In need of a "girl" gun

In need of a "girl" gun

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    In need of a "girl" gun

    Hello everyone! I'm very new to the world of handguns- well, guns in general. Due to the recent spike in crime in our area, my fiance decided that we need to start getting familiar with guns. We've been using a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm but it kinda jolts me back. I went shopping today, not really
    understanding that much on guns, and I bought a P-64. I took this out today and it basically just killed my hands. It didn't jolt my body, but it kicked my hands pretty hard- to the point I couldn't shoot anymore.
    So, I'm wondering if anyone knows of any guns that are female friendly. I don't want a revolver and I want one that holds more than 6 rounds.
    Also, I'll add that I have little hands and lack strength.
    Thanks!!


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    Your best bet is to find a range and try as many as possible until you find one that fits and is comfortable to shoot. Guns are like shoes, what fits and is comfortable for one may not work for another.
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    Check this thread out

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    I know you mentioned not wanting a revolver but if you are looking for very low recoil/flip you might want to consider a Rhino.
    Chiappa Firearms

    Due to the patented design of the Rhino it drastically reduces both recoil and muzzle flip which insures subsequent shots to be on target faster than ever before.

    Below video shows the reduced recoil/flip of the Rhino
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    Chiappa Rhino Revolver Review

    As stated above try to find that rents handguns to find on that suitable to you. Keep in mind, generally the shorter the barrel to more recoil/flip you will encounter.
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    You might consider a Taurus P638. It's a .380 so it has low recoil. The magazine holds 15 rounds. The slide is easy to manipulate. True the .380 doesn't have the power of a 9mm, but the high capacity compensates for that. The low recoil makes it something you can shoot comfortably so you will practice more and enjoy it more.

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    The Sig 238 is a Semi Auto 380 and has a 7 round mag IIRC + 1 in the chamber,I shot a buddys gun and could literally fire it rapid fire with minimal muzzle flip and recoil.I would highly recommend it,or find one to shoot first,if you ask around at a gun range I guarantee you that somebody will let you shoot theirs
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    Generally speaking a heavier gun will absorb more recoil. This means that steel guns and larger framed guns will often times be easier to shoot. One that fits your hand well will also make a tremendous difference in how it feels to shoot. For example, a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I tried a steel framed snub .38. It had little to no recoil, but the way it fit in my wife's hand caused it to pinch her palm and hurt like hell. The absolute best thing you can do is find a range with a decent supply of rentals and try them out. Eventually you will come across one that you really like. Failing that, go to a store with a good stock and see how they feel in your hand.
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    I suggest finding a good handgun trainer who can provide you with not only training, but also a variety of weapons to try during that training. There are too many variables to give you advice about specific guns over the web. For instance, you note you have small hands and lack strength. Small hands will dictate certain guns for trigger reach and controlability. Lack of strength may rule out certain pistols if you can't easily rack the slide. Not only is g the slide how you load the pistol, but it is how you clear many problems that arise during its use. If you can't easily rack the slide, I highly recommend that you do not carry it for self defense.

    Find the right trainer, ask him/her to bring a bunch of weapons you can try and go from there. While this may cost a few $$$, it will be cheaper than buying guns til you find one you like.
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    More weight, softer grips, lighter ammo

    The Polish P64 pistol that you were firing is a 22 ounce, all steel pistol with hard plastic grips firing the energetic 9mm Makarov cartridge. It uses the "blowback" design in which the barrel is fastened firmly to the frame of the gun, transmitting recoil directly to your hand as the gun fires. The Wikipedia entry on this gun describes it as having "harsh" recoil. So I am not surprised that it hurt your hand.

    I believe the way to reduce felt recoil in a pistol is to select a heavier gun firing less energetic ammunition with soft rubber grips. And in semiauto pistols I would favor a barrel link or locking barrel design over a blowback design, as this spreads the recoil over a longer period of time and makes it feel softer. The lightest recoil will probably be from a .22 caliber all steel gun, but this caliber has poor stopping power for defensive use.

    You might take a look at the Kahr K9 pistol, which is an all steel 9mm with soft rubber grips that weighs 25 ounces and has a locking barrel design. If you fire standard velocity 9mm ammo, the gun's recoil seems moderate to me, and the gun is small enough for easy concealment.

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    Bersa Thunder .380 is a soft shooting accurate gun. I can't recall the round count, but I believe it is more than 6. I've shot a buddy's Bersa Thunder .380 quite a bit and I always found it a pleasure to shoot. It isn't the smallest, thinnest, or lightest but these characteristics also absorb recoil. Give it a look and find one you can shoot if at all possible. My local range has one in their rental cabinet.
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    Go with a heavier 9mm. My Sig P6 (Sig P225 or Sig P239 are the American version) is VERY easy to control. Single Stack 9mm. 8 rd mags came with it but you can get 9 round pro mag brand mags.
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    Look at what Sig Sauer has to offer in 380 caliber

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    i would look at maybe a .380 as a weapon to start with then work your comfort level from there
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    As others have stated, you'll probably want to look into a pistol with all metal construction. I had a Sig P226 that was extremely easy to shoot seeing as it was a full-size pistol and had quite a bit of weight to it to absorb some of the recoil. You also may find that as you put more rounds down range, you become much more used to the recoil and can better manage it. Regardless, I wish you luck in your search for the right pistol.

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    Do like others have said, try before you buy. Even if you have to drive a ways to find a Range that rents Guns. you will be money ahead. As you take your time and try other Guns you will get used to the recoil. If you have a gun that fits your hand and dose not sting, the recoil won't bother you. Don't settle for something you do not like to practice with.
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