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Best "Starter" Gun For a Noobie

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by WARRFOREST, Jul 22, 2009.

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  1. WARRFOREST

    WARRFOREST Member

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    Long time reader, first time poster. Looking for advice as to what to start my wife out. She's small frame with rather small hands as well. I have a 6" Model 19 and a 4" Model 586, both with target grips. Neither seems to fit her hand very well.

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. Guillermo

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    Either would be fine...just change the grips.

    That said...I ALWAYS start out with a 22

    less recoil so less "going on"
     
  3. Thomas Garrett

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    Noticed your a S&W man. How about a Colt Diamondback in .22 or .38 Special. 4". Just an idea.
     
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    +1 on change the grips. buy a box or 2 of wadcutters and let her get use to the pistol. eventually get her up to Gold Dots +p. they should be still quite mild in a 4" revolver.
     
  6. svtruth

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    My M19

    is a 4". I have big hands and enjoy the large grips. Also, the Model 19 is a gorgeous gun.
    My recco would be a .22 revolver. Simple, light recoil, easily mastered manual of arms.
    Good luck.
     
  7. Bruce H.

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    Before you buy your wife a revolver, make sure that she is strong enough to pull the trigger in double-action. I am not joking, my wife cannot pull the trigger on any of my double-action revolvers. I thought that she was messing with me when she told me she couldn't do it years ago, but she was serious. She exclusively shoots semi-automatics. She has a little trouble pulling the slide back to load the first round, but at least she can do it.
     
  8. snooperman

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    I agree with Bruce H

    My wife can not pull the trigger on most revolvers and shoots a semiauto 22LR for fun. However she can pull the hammer back on my S&W model 63 and shoots it in single action.
     
  9. toivo

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    First revolver? I vote for a Ruger Single Six or Bearcat. If you're committed to a double-action, how about a S&W 317 or a Taurus 94?
     
  10. Leanwolf

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    Whatever it is, start her on a good revolver or pistol in the .22 L.R. persuasion!!!

    After a thousand rounds or so, learning the basic fundamentals of safety, function, familiarity, and accuracy, move her up to a larger caliber in a handgun with which she feels comfortable!

    L.W.
     
  11. WARRFOREST

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    Thanks for all the good advice. I have an older Ruger Mark II we were gonna get started with and move on to some light .38's or possibly a 9mm.
     
  12. 10-Ring

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    I would look at a 22 -- 617 maybe -- and find some smaller grips that her hands can agree with.
     
  13. bigfatdave

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    NAA mini.
    Small frame for small hands. Low recoil. Fun to shoot. Dead simple single action.
     
  14. crebralfix

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    If you don't have a gun chambered in 22, load up some very light 38 special loads.

    Can she operate the gun's double action trigger? Some women cannot.
     
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    Don't forget .38 Short!

    "Store Bought" .38 Shorts make for a pleasant, low recoil shooting session.
     
  16. searcher451

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    +1 on the Ruger Bearcat. It's the ideal gun for a first-timer: It's fun to shoot, it's easy on the hands, it's accurate enough to be an effective paper shredder, and the size of the frame allows the accommodation of smaller hands. I picked up my first Bearcat 40-plus years ago and still enjoy taking it to the range.
     
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