Found the gun for my oldest girl

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    Found the gun for my oldest girl

    After having her look for what she liked and what I suggested, we found a nice, S&W model 65-3 .357 magnum for my oldest girl. It's compatible with my Chief , using .38 Special and gives her a reliable, 6 shot revolver. I am looking now for a good concealment holster for her , looking at two from Soteria leather ,one an appendix carry, the other for the hip. We had looked at XDS ( can't rack the slide. Glock (she hated the grip) and a 1911 (yes, little girl, big gun) . She had done some research on her own and realized a good revolver is her best starter gun. We'll get her some better grips as she shoots more . She is looking at some classes with some of her friends and coworkers. So, it is all good. I am very happy with my new shooter's pick.

    Oh yeah, dad ordered a Springfield Armory G.I. 1911 for himself (unless one of the girls takes it from me)

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    Nothing wrong with a wheel gun. .357 is a good choice for the versatility.
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    Unless she's physically disabled (my apologies if she is), she can rack a stiff slide easily with the proper technique. She just needs to grip the top of the slide with her weak hand, and punch downward with her dominant hand. I've yet to instruct a woman who can't easily rack a slide with the aforementioned technique. Having extreme difficulty accurately shooting their "starter" revolver with incredibly heavy double action triggers, on the other hand, is a much bigger hurdle to overcome, especially when they need to be broken of the habit of thumbing back the hammer before each shot.

    Anyway, regardless of weapon choice: An armed woman is a safe woman. Glad to have another join the ranks!

    For your holster solution, Side Guard has some trendy options she may take a liking to.

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    If you have a reputable gunsmith do a action job an polish the trigger face an round it, will make range time enjoyable.image.jpg
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    I think you and she has made a excelant desision. That Smith will serve her well. As she gets comfortable carrying and shooting she can always move to different style guns. No hurry to move on, work with this one. I think it's great.

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    Thanks to all. I will likely have some small work done on her gun , like smoothing the trigger. She has fired my old Model 36 with that awful trigger pull, all double action. She figured that was the way she'd be shooting if crunch time came . 15 shots, 15 in the head . Did I mention she's an accountant?

    I never could figure out why she could not rack the slide on the XDS. She had no issues at all with my 1911, except she wants to take it away from me.

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    Sounds like a bad move. Personally, I see this turning out very, very bad.

    Sure it sounds like a good idea at first. Self defense and all, but the next thing you know, it won't have enough capacity so it's time to talk semi auto. Then she'll need a 1911 because it has a safety. Next it will be too big, and the one after that will be too small, then she saw one somewhere that had a purple slide and thought that would be nice. Then she should really have a safe with the little ones around now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F350_6 View Post
    Sounds like a bad move. Personally, I see this turning out very, very bad.

    Sure it sounds like a good idea at first. Self defense and all, but the next thing you know, it won't have enough capacity so it's time to talk semi auto. Then she'll need a 1911 because it has a safety. Next it will be too big, and the one after that will be too small, then she saw one somewhere that had a purple slide and thought that would be nice. Then she should really have a safe with the little ones around now.

    Jump off this train while you still can.


    ^^^^^Um, YEP^^^^^^^^^^


    Sounds like the daughter is slowly sucking poor ole' dad into the gun shop vortex.

    "Oh gee daddy, that one with the pink grips and shiny barrelly thingy is really really cute, can I have IT too?

    OP,
    Glad you are bringing your daughter up in a responsible manner, in that SHE is first and foremost the one responsible for her own well being and safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    ^^^^^Um, YEP^^^^^^^^^^


    Sounds like the daughter is slowly sucking poor ole' dad into the gun shop vortex.

    "Oh gee daddy, that one with the pink grips and shiny barrelly thingy is really really cute, can I have IT too?

    OP,
    Glad you are bringing your daughter up in a responsible manner, in that SHE is first and foremost the one responsible for her own well being and safety.
    I think it's great!! How many men have brought their sons up to be responsible firearms handlers. No different. I started my son at 8 years old. And my daughter turns 8 next month. Better believe she'll be right there too. Not sure how old the op's daughter is but regardless, that's what Dads do. We're talking about a father-daughter relationship here. When my daughter is 60 (if I'm still here) and wants Daddy to take her to the LGS, I'M THERE. No if's and's or but's. Good jop OP
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcealedinPA View Post
    I think it's great!! How many men have brought their sons up to be responsible firearms handlers. No different. I started my son at 8 years old. And my daughter turns 8 next month. Better believe she'll be right there too. Not sure how old the op's daughter is but regardless, that's what Dads do. We're talking about a father-daughter relationship here. When my daughter is 60 (if I'm still here) and wants Daddy to take her to the LGS, I'M THERE. No if's and's or but's. Good jop OP
    This particular daughter is now 25. She handles a shotgun like a pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    ^^^^^Um, YEP^^^^^^^^^^


    Sounds like the daughter is slowly sucking poor ole' dad into the gun shop vortex.

    "Oh gee daddy, that one with the pink grips and shiny barrelly thingy is really really cute, can I have IT too?

    OP,
    Glad you are bringing your daughter up in a responsible manner, in that SHE is first and foremost the one responsible for her own well being and safety.
    She liked my 1911 a little too much.. Her sister has an XDS .

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    The Model 65 is a great choice, and should serve her very well indeed. It is a very versatile platform that can handle mild 38's or hotter 357's (if a person so wished). I know of one former chief of police I worked with who carried one throughout his career of around 30 years. In today's world of what I like to call "plastic-perp-poppers" it is still hard to beat a good wheelgun. Congrats on raising a proper young lady who can defend herself and her loved ones if called upon to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    The Model 65 is a great choice, and should serve her very well indeed. It is a very versatile platform that can handle mild 38's or hotter 357's (if a person so wished). I know of one former chief of police I worked with who carried one throughout his career of around 30 years. In today's world of what I like to call "plastic-perp-poppers" it is still hard to beat a good wheelgun. Congrats on raising a proper young lady who can defend herself and her loved ones if called upon to do so.
    Thanks Ghost. The revolver for her is an easy choice , It is stainless, fairly easy to use and will hold her in good stead until she gets some training. I think she may remain a revolver girl but the range she would go to for her pistol courses in Atlanta pushes the Glock, which is fine. I will have her shoot +P .38 special for the most part though I will give her a box of .357 to try as well.
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    What size barrel?

    Don't forget the power rib, Springs for SMITH & WESSON Revolvers
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