9mm suggestions for girlfriends first gun


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Rmiller31
June 6, 2011, 01:16 AM
She's taken to shooting with me and decided she wants her own gun. She doesn't like the grip of a 1911 and glocks or my gp100.

She has decided on 9mm as her caliber of choice. I took her to a local store today where shE could handle several models I don't have to find something more comfortable for that she liked. She tried a glock, m&p, xd9 and a sr9.

She liked the sr9c the best because it fit her hand and felt natural according to her. I don't have a sr9 so I'm going to rent one at the range so she can shoot it and see if she likes it.

My question is are there any other smaller framed 9mm I could suggest her to try?

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ugaarguy
June 6, 2011, 01:31 AM
Springfield EMP (really scaled down 1911 in 9mm) if you wanna spend the big bucks.

S&W 39xx series aluminum or steel frame - discontinued, harder to find, but good values when you do.

Browning Hi-Power - the first Hi Cap 9mm in the world, and still slim by today's standards.

Single stack polymer 9mms - Kel Tec PF9, Kahr P9 / CW9, Ruger LC9.

I'm sure there are others I didn't mention.

918v
June 6, 2011, 01:55 AM
A Sig P210 with Nill grips will definitely please yo woman.

gohogs93
June 6, 2011, 01:56 AM
you could try a Sig p239

Mizar
June 6, 2011, 02:04 AM
Sig-Sauer P239 has very slim grip and pleasant recoil in 9x19.

Boris

HK Jake
June 6, 2011, 02:20 AM
HK P2000 and P2000 SK are both small statured 9x19s. The USP Compact is also a bit smaller.

Shadow 7D
June 6, 2011, 02:34 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=564531

Yeah, here's a suggestion
Get her professional instruction
Take her to a range that rents guns
buy what she tells you to...

ugaarguy
June 6, 2011, 02:43 AM
Shadow, he's letting her pick the gun, and trying to find a rental of the gun she likes best thus far. He's just looking for suggestions of other guns she should look at.

Rmiller31
June 6, 2011, 03:14 AM
Yup, the gun choice is all hers. As far as instruction the girl has better form then I do and can usually keep 8-10 shots in the 8 ring at 10 yards. This gun is for range shooting and plinking in the country. If she decides she wants her ccw I will suggest more classes for her. She has grown up in the country around guns her whole life so she isn't new to firearms just handgun shooting.

She wants something more fit for her instead of just using my guns. I wouldn't attempt to pick out her gun. I just want to make sure she has some good options.

Trying to keep it under the 500$ mark. I will look into the sigs. The shop/range we were at today didn't have any she could try.

Some very good suggestions. I'll check some more local shops here and see what options are around locally.

Thanks all!

Shadow 7D
June 6, 2011, 04:16 AM
Gun store, let her handle every gun in there
just keep an eye on the counter jocky, Never know what he'll try to steer her to.
consider .22 for plinking, much less expensive.

memphisjim
June 6, 2011, 04:20 AM
kahr probably has smallest grip

Nushif
June 6, 2011, 04:22 AM
The problem with "I just want to make sure [anything]" is that essentially you're prescreening. Whether you intend to or not.
"Buy anything you want, but not a [something]" is the next logical step and from there it's just one little leap to "Buy this!" because there is nothing left you haven't prescreened.
You may not intend to pick her gun, but you are. Even if you're only eliminating a few options. When I took my little grubby fingers out of my wife's gun choices she became a much happier and much more avid shooter. Meaning we both shoot more. Please, do yourself the favor and take a few steps back and let her take ownership of this. She's a big girl, otherwise I like to think you wouldn't like her.

Jed Carter
June 6, 2011, 06:11 AM
SIG P239 one of the best single stack pistols still being made, unbelievable shooter, reliable. My first SIG, I now have 6. Step aside, let her choose, but she should try the P239...

Freiwillige
June 6, 2011, 06:39 AM
CZ-75b

Mainsail
June 6, 2011, 12:46 PM
Girlfriends? I suppose if they have no problem sharing you they should have no problem sharing a handgun. :uhoh:

Unless you meant girlfriend's first gun. ;)

Anyway, I'll second the Sig P239 suggestion.

BTW, where are you!? I could suggest a great gun shop in WA that would offer helpful advice without the opinions and editorials.

