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Pistol for my girlfriend

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by KentuckyCountryboy, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. bigdaa

    bigdaa member

    Apr 12, 2013
    Goleta, CA
    For her protection and carry, I would give the DAO revolvers a good look.

    There isn't a hammer to get caught on her stuff if she needs to pull it. Plus, in a drastic situation, my bet is she will be going double action by instinct and should be forced to practice as such.

    Those Smiths do look nice. The LCP Ruger looks very nice, too. I have held one and it doesn't weigh but a smidgen!

    38's and 38 +P's are a good load. Light 38's can be loaded with ease if you ever go that way or have a reloading buddy. Nothing like Wad Cutters punching the paper at the range.

    You know, getting the revolver doesn't mean she won't expand her repertoire at a later date. You may see her turn into a gun toting, range blasting female shooting phenom on down the line.

    I have introduced a number of people, m and f to shooting and watch them grow in ability and variety.
  2. KentuckyCountryboy

    KentuckyCountryboy Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Alright, I guess I was kinda looking at what I wanted. I just prefer some commonality among the arsenal. I basically just wanted a list of small autos that she might like. My favorite gun is a 1911, but I don't think she'll touch a .45 anytime soon. And I didn't see the sticky because I'm always on here via tapatalk, thanks for the heads up though.
  3. weregunner

    weregunner Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Since you get that this is about her gun let her take a look at these.

    Quote from another thread:
    If the checklists are followed in what to look for prior to buying one cannot get into trouble.
    Revolver Checkout Procedure
    How to check the condition of a used revolver - YouTube
    Buying a Used Handgun
    Buying A Handgun

    Problem is that many do not or make things up as they go along.

    Infamiliartity with the gun and not reading and understanding the gun manual that comes with the gun are a great majority of the time why there are problems.

    Second thing. People buying for the first time and no little or nothing about the firearms at all are on the rise in great numbers. It behooves these people to take basic NRA or NSSF accredited basic handgun courses to get a starting and useful knowledge about firearms.

    Find a beginner course near you.
    First Shots: For New Shooters

    NRAInstructors.org - Portal for NRA certified Instructors, NRA Education and Training Note: Check the left row for NRA basic courses.
    For new beginning women shooters:
    Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinics

    NSSF - National Shooting Sports Foundation

    Let it be suggested that she look at the links and then takes a basic NRA shooting course or a women's only basic course.

    Then she can make a educated choice as to what ammo/gun combo will fit her and her needs.

    Hope this all helps.
  4. kimbershot

    kimbershot Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    dao revolver with covered hammer shroud--can be light weight model. point and shoot, no muscle memory or fumbling with safeties etc.-practice, practice, practice for up close and personal.
  5. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Take what "you'd rather" and put it on the shelf. If she is not comfortable shooting it, or trying to rack the slide, she will not practice with it.
    Lack of practice = lack of proficiency.

    One more vote for the Cornered Cat website. Kathy knows of what she speaks. Take advantage of her experience and knowledge...and pay attention to her words. This will pay big dividends.
  6. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Member

    May 24, 2007
    South Carolina
    You know this thread always contains the same (correct) answer each time the questions arises.....

    It is for her! :)

    Now this post ( and there is a missed underlying great message here:

    I Agree! with this added! It is my contention that Revolvers, being fine weapons, are for experienced shooters who take time to practice fairly often.

    If she is not going to shoot eitherfirearm fairly often, you will be doing a injustice that could be a disadvantage in the stressful situation!

    My 2 cents! .... Girls don't do good with Semi autos....
    For your educational enjoyment..... http://youtu.be/wgIqJYTidkE
  7. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Frozen North
    READ THE STICKY'S (they are there for a reason)

    Your job, hold the purse, provide the cash, prevent flimflaming
  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
  9. Mountain Range

    Mountain Range Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    I have found that boyfriends and husbands often underestimate the size of gun that their girlfriends/wives can handle. As someone said earlier, the smaller and lighter a gun the more felt recoil, as a general rule. The best shooter at our range is a 5'3" 130 lb. Woman who shoots a 1911 .45 and frequently beats one of our recently retired SWAT instructor (who remains a phenomenal shooter). A revolver is an instinctive recommendation for women, but don't underestimate the trigger pull required and it's impact on accuracy. As for dealing with malfunctions in a semi-auto or the ability to operate the slide, I believe strongly that those are not issues as long as the owner - man or woman - practices regularly and maintains the gun properly. as an instructor I generally find that women will frequently improve their accuracy with a larger gun. Of course, that triggers a different discussion about concealability and choice of caliber involves painful discussions about expense. YMMV
  10. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 28, 2005
    Lewisberry, PA
    Your job in this process is to find a good shop with a decent person working behind the counter. And find someone who won't push her towards what he likes, like what you're doing right now.

