CCW for daughter

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    Your daughter and I are around the same size, and with some tweaking to clothes, she'll discover she can carry a sizeable gun. I usually carry a Colt Cobra appendix carry in a DeSantis "The Insider" holster, which is great for skinnier people. She can feel normal and not walk around feeling like a garbage bag with bulky clothes, and she can wear relatively form-fitting clothes, too, as long as the top can cover the outline of the gun. Some form-fitting tops are great in that they run long, so they can be scrunched up around the hips to help break up the gun's outline.

    I also carried in a belly band holster in the 4 to 5'oclock position, but it did require more clothes adjustment and more care in how I reached over for things to prevent printing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lish View Post
    I LOVED the S&W 9c when I rented one!!! It's definetly on my list of "one days" An added bonus is the removable backstrap can be replaced with a glitter one if she's into a little bling! :D My husband has said when he gets around to getting his permit he wants an XD like mine. I've offered to remove the pink from the etching on mine so it can be "his" (I'm not that nice, it'd be so I could get an M&P.)I'd still be able to shoot the XD but would have the M&P as "mine"
    I was lucky enough to find a replacement M&P9C used in unfired condition. The fired shell casing was dated a week after the one I gave up to my daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommynoll1991 View Post
    Greetings all!

    Looking for a great concealed carry gun for my daughter. Shooting only 7 months, she's become very proficient with my Charter .38 SPL undercover snub. I was considering a semi-auto for her such as the Ruger LC9 or the Baretta Nano as I would prefer for her to have a larger caliber than a .380 or .38 SPL. The problem I see is racking the slide on the semi. It just seems too difficult for her to do it smoothly and quickly and too easy to do it incorrectly under stress. (I know, train, train, train). She's fine with recoil, but it seems to me a revolver would be a more reliable and simple weapon to use under stress. Aim and shoot until it goes click. She a small woman, 5'4" 105 lbs. Concealment of revolvers is not as easy as semi auto, I think, especially for a young woman and especially in warm weather. So what I'm looking for is a small, light revolver .38 SPL +P. Considering Ruger LCR and S&W 637 or 638 Airweight. Any ideas?

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    I don't see this as a problem. The slide should be racked and one in the chamber already. Even if she empties the magazine and needs to insert another one, she just hits the slide release lever.

    That being said. Make sure she wants a semi auto. She may be perfectly comfortable carrying a revolver and not want to switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutz View Post
    Simple question. Simple gun. LCR .357 with .38s. Nice & simple

    +1.....bought the LCR for my wife who also could not rack slide on my semi automatics. This is a great revolver.
    Easy to shoot and not much recoil due to the Hogue grip.
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    I definately would take her and let her look at the guns and hold the guns . I've had my wife out looking at different guns for about a month. She finally found a gun she liked. It was a walther p380. I wasnt crazy about the fact it was .380 but figured that was still better than nothing. Well we went to another store and she fell in love with a Beretta px4 compact. After holding it she said forget the walther. She didnt like the Nano at all. She said it felt to small for her. My wife is a fairly small lady (5ft1inch 113 pounds 40yo). I think its very important to let her pick the gun, Guns are very personal and what be right for you or someone else may be completely wrong for her. But its just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommynoll1991 View Post
    I'd prefer she didn't carry with one in the chamber, especially if she decides on the Baretta Nano which doesn't have a manual safety. Racking is going to have to happen, and happen quickly...
    She would be MUCH better off with your CA snubbie than a semi-auto with an empty chamber! If she doesn't have time for "racking to happen", she just might be SOL. All modern, high quality semi-autos that I know of are designed to (safely!) carry with a round chambered. I would, though, avoid a single action (e.g. 1911-style).

    A CA Undercover, or Off-Duty (or a J-Frame, LCR, or similar) is really very easy to conceal, and a much better choice than an empty-chambered semi-auto. FWIW.
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    I've seen 8 yr old girls rack the slides on semi's with expertise, I've seen my skinny granddaughter rack slides on semi's with no problem. At first she had a problem.... because she was "trying" to be NICE about it..... I finally told her quit doing that..... pull the sucker back and let it go and quit trying to be NICE to the thing. She slammed it back and let it go, and then says........ "oh, now I understand.... that's much easier". I think they are afraid they are going to hurt it or something.

    My common words to her are .... "do it like you mean it". She knows what that means quite well now. Women are sometimes reserved, being conservative and may be a bit reluctant... tell them grab the sucker and whip it back and quit playing with it. Do it like a rapist just kicked your door in and is 10 ft away from you......

    Afterall, your wife could rip your head off bare handed if they found you with another woman......
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    take her to the gun store and let her handle what SHE wants until she finds something that "fits" her. Let her try on a Springfield EMP--she might just like it.
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    My wife got her finger piched in the ejection port when my brother in law was trying to get her to rack his XD, she was being too gentle. I've had her rack my LC9 a few times. I was trying to get her a gun but since all this panic buying it may be a little harder.

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    Eagleks, that's exactly what she was doing, being too timid with the action. She said she didn't want to break the gun! Was looking for shop that has Ruger LC9 and LCR in stock to let her compare. Impossible to find around here. The buying frenzy is definitely in full swing.
    Hopefully in a few months things will settle down. Actually I would consider opening a shop if I could get the inventory! Thank you Obama.
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    Can you say "receipe for disaster"....trying to pick the lady's weapon and not wanting her to carry with one in the chamber if it's a semi-auto....

    With that being said, based on YOUR parameters, YOU leave her no choice but to go with a revolver...Perhaps when she becomes experienced and obtains some reputable training, she will be able to then choose for herself, both weapon, and how to carry...JMO
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    Check out Cornered Cat | If you have to fight, fight like a cornered cat. and let her decide what she wants to carry. Don't choose for her. Soliciting advice is fine, but don't choose for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmcoaster View Post
    Mine is turning 21 later this year and she wants hers.Last time she was here on school break,I took her to the range and let her become familiar with a few of mine.Sad thing is,the one she liked the best was my colt 1903 with pearl handles.It was my grandfathers........So we went to LGS and let her handle some more( Dont know if I could part with the colt)
    This is a little off-topic, but please don't let her carry a pearl handled pistol for CCW. Under duress (and palm sweat) that handle will become slicker than snot on a doorknob.

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    First Sgt, yeah I suppose I should leave the final decision up to her. Having seen her shoot and struggle with semi autos and basically handle revolvers like she was born with one in her hand, I tend to go with what I see working for her. I've taught her all I can regarding safety and handling but she will definitely be taking defensive carry courses on Summer break. It's one thing to know how to shoot but certainly another thing knowing how and especially when to shoot when all hell breaks loose. I was fortunate to find a shop that has Ruger LCRs in stock. Put one on reserve and we'll be going there this weekend to have her try one on for size. Thanks for your reply and your service!
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    My wife is 105lbs an were both retired (almost put her age down she gave me the look) she has a hard time with semiautomatics but loves the ladysmith, 38 hammerless the long trigger wasnt comfy for her so I sent it to actions by T Teddy Jacobson that was 12 years ago, you couldnt get that away from her even today she loves it. I even find myself throwing it my pocket just to go to the store. Teddy is 70 now but I just sent him my sp101 to work his magic on, he is one of the best on revolvers anywhere.

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