Hello to all! I'm new to this forum and to CCW and need some advice on choosing a weapon.
I"m 63 and my wife is 62 and we live in central Florida. Unfortunately there are a significant number of dirt balls that live in our fair state that prey on the seniors because they consider them easy targets. Because of this my wife has decided that she would like to learn to shoot and get her CC permit. She has never fired a handgun. The local range offers beginners courses and CC courses by NRA certified instructors that she intends to take.
My problem is I have owned long guns all my life, but the only handgun I own is a Browning Buck Mark .22 target pistol so I'm not very educated on pistols or revolvers. After spending several days reading everything I can find on the internet I've pretty much made the following choices:
I want a revolver for it's ease of use and reliability.
I want a small framed gun, but not an ultralite. something in the 20oz range seems a good balance between usability and recoil reduction.
38 special seems to be the most popular caliber and should offer a wide range of loads from light for learning and practice to heavier for SD carry.
I want a DAO hammerless model to make it easier to draw should she ever need to.
I'm going to equip it with Crimson Trace grips mostly for the intimidation factor a lazer provides.
She'll be carrying it in a holster purse so concealment should not be a problem.
With the above criteria that leaves me with an ungodly number of gun choices. Right now I'm leaning toward a Taurus or Charter Arms for their low price and decent quality although $100 bucks one way or the other isn't a show stopper since I'll only be buying it once.
I would greatly appreciate the opinions of more knowledgeable people and any help you would care to offer.