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Best self defense handgun for women?

What hangun do you recommend for women to carry for self defense?

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Re: Best self defense handgun for women?

The one they can shoot the best, try several calibers and types and chose the one she likes and can shoot.




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Re: Best self defense handgun for women?

For a house gun I would lean to a 3-4" "K" frame sized revolver with fixed sights and chambered in 357 Mag BUT using 38 Special +P 158 gr. LSWC Hollow points. Practice, practice, practice...with target loads of 148 gr. Lead wadcutters with a cylinder full of the +P's thrown in at the end of the session. Rational. Keep things simple...just pull the trigger. If a round fails to fire, pull the trigger again. Target loads will enable the shooter to gain competence and confidence in her weapon, fixed sights (once regulated) will never have to be worried about, and 38 +P LSWC's will be more then adequate for the intended purpose.

For a carry weapon, same as above except a "J" frame sized 38 Special with a 2-3" bbl. JMO

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The one they can shoot the best, try several calibers and types and chose the one she likes and can shoot.
X2! It won't matter what the caliber or style is if she can't hit the broad side of a barn.

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Re: Best self defense handgun for women?

I'm aware she'll need to be able to hit her target. I wanted a little more specific info on the pros and cons of the different calibers, barrel lengths, loads, concealability,etc.

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Revolver... .38 caliber, hammerless...pull the trigger goes bang. A set of crimson trace laser grips would be a goos addition too. Smith & Wesson makes quite a few models in a range of weights with "trace" grips.

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For house gun would be 20 ga pump. Talked to local chief of police one day and he agreed that is someone hears a pump gun being worked and they still keep coming fire away!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Best self defense handgun for women?

As I said in your other post, my wife settled on a Ruger LCP. It's small size/weight means that she will take it with her rather than leave it at home. Having a pistol that she leaves at home because it's too heavy, bulky, or she can't conceal with how she's dressed, is as good as having no pistol at all.
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38 revolver it's always going to fire reliably, small, and has enough knockdown power
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Re: Best self defense handgun for women?

I got the new Ruger LC9 with the intention of having it be my wife's house gun. However the long DA pull has been problematic for her accuracy. It is now my preferred choice to carry and my wife snagged a Ruger SR9C which is bigger than the LC9 and way bigger than the LCP. TheSR9c has a very crisp trigger with very little take up which she shoots very nice groups with now. CT lasers are coming soon for both!
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