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Posted: 10/19/2001 12:55:09 PM EDT
I want to get my Mom a handgun for her birthday next month, and I'm wondering what to get.

I took her to the range to shoot my Beretta 92 once, and though she shot it relatively accurately, she was limp-wristing it enough that it wasn't feeding most of the time, (the only time that Beretta has EVER malfunctioned) so a semiauto is pretty much out of the queston.

I was thinking one of these Taurus titanium revolvers, probably in .38 special, but not having shot one of these I don't know if it would be too much recoil with the light weight.

What do you guys think?
Link Posted: 10/19/2001 1:07:19 PM EDT
ruger gp100..solid, reliable, very little maintainence...can't go wrong with that one for a home defense gun..
Link Posted: 10/19/2001 3:33:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2001 6:02:52 PM EDT by Kevin]
Link Posted: 10/19/2001 6:05:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/20/2001 5:15:22 PM EDT by VA-gunnut]


I would say the gp or the sp from Ruger are very good pistols to start with.
Link Posted: 10/19/2001 8:49:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2001 8:44:39 PM EDT by varmitgun]
low maintance/adjustable sights
38/357 4 inch stainless
Ruger/Smith/Tauris
vortac is right i would go with the GP100

Link Posted: 10/20/2001 2:40:24 PM EDT
Ruger GP100 or a Smith 686. Have her check the grips and sights on each one as they are very different. If you like one, you probably won't like the other.
Link Posted: 10/20/2001 8:57:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/22/2001 6:09:07 PM EDT by SS109]
Agree, revolver is much more idiot proof.

edited, sorry I didn't mean to imply your mom was an idiot, but KISS ia usually a good thing.
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 3:04:01 PM EDT
not that ss109 would be implying that your mom is an idot of course...
Link Posted: 10/22/2001 4:56:27 PM EDT
If it is going to be a bedside gun I vote for a 6" Python or 686.If it is to carry,then a 66 4" would be good.You are a good son.
cpermd
Link Posted: 10/25/2001 5:02:08 PM EDT
I don't think any of the big guns will do much good if she's limp wristing a 9mm. I think she should start like my wife did with a used .22mag. revolver, and a full case of ammo. After she's digested that and learned to shoot, then she'll be tell you what she wants!
If you can teach shooting technique or hire an expert for about 2-3hr. to get the basics down it will go a long way to her enjoyment of firearms. Maybe even a lifesaver.
TF
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 11:32:15 AM EDT
My girl friend started with a 9mm ruger p/95 . Same thing with her, limp wrist. I got her a Tarus model 85 38spl. she loves this gun and is very good with it, she weighs 120 lbs, very small wrist, I am changing the grips, as the rubber, "stock" ones give her a blister on her thumb, other than that, no problems, I belive a revolver is the best starter gun.
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 12:11:56 PM EDT
I got to shoot a S&W 60 and one of the new Taurus titanium snubbies back to back with the same slightly hot 38 loads. Suprisingly, the Taurus had much less felt recoil. Although very light weight, it didn't have the "follow-through" recoil that the Smith had, meaning that it was only a quick short recoil. Didn't try to roll up out of your hand.

Went through the same thing with my Mom. Let her hold some and see how they fit her hand. Many older women have problems with arthritis in their hands reducing their ability to hold the weapon. Those Taurus gripper grips might be a good choice.

22mag or standard 38 special are probably good calibers to consider.
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 2:47:57 PM EDT
I would go with a Taurus 85 3" Stainless. Light recoil, small frame good for women, revolver easier to use than semi-automatic, lighter weight than the awsome rugers listed earlier, costs less. Great buy!
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 6:52:57 PM EDT
Read mine and do it.
Ignore the others.
I am serious.
cpermd
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