Took Wife to Range...now I have caliber questions.

This is a discussion on Took Wife to Range...now I have caliber questions. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Wife went to the range with me this morning. She likes the Ruger MkII (.22LR) and the Taurus 85 (.38Spl), but has found a desire ...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 34

Thread: Took Wife to Range...now I have caliber questions.

  1. #1
    Member Array DizTbone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Central Arkansas
    Posts
    256

    Took Wife to Range...now I have caliber questions.

    Wife went to the range with me this morning. She likes the Ruger MkII (.22LR) and the Taurus 85 (.38Spl), but has found a desire for her "own" semi. I did not start this...it was her idea.

    She likes the grip on the XD40sc with the full-sized mag/sleeve (making it a Service grip) and the grip of my 1911. The 1911 is "too heavy." So...it was a trip to see how she liked the XD40sc.

    In her defense, all I own in .40S&W is 180 gr. FMJ or JHP. Anywhooo...the look on her face after she loosed the first round of FMJ was enough. She finished the mag, but laid the XD40sc down and said, "get that away from me!" She then shot the 1911...and did better, though she said it still had more recoil than she was comfortable with.

    So, those of you who have shot both 9mm and .40S&W, can you compare the felt recoil or, if you have friends/family with "wispy" hands and arms and who shoot, give their perceptions?

    (I have shot both, but it's been a long time since I fired any 9x19. Even then I didn't think about it much...'cuz I'm comfortable with most weps that I can get my short hands around.)

    We are going to try to get to a range this weekend and rent a couple of models, but they don't have an XD9. She picked out some guns that feel good in her hands, but they are in .40S&W (SW99c...they make a 9mm, too, I think) and .45ACP (Glock single-stack...I forget the number)...and the XD. I suggested a steel-framed 9mm like CZ-75 or variant, but, as usual, my thoughts don't always get her attention.

    Oh...she did have her first ND with a revo... The round landed about 2ft in front of her. I knew it was likely to happen and told her to accomplish her task a different way. She didn't listen. She now has had a refresher course about listening to safety concerns at the range...or she can go by herself!

    TIA,
    Michael
    XD9 Service, CZ-75B, Glock 21, Kel-Tec P3AT
    Rifles...yes...and shotguns....and
    "Unofficial Legislative Attache...er...Watchdog...er...Agitator."
    "Yes, I vote...but not for the candidate I prefer: None of the Above."

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member Array Redneck Repairs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    5,133
    LOL ... Well amost any 9mm she will find more comfortable on the recoil side , but if i may suggest a thing to you both ... Have a trusted shooter ( NOT you ) give her a refresher course on grip and presentation of the weapon . Some times our women dont listen to us well , and we dont listen to them either .. My little bride handles the recoil of a 3" .45 just fine and i dont think she would weigh 100 lbs soaking wet with an anvil in each pocket LOL .. But a friend who is also a firearms instructor did her basics on range work ect .. it worked a lot better than me trying to .
    Make sure you get full value out of today , Do something worthwhile, because what you do today will cost you one day off the rest of your life .
    We only begin to understand folks after we stop and think .

    Criminals are looking for victims, not opponents.

  4. #3
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,482
    First off - great you had her to the range.

    Indeed after reading her comments on the 40 and 45 - she would I suspect really quite like a 9mm like SW99 - I occasionally carry mine but also hope to get my wife onto that, to upgrade her from her Bersa 380.


    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Away - Health Problems
    Posts
    17,353
    40 has a lot of recoil and muzzle whip for a auto i personally find it uncomfortable to shoot and am not impressed .. to me that says a lot counting i like to shoot a 500 mag

  6. #5
    JT
    JT is offline
    Distinguished Member Array JT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,425
    My wife use to have a Ruger P89 (9mm). She liked it until she tried my Glock 23. She didn't like the 40 recoil, but liked the gun. So we traded her Ruger P89 in for a Glock 19 (9mm). She was very happy with the change, and has no trouble with the recoil.
    Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

  7. #6
    VIP Member Array JimmyC4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Minnesnowta
    Posts
    2,036
    DizTbone...as I read through your post, it looks like you answered your own question. I'd say her opinions and experience on the range so far point at the XD in 9mm.

    About anything in 9mm will be managable for recoil, including the sub-compact XD or Glock 26.

    I have to admit that your mention of an ND with a revolver raises concern about her gun-handling skills. With that in mind, I second Redneck's suggestion that she get some basic pistol training from a third party.

    Enjoy.

  8. #7
    Senior Member Array f8lranger4x4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    virginia
    Posts
    896
    I would try a midsized glock 9mm or a kahr 9mm they are pretty light

  9. #8
    VIP Member Array pogo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    3,149

    If she likes a 1911 grip and 9mm...

    Kimber has come out with a new 9mm 1911 designed for carry, called the Aegis. It has aluminum frame and weighs 25 ounces, has an 8 round magazine, night sights and a "carry bevel" dehorning treatment. I think it is expensive, but I'll bet it would suit your wife perfectly if she likes a 1911 grip and 9mm caliber:

  10. #9
    Senior Member Array '75scout's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,170
    I now only have 40 and 45acp. I used to have a Glock 26 (9mm). I fired it side by side with a friends service model XD in 40 S&W. I found the recoil to be quite a bit more manageable in my little 9mm Glock over the larger 40 XD. I would bet any platform she likes, whether it be; Glock, XD, CZ, HK, SIG, Ruger, Taurus, S&W or anything else would suit her just fine.

