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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-17-2017, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Good handgun for my daughter

My daughter will turn 21 soon and I promised her a pistol for her birthday. She does want one and even though she has grown up around guns she has not fired many. Safety and concealment are most important. Any thoughts?
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.40 S&W, not bad recoil but plenty of impact on the receiving end. Stay away from .22 cal and .380 cal. If you are not worried about recoil problems I would recommend the .45 APC. It all hinges on the training and not giving credibility to the nonsense that a woman needs a pip squeak caliber.
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You'll get a different answer for every person who replies. Some pointers:

1. Stay away from the "mouse" guns. These are a tough way to learn to shoot a pistol correctly

2. Steer clear of the .22's, .32's, etc if at all possible

3. Let her handle as many pistols as need be until she finds the right fit

4. Make sure she has some way to carry it securely(and holstered). Flopping around in a purse, pocket, or tank top is no way to carry.

Hope that helps!
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I agree with other's...you will get many different opinions. Let her handle different guns and pick the one that she is most comfortable with.

Is this going to be strictly a carry gun? or something to take to the range as well?

I like and agree with many of the choices on that top 10 list that was posted earlier. I would suggest something in either a .380, 9mm, 38spl.

When I worked in a gun shop I found that many women preferred a snubnose revolver. Many women I encountered did not have the hand strength to rack the slide of some of the popular semi-autos. IMO a revolver is a real nice carry gun. It's simple, pull the trigger and it fires...no safety, magazine, jams. Downside is a limited capacity.
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Ruger LC9S My daughter and wife both have one ---- I liked theirs so much I have one too . Like it so much better than my shield and the 9MM is very nice to shoot .
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I agree with a .380 or 9mm. I know everybody has an opinion but with today's ammo there is no need to over gun.
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My sister has a S&W in .38 spc.....It was built specifically for women I think it may be called a Lady Smith?? I think the .38 should be more than manageable with a bit of practice and in my opinion double action revolvers are the most simple functioning guns around
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S&W Bodyguard 38 revolver with laser sight. My wife could not work the slid on any auto. With minimal practice she was hitting good with the laser.
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good

don't go too big, but small guns are not the best for ladies, hand size and strength being factors. She want something she can shoot accurately. Take her to a shop with a good selection and have her handle several or many options, any good gun shop will take time and show her options. My wife has a 9mm witness/PAVONA from EAA. it is made for women. slide is easy to rack. grip size is right for smaller hands. She just stumble into it. That said Ruger, Glock ,S&W and many others make quality handguns that will fill the bill. I think the 9mm or 38 are best options, but I cannot decide that for her.
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