Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Wife to be wants a firearm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RugerNut9, May 12, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. RugerNut9

    RugerNut9 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    158
    Location:
    Galax, VA
    Stipulation is pink.
    Grips, slide, whatever as long as it has pink on it...
    Annnd must have low recoil and my concern is I had a Ruger LCP and it was a great little gun however the recoil was a bit too much for her to handle so whats out there in pink in a heavy .380 or .32 or smaller?? (purse size gun)
     
  2. Frozen North

    Frozen North Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2010
    Messages:
    722
    Location:
    Central Minnesota
    I had a girlfriend who just had to have a pink anything that would shoot. It was pretty sickening to tell you the truth! She shot just about every gun she tried better than the J frame with pink grips she picked out.

    Spray paint a Glock... LOL

    But seriously, you can get any grip you want for a j frame. She may even like it.

    Taurus makes some pinkies too.
     
  3. RugerNut9

    RugerNut9 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    158
    Location:
    Galax, VA
    haha yeah i thought about paint i mean hell, they make a spray made to paint polymer with :p i was more wondering about what caliber... she saw that damn video of that girl shooting the desert eagle and is convinced that all handguns do that, i have tried and tried to tell her its not the case. but now she is coming around and is going shooting with me tomorrow (hopefully) and then we're going to pick something out for her. im going to put her on my G17 first :p
     
  4. DougB

    DougB Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2003
    Messages:
    238
    Location:
    California
    A Firestorm or Bersa .380 might be a good choice. The Firestorm is made by Bersa and is nearly identical to the Bersa "Thunder" .380s. I slighlty prefer the Bersa-branded version because its rear sight is screw adjustable for windage. The trigger guard on the Firestorm is more rounded, and the grips are a bit different, but the basic gun is the same. Maybe you can interest her in a nickel Bersa. I think they also make some variations with some gold-plated parts. If you Google "Pink Bersa .380" you'll find some pink grips available (including a "breast cancer awareness" version with pink grips). One nice thing about the Bersa/Firestorm .380's is that their slides aren't too hard to pull back (especially if you manually cock the hammer first). My wife has a hard time pulling back the slide on most semi-autos, but she can do it with our Bersa .380. They are good, reasonably priced handguns.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    48,567
    Location:
    0 hrs east of TN
    If you look over threads we've had on "what gun for the wife" you'll see that you can't make that choice for her and shouldn't try nor should she let anyone select the caliber for her.

    A gun that properly fits the individual shooter, regardless of gender, will not feel as if it has as much recoil as one that doesn't fit the shooter (yes, guns do, and don't, fit individuals). A gun that properly fits the individual shooter is quicker to learn with as it points more naturally for that individual and is therefore more accurate for them than one that doesn't fit them.

    I've trained several people to shoot and many of them have been women. We always start off finding what fits the individual and then proceed from there. The experience is more fun and the individual manages the recoil better and is more accurate when the gun fits (try playing golf with clubs that don't "fit").

    How do you know what fits? The two of you should look at CorneredCat.com and read the "Trying on a handgun" section. The only thing I'd add to what Kathy is saying is that grip angle for a 1911 is different than one for a CZ75 which is different than for a Glock. Find the grip angle that fits the shooter and you'll be able to find the firearm that points most naturally and manages recoil best for that person. The "trick" I use is to have a selection of handguns with different grip angles (not much use having 3 Glocks to try since they'd all have the same grip angle) and then have the beginning shooter properly grip each one and bring it close to the chest pointing in the direction of a small target 20-30 ft. away. They need to stare hard at the target for several seconds until it literally becomes their total focus. Sounds silly, but it's important. Once that target is their focus they then thrust the firearm "into" the target as if a steel rod were coming out of the barrel and they were jabbing it into the small target. It has to be a thrust and not a sweep up to position. When they've thrust to full extension they should then, and only then, look at the sights to see what their alignment is. Is the front sight high or low or are they well aligned on the target? They're holding the gun that has a grip angle that fits them if they don't have to lift or drop the front sight to align it with the rear. If not, try an entirely different family of handgun. 1911 not work, try a Glock; Glock no work, try a CZ; CZ not work, try a ... (you get the idea).

    Don't let some gunstore counter clerk tell her that she needs a .32 revolver or a 10mm Delta without finding out what fits her. If she points a 1911 then try different calibers out on a range starting from low to large. Same for a Glock or a CZ or Beretta or perhaps a revolver or whatever fits her. A good rental case is a great help in this case.

    I've had tiny women pick a widebody 1911 shooting .45 over a CZ or Glock shooting 9mm because we went to the trouble to find what fit first. I've had others pick a CZ in .40 after trying 1911s and Glocks and others pick Glocks in 10mm. If it fits it makes hits better for the new shooter.

    After the critical part is over you can put pink grips on most guns and you can also pink duracoat any metal if a pink version of the properly fitting handgun in the comfortable caliber isn't out there.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  6. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Messages:
    5,961
    Location:
    Near Camp Perry
  7. Walking Dead

    Walking Dead Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2011
    Messages:
    491
    Location:
    North Texas
    I'm pretty sure they do a smith and Wesson m&p in pink.
     
  8. yhtomit

    yhtomit Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,670
    Location:
    E. Tennessee
    I keep misreading the title of this thread ...

    as "Wife wants to be a firearm."

