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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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1911 style pistol for wife?

My wife and I are in the market for my wife's first CC pistol. She really likes the look and feel of the sig p238 and p938. I have gotten advice from others that a 1911 style pistol such as these is a poor choice for someone who is fairly new to guns and is completely new to carrying, being that they are carried "cocked and locked". Anyone have any advice or experience with this?
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

Choose something different.

As you have already heard, a 1911 is not a beginners firearm, nor is it a very concealable firearm for a woman. Plus, the .45 acp is not a beginners cartridge either.

The better choice would be something along the lines of the of a compact 9mm.

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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

Steve,

I appreciate the input, but I think you may have mis-read or understood what I was getting at. The sig's I mentioned are SA semi's, one being a .380 and the other a 9mm.

Have no fears...I would not be putting a .45 full size 1911 in my wife's hands ;-)
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

I believe he is saying it would be harder to conceal.......

I prefer my kid hunt and fish rather than steal and deal,
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

A full size 1911, yes. The sig is considered to be on the larger side of pocket pistols. I am more asking from a safety stand point.
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

It is safe and carry one in the chamber. Practice using the safety because you want moving that safety off to become automatic in a SD situation. Oh I want to add, please have her watch some women on youtube that have good videos on how to carry on your person, carrying in a purse is not a good idea.
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oh I want to add, please have her watch some women on youtube that have good videos on how to carry on your person, carrying in a purse is not a good idea.
I think k this is going to be my biggest struggle. She seems to think that the purse is the best way to go. After all, she only needs to carry the gun when I'm not around :eye roll:
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

Since your asking for "opinions"...
Pick something else.
I recommend some sort of "striker" fired pistol.
The new Glock .380 or something similar in 9MM from Glock or someone else.

Also, the purse is a BAD idea... purses get stolen, left someplace, ect...
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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

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Since your asking for "opinions"...
Pick something else.

Also, the purse is a BAD idea... purses get stolen, left someplace, ect...
Purse carry is NOT a GOOD IDEA. What is the 1 item stolen most often from women? And then there's real life stories, like:

Toddler shoots mom

Google some more and you will find that the kid actually unzipped a special gun "wallet" inside the purse.

Purse with gun inside, stolen

So, it would seem that your first job is to convince her that the purse is out. Then it becomes a matter of which gun fits both of these criteria best:

1) it is carryable and concealable with her everyday clothing and activities
2) she can shoot it and likes it's action and features

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Re: 1911 style pistol for wife?

The 1911 platform is as "safe" as any firearm out there and some with experience would say "safer" due to the features but I'm not going to get into that argument as it's been hashed out before but to recommend a striker fired pistol over one that has redundant safety features is almost comical, almost, if it weren't such a serious question.

Your wife should get trained, then get armed. The 1911 platform is as easily manipulated as any WITH PROPER TRAINING. Invest in her training (Gunsite is the best for your money) and education and let her shop alone...When she gets to Gunsite have her speak to Il Ling about hows all the boys know what their wives want...

While I know you are trying to help her and I am certain you have the best intentions...you are down the wrong road from that first sentence. This is too important a decision for anyone to make but her.

Save your money, send her to Gunsite. THEN she'll buy her own firearm.
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