    Take her there and go find something else to do for an hour or so.

    If she walks away with a Ruger MkIII .22 rimfire, that's a good day. You own more than one gun, why can't she? Let her have something she likes and has fun with. If you force her into something she doesn't like you'll turn her off from shooting entirely.
  11. Infidel4life11

    Infidel4life11 Member

    Nov 28, 2011
    Where the Army puts me
    Glock 19
    Springfield xdm 3.8
    S&W M&P 9 or 9c
    Ruger SR9c

    In that order
  12. Dlowe167

    Dlowe167 Member

    May 25, 2012
    She wants a revolver go Chater Arms Lavender Lady in .38 +P. Love my C/A Bulldog Pug .44spl. ,Semi Auto go Ruger SR9c in 9mm
  13. TheSaint

    TheSaint Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    The People's Republik Of Kommiefornia
    Has she shot the PPQ? That is one sweet little gun, and very easy to shoot, even if she isn't a fan of autos.
  14. Potatohead
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    Potatohead Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    lemme tell ya, i went out and bought my wife a sig p238..i loved it, couldnt wait to bring it home and show her, i was SO excited, got home, pulled out the case slowly, "are you ready?" here it is, and.....she hates it. said it looked fake, like a g i joe gun.. Told me next time i go to get her something over 50$, that i should be sure and take her along to see if she likes it...anywho, ive got a little Sig now while my wife goes unarmed :(
  15. -Jake-

    -Jake- Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    thats funny I got my wife the rainbow sig p238 and she shows it off every chance she gets. it is a sweet little pistol, my wife's only complaint is the trigger is too rough and it hurts her finger after a while of shooting. My mom has the ruger lcr and the recoil is pretty bad honestly but it is a sweet shooter too.
  16. Potatohead
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    Potatohead Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    yea i love shooting the little rascal. real well made. a little tricky though
  17. justice06rr

    justice06rr Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Let her pick whichever gun she can shoot most comfortably and efficiently. If its a revolver then let her get that. Or maybe a 380 semi-auto if she can handle the recoil and hit the target.
  18. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    If the girl is looking for a gun, that's fantastic! Do you know how many times we get guys asking "How do I get my wife/girlfriend/mother/daughter/sister interested in protecting herself/shooting?"

    If she's comfortable shooting a revolver, and doesn't like the semis she's shot, guess what? Shut up and don't interfere while she buys a nice S&W or Ruger revolver. Just make sure what she gets *works*, but don't try to sway her to a caliber you want, or a gun you want. Get your own guns.
  19. Sauer Grapes

    Sauer Grapes Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    S.E. PA.
    You might want her to visit here for some thoughts from other women.


    I tried my best to get my wife to use one of MY semi autos. Wrong move!
    She settled on the Ruger SP101. She didn't like the snappy recoil from my S&W 12-2.
    The heavier gun is what she likes, which in turn, is what I like....lol.

    I just helped a women at our club that is learning to shoot handgun. Her husband bought the gun for her. Bought her one of the airweight DA S&W revolvers. She hates the gun!
    He didn't even take her with him when he purchased the gun. Boy, did he get an ear full....:cuss:
  20. joeponds

    joeponds Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    MY Girl

    S&W J gun 442 ,642, lady smith if you want fancy.
  21. macadore

    macadore Member

    Jun 21, 2007
    San Antonio
    Every time someone asks this question I want to respond with, "Post some pictures of her and I'll get back with you".
  22. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    South-Western North Carolina
    if you know pistol shooters that are willing to meet you at a range with their smaller guns let her try different ones. hopefully one will own a beretta tomcat.
    flip-up barrel for eaze of loading/unloading, adequate mag eject pad, da/sa, cockable hammer and good safety lever. certainly not a heavy puncher - but try to find anyone willing to take a hit in the breadbasket from it.
  23. tomrkba

    tomrkba Member

    May 30, 2010
    This is so wrong it's ridiculous. Depending upon chance in lieu of training is foolish. There is no substitute for training and experience. Training should be the first priority and she does not know what she doesn't know about running a gun if she's never attended a course.

    She should attend training first and learn what attributes in a self-defense gun are desirable. Once she has the skills to correctly run a gun, she'll be able to decide what will most likely work for her. She should then rent a variety of guns and evaluate them using her newly acquired experiences.

    But to say she shouldn't have to worry about this or that? What terrible advice! Please refrain from giving advice in the future.
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