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what pistol does your wife carry concealed?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by thomis, Jul 23, 2010.

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  1. Fleetman

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    I agree with those that say let her pick her own. Mine (not wife but close enough!) carries a S&W 360 M&P. We went through several auto's but couldn't find one she could manipulate EVERY time and suffered several broken nails and a lot of frustration. She eventually spent a couple hours at a gun show and handled many handguns before deciding the 360 "fit".

    She carries .38 Spl +P's and practices with standard pressure 130 grain WWB. Although the 360 is a .357 Mag it is very uncomfortable to shoot with the magnum rounds.....almost akin to slamming your hand in a door.
     
  2. Taurus 617 CCW

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    Take her to a gun show or a well-stocked shop. Allow her to hold as many guns as possible and only offer advice when she asks. I took my wife to a gun show and she held 75+ guns. She would ask questions such as how many rounds does this hold? Is this a good brand? Is this a good price? I would only interject when she started fancying the saturday night specials that were all chromed up to look pretty (not because they were chromed). My wife loves the 1911, Springfield XD sub compact, and the Kel Tec P3AT. She has shot all of them at the range.
     
  3. earlthegoat2

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    This 'un.

    No worries about not being able to work a slide or load a magzine or find 380 ammo or whathaveyou.

    Although I think if she were not carrying this she would stuff her Glock 22 in her purse.

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  4. 45Fan

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    I agree with the rest that advise letting her choose. My wife asked me alot of questions, and I shared my thoughts, but the final decision was hers. Mine chose a Walther PK380
     
  5. Mikhail Weiss

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    Friend of mine carries this:

    Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm compact.

    Weight: 21.7oz (w/o mag)
    OAL: 6.7”
    OAH: 4.3”
    Width: 1.2”
    Capacity: 12+1

    She picked this one out after looking at, holding, manipulating, renting, and shooting a number of other pistols, including skinny Kahrs and 1911s. She likes the size, weight, capacity, ergonomics, build quality, trigger, and that it's American made. She keeps the small grip insert in it.

    Despite the oft-heard recommendation that she should have started with a revolver, she absolutely hated them.
     
  6. 357mag.

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    My wife tried many differnt makes/calibers before making her choice,which was a 38 snub.She is very good with it and carrys every time she leaves the house,can't ask for more then that.
     
  7. thomis

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    Yep, you all are right. We went yesterday and it was hard for me to stay out of it. I was pushing hard for the Kahr 9mm but it was difficult for her to work the slide. Equally difficult for me to stay out of it. The gun shop owner was awesome and his wife was right there to add her advice. She liked the Bersa .380 and the new S&W Bodyguard .38 with the built in laser (not the Crimson Trace one though). She is going to take a class that the gun shop owner's wife teaches, just for women. At which point she will have a chance to shoot several of the ones she liked. I am out of it at this point. I just told her I want it to be light enough for her to want to carry it and not to worry about the money aspect. I need to find a Ruger LCR for her to look at. They didn't have any there, because they can't keep them in stock.

    My concerns are these; not sure if a .380 is powerful enough to stop a sex offender crazed with what makes them do what they do. Second, I like the idea of a semi-auto with kids around because you can keep the chamber empty and the slide has to be worked, not easy for a kid, but also not easy for her unfortunately. A revolver scares me in that it can be picked up and fired, simple as that. I guess it's a toss-up.

    Oh and:
    This is actually one thing I don't mind sayin' that I don't mind doin'.

    cheers

    thomis
     
  8. Lonestar49

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    She carries an SA EMP SAO 1911, 9+1, 9mm (124gr JHP) 3" bull barrel

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  9. the_right_reverend

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    My wife was always griping about all the guns I have and the time shooting took

    so I sent her on down the road:D
     
  10. armoredman

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    Depends on the weather, hot months it's the CZ2075 RAMI with extended 14 round mag, cold months CZ P01 with hot pink grips. I tried her on 4 different revolvers before we discovered she likes an auto better, went through about 4 different autos before we discovered the RAMI was the perfect fit for her. Expensive to go that route, but she ended up with guns she WILL carry and has confidence in.
     
  11. sarduy

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    my girl is using a sigma 9mm.
     
  12. amplify

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    Female Here. I know this is a topic that my husband and I have been working on for a few months now. I haven't been around guns much so it's been difficult to figure out the best options when I'm trying to get a crash course in handguns at the same time (also why I don't know all the terminology - my apologies).

