Girlfriend wants a pistol... Asking for suggestions.

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    Ok so my girlfriend wants to get a pistol. I am leaning towards a glock 26 because it's small enough for her hands and shoots 9mm so the recoil will be manageable.

    She has shot pistols before and knows the rules of firearm safety already because I have hammered them into her head. She doesn't touch mine because she knows it's always loaded. She welcomes cc and likes that I am always carrying around her. So none of that is an issue.

    Any suggestions other than the g26?

    Edit: looking for suggestions for where to start... She's gonna shoot as many as I can get my hands on until we find what she likes. I just want some ideas for guns to try first.


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    My suggestion is letting her pick her gun. Let her handle and fire several at a rental range and then buy her whatever she wants.
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    Ruger SR9c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    My suggestion is letting her pick her gun. Let her handle and fire several at a rental range and then buy her whatever she wants.
    Best idea, let her handle and shoot as many as she like then let her pick the one she wants.
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    Picking a handgun is a very personal choice, sort of like picking a pair of shoes. The wearer (shooter) needs to try them " on" and pick the one that fits ( feels) the best. Here are a few suggestions for her to handle, rent and shoot: Ruger SR22, S&W 9 mm Shield and Sig P229. Good luck with the search.


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    Gotta agree with the above. Let her choose.
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    You've got it backwards...the gun chooses the owner!

    Take her around and find one that is perfect to her, ACCORDING to her.
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    Have her hold an xds-9, and dry fire it to feel the trigger, my wife fell in love with hers and now all of her friends are getting them too



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    I'm a fan of this little guy.

    Might be a little small, but its fun to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    My suggestion is letting her pick her gun. Let her handle and fire several at a rental range and then buy her whatever she wants.
    What I was getting at was suggestions for her to try. Of course I want her to have what feels best for her. I was just looking for some places to start her off at.


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    Agree with above. There's really no hurry. Shoot some, go home. Come back next weekend, repeat. Repeat again. The gun that one prefers will be emergent.
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    If there's a range in your area that allows you to rent guns, take her there and let her shoot whatever catches her eye. If you don't have one near by, at least take her to a few shops and let her feel out what she can.

    ETA: Missed your post about that being the plan and you were looking for suggestions. A good gun for the money in 9mm is a SCCY CPX-2 if you happen across one.
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    please do not make the mistake I made when my wife started conceal carrying; it gets expensive when the gun the guy picked out gets traded in for a new gun. Failures were P32, 642, and LCP. Her current successes are P238, P938, NAA 22 mag, and her Kimber ProCarry 2.

    never again will I try to select a weapon for someone else. handle and shoot MANY. read reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cbuffett556 View Post
    What I was getting at was suggestions for her to try. Of course I want her to have what feels best for her. I was just looking for some places to start her off at.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlc9 View Post
    please do not make the mistake I made when my wife started conceal carrying; it gets expensive when the gun the guy picked out gets traded in for a new gun. Failures were P32, 642, and LCP. Her current successes are P238, P938, NAA 22 mag, and her Kimber ProCarry 2.

    never again will I try to select a weapon for someone else. handle and shoot MANY. read reviews.
    Good post!

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