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Posted: 2/19/2006 7:02:02 PM EDT
hi i was looking for opinoins,i would like to get my wife a handgun,for homedefense mostly because we live in illinois(FOR NOW). i was wondering what would be a good one for her to start with so she wont feel overwelmed or confused,shes still a little nervous around them and i want her to be prepared should the time arise that she need be!thanks
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:18:36 PM EDT
My wife prefers my 9mms. What is funny is she is a tiny woman and likes my Beretta 92s grip. However if she picks one out to take with her she usualy grabs the Glock 19 but has said she wants a Khar 9mm. She is the typical woman who is not into guns be realizes they are a tool that is needed and she does like to go shoot with me from time to time. Getting her to carry any pistol is a chore in itself. She is not anti-gun at all but does not want to be bothered with it. If she is going somewhere that she thinks she might be better off with it though she takes it with her. I would look at Khars, Glock 19s, Keltec 9mms or 32s. Just my opinion.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:21:12 PM EDT
My wife likes the Kahrs as well but shoots my Glocks I need to get her a Kahr soon.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:31:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 7:32:33 PM EDT by ALPHAGHOST]
no married

but just for some info on what i know: most ladies i have shot with prefer .22lrs pistols

a couple did like the .45acps and 9mms, but most went back to the .22lr; on the other hand, some did not like the trigger pulls, others did not like the grip size, etc...

overall (for any novice shooter, in general), i would start em off on a .22lr revolver or auto or something like that

for a self-defensive cartrige, i would start at a 9mm auto or a .38spl revolver

hit the gun shops and get a feel for the guns that feel comfortable in the hand--and if you can dry fire it to get a feel on the trigger pull, thats a bonus
get the one that just feels good (grip, trigger, and recoil wise)

h/w, there is also the matter of caliber--all calibers feel different to shoot
get the largest caliber that feels good to shoot (general rule)--not something that makes you reluctant to shoot it

practice and hopefully the nervousness will leave and confidence will enter
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:50:31 PM EDT
My girlfriend has a Kahr PM9 and loves it. However, recoil has never been a problem for her. She would like to get a revolver next, and will probably be looking at some 38 spl for her.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:53:23 PM EDT
My wife can shoot the shit out of my GLOCK 19. I plan to get her a Kahr PM9 for size and weight considerations.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 9:28:52 PM EDT
My wifes ccw is a Glock 23 Or Kimber CDP Ultra Carry , she has one of the other on at all times
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:28:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 4:12:25 AM EDT by GI_Brat]
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:55:30 PM EDT
.380 bersa. Can't think of anything hotter than a woman with an auto.

BJohnson
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:38:48 AM EDT
J-Frame Smith. Trying to get her into a Sig 239.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 5:42:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:03:23 AM EDT
I am a wife.

I have a 9mm Colt Commander.
I want a 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm or a 9mm HK P2000. The P2000 is my longtime wish, but the PX4 is cheaper and more realistic for me.

Stick with 9mm or .38 unless your wife is big (not fat -- big). I'm 5'7" and small framed (especially my wrists) and I don't enjoy shooting anything bigger.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:11:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 6:11:48 AM EDT by lunadam]
My wife shoots a SA 1911 .45 or Beretta .40. She says that 9mm doesn't have enough kick. She likes to feel the gun. Not bad for a girl barely pushing 100pds.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:21:39 AM EDT
My wife is 5'- 3 @ 100 lbs and "her gun" in my Series 70 Gold Cup, .45 ACP.

It used to be "my gun", till she tried it and found it hits whatever she is aiming at!

It gets funny at gun shows & gun stores. She will be looking and some 'expert' will tell her she should look at a LadySmith.

Her response is that she has a Lady Remington that she shaves her legs with and wants to know if a LadySmith is the same thing???

But overall, if you are comfortable with it and can shoot it well, that is the gun to use!

A .22 between the eyes is more effective than a .44 mag passing close to someone's ear…
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:34:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lunadam:
My wife shoots a SA 1911 .45 or Beretta .40. She says that 9mm doesn't have enough kick. She likes to feel the gun. Not bad for a girl barely pushing 100pds.



