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Handgun for my Mom

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by PSYCHOBILLY, Aug 12, 2009.


    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

    My Dad just died last month and she lives in nothern Az all by her self and is worried about home defense. I loaned her one of my rifles for the mean time. I was thinking the new Ruger LCP but she hasnt been shooting in a long time. So I was maybe thinking a 9mm. Maybe a S&W M&P. Any sugestions?:confused:

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    A 38 spl 4" revolver Many different loads soft to hot also simple to operate and load Been defending homes for a long time Autos are not for every one neither are shot guns

    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

    Yeah but I worried about her aim. Thats why I thought a auto.

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    Depends on your Mom. Can she rack the slide of a semi auto w/o trouble? +1 on a 4" .38.

    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

    I'm not shure. I have .45acp's and she is afraid to shoot them. Maybe when she comes down for my b-day sunday I see if she can rack mine. Good point.
  6. Ghost Tracker

    Ghost Tracker Well-Known Member

    Ruger LCP is pretty small. If it's HOME defense then conceilability isn't really a priority. I would look at a M&P, SR9 or G19 (9mm) before I went tiny (.380). How's her hand strength? I replaced my Mom's HD Ruger 9mm autoloader with a S&W M10 .38 revolver because she was having trouble racking the slide. Seems easier, simpler, safer(?) & SHE'S happier (most important part)!
  7. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Well-Known Member

    Take your mom shooting, and let her try out as many different guns as possible. There is nothing we here can do without knowing her, and even then, it comes down to what she is comfortable with.
  8. bang_bang

    bang_bang Well-Known Member

    My mom didn't shoot a gun in probably 30+ years, until a few years ago. But, go figure, she smacked the target 9 out of 10 times at a considerable distance with her Kel-Tec P11.

    Really though, just take her out and work with her. Put some lead downrange, let her get the feel for shooting.
  9. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    My mother has arthritis and carries a 642 that she hates because of the painful recoil. She wants a tiny gun that doesn't kick, but wants it to be a man-stopper, and DA revolver simple. Go figure. I think she'll only be happy with a Taurus 941.

    If you're mom has arthritis, you're in between a rock & a hard place.
  10. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    You AND your mom need to read The Cornered Cat - SHE needs to determine what will be the most comfortable and easiest for her - it may not even be a handgun - she might find a rifle or shotgun more to her liking. Whatever SHE chooses, she needs to practice with it

    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

    No arthritis.
  12. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    sounds like a fair trade...


    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

    real funny wise guy.
  14. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I agree. :)

    PSYCHOBILLY Active Member

  16. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    In my experience with introducing women to handguns, They've all loved the 4" S&W Model 10 in 38+P. They found it easy to shoot accurately and the recoil wasn't bothersome.

    They've all balked at 9mm and 45acp autos, mostly because of problems with racking the slide and fumbling with safeties. Some objected to the 45's recoil, too.

    The 38 revolver is just plain easy to shoot well.

    Just my $.02
  17. Bass Killer

    Bass Killer Well-Known Member

  18. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Ruger LCR. I've shot one. It's very pleasant to shoot. Even I was amazed at how comfortable it was. Blows the old S&W J-Frame out of the water, I'll say that much.
  19. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Ditto on the full size (not J frame size) .38 special like the S&W 686, Ruger GP-100 or similar. Easy to handle, easy to aim, lower recoil. Perfect for home defense.
  20. Wolf5013

    Wolf5013 New Member

    My wife (60+yo) has problems with the slides on my semi-autos. She handles and shoots my Ruger Police Service Six better than I when loaded with .38Spl's and not too bad with .357 mags (just not as many rounds). Just let her test and deside, she'll be happier and shoot more often. :)

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