My wife likes the Glock 26 but.....


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The smiling swordsman
June 7, 2012, 10:20 AM
It's too big for her hand. We need something with a shorter trigger reach. I'm thinking she should try the LC9, Nano, Shield and then look at some 380s. She is wanting something that she can conceal in her purse. I know that's not ideal but I am just glad that she wants a gun at all. What else should we look at? Do any of you have hands that are too small for an G26 and if so, what do you carry?

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skt239
June 7, 2012, 02:24 PM
These days there are a whole slew of options but the problem is shoot-ability. Seems like the Shield is a good place to start. It's thinner but still retains a good amount of weight. The LC9 has a long trigger pull and can be quite snappy. If you can, rent or find someone who has guns she is interested in. No better way then to try before you buy. Good luck.

smalls
June 7, 2012, 02:38 PM
My wife thought she'd like a Glock, until she held one. It was way to big, and square for her hands. She picked up an M&P and fell in love. Have her try one, and a shield.

ForumSurfer
June 7, 2012, 02:41 PM
I agree that the shield would be a good start. I found the m&p 9c to be just as "thick" in the grip as a 26, and honestly it felt like a cross between my g19 and my g26 size wise.

I like the LC9, also. I'm also a fan of the kahr cw9. Any of those are worth a test drive before you buy them.

The 26 is my choice out of all of them since it fits my hand well and it carries extremely well for me in appendix carry.

Texan Scott
June 7, 2012, 02:42 PM
try a kahr k-9

hentown
June 7, 2012, 03:00 PM
OP's wife must have really small hands. My daughter loves her G26. I don't think I've ever seen another account of somebody's saying that the G26 was too big to shoot...maybe for pocket carry...but not to shoot.

Ben86
June 7, 2012, 03:29 PM
I tried to get my wife to like a Glock 26. It didn't work. Once she found a S&W M&P9C she found her carry gun. She shoots it great and it's been 100% reliable so I'm not complaining.

If that's too big try the S&W M&P shield. It's like a thinner, smaller M&P9C.

You might want to check out the Kahr lineup too.

marb4
June 7, 2012, 03:45 PM
I recently aquired a Kahr CM9. Not going to get much smaller in 9mm. Very small thin grips. Paid under $400 for mine shipped. 600 rounds and counting with no problems.

YJake
June 7, 2012, 03:48 PM
Walther PPS in 9mm.

Slim, glock style trigger safety, ambi mag release, mag slection of 6, 7, or 8 rounds, and very easy to carry.

-Jake

The smiling swordsman
June 7, 2012, 03:51 PM
OP's wife must have really small hands.

You know the really small college cheerleaders that get thrown up in the air. She was one of those. 5'1" 105 lbs.

We went by Academy to look at firearms today. She thinks she wants an LCP but I am going to borrow one from one of friends for her to try out first. I'm not sure that she'll like it.

plouffedaddy
June 7, 2012, 04:52 PM
My sister in law has almost dwarf-like small hands. The only 9mm handgun she could properly reach the trigger on was the Shield. The Kahr CM9 was do-able, but not ideal.

toivo
June 7, 2012, 05:53 PM
Try the Nano. I haven't fired one, but I handled one in a store. It seemed very "grippable."

Texan Scott
June 7, 2012, 05:59 PM
My wife has a similar problem ... and she's not small, she's nearly 6 feet tall, and built like a German-Irish redhead should be, with an attitude to match. Her hands are big enough to FIRE a glock, but not quite long enough to reach the mag release with the thumb of her dominant hand, requiring her to rotate the gun in her grip to drop a mag. Because of this, she opts for guns that fit her hand better (as I have since opted for guns that fit my hands better, for different reasons). Glock grip frames are kind of a one- size- fits- most proposition.

777TRUTH
June 7, 2012, 06:38 PM
Another vote for the Kahr's and Walther's

Also the CZ 2075 Rami. 9mm, 10 rounds. Not a bad option if it works for her

momano
June 7, 2012, 06:44 PM
I have small hands for a man. Make sure the G26 that she tried was Gen 4- I think it is smaller than previous generations -without the back-straps. The M&P 9c has the medium back-straps on in the box- switch those out for the smaller size when she tries it out. I think the size on the LCP will agree with her- the Hogue grip will probably make it feel even better for her. Good luck!

Teachu2
June 7, 2012, 07:51 PM
I tried to get my wife to like a Glock 26. It didn't work. Once she found a S&W M&P9C she found her carry gun. She shoots it great and it's been 100% reliable so I'm not complaining.

If that's too big try the S&W M&P shield. It's like a thinner, smaller M&P9C.

You might want to check out the Kahr lineup too.


