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Help me pick a pistol for my girlfriend!!! Opinion time!

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by BearAZ737, Nov 8, 2012.

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  1. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    Nobody here has EVER suggested that to you.
  2. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    and that aforementioned thread by BSA was pretty decent ( much like this one) till he got very prickly and said some things.

    he has a chip his shoulder
    but the sound advice is to let her find what worked
    I would suggest that BEFORE you go to the effort you make sure that she is willing and able to carry, and doesn't have some idea like "I'll just pull and wave it around and scare them off..."
  3. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    Well, now that we've totally overwhelmed the OP with the vociferous opinions that IT MUST BE HER CHOICE NOT HIS ...

    ... I agree with y'all ...

    (I choose ONE gun for my wife ... once ... two months later, when I was allowed back in my own bedroom ... I gave her a thousand bucks and sent her to gun school ... She has since relieved me of a SIG P-228, a S&W M&P-9C, a S&W Airweight and a few other guns I used to have ... she sometimes lets me shoot them, though.)
  4. BLB68

    BLB68 Well-Known Member

  5. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    he has a chip his shoulder

    It's just a little chip. :rolleyes:
  6. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Nope - no one said that where I can see. However, getting her a training class after reading Kathy's Cornered Cat and having a decent "pro" add his advice to what she reads IS a good move
  7. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Everyone has given good suggestions, go to a range that rents guns and try a BUNCH. Also, if she's not familiar with shooting, please start her with a .22 to get her confidence up before moving up. And try to stay away from the compacts at least at first until she starts to get used to recoil.

    Gun feel is very personal and women especially can sometimes be sensitive to how a gun feels or recoils. They also tend to have smaller hands so that can be an issue as well. Just let her decide and don't pressure her on anything in particular.
  8. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    I got my GF a single stack Russian Makarov. It delivers a better round than a .380 but still has extremely manageable recoil while remaining compact enough for her to carry comfortably. Its also an extremely reliable gun and there are decent SD loads out there. I don't care for the reload mechanism but in reality fast mag changes are not a concern for my GF.

    A compact .38 is another good option especially for people who will not invest a whole lot of time to practicing.
  9. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    Seems like the OP doesn't have the nads to return. He took quite a beating, which he deserved.
  10. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    Heh, I was just wondering if he'd been back to reap what he had sown ...

    On a somewhat topical line, my youngest daughter (she's a small lass), to whom I'd been force-feeding semi-autos for years, has demonstrated an affinity for, and ability to shoot well, DA revolvers. Strangely (to me), her pistol of choice is a Ruger LC9 with its egregiously long trigger pull ... Lesson for the day: never TELL a female what gun she wants, or what gun YOU think would suit her best ...
  11. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    A full week and 50 posts later the the OP is nowhere to be found? :confused:
  12. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Maybe he tried to pick his girlfriends gun and is out after having it removed?
  13. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    Let her pick what she likes. Even if its a 22. Some gun is better than no gun. If she doesn't like what you (we) pick she won't use it.

    Give her the budgeted amount and tell her how to find the gun shop. Whiles she is shopping go to the range.
  14. elrowe

    elrowe Well-Known Member

    Here's how it works at my house...

    She decides the 20th anniv gift is a matched pair of EMPs (for the slow kids, she picked hers AND mine). I buy them. She decdides she likes pink VZ grips. I buy them. Pink grips arrive. I install them.

    Simple, yet effective arrangement.

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  15. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    What if she picked a matched pair of Hi Points and you had to carry it or you'd hurt her feelings and she is very sensitive?
  16. elrowe

    elrowe Well-Known Member

    Nah, she's on the Cornered Cat bandwagon and knows better.
  17. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Well-Known Member

    Well, she has good taste in handguns! Seems like a keeper. The EMPs too.
  18. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    There ya go!
    Although you might not want to leave her alone at the store. The guys in most gun shops treat women poorly, talk down to them and try to sell them something they really don't want. (and for too much money) We should be there to make sure they don't make a mistake because they are lied to. Other than that they should carry what they want to carry! How would you like someone telling you what you should carry? I know I wouldn't like it.
  19. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    OP if you return let me know and we can maybe take another look at this. Till then, we are done here.
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