A few years ago I began equipping my wife with a handgun that would use the same ammunition as the guns I was carrying and shooting in IDPA and IPSC matches. It started with a Glock 19 that she mainly kept by the bed and then we drifted through a pair of LCPs, a pair of S&W 642s, a pair of Glock 26s and now we're back to snubbies. She began carrying in a Galco purse that I bought for her birthday (I'm a sensitive kinda guy) and got along well with the weight of the LCP and the j-frame but the G26 got to be a burden after about a year, so now we're back to the snubbies.
Problem is, she's VERY reluctant to go out and practice even once a year to keep familiar with her gun. She's always been reluctant and now she's carrying a S&W 442 that she hasn't even shot; instead relying on her experience three years ago with the 642 which she might have fired 10 rounds through. I think the recoil of a revolver might be a bit stout for her.
Have any of you compared the recoil profile of a 442/642 with +P loads with an LCP? The weight difference is significant ... nearly six ounces less for the LCP ... plus you get the extra two rounds and easier reloads with the magazine-fed LCP. I know, I know - the muzzle velocity and kinetic energy of the LCP is quite a bit less than.38 Special +Ps, but we could live with that if the carry options increased and we could continue carrying the same weapon. I'm not totally averse to the LCP, but have had some reliability issues with the earlier generations. I understand they now come with improved sights and some other goodies (slide lock on last shot?), so perhaps my concerns are not valid.
Thanks for your thoughts.