Not bad at all. Welcome to Arfcom!
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 7:56:03 AM EDT
my wife owns and shoots a S&W40VE, HK USP compact in 9mm, Walther P22 and her AR15. we're not allowed to carry in this state, well you can if you know the right people or a buisness owner, personal protection is no longer a reason for the state to issue permits.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:23:34 AM EDT
G26.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:36:24 AM EDT
A Colt Python 4" bbl., loaded with Remington 125gr Golden Sabers is my wife's nightstand gun.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 10:51:48 AM EDT
1911 or 21/2" 66 depending JD
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 12:15:01 PM EDT
My wifes primary is a Beretta 86. Its a 380 with a tip up barrel. She likes the light weight and the fact that she doesnt have to rack a slide to chamber a round.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 12:48:30 PM EDT
My wife has a Rossi 5-shot 38special snub nose and a S&W 5906. She really likes my Taurus Millenium 9mm and Para-Ord P12 though.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 12:59:49 PM EDT
she has a bersa 95 .380 she likes but, I think she wishes she had gotten a .38. Although she hates my small .357.....I wonder why hehe. I like to call it spanky.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 1:07:05 PM EDT
Mine currently loves her Taurus 85 .38 spl. She doesn't want to mess with magazines or pulling slides. He says she's happy with the 5 shot loaded with 147 gr. +P+ jhp. She says she isn't going to shoot untill there REAL close!
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 8:49:17 PM EDT
S&W 6906 and S&W 442
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:17:24 PM EDT
sa micro. 5'4". 115lbs. she loves it. guys leave the range because she shoots her .45 better than they shoot their 9mms.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 12:09:32 AM EDT
A USPf .45 and her hands are so small.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 12:20:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By grock19:
Mine currently loves her Taurus 85 .38 spl. She doesn't want to mess with magazines or pulling slides. He says she's happy with the 5 shot loaded with 147 gr. +P+ jhp. She says she isn't going to shoot untill there REAL close!



+1 I could not say it any better
And will not give me my Taurus Tracker .17 back to me............



THE BITCH!!!!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:19:23 AM EDT
Wife and I shoot Glock 26s same round and mags for helping each other out if the SHTF. oh she likes G19 mags I like my G20 but carrying we use the G26 mags with 12 rounds.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 3:02:32 AM EDT
My g/f likes the G19, even more than smaller pistols such as the PPK.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:27:33 AM EDT
My wife carries a Taurus 111. I bought it for her on impulse at a gun show. I'll never do that again! We are currently saving up for a SA Champion or Kimber ProCarry for her. She has a full size 1911 (Armscor Clone) and like the 1911. She's 5'11" and has no problem with recoil from her 9mm or the .45.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:44:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 7:53:15 AM EDT by uncut]

Originally Posted By LadyLiberty:
I am a wife.

I have a 9mm Colt Commander.
I want a 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm or a 9mm HK P2000. The P2000 is my longtime wish, but the PX4 is cheaper and more realistic for me.



I know somebody that has both in 9mm and he says that the PX4 shoots almost better than the P2000 then going on considering the price difference the PX4 wins

*edit
there is the option to have the "safty,decocker" lever exchanged for a slime line version so it doesn't stick out of the slide
though if you lile those 2 guns you also might want to look at a Walther P99. There is 2 version of the fullsize in 9mm...... DA/SA which is P99/AS (stands for anti stress trigger) or the P99/QA which is a precocked striker fired one (light DAO with short reset same triggerpull from first to last shot)
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 7:55:40 AM EDT
My wife shoots a Walther P99c/AS 9mm with the factory mag extension
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:02:44 AM EDT
My wife carried a SA 1911 Gov. Mod. until she stole my CZ 2075 with extended mag. Her reason "it fits in my purse better".
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:11:04 AM EDT
My wife's main gun Sig P229 DAK in 40S&W. She is spot on and it has the right amount of kick and the grip fits her hand. She is also a BIG fan of the Mossberg 590 12gauge.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 8:36:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 8:37:45 AM EDT by Citat3962]
ditto on the pepper spray.

