hand but the recoil is lessened by this mass. Lighter semi auto pistols like the S&W 22A, the discontinued 422 and the early Colt Woodsman are quite a bit lighter but because of that the recoil is slightly increased. But the recoil is still nothing at all like you'd get with even the smaller center fire options. I selected a sweet used 422 because I LIKE the little bit of extra recoil. But it's backfiring on me now that I'm using this pistol in some Speed Steel shooting matches. The guy with the big heavy long barrel Buckmark is beating me handily. I got to shoot his gun after a match and my own times went down too. Not to his level but definetly the heavier gun is easier to put onto the next target more quickly. BUT... it is a lot heavier. Anyhow if she wants a lighter gun I suggest you find a S&W22A for her to look at or if you can buy a 422 in nice condition. Or the regular Ruger Mark II or III with aftermarket skinny grips may well do the trick.

Keep in mind that a lot of the semi auto grips tend to be pretty wide because of the room needed for the magazine and often the mainspring. If she has small hands some of the revolvers would be nicer in that regard. Rugers tend to be slightly better in that regard and the 22/45 has been complained about because the grip width is rather flat for big hands. But they may well fit your wife quite well.

Small revolvers are around and again they are lighter so there's a touch more felt recoil but it's still nothing compared to the 9mm kick. Ruger options are the Bearcat and Single Six. Both are single action cowboy style guns that load and unload one chamber at a time through a side gate. That can slow things down but a hoard of folks love theirs. The hand grip is fairly small on both. S&W options are numerous. One I've shot that I loved is the old model 34 Kit Gun with a 4 inch barrel. Small grips, light but pleasingly accurate. This is the J frame size so other grips to suit are also available. Next up the line is the Model 63. For smaller hands I'd recomend the round butt style grip. It'll likely fit her better and provide more support. They came in a variety of barrel lengths and the current version is 5 inches. Long enough for a nice sight line length but not so long that it feels barrel heavy. The current version is an 8 shot model while earlier verions were 6 shot. A lot of folks will recomend the 617 but it's a heavy gun. 41 oz for the 617 to 29 for the 63. If she wants a lighter gun then the 617 won't be the way to go even though it's a great shooting iron.

JoelSteinbach
August 25, 2009, 06:02 PM
my wife carries a S & W 442 in her special purse, its always ready if she needs it.

Juggaloninja
August 25, 2009, 06:13 PM
im a pretty small guy and i recently purchased a 32 beretta tomcat its alittle on the heavy side for its size but i can hardly feel the recoil. so its almost perfect for me. holds 7 rouns in the clip and one in the chamber. and ive never heard of or had any problems with jamming (i love the break barrel) all and all i think it would be a great gun for her but of course its ultimately her choice. downside, small caliber, and ammunition can be a bit pricy (remington FMJ were 26.99 for a box of 50)

2aHawaii
August 25, 2009, 07:20 PM
For a self defense gun, I would have her try a 1911. My mother is a fan of that and a .22 revolver but doesn't like 9mm or .40.

My wife on the other hand likes the Ruger MkII.

hso
August 25, 2009, 08:13 PM
"Let her decide" can be reinterpreted to mean that she needs to find out what fits her hand and then decide what to shoot.

A gun that points naturally for her that has the grip angle that matches her will allow her to shoot more accurately and more comfortably. That translates to more enjoyment and greater likelihood that she'll want to shoot and become better at it.

Show her corneredcat.com and specifically the "how to fit" part then make a trip to a rental range. You may find that she fits a 1911 and that she's comfortable shooting .45. If .45 is too pushy for her she might enjoy a .40 or 9. If the 1911 doesn't point for her a slim BHP or CZ75 might have the grip angle and reach to trigger that she enjoys. Perhaps a smaller frame revolver works. The challenge is that she has to handle the guns and point them to see what points naturally for her and then let her try it out.

rklessdriver
August 27, 2009, 02:53 PM
Mine likes her Ruger MKII, Ruger 50th Anny Blackhawk, Smith Model 15-7, and my Smith 22A.

I started her out on a Walther P22, she like it fine and it did good for her - but once she shot a Ruger MKII the Walther was sold and the funds went to get her that MKII she now loves.

Will

Fishman777
August 29, 2009, 11:05 PM
I agree with what has been said about starting new shooters on revolvers for personal defense.

It is not a sexist thing at all. I would recommend *any* person, regardless of their sex, to start out with centerfire DA revolver as a defense weapon. They are safe, they are reliable, they are easy to shoot, they are easy to maintain. I just wouldn't get some little ultra light weight model. I would get a steel revolver, with a little heft to it.

Auotloaders are great as long as they don't malfunction. If an autoloader malfunctions, a novice shooter might not have the presence of mind to properly handle the malfunction in a life and death situation. Heck, I watched someone limp wrist one of the more popular brands polymer pistols a few years ago. It took this guy almost a minute to figure out how to clear the malfunction. If that guy would have been in a life or death situation, they'd have been killed...

All guns can malfunction, but a well maintained, quality revolver will have a lot fewer hiccups than any make or model of autoloader.

If a person takes shooting very seriously, they can certainly learn on an autoloader, but casual shooters are better off with a revolver, regardless of whether their sexual organs are on the inside or the outside.

skoro
August 29, 2009, 11:14 PM
I've introduced a number of women to handguns. I've had them shoot 9mm, 45acp, 380acp but they seem to balk at autos. Racking the slide is more difficult for them than most guys realize. It's been my experience that all of them really like S&W k-frame 38Spl revolvers.

tju1973
August 29, 2009, 11:31 PM
I bought my wife this 2 years ago for Valentines Day..

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e70/tju1973/IMG_0095.jpg

SHe likes it-- I may get her a Pink Remi 870 (20Ga) for xmas-- she is short, so the LOP should be perfect..

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