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Daughter wants her own

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ditchtiger, Sep 28, 2006.

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  1. Ditchtiger

    Ditchtiger Member

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    My girl wants her own handgun. She wants one like her sisters Taurus 92 but has smaller hands. She's 16, shoots my .45 Kimber and .30 cal. rifles with ease. Lets go with a 9mm, S&W single stack or a High power, no Glocks, and should have a hammer, any other ideas? Thank You.
     
  2. Retro

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    why not a revolver? point-and-shoot type of things for self-defense.
     
  3. Bob F.

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    Maybe SHE doesn't WANT or NEED a revolver! Sounds like she can handle an auto just fine.
     
  4. Brian Williams

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    Great idea, look at the HP inexpensive ones can be gotten that were FMs or made in Argentina. Also a Keltec p11 or a S&W 3913.
     
  5. Bob F.

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    Maybe SHE doesn't WANT or NEED a revolver! Sounds like she can handle an auto just fine. SWMBO likes Makarov and Kahr CW-9 grip size, FWIW.
     
  6. outofbattery

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    S&W 3913 or 908, SIG 239,a .380 but somewhat similar to her sister's 92-what about a Beretta 84/85?
     
  7. ETXhiker

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    If she likes the single stack grip, I second the S&W 3913. If she has small hands, a Kahr would be even more ergonomic, but you said it had to have a hammer (why? For safety?)
     
  8. Black Majik

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    The most fun single stack 9mm I had the pleasure of shooting would be the SIG P225.
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    Beretta made a compact 92 single stack for a while...I believe it was a 'L' model. Go check berettaforum.net for more info
    ;)
     
  10. Shrike360

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    Since she shoots your Kimber well, you may want look at a 9mm 1911.
     
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    Sounds like good advice there. She's familiar with the 1911 and you say she shoots it with "ease". Sounds like the perfect setup for her.
     
  12. Navy87Guy

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    I'd recommend either a new Beretta PX4 or a CZ 75. The PX4 has interchangeable backstraps that let you customize the grip size. My wife just tried mine with the small backstrap and she's in love (which means I get to buy another one!).

    The CZ is a double stack, but the grip is pretty average sized -- more like a 1911.

    In either case, she'd have an accurate, reliable and smooth shooting gun.

    Jim
     
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    LLama, 380, would be perfect.
     
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    I will second the 1911 in 9mm. She is already familiar with the kimber and it is a very safe gun as long as it is maintained.
     
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    Ditchtiger, thank you for taking the time to teach your daughters to shoot, and for ensuring they have guns they enjoy. Keep up the good work.
     
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    I've never liked 9MM much, but just before my dad passed away, he gave me a Firestar (Star Bonifacio Echeverria SA). Because of its small size, I gave it to my daughter, who was still shooting .22 at the time. She's happy with it. It is somewhat similar to a 1911.
     
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    You could check out the CZ-75 platform that would include Baby Eagles and Witness, but they are Double stack, the Baby Eagle has a better grip for smaller hands IMO. The hammer and single stack limit you, so the 1911 platform may fit the bill, but the cost might be greater to do so. I hear that a lot of women like the Mill Pro because they fit their hands well (mine too) and the quality of Taurus has definatly improved. Just my .02! Good luck and be Safe
     
  18. Ditchtiger

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    No .380's mainly because I'm set to load 9's. Nothing larger since this will be her choice for a shooter, and defence. I'd like to keep the price at $500 but for her I'd go over. She can handle mag. revolvers but thats not what she asked for. I have complete trust in my P11 for summer carry but that's not to her liking. Have not looked at the Sigs yet but this will be hers to say. I'm not going to give her any pistol and say, here's what you want get used to it. Her 3 older brothers were happy with anything that went bang and had lots of power.
     
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    CZ p01

    I don't have huge hands and it fits me like a glove. Most ergonomic gun I've ever owned.

    Plus its 9mm. Mine reliably feeds Speer Gold dots and hydra-shocks.
    I love it.
     
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    Check out PAX's website, www.corneredcat.com . I don't know of anyone who knows more about guns and women than she does nor do I know anyone who can communicate it better. She speaks about the right gun for a particular woman. Her site is a good read for both men and women.
     
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    she shoots your Kimber .45 with ease. There's your answer.

    My daughter started shooting when she was 8. Wheh she was 14 she asked to try my .45. That was it. Search was all over. She's 28 now and has been hauling her .45 around since then. It's all she shoots. I don't know how many times she's rebuilt it. But she loves the round and a 1911.

    I don't know why people here are steering her into 9MM and smaller things. A 1911 is thin and very CCWable. A 1911 is a soft recoil and stable platform.

    And the real fun is when you go to the range with your daughter and she hauls out her 1911 and all the guys get into the "that's a big gun for a little girl" crap and she starts to shoot 3" groups at 25 yards rapid fire.

    And lastly it is her choice. You don't have a thing to say about it.

    AFS
     
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    But is it her favorite?


    I vote that a shopping trip is in order. Take a lazy afternoon, grab a nice lunch with her (sidewalk cafe, quiche and cappuccino, or whatever it is that teenage girls like), then go to the gunstore and let her try everything on for size. Tell her the budget, let her figure out what she likes and choose it. Should be a great father-daughter bonding time.

    Then when Christmas or birthday comes up, some nice hardwood or pearlite grips.

    The CZ P01 is definitely worth at least checking out, as mentioned by others. Plus Hakkan Pek makes gorgeous grips at reasonable prices [grin].

    Glad to see that Ditch isn't the type to choose for her. I've never understood all the "what gun to buy for my wife/gf" threads, but fortunately Pax has an article addressing exactly that. Pasting a link to Pax's page saves us all a lot of time.

    -MV
     
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    Sounds like an excellent idea, let her select her own firearm, given budget and other considerations. The family that shoots together has interlocking fields of fire.
     
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    Let her choose

    My daughter has had a Sig 229 SAS and a Kahr PM-9 for over a year and she loves them. She likes out shooting others (me) at the range. The old men laugh and compliment her and me on her ability.
    She also owns and shoots an AK and Mosien M-38.

    She thinks my AR is a baby gun.
     
  25. Ditchtiger

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    Gun Show visit

    There is a show in town next weekend, I had already planned on taking her to it. As for the calibre, she's the one who picked a 9mm. The external hammer was my choice, not for safety but just because I like hammers, don't know why, maybe because of all the revolvers I've owned or shot. My daughter does not care if there is a hammer or not. Will have to wait and see what she turns to, will let everyone know next Sunday. OOPS, my girl came up behind me and found out about the show, you should have seen the smile on her face! For another smile like that I would even let her get a Glock.
     
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