Sig P228 on the nightstand.

We're both most familiar with that one out of my two 9mms.

the only thing she doesn't like about the sig is the recoil and difficulty racking the slide...

I need to find her a good *non-blowback* .380 to shoot..

she hates the makarov because it doesn't fit her hand right and its too snappy for her tastes.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:06:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By uncut:

Originally Posted By LadyLiberty:
I am a wife.

I have a 9mm Colt Commander.
I want a 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm or a 9mm HK P2000. The P2000 is my longtime wish, but the PX4 is cheaper and more realistic for me.



I know somebody that has both in 9mm and he says that the PX4 shoots almost better than the P2000 then going on considering the price difference the PX4 wins

*edit
there is the option to have the "safty,decocker" lever exchanged for a slime line version so it doesn't stick out of the slide
though if you lile those 2 guns you also might want to look at a Walther P99. There is 2 version of the fullsize in 9mm...... DA/SA which is P99/AS (stands for anti stress trigger) or the P99/QA which is a precocked striker fired one (light DAO with short reset same triggerpull from first to last shot)



Great information, thanks a lot.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 4:12:05 PM EDT
My wife shoots a Glock 26 very well. I would check out the Kahr as well.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 8:34:46 AM EDT
The Tweeter carries and shoots a Kahr T9 or S&W 39. Also a Kel-Tac .380 of mine "became" hers. Not fun to shoot but great to carry.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:26:33 PM EDT
My wife is 6'7 325 and keeps a desert eagle chambered for 50 around the house.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 3:18:09 AM EDT
My wife (5' and 100lbs) shoots a 870,g19,cw9 and a M4gery. Although she likes the firepower of the g19, she prefers the Kahr cw9 as it fits her small hands alot better. She loves her M4 the best. Her absolute choice above all others would be my buddys full auto AK with a 75rd drum. The first time she shot the AK she was in heaven for a week.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:50:15 PM EDT
my wife has a gen 2 glock 19 that used to be mine,,,,she has shot and carried it now for at least 10 years, and loves it,,,,

she also shoots m4's as well, but nothing in a bigger calibre than that...
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:54:20 PM EDT
Bersa firestorm compact 7 shot 45acp. Ambi everything. and affordable. Under $400. Reliable and built on the sig template with a diferent slide profile.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:48:33 PM EDT
Work: SW99
Off duty: SW 3913 or Sig P230
Competition: Colt Gold Cup NM
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 10:41:10 AM EDT
Rossi 2" .357 magnum

Trying to get her to get a semi auto or a better revolver.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:35:20 AM EDT
Glock 26, just ordered her crimson trace laser too
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:37:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 3:41:04 AM EDT by dozing4dollars]
+1 on the Glock 26(9mm)...it is an excellent carry gun for my wife's purse.

She keeps a Glock 19(9MM) w/ M6 light/laser on the nightstand.

She likes the 9MM caliber better than any other.

I am still trying to get her out to shoot my M4gery and my Vepr K. She will shoot my Storm 9MM rifle but not much else.

BTW, my wife was scared to death of guns at the beginning, and has learned to really enjoy shooting and got her CCW last year. Give your wife time and she will probably learn to enjoy shooting.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:51:23 AM EDT
another + for Glock 26

set up with Night Sights and Mag Extensions
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 11:28:56 PM EDT
Wife's guns:

1) XD-9
2)PPK in .380

Depends on the CCW situation as to which she carries.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 11:40:05 PM EDT
My g/f has a P239 in 9mm, and loves it. She hasn't get her ccw yet, but plans to. She wants to carry her stainless P220, but I'm trying to convince her it's a little big fer her to conceal (she's tiny.)
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 1:39:14 AM EDT
Her favorite two are a Glock 32 (.357) and a SIG 239 (SAS in .40, .357 barrel on order).

but she also owns:

Glock 19 (9mm), 26 (9mm)
Beretta 92 Compact L type M
Kahr PM9
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 2:10:04 AM EDT
My wife currently owns three Kimbers and depending on her level of dress and mood she either carries the Ultra Raptor, Ultra Elite or Pro tactical. All in .45
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