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    Default A gun for the little woman.

    Inasmuch as I have owned different kinds of firearms during the last 60 years or so, most people who know me consider me to be a bit of an expert. Well, I don’t know about that, but I have had a number of different types and learned how to use them. So,I can admit that I do have some experience with guns.
    Because of the escalating epidemic of crime that's occurring in America, some men are thinking that, because they are unable to be with their wives every minute of the day, these ladies need a gun to protect themselves. A question I often hear is : What would you recommend for my wife? I want something that is a smaller size that she can handle and has enough horsepower to get the job done. Is there anything that would work for her?
    My answer is : “There ain’t no such animal! If there was, I’d want one for myself. The thing is, that to have power coming out of the barrel, you’re going to have recoil on the other end. You gotta take it to give it! Has she ever fired a gun before?” Most of the time the answer is “no.”
    So, then I make some recommendations. “If she is new to shooting, a revolver is preferable. It can be kept loaded and ready to go with just a pull of the trigger. If she gets a misfire, she can just pull the trigger again to cycle another bullet beneath the hammer. (A new shooter should not have to learn the 2 handed procedure to clear a semi auto handgun until she has had some experience IMHO).
    I recommend that she get at least a .38 Special. If her hands are large enough, I would get her a .357 Magnum and shoot .38 Specials in it. If the extra power is ever needed, the gun could handle it. Also, if you can afford it, get a .22LR revolver which is similar to the other revolver. .22LR is cheap to practice with and, if she is a novice shooter, she needs a couple of thousand rounds under her belt to be fully proficient. And, if possible, she should get some professional training. You can’t do better than that!
    You can’t just hand a gun to anybody and say: “Here you are. Now, you’re protected!” It doesn’t work that way. It’s like playing music; you need practice, practice, practice! Once she reaches that [point, you could purchase a high capacity semi-auto pistol for her. But, nothing less than 9X19 Luger. I think that at that time she would be qualified to protect herself and her family if it ever becomes necessary.

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    I got my wife a Glock 26. She likes it but she is tiny and it is hard for her to conceal that on her body. I love revolvers. I usually carry a S&W 642 Airweight along with my Glock 19. Yuppers. 2 gunz. But I wouldn't recommend a snubbie for any new shooter not just women. They are hard to shoot accurately as it is even with experienced shooters if they have never handled them. although easy an reliable there are other options out there that have a higher capacity and just as easy to handle. One thing I didn't think of when I got my wife her 26 is her comfort of carrying one in the chamber without a safety so it looks like a trip to the funstore is in my near future. Same with the revolvers with her though. She doesnt like the idea of carrying something without an external safety.

    I have trained her though to shoot comfortably and handle the Glock though. I think it boils down to the shooter. I just give my opinion and let them make up their mind. Silly me though i can't even convince her to wear what I like to see her in much less that Glock is the way to go lol. My advice would also always involve a common ammo type. .38 Special is good, but I would usually advise 9mm, .40 cal, or good ol' .45. There is a reason Police and Military use them.
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    For new shooter, especially, I think it is important that they find something that they point well. If the sights are visible (and at least nearly lined up), when the gun is brought to eye level, it will be easier to aim correctly.

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    Let me add that i'm not an "expert", i just grew up around guns.

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    I'm no expert, either. I said that some folks think I am. They think more of me than I do! But, I always have liked revolvers. And, I think that I would rather see a new shooter with one of them than most semi-autos. At least until they get some experience. Then, they can name their own "poison!"

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    +1 .38 Special, if she can shoot it accurately.

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    I'm in the not-snubbie camp, especially w/ DAO.

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    my wife prefers 22 lr pistols, but she likes my sig P series handguns in 9mm, but for her plinking its her walther P-22 and Ruger single six,
    my sister jus got a Glock 19 in 9mm,which she likes a real lot

    for woman I thnk that is a good range 22lr to 9mm
    Sprat and sprat1 are one and the same.

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    I think any gun is better than no gun. But, I prefer a good revolver for beginners. Having said that, I think that I would like to own a Kel-Tec PMR-30 (I think that's the model). It holds 30 rounds of 22WMR ammo. It would be hard to beat as a defensive weapon for just about anybody.

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    I got my wife a charter arms pink lady last year and its fit and finish is not the best.lets face its not a s&w but it is mechanically sound and dependable plus the fact that its pink and she thinks its Purdy means she's more likely to have it on her instead of leaving it at home.

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