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what does your woman carry???

So my wife has finally agreed to get her carry permit after a patient that she had at work gave her cause for concern. Nothing bad but it opened her eyes to how it could possibly turn bad.

Now the gun search begins... she's familiar with pistols and rifles and regularly shoots my fullsize 9mm and 22lr pistols with ease. She does have trouble with my 38 revolver though as far as trigger pull as she's about 115 soaking wet.

For calibers I'm thinking of looking for a .380 or a 9mm as I think that's most recoil she can handle.

As far as pistols it will more than likely go in a purse so something compact size.

I don't think she would be comfortable with any sa/da action so I'm thinking striker fired, around 5 to 7lb trigger pull.

Just looking for any recommendations or other woman's preferences. We'll go to some gun shops and try some models and see what she likes.

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Re: what does your woman carry???

My wife carries a ruger LCR 38special. I think its a good dummy proof gun. However, If she doesn't want a revolver I would go with an S&W shield 9mm. If she wanted the .380, one thing is for sure, don't let her get the Kahr- she will never be able to pull the slide back. Maybe Glock 42 or or Ruger LCP. However, 9mm is so much cheaper and just a better round. The new Ruger LC9-s may be another option. Also, FNH is coming out with the FNS compact which I am looking forward to trying out.

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For sure go to a gun shop and try some out, have her shoot some if you get the opportunity and let her pick it out. You probably know this but a purse is not a good way to carry a handgun. Someone gets the purse and now they have the gun.
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Make sure she also is strong enough to cycle the slide. Mine couldn't on the S&W bodyguard but could on the Ruger LCP. Which, btw, is a nice choice.
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Re: what does your woman carry???

Unless she's use to the long trigger pull of a revolver, stay away from the LCP. The glock is sweet.

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I'm in the same boat with my wife. She's really leaning towards the bodyguard .380. Didn't like the feel of the lc380 or tcp. And she thought the bodyguard .38 was too heavy. She wants something with a manual safety, so that limits thing a too.
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Check out a Sig Sauer P-938. You get a 9mm on a .380 frame. They are well balanced and the recoil is very reasonable. Very easy to conceal. Yes it cost a little more than the Ruger's and S&W's but the quality and reliability is well worth the few extra bucks.
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Check out a Beretta Tomcat. No slide to worry about. Conceal nice. My wife loves hers.
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I strongly recommended that your wife completes a personal protection course for handguns. My wife went from a strong hesitation towards handguns to being comfortable with them (and competing in IDPA leagues), after she completed a formal training course.

To date, we've completed the NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection In The Home and Personal Protection Outside The Home courses. I can't say enough about the changes they made in her handgun shooting and handling skills (and I learned a bit, as well).

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My wife's current CCW is either a XD 9mm sub-compact, or an LCP .380. For the IDPA league she'll shoot the XD sub-compact, XDM 4.5", or Glock 34 Gen 4 (depending upon shooting division).

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Like has already been suggested the first thing to do is to go to a store where she can handle as many different pistols and revolvers as possible and narrow it down to which feel comfortable in her hands and which she can operate confidently. She will want to shoot a handgun more if it fits her and that leads to more practice.

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