    We finally decided to get a Ruger .357 Magnum for home defense (we don't have kids) and to start practicing on. I love this gun! I shoot .380 special from it (the .357 are a little too much at this time). It has a great weight to it so I'm able to deal with the recoil. I'm getting fairly proficient with it also. However, this guy is a little too bulky to conceal carry.

    Now that I've been shooting for a little while, we're starting to try out other handguns at the range. We also took our CCW class 2 weeks ago which allowed me to try out several other guns. I also have problems with some of the slides. I'm liking the look of the KelTec 32 that several people have talked about. I think I may look for one at the range on Friday when we go shooting.

    At our CCW class the instructor stated that .380 is the least that he would recommend for a woman to conceal carry.

    I'll let you guys know what I go with.
     
  13. Allentown

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    Im ashamed (and yet proud to say).. Mine has a .38 revolver, but mostly carried a NAA . 5 shot mini-mag.

    Better than a knife i guess.
     
  14. RyanM

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    Oops, didn't read close enough. Replacing post.

    .380 is a fairly good "least" for most people, man or woman, but I'd highly recommend bumping up to a 9mm. Most compact 9mms have much more "comfortable" recoil than the super-compact .380s.
     
  15. carbuncle

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    My wife doesn't carry, yet, but my ex carried extensively and with varying degrees of success: Ruger P89, Para P10, Glock 26, Beretta 92FS, Glock 30. She, 5'2" and somewhat barrel-shaped, seemed to enjoy carrying the G26 and G30 the most, depending on wardrobe considerations.
     
  16. rainmakerarms

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    As of now my wife carries a 9x18 Makarov. I isn't American made or under 16 ounces but it is an accurate and reliable little gun that hits harder than a .380.
    I am buying her a Taurus Judge for home defense because nothing beats a shotgun at close range and a shotgun packaged as a revolver is just a no-brainer.
     
  17. schnarrgj

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    Welln my wife carries thr Bersa 380 or the KelTec P3AT.
    She loves the way the Bersa shoots and handles. However
    she often needs the smaller size of the KelTec.She chose them
    Both and is very accurate with them.
     
  18. iblong

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    Mine started with a Pf9 went to a 38spl for a couple of years and now a PM9.
    She loves the thing,shoots it scarry well and wont even go to the mail box without it.
    She carries (IWB) only problem she has is she forgets she has it on.been busted twice now at the doctors office.and had to do a meet and greet with the local LEO.
    Bob
     
  19. e2cTrainer

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    Not the wife yet, but my Fiance does the Beretta 32
     
  20. The Bushmaster

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    Wife carries a S&W Model 10 with 2" barrel....Round butt.
     
  21. MATTHEW QUIGLEY

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    The ol lady doesn't carry yet b/c she hasn't got around to getting her CC permit. But she wants a flea weight .357 or G29. She shoots my PF-9 with stout +P's and says it's not powerful enough for her. She says she wants a light gun, small enough to fit in a small purse and powerful enough to stop a grizzly. She dreams of the mythical perfect gun.
     
  22. waterhouse

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    I put about 20 guns on a rug, and my wife picked out 5 or 6 she wanted to shoot, based on how they felt in her hand. Then she shot them. Based on that she owns an HK P7. I kept my mouth shut during the selection process.
     
  23. CeeZar

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    As a new member, I must say that I am very impressed with the number of people suggesting that you get out of the way and let your wife do the picking. Maybe it shouldn't surprise me to see such wisdom on a gun board, but it does.

    I would add one thing, and this applies to everyone and to folks who do not shoot a lot in particular, your carry gun should be something that you are going to spend some time learning to shoot and are going to practice with on a fairly regular basis. As nice as an S&W airweight or an LCP is to carry, they can be downright painful to shoot for very long.

    A carry gun needs to be small and light enough to carry, instead of leaving at home, but also needs to be something that you are willing to shoot. A good case could be made for looking for a series of guns like the M&P that are simple to operate for a new shooter and can be had in various sizes. Start and learn with a full-size or compact model and then transition to a smaller model as a long-term solution.

    BTW, my wife carries a Sig P225.
     
  24. JR47

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    My wife owns about ten pistols and rifles. Her choice of CCW is one of mine. It's a Series 80, Coltgard, Government Model .380. Works every time she pulls the trigger. Feeds Federal Hydra-Shok, and she can put a magazine into 3" at 15 yards.:)
     
  25. thomis

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    Amplify,
    do keep us posted on the weapon you choose.
    many thanks!
     
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