Newbie: 357 snubbie in gun purse, or 380 on body?
For years my wife has carried a Ruger SP101 357 (a superior but heavy snubbie revolver) in a fanny pack. She has not been training with it (my failure as proper leader/encourager: workin' on that). She recently has moved from fanny pack to purses, and I'm wondering how to proceed:
Question 1: should we stay with the snubbie and buy (or make) her a gun purse? Note that I share the community's view of off-body carry. Or should I encourage her to choose and actually carry a smaller pistol like a .380, hopefully on-body? I am NOT asking for a discussion of caliber: I want her to carry a bear gun! But I agree that "a mousegun with you beats a hand cannon in the nightstand" and I don't see her carrying her revolver on-body. (I would be pointing her to the class of pistols and letting her try and choose, of course.)
Question 2: And regarding the revolver vs. semi-automatic question for newbies, my wife is fully supportive of concealed carry but her interests lie elsewhere - she's pretty much a non-shooter. If you think a move to a more concealable semi-automatic would be wise, are there any 380s which stand out from the others as a better choice for such a person?
Question 3: is there some better option which I haven't thought of?
Limitations / Previous Experiences / Future Training:
- She's handled the Taurus TCP and felt that it fit her hand well.
- She also liked feel of a Glock 19 she tried a few years ago.
- Her grip isn't very strong and she's had trouble racking some of the semi-autos.
- Price is a factor, unfortunately: I'm afraid that the 9mm Rohrbach and Boberg are kinda out of our range. However, as we would probably sell the revolver to cover the cost of a new pistol, the actual cost out-of-pocket might be reduced somewhat (or might come out even).
- I realize that whatever we do, both of us need to begin a training program of some sort: lots of shooting just for familiarity as well as draw-from-concealment practice.
Thanks for your thoughts...
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MsBattleBorn has shared some helpful and insightful experiences for you. I watched MsBattleBorn on You Tube and she is exceptionally comfortable with firearms. I recommend the OP and others in his shoes watch to evaluate if the wife fits that mold, or is likely to.
The common advice to let her "try before you buy" and "don't push" is good advice. It can save disappointment and a costly mistake.
Congratulations on moving forward with the wife and good luck in the quest.