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Help me pick a 'better' handgun for my wife

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ngnrd, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. kbbailey

    kbbailey New Member

    Mrs kb likes my sp101 with 38spl's.
  2. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Active Member

    I originally wanted a Defender in 9mm. I will check the next time I am at the range to see if I can rent a small 9mm 1911 and compare it against my Defender. I will also second oneounceload's recommendation of a P7 if that is within your price range. I love mine and can recommend a great holster maker that specializes in P7 holsters.
  3. ngnrd

    ngnrd New Member

    I wish we had any shops up here that rented handguns. But, the last one I know of closed their doors years ago. ... Makes this kind of search a bit difficult. I basically have to find someone I know that has one I can borrow. Or I have to buy it, try it, and then sell it if I don't like it (like the aforementioned Bersa). It sucks...
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    WHO? And does he make LH versions?
  5. Esoxchaser

    Esoxchaser New Member

    My wife is a very experienced shooter. Once she shot a P238 it was all over. She loves that pistol like no other, and she has some really nice ones, but the 238 is "the one". It's her constant companion, and she shoots it very, very well. With the modern loadings I am not at all concerned about her being under powered (she uses Critical defense and PowrBall)...
  6. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Active Member

    Heck yeah he does! I happen to also be left-handed and found him after an exhaustive search. I will add that I am in no way employed by or renumerated by him. The website is http://garritysgunleather.com/. I bought the Triskel, which can be worn IWB, OWB or can be used as a "tuckable". It costs $115 but I feel that it was worth the money.

    End threadjack.
  7. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

  8. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 New Member

    my wife reallly like how the walther pk380 fits her hand. were probably gonna be getting one for her here soon
  9. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Member

    I sat for a week looking at measurements, capacity, finishes, and calibers to figure out what the wife might like. We went to a fun show and she handled about 50 different pistols (revolver and auto) and her first was a 1911 commander. Take her to shows and stores and let her pick out what feels good in her hand, what fits in her hand. Try ranges that rent firearms for ideas.
    Good Luck
  10. ngnrd

    ngnrd New Member

    I already covered that...

    Thanks, though...
  11. Havok7416

    Havok7416 Active Member

    I know I made the promise already, but it looks like I will be going to the range tomorrow. My mom is here as well so I will see if 1) They have a small 1911 to rent, and 2) If I can get my mom to shoot it.
  12. ngnrd

    ngnrd New Member

    That would be great Havok!
  13. Kernel

    Kernel New Member

    I bet she'd like a Sig P938 SAS. It's a lock-breach 9mm, which helps with recoil. Great sights, so it's fun to shoot. Easy to rack, which women like. It's similar to her Mustang, so familiarization would be a snap. And it has a factory "melt" job, so there'll be no sharp edges to offend her soft feminine physique. Oh.... and it's really, really, cute!
  14. ngnrd

    ngnrd New Member

    That's interesting Kernel. I had actually considered the P938 at one point. But then I read this from a Guns & Ammo article published in May of 2012:

    So, I basically dismissed the 'cute' P938 based on my assumption of what the recoil would be like from a 9mm in a 16-ounce subcompact. Maybe I was wrong?? Could be worth further consideration...

    Anybody out there have 1st hand experience with the P938, and can comment on its recoil compared to some of the other suggestions?
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014
  15. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Active Member

    I personally prefer the Sig 239 in 9mm. If not a Glock....

  16. area51

    area51 New Member

    I think Kimber makes a nice 9mm...
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ New Member

    Though rumor seems that place has forsaken quality control in favor of customer being one and only final inspector.
  18. HexHead

    HexHead Active Member

    My wife used to have a Para PDA in 9mm that she shot pretty well. Based on the 1911 design, but with their Light Double Action trigger, it doesn't need to be carried "cocked & locked". The LDA trigger is great, it's the trigger Glock wished they had.

  19. PabloJ

    PabloJ New Member

    Yes, small and cute though when it comes to ammo selection tread carefully! I assume you're not suggesting sub-compact 1911s which in circles of those who know better are called 'Jam-o-matics.'
  20. HexHead

    HexHead Active Member

    Not the Colt Series 90 Defender line. Both my New Agent, and several people I've known that had them too, were as boringly reliable as a Glock regardless of the ammo fed them. Only Colt has figured out how to make a 3" 1911 dead nuts reliable.

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