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Posted: 11/19/2008 1:36:25 PM EDT
I was shooting my Taurus .38 (2" I believe) and realize, it kicks a lot more than my glock 19.

I'm trying to find something in a revolver that will be easy for my wife to handle. I think the .38 might be too much for her.

do they make a .32 acp revolver (small)?
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:37:30 PM EDT
.38 is about as light as they come. 9mm with moon clips maybe. I don't think I've ever heard of a .32 with moon clips.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:38:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
I was shooting my Taurus .38 (2" I believe) and realize, it kicks a lot more than my glock 19.

I'm trying to find something in a revolver that will be easy for my wife to handle. I think the .38 might be too much for her.

do they make a .32 acp revolver (small)?

Buy her a .22 revolver. Have her practice shooting it. Let her keep the .38 for when she needs it, as if some dirt bag pulls a knife on her, th e last thing on her mind will be recoil.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:38:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2008 1:39:37 PM EDT by packinheavy]
.22
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.32 Magnum
.327 something or another Ruger is making
9mm if you can find them
.38 S&W which is obsolete
.32 S&W which is also obsolete


I would recommend target wadcutters out of a the .38 before buying her a .22.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:38:52 PM EDT
.327 mag???
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:40:27 PM EDT
Mine's a .44 Mag

Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:40:29 PM EDT
.22 to 500 S&W
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:40:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:41:47 PM EDT
Still some .32 H&Rs out there.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:42:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2008 1:46:48 PM EDT by shotar]
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:42:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2008 1:43:53 PM EDT by Gtdhw]


Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:43:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By packinheavy:
.22
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.32 Magnum
.327 something or another Ruger is making
9mm if you can find them
.38 S&W which is obsolete
.32 S&W which is also obsolete


I would recommend target wadcutters out of a the .38 before buying her a .22.


I've also seen snub-nosed revolvers in .22 Magnum, .45ACP, and .44 Magnum.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:43:31 PM EDT
how about .22 mag?

would it be more useful to just stab someone?
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:43:52 PM EDT
I have a S&W 640 .357 in stainless. You can run .38's through it all day and it is very managable. My girlfriend loves it. More compact than my G17 and the recoil is a hair less.

No bells, no whistles, point and shoot.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:44:37 PM EDT
.327 Ruger

.32 H&R Magnum
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:44:46 PM EDT
Mom has an Airlite Ti chambered in 32 H&R Magnum.

Might not be ideal for stopping power but a pretty good compromise for someone that is recoil sensitive and wants a light gun.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:46:30 PM EDT
Maybe she should just hit the gym. 38 special is not exactly a hard recoiling caliber, even in a 2".
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:47:22 PM EDT
Man, I love that gun........wish I had one

Originally Posted By Klatuu:
Mine's a .44 Mag

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i251/Klatuu_1/Sz2.jpg


Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:47:36 PM EDT
How heavy is the Taurus?

Have you tried special low recoil loads like the 110gr Federal Premium Personal Defense?
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:48:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Maybe she should just hit the gym. 38 special is not exactly a hard recoiling caliber, even in a 2".



we hit the gym daily.

She's small, and when I let her handle my Glock 17 she couldn't pull back the slide far enough to charge it.

I'll probably just let her carry the .38 after she gets her CHL.

Was just wondering if there was anything in something like a .32 acp.

that's all.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:49:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By scrum:
How heavy is the Taurus?

Have you tried special low recoil loads like the 110gr Federal Premium Personal Defense?



nope, I'll have to find some of these and see if it's what I'm looking for.

thanks for the tip!
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:49:18 PM EDT
I have revolvers in
.22 mag
.32 S&W long
.38 sp.

They're out there.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:50:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
I was shooting my Taurus .38 (2" I believe) and realize, it kicks a lot more than my glock 19.

I'm trying to find something in a revolver that will be easy for my wife to handle. I think the .38 might be too much for her.

do they make a .32 acp revolver (small)?