Similar experience here. My wife wanted a LC9, it felt good in her hands. Got one - she fired three shots and put it down - too much perceived recoil. She tried a G19, M&P 9 and 9c, and XD full size and compact. The M&P 9C was by far the most comfortable to shoot. Took ma while to get one, but she's very happy with it.

The Shield is not available to non-LEOs in CA.

dprice3844444
June 7, 2012, 07:55 PM
texan,get the extended mag catch and slide stop

Woody3
June 7, 2012, 07:57 PM
Springfield EMP in 9mm. My wife loves it. A little pricey but you can't put a price tag on your wife's life.

Edit to add: Sharp Shooters in Lubbock TX has 3 in stock.

Woody3


Keep your head low and your powder dry.

khegglie
June 7, 2012, 09:04 PM
check the Beretta forum on the Nano before you consider it. I went with the Shield and couldn't be happier.

pistolero_loco
June 7, 2012, 09:10 PM
I personally like autos in 9mm, and I don't like the super short grips, therefore I think the M&P Shield is ideal. Ruger LC9 (with pinkie extension) and Walther PPS are also good choices; and the Nano is worth checking out. That being said perhaps she would like an airweight revolver (S&W or Ruger)?

Tcruse
June 7, 2012, 11:55 PM
The Gen 4 Glock 26 is smaller than Gen 3.

Texan Scott
June 8, 2012, 12:06 AM
might've worked for HER... but i had trouble using the glock for other reasons... i had to file all the corners and edges on my glock's standard mag atch b/c it was putting holes in the tip of my trigger finger (my trigger finger wraps all the way around, through the finger guard, and rests on the mag button, which is pointy.) Plus, I needed more palm swell to fill out the massive hollow in my palm. The hogue rubber thingy only helps so much. Bottom line, neither of us felt the gun fit our hands well. AND, this is the point! If the lady has the OPTION of getting a gun she PREFERS instead of modifying to make do, or just dealing with the problem, she should get one that gives her a fit she likes.

Johannes_Paulsen
June 8, 2012, 12:07 AM
Have her try a 1911. In 9mm, if .45ACP is too much recoil (though the 1911s absorb the recoil quite well.)

Failing that, a Kahr is also nice and slim...but the 1911 trigger is better.

Loosedhorse
June 8, 2012, 12:12 AM
Walther PPS in 9mm.+1. Just bought my second one. Next to the HK P7, it is the most favored semi pistol among my female students.

Ben86
June 8, 2012, 12:48 AM
We went by Academy to look at firearms today. She thinks she wants an LCP but I am going to borrow one from one of friends for her to try out first. I'm not sure that she'll like it.

I think once she shoots one she'll change her mind. And with all the great, easily shootable micro 9mms out there now I see no point in getting a Ruger LCP unless you want a super deep concealment gun. They aren't fun to shoot.

The Shield is not available to non-LEOs in CA.

That blows. Let me guess, it lacks some sort of required safety or something? Aren't you glad that they know what guns are safe and are not safe for you? ;)

JEB
June 8, 2012, 01:14 AM
sig 938 might be a good option if you can find one. or go with the p-238 if you want to go the .380 route.

jfrey
June 8, 2012, 01:15 AM
She won't like the LCP once she shoots one. Believe me, I have 2 of them. My suggestion would be the Kahr CW9. Good little gun, big enough to shoot, small enough to conceal. I'm thinking seriously about the Shield for myself too. Feels good in the hand and reviews are good for such a new gun. The other compact versions of the regular pistols just don't do much for me. My daughter in law and my other son's girlfriend have small hands and they both prefer my G19 or my Commander 1911 to anything else. They both actually prefer the G19 over the 1911 due to reduced recoil. The G26 is just too small in the grip for any of us.
Check out the Walther PPS before you buy. Pricey but a good pistol.

NG VI
June 8, 2012, 01:36 AM
I didn't think I liked my 27 until I put a few boxes through it.

Then I realized that what I thought was a poor fit was actually just the layout of the gun. That fat hump on the backstrap really forces your hand to go to the right place, and keeps the gun locked right into your palm. They shoot way better than they should, mine shocked me every time I took it out.

A 26 would have been a better choice though. 9mm is just fine, definitely the ideal defensive pistol caliber.

danez71
June 8, 2012, 01:44 AM
The biggest reason I bought the MP9c over the G26 was because it has a shorter trigger reach.

I have short fingers and the trigger dingle on the G26 made it even worse for me on the initial grab/grip.

Nushif
June 8, 2012, 06:21 AM
Her hands are big enough to FIRE a glock, but not quite long enough to reach the mag release with the thumb of her dominant hand, requiring her to rotate the gun in her grip to drop a mag.

I know very few people personally who can do that with their guns. No clue why people make such a big deal out of that one. 8)

Sgt_R
June 8, 2012, 09:58 AM
Gen 4 Glock. The grip is a bit slimmer than the Gen 3 models.

