I am enrolled for my CCW class (state of Kansas) this weekend. I am not going to run out and buy the first gun I see because it is pretty.. I have more sense than that.
However, I am in the market for a nice quality small frame concelament gun.
Here are the facts. I am a female. I have large hands for a woman and small hands for a man - size wise.
I currently own a S&W 915. This is a great gun, and has never given me any problems.
However, it is too big for my body size to carry concealed.
I was looking at the S&W Bodyguard .380.
I have also thought about the Glock 26, but have not laid my hands on one yet.
The ruger .380 is an option.
I have been told by a person, who "knows better" than I do that the S&W and the Glock ( although he owns 4 Glocks) are both "junk" only, that was not the word he used.
This man is VERY knowledgeable about guns. But, his blowhard ego and attitude get in the way of me being able to sort through the information.
( he actually told me (in reference to the Ruger .380) that I didn't need a gun with a safety. Excuse me?? I have a 11 yr old son and a 4 yr old niece and a 5 yr old nephew.)
The gun stores around here do not treat me with much respect because I am female.
I have told 3 gun shops that I do not want a revolver, and that is the first thing they will pull out of the case! I told my friend, I don't want a revolver. that was the first thing he pulls out of his safes.
I don't get it... What is so hard... I DO NOT WANT A REVOLVER!!!
And getting the gun stores to actually TALK to me and answer my questions is like pulling teeth..They will actually walk away and talk on the phone while "helping" me.. Or the will walk over to a male customer and help him. Leaving me standing there like a fool.
So, now I am stuck..
I don"t know who to trust or who to believe. Or who to turn to.
I have read the forums here and gotten some ideas, but am asking you for help.
I like the feel of the S&W Bodyguard, but don't like the laser. I would rather have a automatic on instead of having to push a button. I like the Ruger, but it feels a little dinky to me.
Have not handled the Glock, but, The reason I purchased the S&W 915 instead of a Glock years ago was the grip was a little large to be comfortable for a new shooter. I am more exoerienced now, and that may not be an issue. But I believe that the Glock 26 is a single stack and may thin the grip a little.
SO... Now what???
Any suggestions?? Either about the guns listed above, or even a model I have not mentioned??
This seems like a good group of people in these forums, so I am coming to you.
I am so tired of blowhards just mucking up every idea I have and not listening to me.
My knowledge about weaponry is not the greatest. I know what I like. I take my time to make sure i am buying the right gun. It took me 2 years to settle on a Savage 7mm-.08 deer rifle!
I also own a Hi-Power, a Mossburg 500 A, and a Winchester 74.
So, No, I am not a gun nut. Don't want to be. I just want a reliable product at the right price, that is going to suit my needs.
(sorry this post was so long. I just wanted to give a good bit of info! forgive me!)