Try some light 148 wadcutter loads, I forgot who but someone tested a 148 WC at ~6 or 7 hundred FPS and it still hit 14'' of ballistic gelatain IIRC

Link Posted: 11/19/2008 1:58:52 PM EDT
My wife has a air-weight S&W J Frame 2" in .38. She can shoot about 20 rounds before she says it's hurting her hand too much. I have a heavy stainless K frame .38 4" that I let her practice with and she uses the J frame for protection.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 2:01:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Klatuu:
Mine's a .44 Mag

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i251/Klatuu_1/Sz2.jpg


Nice!

I used to have Taurus M44 in the snubbie version with DAO hammer(less). Man that thing would rub the webbing between my thumb and first finger raw. I was a great pistol, but was only fun to shoot with .44 special loads. Now I have a 4" ported version with hammer and it's MUCH nicer to shoot.

Link Posted: 11/19/2008 2:05:02 PM EDT
Ruger makes the SP101 in both .32 H&R magnum and the new .327 Federal magnum. I've been waiting to see if the .327 Federal breaks out, not a lot out there yet.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 2:16:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Maybe she should just hit the gym. 38 special is not exactly a hard recoiling caliber, even in a 2".



we hit the gym daily.

She's small, and when I let her handle my Glock 17 she couldn't pull back the slide far enough to charge it.

I'll probably just let her carry the .38 after she gets her CHL.

Was just wondering if there was anything in something like a .32 acp.

that's all.


Try having her grasp the slide, holding it still, and push the frame. This tends to work for folks having a problem racking semi-autos.
Snubbies are notoriously difficult to shoot well, especially for new shooters.

But hey, whatever works for you/her.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 2:24:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2008 2:29:31 PM EDT by Plumbata]
Is it the recoil or the fact the grips don't fit?

You are not going to feel any real difference between the .32H&R and the .38. Of course, you could just step up to a K frame 4".

Put oversized Hogue finger groove grips on the snubby. (About 20 bucks) before you go dropping major cash on another gun.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 2:26:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Maybe she should just hit the gym. 38 special is not exactly a hard recoiling caliber, even in a 2".


Link Posted: 11/19/2008 4:16:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
Originally Posted By scrum:
How heavy is the Taurus?

Have you tried special low recoil loads like the 110gr Federal Premium Personal Defense?



nope, I'll have to find some of these and see if it's what I'm looking for.

thanks for the tip!


There is some low-recoil Speed Gold Dot "Chief's Special" .38 Special designed for very short snubbies.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 4:23:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Plumbata:
Is it the recoil or the fact the grips don't fit?

You are not going to feel any real difference between the .32H&R and the .38. Of course, you could just step up to a K frame 4".

Put oversized Hogue finger groove grips on the snubby. (About 20 bucks) before you go dropping major cash on another gun.


+1 Grips make a world of difference. I've shot a .44mag with factory wood grips and with Hogue grips and it was a world of difference in terms of recoil and controlabilty.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:02:14 PM EDT
Some decent grips combined with 148 grain wadcutter loads should tame your snubbie. It will seem almost like a 22 then. Small concealment grips and +P loads can be a handful. That idea may be the way to go since your 38 is paid for.

You can find Smith and Wesson 32 Magnum snubs if you look. The older ones are pricey.

I will say that you can buy an older 32 Long pretty cheap. Despite what the chairborne rangers say, two or three hits with a 32 Long will discourage most folks from further hostilities.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:04:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MauserMark:
how about .22 mag?

would it be more useful to just stab someone?



The problem with rimfire calibers for self defense is ammo reliability.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:05:02 PM EDT
Did someone say snub-nosed revolver?

Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:05:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TearsInRain:
Originally Posted By Skillshot:
Maybe she should just hit the gym. 38 special is not exactly a hard recoiling caliber, even in a 2".




Well, maybe you're on the small side, too. I understand. You don't have to shoot 158 grain +p. Try a lighter load.
Link Posted: 11/19/2008 5:07:42 PM EDT
Quite a few S&Ws in .32 H&R Magnum. Dunno how decent its ballistics are.
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