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    Recommend a gun for the wife

    Hello, I wanted to get some input from the ladies here of what they shoot and recommend for a women.(Gents can chime in too as to what their ladies shoot). My wife is a new shooter. She shot my PT111 G2 9mm at the range the other day and due to her small hands, she had a hard time getting a good grip on the pistol. That made her experience a little less enjoyable, although she hung in there and did some good shooting. She struggles also due to weakness in her hands with racking the slide on the PT111. She also wants something with soft recoil.
    Bedside gun, eventual carry most likely in purse and car. Something to make her feel safe when I am not around. Also budget is tight. Would like to find something under $300 that is reliable. I have read some recommending the Taurus PT22. Shooting is not something she would do for fun, but as a necessity.
    So, what should I get her, smaller pistol or revolver? 22LR? 38 spl? Thank you for your input.
    Last edited by tns58; 02-14-2016 at 04:21 PM.
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    Best advice, take her to a range that rents guns and let her explore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egor20 View Post
    Best advice, take her to a range that rents guns and let her explore.
    What he said
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    I agree with the above, but I can tell you my wife likes her 709Slim.
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    Ruger SR22, or S&W bodyguard 380 would be good choices.
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    don't ever forget to have her try the P238...
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    What's she going to do with the pistol?

    Her home defense pistol?
    CCW? If so, how's she plan on carrying it? Purse, pocket, IWB?
    Frequency of carry?

    Fun gun for the range?


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    As has been pointed out, not filling in the background on what the gun's primary intended use might be leaves the door wide open.

    Plinking/target shooting only? .22, providing you can find ammunition.

    Self defense? That pushes it up to a centerfire most likely a .38/.380 as a minimum (although there have been many instances where calibers ranging from .22 to .32 have given admirable service in turning a bad actor around), and with concealed carry size/bulk becomes an issue.

    Home defense, likewise .38/.380 becomes pretty much the lower end of the power spectrum, along with the suggestion that home defense is better left to a shotgun.

    Weak hands/grip? Reliable functioning under pressure could point you towards a revolver as a good choice.

    As has been pointed out, the best thing to do would be to give her an opportunity to shoot a wide variety of guns, and narrow the field before trying to settle on one gun.
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    Let your wife determine what she likes. Take her to a well-stocked shop or range, and let her handle as many that she's interested in as possible. She will quickly set a pattern. Then, take one of the pattern, and let her try different calibers in that style.

    After that, repeat, as she now has something to use as experience. You get to go the range, and the shop, she finds a gun that "she picked out". It's a win-win solution.
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    As others have mentioned, let her try shooting a variety from either friends or rentals at the range.
    I would also take it one step further,,, after she does the above, take her to a gun store that has a great selection to chose from.
    This is one of those things that after some initial guidance, they like to select on their own, kinda like a purse or pocket book.
    At least in my case it was true. My wife can shoot all my guns, loves the Sig P238, but still wants to pick out her own.
    She wants small, easy to carry, and conceal. I got just the place to take her to touch, feel, and select from, just need to find some time for us to go.

    Rob
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