Glockeroo
June 6, 2011, 12:47 PM
Glock 26. Glock 19 if she doesn't mind the slightly larger size.

Rmiller31
June 6, 2011, 01:12 PM
The shop didn't have a glock 26 for her to try but she did try the 19 and wasn't a fan of the grip. I personally love the glock 19 and the way it points but she said it was a bit to thick for her.

Nushif its entirely possible I might sway her and not even realize it. I'm trying to take a back seat I just want to make sure whatever her decision it's a quality gun.

I'm in Missouri btw. We have several decent shops here. Also it's just 1 girlfriend. I'm not sure I could afford two. Don't have the time or money :)

DoomGoober
June 7, 2011, 06:12 PM
The Sig SP2022 is moderately priced and I hear it's a pretty good shooter -- it's a Sig, but you save cost (and weight) on a polymer frame.

I've taught a dozen or so of my women friends how to shoot -- their biggest problem is that many can't hold their arms up for the the time it takes to shoot 15 rounds slow fire. (Actually some of my guy friends have the same problem.) If your girlfriend has strong arms, it won't be a problem, but if not weight should also be a consideration.

Peter M. Eick
June 7, 2011, 07:13 PM
Sig 210.

Every woman that has fired one of mine has really liked it. Big heavy single stack 9mm with little recoil and great accuracy.

OldCavSoldier
June 7, 2011, 07:59 PM
+1 on the SIG P239

CDW4ME
June 8, 2011, 09:21 AM
My wife absolutely loves her Kahr P9; the main reason she likes it is the grip.

Mainsail
June 8, 2011, 04:54 PM
My wife absolutely loves her Kahr P9; the main reason she likes it is the grip.

I took an old GF shooting at a range that has rentals, and she liked the Kahr a lot, except the magazine with the pinky extension pinched her finger. The regular magazine was no problem. Has your wife experienced this?

ohwell
June 8, 2011, 06:30 PM
She liked the sr9c the best because it fit her hand and felt natural according to her
Sounds like she already found what she likes and they are great little gun I like mine.

Effigy
June 8, 2011, 07:07 PM
+1 for SIG P239. The single stack should be a good fit if she has smaller hands, but the gun is large enough that it will be pleasant to shoot. It's small enough to use for CCW if she wants, although certainly not the smallest option. I wouldn't buy a really tiny 9mm for a new shooter though, as they're really not a lot of fun to shoot. Micro compacts are all business, not pleasure.

wally
June 8, 2011, 07:33 PM
My wife likes the feel of the Kahr CW9, but the recoil is too much for her to shoot but a few mags worth per session.

But with my RIA 9mm 1911 she easily shoots up all the ammo I bring! I'd add this to the list of ones to try, even though she seems to have dismissed it from the grip without shooting it. Its in your price range too!

Shooting is the only way to really tell. Glocks feel fine to me but I can't shot them worth beans (up until the Gen 4), the Beretta 92 doesn't feel very good to my hand but I sure shoot it well. But the 1911 is my #1 for the crisp trigger nothing else can match.

TH3180
June 8, 2011, 08:20 PM
Was the GLOCK a Gen3 or Gen4. My wife hates my old Gen3, she claims the Gen4 as hers. She likes it with no back strap.
Just a thought.

KodiakBeer
June 8, 2011, 08:46 PM
If you really love her, buy a Browning Hi Power. If not, then buy her some plastic gun.

NG VI
June 8, 2011, 09:04 PM
Well see if any of the shops have an FNP-9 or -9M she can try on, they are excellent pistols and have a very nice grip to them. Not large either, given what they are.

zxcvbob
June 8, 2011, 09:09 PM
Browning Hi-Power (or Argentina FM Hi-Power, just as good a gun except for the finish) , or any single-stack 9 as long as it isn't too light.

You know you're just picking out a few contenders and she gets to pick the one she likes, right?

CDW4ME
June 9, 2011, 08:50 AM
I took an old GF shooting at a range that has rentals, and she liked the Kahr a lot, except the magazine with the pinky extension pinched her finger. The regular magazine was no problem. Has your wife experienced this?
My wife has not complained of pinky pinch with the magazine base of the P9
She has shot the Glock 19 and Glock 26; they are okay to her, but the P9 is her absolute favorite.

vaherder
June 9, 2011, 11:11 AM
Walther P99AS, P99C, PPQ and PPS.

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