Why my wife is choosing to get a concealed carry permit & gun

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    Why my wife is choosing to get a concealed carry permit & gun

    I have made several posts in this past week regarding the shock of my life when my wife said she wanted to get her Concealed Weapons Permit. She has never felt very comfortable with guns, and has tolerated my guns with loving tolerance. Years ago I purchased a Ruger 10/22 for her, and we have enjoyed some quality shooting time together. Although she has enjoyed this time together, she expressed concern when I got a .22 CZ Scout for my daughter after she outgrew her Cricket, and then started teaching my 6 year old son how to shoot with the Cricket. She felt uncomfortable with all the guns in the house.

    As I mentioned last week, she said she wanted to get her permit and I was floored. I still can’t stop smiling, but am still totally confused as to the change of heart. Today she picked out what she wanted, a Ruger LCR. This afternoon she and I went shopping for some new clothes for so she can appropriately conceal it.

    After we returned from our outing, we had a long heart to heart, and I asked “Why this sudden decision?” I found out her decision isn’t “sudden”. She has been thinking of this for a long time. My wife used to work the night shift at a hospital working with outpatients that would come in for overnight medical studies. Patients that came in for these studies were checked in at admitting and then escorted to the lab that was off limits to visitors and anyone other than staff and escorted patients. One evening, as she was getting ready for the nights set of patients when she looked up and saw a man that was a patient the night before. This man asked if he could buy her or take her out for coffee. It sounds innocent enough, but he was in an off limits area, it was after hours and should have checked in at the reception desk, and he was married (My wife couldn’t help but recall that he talked about his wife the night before).

    She politely turned him down and then discreetly notified security, and then me. When she discreetly (and immediately) notified me, I called the hospital’s house supervisor and notified her. In short, as soon as my wife turned him down, and left the area to a “secure” office, he bolted. They didn’t find him. As the night shift was coming to an end, the hospital house supervisor told her that they found him on the security video, he waited until the receptionist checking in afterhours visitors was busy and slipped past. They tracked his movements to the lab, and then back out. Because he was a patient at the hospital, and a patient of my wife, his mistake was that being a patient, he left his name and address etc. The hospital notified police and the police paid a courtesy call to the patient’s home. That was the last we heard.

    This scared my wife. This was over 2 years ago. Since then we have moved out of state, and now she works from home for a lab doing computer work, and still occasionally works a night shift for a company at a couple of different locations. One location is in a rough area of town, and she just decided it was time.

    I can’t guarantee that she will go through everything, and if she does that she will actually carry, but it appears that she is seriously taking steps to move in that direction. I guess only time will tell, but just remember that people can change their positions.

    Now we are looking for advice for a women (not the slender athletic type) to conceal a Ruger LCR.
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    Search for Limalife on you tube, she has some great videos for the ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Search for Limalife on you tube, she has some great videos for the ladies.

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    Been there, done that, Lima Tunes has some great advice, but we are looking for something specific for a larger build women.
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    An LCR on a woman of larger build should be rather easy to conceal i would think. Pocket, flashband holster, several other methods i would think.

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    My wife wanted her CCW, but has not completed the application process.
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    Very glad the incident turned out ok for her. You are a lucky man to have her. Encourage and support her in her endeavor.
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    My wife to my surprise, got hers. She kind of came to the conclusion that it was time. I pity the fool that tries to bring harm her way. She down right "owns" the 45ACP Glock.

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    Just got mine thru the program last month. She got her WI permit and its time to go shopping. She wants to take over one of my guns but I would like to get her very own. She can almost out shoot me with the 10 /22. I am not sure if I am proud or embarrassed!
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    There is a women's thread pinned at the top of this forum that has lots of helpful links included.

    Here's a resource specifically for full-figured women who want to carry concealed: Concealed Carry For Larger Women

    Congrats to your wife, and tell her not to give up too easily.

    She should expect to encounter some frustrations along the way. It's just part of the process, and nothing that a little tenacity can't resolve!
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    Re: Why my wife is choosing to get a concealed carry permit & gun

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsHB View Post
    There is a women's thread pinned at the top of this forum that has lots of helpful links included.

    Here's a resource specifically for full-figured women who want to carry concealed: Concealed Carry For Larger Women

    Congrats to your wife, and tell her not to give up too easily.

    She should expect to encounter some frustrations along the way. It's just part of the process, and nothing that a little tenacity can't resolve!
    That site has a some good resources, thank you!

    I saw the thread for women, but digging through the "Great idea" posts to find a post with value was a bit time consuming. Especially when looking at it from a phone.

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    I can only offer that it helps to find shooting fun. I enjoyed it when I tried it and wanted to keep going.

    I started with a 9mm and that's what I continue to carry...but I've heard that shooting .22 is a good way for many to start. I cant deny it, it is fun but since I carry 9mm, that is what I practice with.

    If it were my wife, I'd find a way to make it fun and something we shared. Then build confidence and carry on that. And dont be 100% down on purse carry....it has advantages along with disadvantages. It may just be a 'start.' Once she starts, just like men trying on a million belts, holsters, and o'clocks, she'll find what's right for her.
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    Have your wife look here...http://www.corneredcat.com/
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    My wife went through an SP101 and Ruger LCR that she owned, before she ended up selling both of them and getting a P238. She finds the P238 more pleasant to shoot and easier to conceal. She's mentioned a P938 but I suggested she wait till it's been around long enough to have the bugs worked out.

    She carries OWB with a cover garment when she carries, which isn't often, but it's more often now with the P238 than when she had the revolver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
    My wife went through an SP101 and Ruger LCR that she owned, before she ended up selling both of them and getting a P238. She finds the P238 more pleasant to shoot and easier to conceal. She's mentioned a P938 but I suggested she wait till it's been around long enough to have the bugs worked out.

    She carries OWB with a cover garment when she carries, which isn't often, but it's more often now with the P238 than when she had the revolver.

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    I am concerned about the ability to accurately fire it and manage the recoil in such a light weapon, but she is has tried to work the slides and has a hard time doing that. I wanted her to go with an autoloader, but it is and was her choice. I just pray that she doesn't get so discouraged that she drops the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMan View Post
    I am concerned about the ability to accurately fire it and manage the recoil in such a light weapon, but she is has tried to work the slides and has a hard time doing that. I wanted her to go with an autoloader, but it is and was her choice. I just pray that she doesn't get so discouraged that she drops the idea.
    The SP101 double action trigger pull ended up being what nixed it. I did everything I could to reduce it, but if the hammer spring was reduced, it got unreliable. Polishing and a lighter trigger return spring helped, but not enough.

    Recoil was what lead to the LCR going away.

    She fell in love with the P238 because the slide is so easy to rack and it's the most pleasant to shoot pocket sized .380 semi-auto on the planet.

    I like it because: she likes it; it can be loaded, unloaded, and cleared with the safety on; it has fantastic night sights as standard, is really concealable and has an excellent trigger. I liked it so much she made me get my own so I'd leave hers alone.

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