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Looking for recommendations for my wife. We just took a ccw class and shot shot the middle out of a target with a 22 but really struggled with my 40
 
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From a chick's view....don't choose for her first of all. Bring her to the LGS and have her hold and rack the slide on whatever catches her eye. Revolvers too!

If a local range rents guns, try to rent stuff similar to what she liked.

There are so many options....she needs to know what .380,, 9mm, etc feel like to shoot.

And after she decides, be prepared for her tastes to change. That .40 may be a different story in 6 months.
 

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My wife carries a Springfield Armory XD full size in 9mm. She really likes it.
 

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Maybe the 40 just doesn't fit her hand. I'd let her try a few different ones to see how close to 'on target' she comes with her initial stance (do sights and target line up before she consciously aims). My wife likes the fit of my PT145, but not the Browning HiPower.
 

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Have the wife and you look at the links in my signature as a good starting place. Then go from there. Click on them and you'll get a great deal of info from them.

This is about what fits her and her needs.

For starts the these links are good places to start also.
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/700-s/74203-rerun-case-32acp.html
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/700-s/74022-call-rerun-case-380acp.html

If not one of those then look for a 9x19 pistol like the 24/7G2 compact or a PT111 Millennium G2 (replaces the older Millennium Pro models) as a possibility.

Something like single stack Kahr K9,SIG 239, or other single stack pistol might fill the bill.

Beretta is making shorty 92s again or a PX4. Beretta makes the model 84 and 85 in .380ACP. just the right size.

The Ruger SR-9c is a great little gun that can be made to fit the user.

I would let her try as many models of gun to see what fits her and her needs. If she takes a basic shooters class or women only then she can get to know which caliber/gun combo will fill the bill for her.
 

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I sure like the idea of her trying varieties at a range. A preconception that needs to be debunked is a big gun kicks more than a little gun. (.22 excepted!). I know I can take a lot more shots with my .45s than I could with my 738 or 709 just because the recoil is better managed in the .45 frame (IMHO). The same may be true with going from a .380 to a mid-sized 9mm.
 

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I tried a few guns at the range. I particularly liked the Walther PPK of the 380 version. It kept jamming on me though-think I wasn't holding it correctly though. It felt the best in my hand. I LOVED how the GLOCK Compact 9MM shot, but there's a squareness about the gun I'm not sure I like-but it shoots smooth as silk! I fired some 22's as well, but they seemed a little too light. I finally purchased a PT111 G2 recently. I like how it feels in my hand. I've had it for like a month now, but still haven't been able to go shooting. (dh had surgery and then he had to work the home show) I think it 's a great gun as far as size goes, and anticipate it will be perfect for me when it comes to shooting it as well.

I was told that the 380 Walther would actually have more of a recoil than a 9MM. Which seemed to ring true when I tested the guns, but only slightly more.
 

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As others have said, let her try out different firearms and see what works for her. No one can decide but her. Also, just saying "ok here's a .380, a 9 mm, a .40..." (one firearm of each caliber) doesn't cover "trying it out". Different frame sizes will change how an ammo caliber feels. For example, a tiny .380 may feel to have more recoil than a large-framed 9 mm.

Personally, I carry a PT140. I'm only about 5' tall (and female), but I can handle the gun fine. A hint of something she might try in order to "control" a .40 is to get "angry" at the target. Works for me! :D
 

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Looking for recommendations for my wife. We just took a ccw class and shot shot the middle out of a target with a 22 but really struggled with my 40
The new Taurus M380 hammerless UltraLight revolver might be a good consideration for your wife.
 

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Looking for recommendations for my wife. We just took a ccw class and shot shot the middle out of a target with a 22 but really struggled with my 40
A .22 is just fine if she shoots it straight to start out. I carry a .22 as a third carry myself.
 

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Since a gun is a bullet launcher and we know she can shoot the .22 go up a few calibers to a .380, .38 and 9mm. That should narrow it down. Do consider the weight/size of the gun and the "kick" of the cartridge. Different weight bullets of the same caliber can have an impact on the comfort level of a shooter so try and get at least two different weight cartridges for her to try with each gun.

Let us know what she decides on.
 

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Thanks to all for the comments. I hadn't planned to buy for her but was looking for some recommendations to consider.
 

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My wife carries a Springfield Armory XD full size in 9mm. She really likes it.
I have this exact gun as well and really like it. I alternate between this and a .38 that I inherited from my dad. What I carry honestly depends on my outfit. I carry the 9mm on me. I put the .38 in a handbag.
 

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Many women have different opinions of what they like for a handgun. I have found that many do not like a 380 of any lightweight make. Others prefer a 9mm because of the lower recoil. Fortunately, I have found some that prefer a 45 acp as the preferable caliber. Some like the PT145 while others don't.
 

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Rent, rent and rent again until she falls in love. Also do you have a budget in mind?
 

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My wife is in a wheel chair and has limited mobility. She's always preferred a revolver for that reason. Given the time, she can rack a slide, but doesn't want to ask any potential attacker to hold on while she does. She carries a 38 right now, but has had a 357 and a 44sp in the past. She just points and clicks.
 

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There's a lot of good DA semi auto's out there if she wanted to mix it up a little.
 
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