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Handgun for my Mom

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

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  1. PSYCHOBILLY

    PSYCHOBILLY Member

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    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:
     
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    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
     
  3. PSYCHOBILLY

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    Yeah but I worried about her aim. Thats why I thought a auto.
     
  4. 351 WINCHESTER

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

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    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.
     
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    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)!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
  11. PSYCHOBILLY

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    No arthritis.
     
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    sounds like a fair trade...



    *rimshot*
     
  13. PSYCHOBILLY

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    real funny wise guy.
     
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    I agree. :)
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    38 revolver with

    Crimson Trace laser sight will solve worry about your Mom's aim
     
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    I am a young man but honestly my arms are tooth picks and i have to use both hands to eat a Big Mac and my Bersa 45 imo gives no recoil it is like nothing

    I have a Ruger LCP too as mentioned,imo it could jump out of a ladies hand possibly
     
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    How about a Beretta cheetah? That is a 380, but bigger then the LCP.
     
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    If she is only going to have 1 gun for HD, don't overlook the shotgun. My wife does not like my 12 ga, too much recoil she says. But she absolutly loves her youth model Mossberg 20 ga Model 500 pump. The stock is shorter and she can handle it better than a full size mossy 500. The slugs and buckshot in 20 ga have a lot more punch than any handgun load except for the magnums. For HD at close range even birdshot will do the job.:)
     
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    THAT is not necessarily correct and has been beat to death on several forums and threads

    OP - as I said previously your mom needs to determine what will work best for her, not you.
     
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