Finally talked my 67 year old mother into getting her carry license.

Finally talked my 67 year old mother into getting her carry license.

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    Thumbs up Finally talked my 67 year old mother into getting her carry license.

    After a few months of convincing, she's eager and excited to take the course. I told her if she does, I'll take care of it and also let her choose a firearm I'll purchase.

    She the intellectual type and is sharp as a tack.
    Excellent shape physically as well as mentally.
    She also is on the board of several organizations and travels locally usually alone, sometimes at night.

    She will probably use my P95 for the course (it's real easy to rack).

    Talking to her I think she would probably like a super-light-weight smaller revolver.

    Any Ideas in that catagory?

    I'm even more excited (and relieved) than her!

    As always, Thanks again!!!
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    Congrats. Go Mom!

    If she's fit, competent and capable of using the P95, consider a smaller semi-auto, perhaps, that she could wear concealed: HK P2000SK, Springfield XD sub-compact, Walther PPS, Para Ordnance PDA 9mm or Carry 9 (with LDA trigger), Kahr K9/P9/CCW9, perhaps even the Kahr PM9.

    If set on revolver, consider the Ruger SP101 in 38/357, perhaps with the slightly-longer bbl if she doesn't like the snubbie. Or, if set on the smaller, lightweight variety, the S&W 442/642 variants are good. Had a 442 Airweight for years. At 15.8oz, it was a handful in .38 +P. The sub-13oz scandium models must be a stinger to shoot. My suggestion would be to have her shoot them a bit, first, prior to purchase, if you go the route of the lightweight models.
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    That's awesome...

    IRT type of gun: have her pick what she wants. Depending the caliber and load, a small lightweight revolver may equal high recoil = bad for a new shooter.

    Has she tried any of the smaller semis? i.e. Kahr, Glock, SIG (P232, P239)
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    I'd highly recommend an S&W 642 that you send to a gunsmith to get the trigger worked to make it lighter and smoother. The other recommendation would be the stainless equivilent of the S&W 642 as it would be even more comfortable to shoot and it's likely she'll be carrying in her person or on a belt vs pocket carry. It's simple, can be loaded down for practice and iw utterly reliable.

    Another weapon I'd almost recommend is the Kahr MK9; it makes shooting low power 9mm's super easy; no recoil and even with stout +p's the weight of the stainless gun make them mild. It's a good compact and VERY reliable gun that is way smaller in critical proportions than any J frame. It's also cheaper to shoot and mild enough to shoot that she can practice at the range without beating up her hand. Then after a year buy her nice wood grips for it for Christmas! The only hesitiation is racking the slide. Many of the smaller autos can be a bit stiff!

    Good for her and what a great son!

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    In a revolver, I would recommend the Ruger SP-101 .357 in either the snub version or a 3" barrel. The reason I go with that gun is the all stainless frame of the Ruger, especially if getting a 3" barrel, will definitely soak up a lot of the recoil of any .38 round. I also think their factory rubber grips helps with the recoil and make it more comfortable to shoot.

    Later on as she gets proficient, she could graduate to magnum rounds for defense, but even if she never does, it's still a dandy gun for .38 special.


    Finally, a Big Congrats on getting your mom to go for the carry permit. It's never too late as far as I'm concerned, except for those who wait until after they've been victimized. I truly wish those people would have come to carry before their tragedy.

    Congrats again, to your mom!

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    I know several females that settled on a Sig 239 in .40 cal. It's easy to handle and in DA/SA, very safe.
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    So.....today I took her shooting and she was really into it.....
    She fired...a

    Ruger P95
    S&W model 19 357
    Browning HP .40 cal
    American Arms .380

    She was most comfortable with the P95 so far........

    She out-shot my Father who came too.
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    Awesome! Simply Awesome! Great news!
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    Excellent! Any chance you could work on my wife?

    Sounds like you've got the gun options covered, so I've nothing to add there.

    Good job!

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    That's encouraging to hear. My mother is 73 and my dad is 76. I'm trying to talk both of them into applying for their CHP's here is Va. Both of them are active and on the go quite a bit so I would feel a lot better if they were armed. Two legged predators are targeting the elderly these days and I worry about them.

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    It was a great day. I had her handle the weapons for about an hour before, explaining some gun safety, how they operate, and what to expect when she pulled the trigger.
    Also instructed her to no matter what happens, do not drop it. She was a real champ!!! She's Hooked!!!!! & can't wait to go again!!!!!
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    That's great! May I ask what you said to convice her? It might work on my Mom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artemis28 View Post
    That's great! May I ask what you said to convice her? It might work on my Mom.
    We had a talk about life a a senior citizen.

    Thugs in general, and making the playing field a bit more even.

    The fact that seconds count, and 911 is only a few minutes away.

    Also the fact that no matter what, you never know what someone else is thinking.
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    Great move for your mom! Congrats on bringing her along...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluez4u View Post
    We had a talk about life a a senior citizen.

    Thugs in general, and making the playing field a bit more even.

    The fact that seconds count, and 911 is only a few minutes away.

    Also the fact that no matter what, you never know what someone else is thinking.
    Thanks! I hope I will be as successful as you were.

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