New "house gun" that is easier for the inexperianced wife to use?

New "house gun" that is easier for the inexperianced wife to use?

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    New "house gun" that is easier for the inexperianced wife to use?

    Okay, my current "house gun" which is the one loaded and in the safe in the night stand is a M&P 9C with full size magazine in it (no safeties). My concern is this: my wife is not a fan of guns (though she will shoot sporting clays from time to time) and I have only gotten her to shoot a hand gun a few times. Though the M&P is extremely reliable it can be prone to issues if you limp wrist it, which I have accomplished intentionally at the range. I am considering replacing the 9C with a revolver of medium size caliber as the bed side gun for her benefit alone for the reliability and ease of use. I have this fear that should my wife ever have to use the gun it may malfunction and she will not know how to rectify it even if I go over it with her multiple times. As we all know even the seasoned shooter may have issues clearing a jam at times.

    I currently don't own any revolvers though on is next on the list for a new carry gun. So with that what do you guys suggest for a good bed side revolver for an inexperienced petite shooter?

    I should say that I have 3 very small children so leaving a loaded shotgun around is not an option and I do not have an area in my room large enough to put another full size quick to open safe of that size.

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    The Ruger LCR would be ideal. My wife has one and loves it. You can get one in .357 Magmum but it will shoot the .38spl and +P ammo as well. It has a smooth cam assisted trigger pull with Hogue grips and can accommodate a laser if wanted.

    Take her to a gun shop that sells the LCR and have her to hold and dry fire one. I'm sure she would like it.

    It accepts speed loaders so the cartridges do not have to be loaded one at a time.
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    I am thinking of doing the same at my house... I think its a great idea.
    Im not rich though, I need to research and find a trustworthy revolver. The more rounds the merrier.

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    What is the trigger pull weight on the LCR v the SP101. My wife finds the trigger pull on the SP101 to be a little too stout for her.
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    A house gun might as well be a 3" or 4" stainless six-shot. There's no point in having a snubnose revolver as a house gun if it's never going to be carried. The .38 Special +P or .357 magnum LCRs are fine revolvers, but not for house guns, where size is not really a factor. The LCR in .38 Special has stiff recoil, although the trigger is better than the comparable J-frame.

    I would recommend a K-frame .38 Special with a 4" barrel or a GP100 with a 3" or 4" barrel. Although a .357 is certainly reasonable- if recoil, blast, and report are too much, just load hot .38 Specials.
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    Silly idea giving a handgun to a person who doesn't shoot to defend the house. It may even be silly to expect a person who is opposed to employing defensive means as the house defender just because they're given a tool.

    Do you give a child a socket wrench and expect them to change sparkplugs, just because the wrench can do it?

    I would say find other ways to make the home secure if the female partner has to be home alone. Move, add bullet resistant panels, create a safe room, get a dog. Otherwise you're fooling yourself.

    I should say that I have 3 very small children so leaving a loaded shotgun around is not an option and I do not have an area in my room large enough to put another full size quick to open safe of that size.
    Adding three small children to the mix makes it almost an impossible paradigm. Now the wife has to defend the home and herd three small children. You need a safe room, not a different firearm. A person who can't shoot, three small kids and panic and fear added together does not make for a defensible home.

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    A used Modle 64 S&W would be a good Gun to learn on and a House Gun. Take her to a Range that will rent guns and let her try a few. It will save you Money in the long run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haywood View Post
    A used Modle 64 S&W would be a good Gun to learn on and a House Gun. Take her to a Range that will rent guns and let her try a few. It will save you Money in the long run.
    I agree. In fact, I was going to suggest a trusty ole' Model 10 myself. Properly loaded they will still do the job they have always done, and they do it very well. If a Model 64 or Model 10 is not on the market in your area she would be equally well served with a used Ruger Security Six or similar frame sixgun.
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    I agree with BadgerJ

    My wife has yet to grasp the excitement of shooting, and even though she would be like a mama bear protecting her cubs, the delay and indecision of the gun may cause the intruder to see the gun and step up their attack.
    Safe room is nice idea, and I would love one, but not always reasonable. Her best protection would be cameras, a phone, and a police style tazer.
    The OP's wife may be more convincible than mine, but, she has to KNOW that she is able to pull that trigger, and no fancy gun will change that.
    I would vote for a monitored alarm system and a room with a steel door and steel reinforcement in the walls. Hopefully hold off bad guys off until police come.

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    No snubbies if it's going to be for HD. If she is petite and scared of recoil the last thing she needs is some pocket rocket that's hard to control. Go full size so she can actually handle the gun and not be afraid of it. Plus even if it's a 357, load it up with 38SPL for her. It is still a very capable round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    No snubbies if it's going to be for HD. If she is petite and scared of recoil the last thing she needs is some pocket rocket that's hard to control. Go full size so she can actually handle the gun and not be afraid of it. Plus even if it's a 357, load it up with 38SPL for her. It is still a very capable round.
    While you are right in small guns having a hard felt recoil, in my experience handing a full size revolver to a petite woman who is not keen on guns, is a sobering experience to them. The first thing my GF said was it's too heavy, and gave it back. That was a .22 single action. I'm glad she didn't handle my .44 Magnum. Before you chose any gun for her make sure she is comfortable handling and shooting it. Also instill in her that an intruder wants to harm the kids, that alone will enable her to take action.

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    Shot gun with a short barrel and teach her how to use it. Or if you have friends with different guns ie revolver shotgun AR semi auto pistol let her try different ones and let her decide. There are lots of ways to keep a gun of any kind out of reach of children and easy to get to. Biggest thing is let her decide. Any gun is better than no gun. Put enough 22s in someone and they will stop what they are doing if she is recoil sensitive. When I leave my kids at home my Son has a Ruger Sr22 with 2 mags with stingers and a S$W MP 15/22 with 2 25 rds mags of stingers. My Daughter who is older knows where I keep my Mossberg 500 12 gauge and knows how to use it. I know as guys we tend to push what we would use. Some women can handle a hand gun very well but some prefer a long gun. Let her decide.

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    Wife stays home with the kids, kids as anyone who has them knows are in and out all day. An alarm, is not an option and does no good when doors are unlocked due to kids being in and out. I have an 80 pound lab that barks at anything that moves. We live in an upper middle class neighborhood with little or no crime. But that means diddly to me because there is always a first and I want to be prepared if its my house. I can see the benefit to a safe room and have thought about it. I have a huge closet/attic space in one of my upstairs rooms that could easily and inexpensively be fortified to repel a moderate effort to gain entry until the police arrived. My wife is pretty handy with a semi auto shot gun, however I am concerned about a reasonable safe to put it in that is 'small' and quick to open. I refuse to use lock boxes (too easy to get past) and have a fort knox push button safe for my bedside hand gun which is heavy gauge steel. I would be interested what people use to secure shot guns in this type of situation. I also if its not obvious by now will not leave a loaded weapon in my house unlocked no matter how high up or 'out of reach' of my children it is.

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    Just bought a S&W Bodyguard 38 special. It was her choice and research. (She's 22 and just got her cpl.) She just wanted something simple and reliable. I agreed with her as I do you. The only issue was the grip which we replaced with a Houge grip.
    recoil was a bit snappy with the thin original grip. I think the LCR would also be a good choice. Your thinking is spot on.

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    OP - I had somewhat of the same inquiry as you. These responses may help you...

    The family/first response gun.


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