    Have you thought about a compact 380 like a Bersa Thunder or the SIG 232? I love the 232s and the all black models have an alloy frame to cut down on the weight.

  11. #10
    Member
    Array js's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    kansas
    Posts
    320
    I just went through this very thing with my wife. We started with a S&W 642, recoil was fine with light loads but trigger pull was way too much for her to shoot accurately. She liked the Beretta 380, but the slide was too difficult to operate. She did not like the recoil of my Kahr PM9, just too much.

    She ended up with a GLOCK 26 (9mm). Its small enough for her to conceal, (I think with a lot of women if they have to wear some kind of dumb looking clothing to conceal, they won't even bother to carry). She can easily operate the slide, easily load the clip with the depressor they provide and she manages the recoil fine. She is enjoying shooting with me and is shooting the gun very well. This was our first Glock and I am very impressed. I think the Glock 26 has a very good balance of size and felt recoil.

    Good luck,

    J.S.

  12. #11
    VIP Member
    Array dr_cmg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    10,811
    My wife likes her Bersa Ultra Compact 9mm. She will fire my SIG P239 in 357SIG, but has no desire to fire more than one magazine. The other pistol that you should have your wife look at is the CZ 2075 RAMI in 9mm. This was what my wife really wanted, but we couldn't find one the day we bought her Bersa UC9. The RAMI comes in 9mm and .40 and also comes with an aluminium or polymer frame. Weight is 25+ oz. for the aluminium frame and 23+ oz. for the polymer frame.
    George

    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

  13. #12
    Member Array DizTbone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    West Central Arkansas
    Posts
    256
    RR & JimmyC: You are preachin' to the choir! I have a couple of friends who would fit the bill for a refresher on safety and hangun basics. Now, if I can just schedule one of them. One of them is an IPSC range officer. He should do nicely. I did mention the to her ND in the context of discussing a few other things I noted... She's really embarrassed. ( I remember my one near-ND VIVIDLY even after ten years. ) Perhaps I'll wait a couple days before suggesting outside help. That's still a sensitive spot.

    AS for the .40 being whippy... I'll agree and I'm not afraid of the stock side of much... Maybe this a good reason to buy myself a 9mm, too. Instead of listening to the gruff about "stopping power" I can say, "well, I have the ammo 'cuz my wife shoots it...and it is more cost effective for range ammo than my preferred caliber...the .45ACP."

    She really liked the feel of the SW99. I hope she can get to shoot a rental. I'd like her to be able to handle a CZ...either the RAMI or the P01...and the Glocks, too. I don't know that I've seen the Bersa UC9 in a store...though she liked the feel of the Thunder .380.

    Unfortunately, the Kimber and some other really good options are out of the budget...without a really good deal. I'll check with my local dealer tomorrow on some pricing. That should help narrow the field, too.

    I'd like to know that she likes it before laying out the cash... If she can't shoot her primo choice first, I guess I could always sell it... or keep it for myself.

    It is interesting to note that, though she likes .38Spl, she hated my 9x18Mak...until today. We didn't take it...but she said that she'd shoot it if it had a more pronounced "thingy to keep the slide from cutting my hand. It just goes 'pop' compared to the XD40."

    It looks like my action plan is set... Take a list of the nines that have been recommended and see what we can get her mits around.

    Thanks guys...
    Michael

    P.S. As a fellow said on C-Span the other night, "The record will remain open..." until she makes a pick and I make a purchase.
    XD9 Service, CZ-75B, Glock 21, Kel-Tec P3AT
    Rifles...yes...and shotguns....and
    "Unofficial Legislative Attache...er...Watchdog...er...Agitator."
    "Yes, I vote...but not for the candidate I prefer: None of the Above."

  14. #13
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,482
    Take a list of the nines that have been recommended and see what we can get her mits around.
    Interesting day ahead Michael !!
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  15. #14
    Distinguished Member Array Gideon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    1,764
    A weapon that I think would be perfect would be the Kahr K9. the grip is outstanding and would tend to favor medium to small hand sizes. In a 9mm with the steel gun it has very low recoil compared to the P9 polymer version. It's very accurate and Very concealable. It's also one of the most reliable guns Kahr has ever made. It's an outstanding CCW. The only down side is that it isn't really light weight like the polymer version. I have a 1911 and I think the grip on the K9 is very similar, but better, especially considering the rubber grips. They help with the recoil too.

    Hope she finds something she like!

    God Bless
    Gideon

  16. #15
    Member Array Exmasonite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    michigan
    Posts
    80
    if she liked the feel of the XD .40SC, you should definitely try the XD 9SC.

    The bersa/firestorm line is great, too. If for some reason she doesn't like the 9mm, i'd definitely look at the Bersa Thunder .380. It's a real shooter. My fiance loves shooting that thing.

    anyways, good luck and congrats on getting her into shooting!

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Longest range lever action caliber
    By Rollo in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: June 22nd, 2010, 11:18 PM
  2. Took my wife to the range
    By chiefjason in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: March 19th, 2010, 03:51 PM
  3. Rifle Caliber Pistols and SBRs, many questions
    By Ananael in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: February 18th, 2010, 09:48 PM
  4. Purchasing a pistol for the wife...questions
    By jaidedeye in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: January 1st, 2009, 10:09 AM
  5. Questions Range Noobs should ask?
    By Paymeister in forum Defensive Carry & Tactical Training
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: November 6th, 2007, 11:28 AM

Search tags for this page

different caliber for wife

,

sw99c grip sleeves

Click on a term to search for related topics.