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...