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Posted: 5/3/2002 8:02:48 AM EDT
My wife has shown a interest in getting a handgun. She has commented that my Model 80 .45 is to big for her hand. I am thinking maybe a small .380 semi auto. Does anybody have any suggestions on what would be a good for protection as well as plinking.
Link Posted: 5/3/2002 8:13:54 AM EDT
Diss,

I've been going through this with my bride.
She shoots her P95 very well, but it's too big for purse carry.

If she didn't mind heavy, I think a Sig P232 would be the right choice, or Bersa Thunder, but she's very picky. I have a Kel Tec P-32 and as soon as she gets used to it, that will be her carry gun (she has to have her fingerprints redone for CHL...they are very picky)
Anyway, She loves shooting my Springfield V-10 .45, but it is heavy for her purse as it's all steel.

She hates shooting her S&W Airweight 642 .38, but it might end up being her carry gun as it is reliable and light.

It kicks like a mule but for protection, who cares?

Her P95 is great. Easy to rack the receiver, accurate and completely reliable. She shot 223 out of 250 on the TX CHL test with it and she had only been shooting for 2 months.

Anyway, the KelTec P-32 is about the lightest, but it is strictly for close up work and might not drop a BG very quickly.

An Airweight J-frame revolver is great for protection, but no fun at the range for woman.

I've heard the Para LDA 6.45 is a possible alternative. It has dual springs to lessen perceived recoil and is a Double action 1911!

I want one for myself.....OF COURSE.

Runt_of_the_litter over at the Firing Line loves hers!.

Link Posted: 5/3/2002 8:17:52 AM EDT
Diss,

I forgot to add. We tried a Beretta tomcat. Jam-o-matic and complex to work....IMHO.

The 642 Airweight S&W is hammerless btw
Link Posted: 5/3/2002 10:07:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Coz_45-age-caliber:

Anyway, the KelTec P-32 is about the lightest, but it is strictly for close up work and might not drop a BG very quickly.




Hey Coz, did you and your wife resolve that failure to extract issue you were having with the P-32?
Link Posted: 5/3/2002 10:49:26 AM EDT
Houston,

Not yet. I want to shoot it now that I've cleaned it up and stuff....but I've not been able to get out and shoot it again. The gal from Gibson arms told me that if it happens on all ammo, that she'd get it fixed through Keltec for me. I traded her for it a couple of gun shows ago.

I think I may even go so far as to have it hard chromed. I hear it's only $20 at Keltec and that it resolves issues such as this.

I'm carrying the thing right now
Link Posted: 5/3/2002 2:03:09 PM EDT
Thanks for the input. I looked around a little on the net and I sure like the looks of a Colt Model 80 .380. Have any of you ever handled one or have any thoughts on it?
Link Posted: 5/3/2002 5:24:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Diss_ipator:
Thanks for the input. I looked around a little on the net and I sure like the looks of a Colt Model 80 .380. Have any of you ever handled one or have any thoughts on it?



Not bad. It's the Beretta 85? IIRR. Nice gun but see if you can find one of the older ones with the hicap mags.
Link Posted: 5/4/2002 4:13:19 AM EDT
Diss,
I forgot about the Colt Mustang .380

Looks like a 1911. Action like a 1911.

Cost like a....Les Baer 1911!

I have actually been looking for one below $500.

They are very proud of them, and of course, Colt doesn't make em any more.

Very cool choice indeed. I think I have a mental block against paying more than $400.00 for a "pocket pistol".

Link Posted: 5/6/2002 1:54:15 AM EDT
Pistol for your wife? Damn good trade -
Link Posted: 5/6/2002 4:15:18 AM EDT
LOL
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DoubleFeed--What are you offering for her?
Link Posted: 5/6/2002 11:42:53 AM EDT
I got a rifle for my wife. Course, now I have to do my own laundry, but it seemed like a good trade at the time.
Link Posted: 5/6/2002 2:10:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/6/2002 4:02:22 PM EDT


My 2 cents;

Let her decide. She should go - without you to the gun store! Let her fondle each one that catches her eye. I have talked to several women over the years who have firearms but really didn' shoot them. I found that many had the firearm tucked away somewhere in the house; shot it once or twice but she didn't like it . the reason: she ended coming home with the firearm that her spouse/boyfriend wanted .

General recommnendations:
get what fits her hand
get what is reasonalbly comfortable to shoot - recoil etc.
get what she is willing to carry around in her purse, pack etc. You are right the SW hammerless titanium guns are great in there compact size and weight (about 11oz unloaded as I recall, and they are less likely to snag in a purse on drawing)
get what she can function in a crisis situation - she will have to decide on revolver vs semi auto, the latter obvioiusly entails more of a commitment to jam clearing drills
I would say that the smaller sized semi autos that I have handled are harder to rack vs a bigger gun , and if a woman has weak hands/forearms this is a significant consideration. If she elects to go with a 380 be aware of Barettas model 87 with tilt up barrel option, but this is not a compact gun by today's standards.
caliber: most 380s use a blow back mechanism and I can tell you that my Baretta 84F has more felt recoil than my approximatiely same sized/weight CZ75compact ; 40 may be too much if your wife is small, .38 with plus P rating or 38/357 would give her the option of using straight 38 special, plus P rated ammo or going up to 357 - which again might be too much, ditto for 9mm guns rated for plus P ammo on choices of ammo.
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