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This is a discussion on Reliable 22 pistol within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by BugDude The Bersa Thunder .380 is a good, smooth, low recoil semi-automatic pistol and it is a better defensive round than 22. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    The Bersa Thunder .380 is a good, smooth, low recoil semi-automatic pistol and it is a better defensive round than 22. All of the ladies that shoot my buddy's Bersa Thunder .380 really like it.
    My wife freakin LOVES her Bersa. It's actually a Firestorm .380... It's made by bersa but has a nice rubber grip on it and is quite comfy. Most of the ladies she brings to the range like it too.
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    The range where I took my CCW class keeps shop Ruger MKII and MKIII pistols on hand for the ladies. They have found greater success with new shooters in particular using the Rugers. The shop cleans and maintains the pistols. I would think that any quality pistol (Browning, High Standard, Colt,etc.) would do as well. My wife is basically a non-gun person but she enjoys shooting my Ruger MKII alongside me at the range. Never under estimate the value of a quality .22 for people who are not really gun oriented.
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    Have you looked at Beretta? A local fellow who gives literally hundreds of CWL classes annually uses the Neos. He runs 50 rounds per class member through the guns and has very little trouble with them.

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    I'll also chime in on reccommending the Bersa .380's, good guns, good price low recoil, unless you're loading with something like buffalo bore or corbon. I think they also make a .32 auto on the same frame, which would kick about like your .22 but with far greater stopping power. I think the .22's come in somewhere in the low 20% chance of a one shot stop, whereas the .32 is in the high 60% or low 70% range.
    If she MUST have a .22 for self defense make it a 8 or 9 shot revolver. Taurus makes some good ones, and they won't break the wallet either.
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    A 1911 is Not an obsession, it's simply a recognition that it's THE Gun. :-) All others are runner ups. And hey, if all else fails, aim for the nose and fling it to knock out your foe. Let's see y'all do that with a kel-Tec. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    The Bersa Thunder .380 is a good, smooth, low recoil semi-automatic pistol and it is a better defensive round than 22. All of the ladies that shoot my buddy's Bersa Thunder .380 really like it.
    I'd have to disagree with this, only because of my girlfriend's preference. She actually hates the Bersa compared to my XD. The Bersa, being thinner, hurts her hands a lot more. Even though it's a .380, she says it feels like it has more recoil compared to the 9mm XD. So, some women might like the Bersa .380, but I know there is at least one who doesn't. Just thought I'd throw her opinion in there. (Also, .380 is still pretty scarce, limiting practice ability.)

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    I have a Taurus 94 in SS and its a great shooter. It had to go back to the
    factory once for a problem with the cylender not turning properly, but once
    back, it has been great. Altho I wouldn't recomend a .22, I think if she shot the
    .380 and liked it, ammo for practice can be reloaded. I do all my .380, 9mm,
    .38, and .45 witha Lee Loader. Gives you somthin to do in your spare time.

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    See if you can find her a Bersa Firestorm in 22. They're somewhat hard to find, apparently Bersa doesn't make many, and the ones that get here, get snapped up and held onto. My wife has one and it's a great little gun. Both accurate, and reliable with "hot" ammo like CCI mini mags.

    No, a 22 isn't ideal, but my wife didn't want anything bigger when she first got started. She had tried a 38 and a 9mm, and didn't like them. She did like a 22.

    That Bersa taught her to shoot. It taught her to carry. She learned how to clean a gun with it. She gained confidence in both it and in her own ability to shoot it well. A couple of years later, on her own, she decided she wanted "something better." She got a Glock 19, but the Bersa went along on every range trip. A couple of years later, after a near brush with death, left her disabled, she decided the Glock was too heavy. The Bersa came out of retirement, and now resides in her carry purse once again.



    It will do the job a lot better than crying and begging "Please don't hurt me."
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    This:

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    beretta neo or smith and wesson 22a...both very accurate, dependable and reasonably priced...

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    10thmtn is right - get a 22 revolver. Jams don't matter, they're a piece of cake to shoot, and she can always move up later if she feels like it.

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    You know, as much as I'm not a fan of 5.7mm...if one must have a .22cal pistol, that would be the way to go.

    Or, revolver-wise, forget about .22LR and go to a .22 magnum.

    Unfortunately, I think the choice of a subcompact 9mm for a new shooter to be a bit of a poor--though well-meaning--decision. Compact 9mm's do have a bit of a kick to them--especially with new shooters. Sure, us experienced guys(and gals) who shoot .40's, .45's, and larger think they don't...but the fact is they do; it's fast, and it's a bit snappy, and to unexperienced shooters, it's often not fun.

    Before buying anything, wait for her to take the class. She may be able to try a few other, larger caliber pistols that work well for her, and will hopefully be able to get over her dislike of caliber beginning with "3".
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    6-Real 50gn SJHP22s Mags Will do a little damage with out alot of recoil OMO; )
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy4tat2s2 View Post
    I have a Walther and have put thousands of round through it without a problem but I have seen on boards were some have but I love mine. It will eat everything I put through it. Hope this helps.
    +1... though it is actually my wife's.... she started with it and moved up to 9mm eventually
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgilbert View Post
    I'm just looking for ideas
    Options other than the 22... or a blowback pocket gun.

    If you reload or can find a trustrworthy source, you can load 9 to make it very soft. Atlanta Arm (IIRC) sells a steel load that doesn't make minor power factor (USPSA) but will run a Glock with factory springs.

    Friend of mine is "sort of" going through the same thing. I loaned him a G-19 with my minor USPSA loads (130 grains @ +/- 1,000 fps) and his GF found it to be the softest shooting gun she had tried to date. The thought was to get her comfortable with the soft 9 at the range, and load up something hotter for carry.

    JTA ...a soft 38 in an all steel revo like the 640 might be a thought.
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