Forty-three years of married experience --- let her decide!
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Forty-three years of married experience --- let her decide!
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Let your wife pick out her own gun...
My wife had Glocks and revolvers to choose from...she went into the safe and took the KelTec .32.
It's what she liked and she has a leather waist pouch she carries it in...better than nothing.
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Welcome aboard, my Mrs Originally carried a Model 36 S&W for years. She switched to a S&W M&P 9c several years ago but now wants one of the new M&P 9 shield's.
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After more than 30 years I have found that she needs to decide. Actually it didn't take me that long to figure it out. I think it's going to cost me my LCR 357 as soon as she takes the CCW class. No big deal, I'll buy another if needed.
By all means, let her pick her gun - but be sure she gets a look at the Kahr PM9/CM9 and the new S&W M&P Shield.
My wife & I were out shooting her new full-size M&P 9 (for HD, not carry) this weekend, and I decided to run a couple of mags through my CM9. She asked to shoot it, then announced, "I like this one. I want this one." So, it looks like I've just lost my favorite CCW!
Guess I'll just have to get out and shop for a new gun.
Also, I agree with your wife that a j frame may have more recoil than she'd be comfortable with and if it took you that long to get her to carry, she's going to be VERY picky about what she gets. And that a MAJOR point. It will be HER gun, so she needs to get what SHE wants, not what YOU want and she has to be very comfortable with it, or she won't carry it. Anyway, you can check out the new S&W M&P Shield on the S&W web site. Plus they're REALLY reasonably priced. I got mine for $409 and this is not a shop known for selling cheap guns!!! Lastly, they're going to be VERY popular and you may have a hard time finding one, but keep looking and I'm sure you'll find one eventually.
Pistols: Glock 21SF, 30SF, 36, Colt 1911 Govt. (all .45 ACP), S&W M&P Shield (9 mm), S&W M&P (.22)
Revolvers: Ruger SP 101 (.357mag/.38SP), Taurus Judge (.410 Gauge/.45 LC)
Long guns: Daniel Defense AR15s, M4V4 and M4V5 (both 5.56), Mossberg Shotguns (400 and 500, both 12G), Ruger (.22LR)
I ended up buying my LCP before I got my permit, but as I was walking around the local gun shows and shops, I had a lot of opinionated men telling me what I needed to carry. Very few seemed to think the LCP would be a good choice, for different reasons. In the end, I chose it firstly because I have enough firearms experience and reverence to be comfortable carrying a round in the chamber without a safety, and, probably the bigger reason, I would be too self-conscious to carry anything larger. With the clothes that I wear, I was worried that anything larger would be bulky and obvious. As my first CC weapon, I knew that if I was uncomfortable wearing it, I wouldn't wear it at all, and that wouldn't do me any good.
Hope she finds what she's looking for! I know faliaphotography is pretty well known in the lady gun world, but if she's looking for options, have her check out at least this video :)
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I have never been married but even i am smart enough to know a lady needs to pick her own personal firearm to carry...cause as others have said "it is a personal decision" !!
i agree with the folks who say let her pick. but i would definitely suggest the m&pc or that new shield (heck i want to get my hands on one)
I'll just echo what everyone else has said, and in saying that, there are a couple of big pluses that come with her choosing a gun that she loves and is comfortable with: she'll understand why you are always buying stuff to go with it, she will want accessories for hers which means that you get to shop guns/gun accessories more often, and you have a built in shooting partner!
That being said the XD is a great gun.
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As others have said, it is her decision, let her make it.
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Take her to the local range and let her try out different guns, if they don't rent them let her at least handle them and see which one feels good in her hand. My wife tried my Kahr CM9 and really disliked it, then she tried M&P 9c and fell in love with it so I did what I had to do and sold the CM9 and bought myself the M&P 45c :). Think I am going to get her to try out an M&P Shield soon too.
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My very first gun was my XD9SC and I am loving it still! I carry it as a first choice over the BG .380 and my 1911. Guaranteed, the gun she chooses will be her first buy of many in the future. She will probably find, because of our dedication to fashion, there is no one-size-fits-all clothing and gun combo for us women. She will need different guns for different occaisions. More fun at the gun shop to be had by all!
My take on the XD9SC is that I can generally conceal it in all but the warmest weather or the fanciest dress IWB @3:30. I like the hi cap mags. Having said that, I am one of those on the lookout for the XDS.45 because I don't feel as safe or secure with the BG .380 in those warmer months or fancier dresses. I believe in the theory of carrying the highest caliber you can. So, absent any physical ailment/restrictions, a woman should be able to handle any level of perceived recoil. It's a matter of whether or not she wants to.
I hope she is reading these posts and decides for herself. Hubby knows better than to "let" me decide for myself.
Sounds like based on her decision regarding the J frame, you probably should be listening to her. Woman has some sense. He eehe hee