This is a discussion on Trying to decide on a gun.... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Guantes JD, using so much logic takes all the fun out of discussions. What can I say, I'm a kill-joy. <--JD...
My advise will echo JD's. I'd be looking for a mid size 9mm, such as the Glock 19 or M&P9c. Then, my goal would be to burn the rifling out of the barrel attending as many classes and then some informal range time. Once comfortable with my ability and being in control of a pistol, only then would I start looking for a smaller "carry" gun.
It will do nothing but make your learning curve a lot longer buying a tiny compact model at this point in your shooting journey.
"Just blame Sixto"
I was thinking about her extra small hands having a hard time getting a good grip and reaching the trigger on a medium frame auto like a glock.
Plus, small hands vs. larger grip is an easy fix. Its a lot harder to fix bad habits created from learning on the wrong kind of gun.
"Just blame Sixto"
In no means am I trying to steer you away from them, but are you only considering autos? How are you planning to carry? In a holster, in your purse, or pocket (I doubt that one, but ya never know)? Since you are a little timid about firearms from your bad experience, have you not considered a revolver? My gf doesn't have small hands, but is looking at a revolver - due to their minimal risk of malfunction and lack of operator complications. This is especially true for hammerless guns. The negative thing about a revolver is the heavy trigger pull, though. Anyways, this was just a thought since I didn't see anyone mention anything about it before.
I used to own a Springfield XD SC and I highly recomend it. I currently own a Sig P239 which is my carry pistol. I really like both, either one will be a great choice. For you I'll recomend the XD SC, if you can reach the trigger is the best shooter.
Ok I just realized I put Luger....yeah....moron moment. Obviously meant RUGER.
I would consider a revolver, but from my understanding they are harder (though not impossible) to conceal because of the wide cylinder. Thoughts?
I do not reccomend an semi-automatic for a beginning shooter. The dynamics of shooting and running a semi-auto vs a revolver are so much different. Semi automatics one has to worry about stove pipes, mag failure, ejector failure, spring depression, slide failing to lock back, etc. etc. With a revolver all issues that typically arise can be resolved by a very simple second trigger pull vs tap and rack procedure. That being said I would reccomend a Smith and Wesson K frame revolver with a 2 or 4 inch barrel. Easy on recoil, good for a females hands, and perfect size round for power. Best of every combo
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Try a Bersa 380. I have small and weak hands and I can handle the recoil well because of it's ergonomics.
Your best bet is to try a few out and see which fits your hand the best and see which you shoot the best if you can. You might also add the Kahr PM9 /CM 9 to your list or even the Para PDA 9mm depending on your budget. I have a Kahr PM9 and like it a lot and usually carry it in my pocket when I don't feel like carrying my Glock 26 in my IWB holster.
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ETA: also being that you are in central Iowa and there aren't any places that I know of that rent guns if you want to try out a gun I have to see if you like it let me know and I can meet you and your husband somewhere and you can try a few guns out as long as you supply the ammo.