This is a discussion on EDC for My Girlfriend (Kahr P380 or Walther PPK)? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by tts She likes and shot best with the P238, although it jammed 1/10 rounds on her. I've read people having all kinds ...
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Two things to consider on the p238. First could it have been operator error, limp wrist on an early round? Second since it was a range rental they do not usually get the best care and cleaning so especially in a small gun with tight tolerances it can effect reliable performance.
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The initial production run of P238's had some issues. SIG went through a significant upgrade program to fix it, and they did. The range rental may have been one of the initial production run.
Anyway, I highly recommend the P238. It has excellent sights, a decent trigger, the easiest to rack slide I've ever seen, variety of holsters available, mature design, and it's actually pleasant to shoot. My wife's reaction to her first round was "that's soooooooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeet!"
Edited to add: We've also had some first time shooters shoot it and it has never malfunctioned with any of them either.
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I cannot comment on the Walther but I have owned both the Sig and the Kahr. The Sig shot 600 or so trouble free rounds, most comfortable .380 I have ever shot. On the other hand, the Kahr had a jam on 1 out of every 5-6 rounds. The store offered to send it back to Kahr our give me full price paid towards another gun (which I put towards the Sig).
Voted other----my other loves her PM9
As all have said, let her choose her own. There are so many choices today. The selection is mind boggling. It depends more on what she will actually carry than caliber. Newer shooters tend to want really small and light or they just won't carry it. If she likes the PPK size guns check out the Bersa line of pistols. The carry version in 380 is incredibly comfortable in the hand.
Also the single stack 9mms are extremely popular. Small grip size is a plus if she's got smaller hands.
Good luck on the hunt!