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    Question Carry Gun for a Woman??

    Hello:

    My wife just recently received her firearms permit for Massachusetts (tough task to say the least), and purchased her a S & W .38 (J-frame). The problem is that she does not like it and finds it difficult to shoot (trigger pull, size etc). I had her shoot my p 85 Beretta 380 and was able to control it and hit the target.

    I am looking for advise on which pistol model would be good for her? I think a 380 would be a good caliber, but not sure a model or make...?

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    The first one to come to mind is the BERSA Thunder 380 or 380CC
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    Bersas seem to be a good fit for smaller sized people. Also a Kahr P9 or K9. They are thin and the P series is very light.

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    Save yourself some money and take her to a range where you can rent different firearms first. This way you'll know before you buy what weapon that she can shoot accurately and she'll be comfortable with right off the get go.

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    Either the Bersa .380, or the Bersa 9mm compact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stmichps View Post
    Save yourself some money and take her to a range where you can rent different firearms first. This way you'll know before you buy what weapon that she can shoot accurately and she'll be comfortable with right off the get go.
    +1 let her try a mess of different guns.
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    I'm not sure on the opinion of the .32 acp round, but my old lady loves the Beretta Tomcat. It's small and easy to conceal in women's clothing (a lot of slightly bigger guns aren't). It also has single action trigger pull (she didn't like her S&W Model 37 or the Keltec P11 for that reason) so it's easy to shoot. The best part is, she'll actually carry it; which is infinitely better than the .38 that sits at home.

    Some might say the .32 won't do the job and it might not, but I don't think anyone will volunteer to be shot by one.

    P.S. Don't get too mad when she starts outshooting you. Seems to happen to us all.

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    Any of the sub-compact Glocks in the largest caliber she can shoot comfortably would be a good choice. Find a range that will do rentals and try them out.

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    I'll throw in a vote for Bersa .380 too. Oh and yeah - try out all guns she can lay hands on!

    Not the smallest or lightest but excellent value and reliable.


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    Any person should carry and shoot what they feel comfortable with and can afford.
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    What about the keltec P3AT .380? My wife carries this when she is not carring her glock 27. I carry one too when I need a "pocket gun" or feel the need for a "back up gun".

    It is a good little gun for $250
    Info can be found here:http://www.kel-tec.com/p3at.html
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    I'm a Kel-Tec fan, personally, but I'm considering guns for my wife, and the Bersa Thunder 380 is looking like the right one. It was down to the Kel-Tec P3AT and the Bersa, and although on paper the Kel-Tec is "better", in that it is significantly smaller and only about 1/3 to 1/2 the weight, the Bersa is going to be much more comfortable to my wife, in that the weight will absorb recoil, she can grip it comfortably, and the manual safety will ease her anxieties about carrying. I think she'll just enjoy the gun more because she'll enjoy shooting it.

    Now, for me...I'm probably still going to snag a P3AT (after I get the new PF-9) for summer months, as it really just disappears in your pocket. Its about as tiny a gun you can get without getting into the 25 and 22 caliber capguns, or Derringers. And 380 is a reasonable, if not ideal caliber. Even the 32 acp isn't to be sneezed at...its got some history, as WWI was started with an assassination using 32 ACP and Hitler committed suicide with a .32 PPK.

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    Before my wife and I purchased our guns we went to Smith&Wesson in Springfield,MA and Manchester Firing Line Range in Manchester,NH and rented various models, to try before you buy. It was well worth the time and money to rent half a dozen guns to find out which ones would be comfortable and effective for CCW. We both wound up with S&W 642's, mine with CT laser sight.
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    Do Not Try to find her a gun. Leave her alone.
    Let her try and shoot everything she can get her hands on. Keep your mouth shut. No "Oh honey that's not for you".
    You may be completely surprised at what she picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolarBear View Post
    What about the keltec P3AT .380? My wife carries this when she is not carring her glock 27. I carry one too when I need a "pocket gun" or feel the need for a "back up gun".

    It is a good little gun for $250
    Info can be found here:http://www.kel-tec.com/p3at.html
    ALL Keltec pistols are banned in MA.

    IMO, the .380 is a snappy round that may be difficult to control for someone women, espically with a blow-back platform. For example, my wife finds my PPK unpleasant to shoot.

    I'd look at a compact 9mm, maybe even the S&W ladysmith 9mm.

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