    Anything among consenting adults, I guess ;)

    For something conspicuously pink, there's also the Cricket .22 single-shot rifle; if she's petite, she might get a kick out of that.

    timothy
     
  9. Hondo 60
    • Contributing Member

    Hondo 60 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    5,378
    Location:
    Manitowoc, WI
    If you decide on an auto loader, make sure she can rack the slide BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE STORE!

    I recently was involved in an NRA class "Basic Pistol" & there were 2 female students who bought new pistols & then had a lot of difficulty trying to rack it.

    One student had a Bersa Thunder .380, & I can't remember the other gun.

    If she can't do it, then a revolver would be the best option.
    There are several options in pink.

    But I would NOT recommend a Charter Pink Lady.
    I bought the non-pink Charter Undercover in 2009 & it's junk!
    A J-frame 38 special with pink grips, or a Model 60 Lady Smith would be very good options IMHO
     
  10. gohogs93

    gohogs93 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    81
    I think a small J frame (or something similar) revolver is the way to go. a .38 spl.
     
  11. Giterboosted

    Giterboosted Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Messages:
    578
    Well I bought my wife a charter arms pink lady that an above poster refers to, it's decent for the price but to be honest I couldve gotten her better for the money, but I know for a fact they make a few Glock accessories in pink, just for the ladies, also my wife absolutely loves mh Taurus pt709 slim, it's a nine, single stack, and doesn't weigh almost anything at all and they come in complete pink, also if sw wanted a .40 they have te 740 slim
     
  12. TexasBill

    TexasBill Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Messages:
    1,126
    Location:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Whoa! Before recommending a J-frame for a lady, better let said lady try firing one. Get an Airweight with +P loads and that LCP will be a masterpiece of controllability (think of that girl firing the Desert Eagle). The S&W Model 60 or the Ruger SP101 is a better choice and load with with .38 Special rounds.

    A Walther PK380 might be one to consider. It's single-stack so it has a thinner grip, it's delayed blowback so the slide is easier to rack and recoil is reduced. The only drawback is no pink. Perhaps a pink holster and a reminder that black goes with everything? Or because you saved so much buying the PK380, you can afford to buy her a nice pink dress?
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2011
  13. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Messages:
    2,691
    Location:
    Albuquerque & Santa Fe
    Something old and pretty in .38 special.

    The SP would be my choice but for most women the trigger pull is heavy.
     
  14. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    Messages:
    4,638
    Location:
    Yakutsk, Sakha Republic
    LOLz. Thats how I read it too.

    I was like:"Well I want to be a big shotgun."
    :D
     
  15. Guns and more

    Guns and more member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,929
    S&W pink ladysmith?
     
  16. towboat_er

    towboat_er Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    889
    CZ82. Have it duracoated pink.
     
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    Messages:
    5,212
    I'm getting pink grips for my J frame so my gun will be less difficult to locate in low light conditions. I would prefer blaze orange or yellow does anyone offer them?
     
  18. cwp3420

    cwp3420 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    67
    Last year Smith & Wesson was making an M&P 9mm which was a Julie Goloski model, which meant it came with interchangeable backstraps which were pink in color. Julie is one of the S&W female shooters on their competition team. It was a nice pistol. I don't know if they're making it this year or not.
     
  19. crazysccrmd

    crazysccrmd Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2011
    Messages:
    791
    Location:
    AK
    A couple days ago I found out how much this depends on how they try to do it. My wife is tiny and not very strong (5'1", 100lbs) and couldn't rack the slide at all on either my P3AT or my PF9 and barely on the PK380. We went to Academy the other day to buy a new .22 target pistol and the guy at the firearm counter showed us a new way to get it done. He essentially had my wife hold the pistol at a 45* angle down in front of her, arms fully extended and elbows locked. She then just shrugged her left shoulder and the movement of her locked arm pulling away from a solid position racked the slide easily. We went through probably 15 different pistols and she could do them all.
     
  20. Toforo

    Toforo Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Messages:
    302
    Location:
    Columbia, MO
    Make sure she understands that there's an ancient rule which requires her to buy YOU one when she gets her first one.

    (tell her it's NOT your fault and that you did NOT write the rules - you just have to follow them)
     
  21. traveling1253

    traveling1253 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Messages:
    72
    Location:
    Maine
    Would the S&W rose grips count as pink? Got the 638 J-frame with these grips for my wife, she loves it.
    Roseright.jpg

    Woops, forgot this is the autoloader forum.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  22. traveling1253

    traveling1253 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Messages:
    72
    Location:
    Maine
    Not much as far a personal protection but if its just for plinking and range fun.....
    DSCN1564.jpg

    Just picked this one up as a birthday present for my daughter. She has to have all things pink too.
     
  23. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,316
    Location:
    South Carolina
    I have a female friend that buys a lot of firearms, she is also a fanatic of pink, therefore they all get Duracoated Pink!

    Honarable mentions are:
    Beretta 3032 Tomcat
    FN 5.7
    Glock 9mm

    Will see if I can get some pics!

    http://www.duracoat-finishes.com/
     
  24. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2008
    Messages:
    7,005
    Location:
    Frozen North
  25. vaupet

    vaupet Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Messages:
    745
    Location:
    Belgium, Europe
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page