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 Wife Has Weak Wrist's--Which pistol for her?
MauserK98  [Member]
1/16/2012 10:22:35 AM EST
Trying to help my wife get her conceal carry permit.
We went to the range to practice with my gun, a S&W 642 Airweight Hammerless Revolver.
I want her to pack a revolver because it's simple and not to much to go wrong, but will consider a semi-automatic
The problem is her wrist are small and weak and it's very difficult for her to pull the trigger. When she does get a shot off, it's all over the target. I let her shoot another revolver with a hammer and it is very difficult for her to pull the hammer back because of her small hands.
Looking for a carry pistol with an easy trigger pull for her. Is there such a pistol out there?

Thanks for any help.

MauserK98
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turb06le240  [Member]
1/16/2012 10:29:56 AM EST
Nice s&w J frame... My wifes has pink crimson trace grips
check out the 22 magnum, really easy to shoot,
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=269870105
That 22 speer gold dot ammo will do the trick for most situations, and you get 7 shots, instead of 5 {the energy of this round is like a 38 s!!!}
And these are around for $500 or so..
frozenny  [Member]
1/24/2012 2:58:38 AM EST
In my experience some shooters (like my wife) have smaller, weaker hands... I've tried the J frame revolver route, but this often is the worst choice. I know that legions of gunwriters claim tht a small revolver is ideal, but my experience is otherwise. When someone has smaller, or weaker, hands, they often cannot reach the trigger well. The typical 12lb DA trigger pull, combined with an overextended hand, means they can not hit a barn at 10 feet. Its a real challenge for them.

Then most people opt for a small .380. Another bad choice. While the cartridge is okay, most little 380's are blowbacks. Smaller hands and weak hand strength mean these people cannot rack the slide..... The Colt Government 380 (and the mustang) worked because the were locked breech instead of blowback, and didn't have the powerful recoil springs...

The best option, in my experience, is not what most would expect. My wife, who cannot shoot a j frame, cannot rack the slide on most 380s, and hates my glocks (long DA trigger again means over extending to reach teh trigger) likes 1911's best. I never would have thought of that, but its what works. I've found other smaller, weaker shooters take to it readily.

Think about it: Relatively small, narrow grip circumference. Short reach to the trigger. Low trigger pull wieght. All these make it quite 'shootable'. Simply start with a modest load and aa reduced recoil spring. In my book a modest 45 acp load still beats a hot 380. With the modest load recoil isn't tough. And the reduced recoil spring makes racking easier.

I'd have a hard time believing it myself. All the usual 'girls guns" often dnm't work well for small and weak hands. Strong recoil springs in blowbacks and long, heavy DA trigger pulls in J frames jusrt dont work well. The SA firing mode and smaller grip dimensions of the 1911 DO work.

If you want the ultimate in small,weak hand firearms, look closely at Springfields EMP. Grip circumference is reduced even further. Recoil sprng is easily reduced somewhat making it quite manageable.

Fro
epthunter  [Member]
1/28/2012 3:59:17 PM EST
I really like the Beretta Tomcat .32. It has a tip up barrel so you can shoot DA then SA therefore no slide to pull back. It's loud but manageable.
tbeminio  [Team Member]
2/1/2012 4:51:47 AM EST
My wife really enjoys the Gen 4 Glock 19 that I picked up a few summers ago. It has a great capacity and is very simple. The double recoil spring really dampens the felt recoil. I sent her through a women's only one day handgun course this past summer where they fired 500-rnds. She improved quite a bit and only complained about loading all of the mags
TDunn  [Team Member]
2/8/2012 6:21:35 PM EST
I started my wife on 4" S&W 357 mag loaded with 38 special. Once she got good and comfortable with that, she chose to switch to the Glock 19 - but starting on the revolver really helped her with fundamentals. Like others have said, I'd avoid the lightweight J frame for her first gun unless you want to teach the flinch and make her not like it.