S&W M&P or S&W Shield.

Anything made by Kahr.

R

Robbins290
June 8, 2012, 02:09 PM
have her hold a p238/938. my wife loves hers. the best bet would be to have her handle them till she liked one. thas how she got hers. tried alot of them too. each hand is differnt

The_Armed_Therapist
June 8, 2012, 02:25 PM
I'll bet several of the Kahrs would fit her better... Maybe the P9/CW9. If you want higher capacity, check out the Taurus PT111 9mm. The CW9 and PT111 can be bought new for under $400 in most places.

autospike
June 8, 2012, 02:29 PM
PPS
Shield
Kahr PM9

I'm a little guy and have small hands. I can make a Glock work, but they don't really fit me at all. The trigger reach on my Gen 4 with no backstrap is still not a good fit.

The PM9 fits me fine, but I'm not thrilled with the trigger and I've had issues making them run in the past.
The PPS fits like a glove, but is a bit larger than the PM9
The Shield (which I haven't shot but have handled) feels good and I believe you will have cheaper and more readily available accessories (mags, sights, & holsters).

Is she / how is she - going to carry?

Tinker
June 8, 2012, 04:04 PM
My wife loves the G23 she stole from me, but we recently went gun browsing and two pistols she really liked te feel of were the MP Shield and some little single stack Sig (forgot the model).

The Sig is not an option because of the price tag, but we are currently saving fun money for a Shield. She just liked the thinner grip and shorter trigger reach. I like the Shield too because it will once again allow me to have a G23 again. :)

gym
June 8, 2012, 04:30 PM
I have or had several of the guns mentioned. I like the LC9 for one reason, It can be pocket carried.The others can be forced into that role but not without compromise. I had an lcp, but after 2 years I woke up and decided my old philosophy of "why carry a 380, if you can fit a 9mm" in the same place. I tried the shield, nano, sig, and my 26. They are all too big bulky or thick. the LC9 may not be the finest weapon out there but it does fire every time and it is accurate at 25 feet. With the laser that came on mine it fits in any of my pants front pocket with a "sticky" holster. These holsters are the best thing since sliced bread, inexpensive enough to get one for every carry gun, and the stay where you put them, "thus the sticky" I can move holster and gun to mid waist when driving, and there it stays until I re-pocket it.
I almost got the shield, it's a nicer gun, but 3 of us in the store all agreed it's too darn big to pocket carry, and if I wanted another iwb, I would get another type of steel gun. Or just use my Glock 26 or 30. Most of us have a half dozen of these small 9mm to 45 caliber mini guns as it is. The LC9 will pocket carry best, and will fire every time I have pulled the sloppy trigger,so it works for that.
Also I just sent for a pair of these "CCW Breakaway" pants in the cargo style. They have 2 holsters built into the pockets, that are adjustable vertically and laterally. They will fit a fullsize 1911, to a 380 lcp. Nice folks he was an engineer. I have read good things about them, they make a cargo, a dress kackie, and jeans in blue denim. Also they make all the same in shorts. So for about $100.00 plus the little nylon extra piece I ordered to go between the holster and inside pant leg, you have a nice pair of pants with 2 holsters, one for your gun and one for your mags. The extra cargo pocket can take your wallet keys glasses etc, So google them and I'll let you know when I get mine.

The smiling swordsman
June 8, 2012, 04:46 PM
Is she / how is she going to carry?

Right now she just wants an in the purse take to work and back gun. She is the pharmacist in a small town, and wants to have something on her just in case someone comes around looking to feed a drug addiction.

oneounceload
June 8, 2012, 06:57 PM
Friend's wife likes the Springfield XDM 3.8 with the adjustable backstraps

NG VI
June 8, 2012, 10:35 PM
Quote:
Her hands are big enough to FIRE a glock, but not quite long enough to reach the mag release with the thumb of her dominant hand, requiring her to rotate the gun in her grip to drop a mag.
I know very few people personally who can do that with their guns. No clue why people make such a big deal out of that one. 8)


I didn't read that bit. I agree with Nushif, I have medium male hands, pretty much totally ordinary proportions, maybe a hair longer fingers than average, and I can't drop the mag on nearly any pistol without adjusting my grip. If changing grip to reload is a deal breaker, then the only pistols I can think of that she would approve of are the HK/Walther style paddle releases that are best depressed with the trigger finger. I love those.

It's not like she'll be keeping the pistol on target through the whole mag change anyway, really she should be dropping behind the counter, focusing on making that reload happen fast, and then if need be return to firing at whoever. Out here it would be someone after opiate painkillers. Most of our addicts just go roofing, landscaping, or digging though. Actually that's how most of them get hooked in the first place, backbreaking cash-business manual labor.

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