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    Can you experts recommend me a compact carry pistol for the girlfriend? I'd like a 9mm for her that she can put in her purse and not have it be overly burdensome. She's not a tiny little thing so recoil isn't a big issue. I'm carrying my PT111 G2 and was wondering if that's something you think would fit the bill for her. If not, what would.

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    A question that has been asked a lot of times and generally boils down to two schools:

    1. The school of 'this is what works for me/someone I know'.

    2. The school of 'let her decide what works for her'.

    I'm partial to the latter. Taking her out to the range and letting her try as many different guns as possible until she finds the right 'fit' in size, grip, recoil, etc., is the key to getting her a gun/ammo combination that she will not only carry, but will shoot for practice to build skill. Plus you get range time out of the deal, so it's win-win-win.

    Once she's got a gun, then the next step is the carry. I see you're from Belton (I grew up just a little north of St. Joe and have family in/from Belton -- one uncle was stationed at Richards-Gebaur). There's an IDPA club in Overland Park. IDPA competition is an excellent way to get familiar with what works for concealed carry and to gain proficiency in the gun handling associated with carrying concealed. Plus it's fun and a great way to put lead down range.

    On top of that there are plenty of training courses available for that next step in building proficiency.
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    As stated above. Take her to favorite local gun store and find what feels good. Rent at the range and try before you buy. If it does not fit her she will not like it.
    Enjoy the search.
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    Thank you! The goal is to get her to a range in the next couple weeks and rent a few different guns. If she can get some lead down range and feel comfortable with a certain gun, I think it would help her out. Also, being pregnant with me working odd hours, it makes me feel better knowing she has a weapon at hand that she is comfortable with.

    Having said that, is there any inherent benefit to say 9mm vs 380 or vice versa? Again, I'm just curious. I suggested a 9mm since that is what I'm using in the car and for ease, there'd be the need for just a single round rather than a couple different ones.

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    Let her decide on caliber and make and model of weapon. In the meantime, take her to a place with a good selection, and let her see what feels right to her. Then, when you go to rent, you'll have an idea of what she likes.

    You'll probably find that small guns, especially in 9mm, aren't going to be her favorite if she's new to shooting. Then again, mini-guns in .380 will be the same. It's not just recoil, but about being able to hang onto the guns, and hit something.

    Also, they make dedicated carry-purses. These locate the gun in a pocket, usually accessible from outside. It's always in the same spot, and you can conceal a larger, more comfortable to shoot, weapon.

    Good luck.

    Oh, and check with her OB doc about shooting. Some of them will limit it, with the exposure to air-borne lead at the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JR View Post
    Let her decide on caliber and make and model of weapon. In the meantime, take her to a place with a good selection, and let her see what feels right to her. Then, when you go to rent, you'll have an idea of what she likes.

    You'll probably find that small guns, especially in 9mm, aren't going to be her favorite if she's new to shooting. Then again, mini-guns in .380 will be the same. It's not just recoil, but about being able to hang onto the guns, and hit something.

    Also, they make dedicated carry-purses. These locate the gun in a pocket, usually accessible from outside. It's always in the same spot, and you can conceal a larger, more comfortable to shoot, weapon.

    Good luck.

    Oh, and check with her OB doc about shooting. Some of them will limit it, with the exposure to air-borne lead at the range.
    I hadn't considered the doc may limit shooting during pregnancy. She is an experienced shooter but doesn't have her own weapon and that needs to change for my sanity and her safety.

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    She can check on her next visit. If she's an experienced shooter, she probably has something in mind, already. Beware the hormones, and simply buy it for her.
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    I agree with letting the person you getting the for pick out what they like. It really is a personal decision.
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    I hate purse carry because what is the 1st thing a thief grabs? then he has the gun
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    I'm just south of you a few miles and buy all my steaks and chops at the Belton Hy-Vee.

    My EDC is usually a PT709 but I'm also not adverse to using a .380 PT58 bit it's a bit large.
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