Getting good instruction from someone other than her husband will help too. Trust me.
LRRPF52  [Team Member]
2/10/2012 9:33:35 PM EST
Another great choice for ladies that have small hands and short trigger reach is the TT-33 Tokarev 7.62x25. Very low recoil, cheap ammo to practice with ad infinitum, and sleek, low-profile gun width. Penetration with 85gr 7.62 going 1400-1700fps is no joke either, especially with modern construction bullets. Breech is locked, and cycle time is fast, with a steel frame, so less chance of limp-wrist induced malfs.
DieselEngineer  [Life Member]
2/10/2012 9:46:55 PM EST
My wife has carpal tunnel syndrome. We searched quite a bit and tried quite a few before she found something she felt comfortable with. S&W 3913TSW. Single-stack 9mm semi-auto. She did NOT like the feel of my G19. Others on the short list were the EMP, LC9, and HK P7.

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raysheen  [Team Member]
2/11/2012 9:26:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By DieselEngineer:
My wife has carpal tunnel syndrome. We searched quite a bit and tried quite a few before she found something she felt comfortable with. S&W 3913TSW. Single-stack 9mm semi-auto. She did NOT like the feel of my G19. Others on the short list were the EMP, LC9, and HK P7.

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EMP is a good choice for ladies. My wife has one and likes it a lot.
Pros: small grip, great trigger, accurate, and reliable
Cons: expensive, loud, might be hard for OP's wife to rack the slide if she has weak hands, might also be "flippy" if she has weak wrists.


OP, can she shoot semi-autos reliably without "limp wristing" the gun? Is she comfortable shooting something more "complex" than a revolver?


ETA: Another random thought would be the Sig DAK line. Lighter DAO auto.

ETA2: If she doesn't enjoy shooting then first try to get her to enjoy it. Maybe a buckmark or mkii. Either should be easy for her to load and use. Then she can enjoy shooting as a sport and move on to carry in a few months.
Amontgomery  [Team Member]
2/18/2012 11:28:29 AM EST
A full to mid sized 9mm double stack is the way to go. Look for something striker fired with interchangeable backstraps. My wife has very small hands and weak wrists and she picked out her own M&P9 and got me to put the full Apex DAEK, RAM, and Enhanced Extractor on it for her. She uses the smallest backstrap available and it is the perfect gun for her. She loves it and now she goes to the range at least twice a month with me.

Get her shooting regularly before you push her to get her CCW, if she isn't comfortable shooting under zero stress at the range, she will probably not perform under the stress of an attack. Let her shoot a nice, soft-shooting full-sized auto then if she takes to it well, find her a compact in the same model as her full-sized. IE if she gets a G19 or M&P9pro, get her a G26 or M&P9c respectively.
grn06rubi  [Team Member]
2/21/2012 10:30:19 PM EST
My girlfriend absolutely hates shooting my 19

She however loves my P226 9mm, but not the double action.

Just picked up a Springfield loaded and I reckon she'll like it most. SA trigger and a full steel pistol

I think what would best suit her would be a Springfield EMP
Melendez402  [Team Member]
2/24/2012 10:41:48 PM EST
Time for some wrist curls for the girl
gabec35139  [Member]
2/28/2012 3:40:42 PM EST
I bought my wife a Taurus pt132 in 32acp. It has a light slide and trigger. However, there were issues at first that had to be worked out. And this was before he Walther pk380 was out. It also has a very light pull and trigger with simple functions than most autos
war-wagon  [Member]
2/29/2012 12:30:05 PM EST
Airweights .38 revolvers are to light for inexperience shooters. I own one & practice monthly with it to maintain skills. Recoil is up there with standard loads. My wife has small rist & hands so I got her a steel J frame snubbie which she shoots fine. Boot grips come in handy which most have from the factory. If your wifee still can't handle the recoil you will likely have to go to a K frame with appropriate grip. I don't like autos for novice shooters due to the manual of arms & the hand strength required to cycle the slide. You made the right choice for type of weapon but you need more weight. While .22 cal is a option I don't like the lack of reliability associated with .22 ammo. She can improve hand strength with a rubber ball or springloaded devices.
325moutguru  [Team Member]
2/29/2012 12:37:51 PM EST
My wife loves her G19.

Just curious, how is her grip/stance with the pistol?
A good solid grip/stance will help with most weak wrist issues as it uses body mechanics to keep the pistol stable and absorb recoil.
joker1  [Team Member]
3/4/2012 8:47:57 AM EST
Shake Weight to the rescue!
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