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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Handgun for women

My wife is looking to get a handgun for shooting,home defense and maybe carry on hiking trips. she is 5'5" 130lbs small hands. Any help would be appreciated. This is for an idea to what she may look for in a gun. Thanks to all who respond.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 12:24 PM
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Re: Handgun for women

My wife has a Smith and Wesson airweight in .38 special. To small for me but works good for her.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 02:58 PM
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I have a Ruger SP 101 38 special. I love it.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 06:54 PM
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Take her to a gun shop with a good selection of handguns and let her handle them to find one that fits her comfortably. You do need to think about recoil because she will not want to practice or shoot a gun that she is half afraid of. Also don't consider the one you buy to be the one she will carry forever. After she becomes comfortable and competent, she may want to move up.




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Girl I work with just bought a ruger LCP with crimson trace laser grips. She said she loves how it is light, fits her hands and the laser makes it very easy for her to hit where she is aiming, she said the only drawback is that it has a lot of hand shock as far as snapping her wrists back and can only shoot it at targets a little at a time, however she said she know if she needs it for self defense she is confident in the fact she can hit where she aims it.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 08:52 AM
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I'll second the Ruger LCP. I got my wife one and she loves it. Due to it's size and weight, it does have more recoil than you would think for a .380....but it's not too bad. She has no trouble shooting 2 boxes (100 rds.) each time we go to the range.

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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 02:28 AM
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Bought my wife the LCP also and she was able to shoot 100 rounds out of it for a conceal carry class but also didnt care much for the recoil. I have since bought her a 9MM smith and wesson M&P as she can change the back strap and make it fit her hand and she says the larger frame takes the recoil better
JohnS hit the nail on the head. The ruger now sits in the safe

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 03:21 AM
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Yep, I knew the second I had the Ruger in my hand that that particular gun had my name on it. When I shot it, it had my middle and last name as well.

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 04:41 PM
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Re: Handgun for women

Make sure she gets her LTCF.

I've got an XD40, but some may find it too snappy.

If she walks in the woods by herself she may consider open carry if weather permits. Quicker draw, and deters would be 2 legged vermin. She needs a retention holster and a little retention training, though this may be a non issue in the woods. In a parking lot, shopping center or a Starbucks ( LOL), you need the retention stuff.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 10:14 PM
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Re: Handgun for women

I find the sig P238 380 to be a comfortable size handgun, fits well in a smaller hand
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