Looking for a revolver for my wife

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    Looking for a revolver for my wife

    Hey everyone.

    I am looking for a revolver for my wife…she is 5’ and very petite. She’s only shot a little .22 rugar and nothing with substantial power. What I am looking for is a revolver (simplistic) that she can handle. I went to a gun store today and they had several of these models.
    1. Rugar sp 101 .357 five shot for 479.00.
    2. Taurus 85 ultra lite .38 5shot for 359.00
    3. 817 ultra lite 7shot for 369.00
    4. A 650 CIA .357 for 369.95
    5. Judge ultra lite for 519.00 (this would be for me to play with)

    My question to everyone here is that the .38’s would have to handle +P rounds, where as the .357’s would definitely handle the +P rounds.

    I want to K.I.S.S. as much as possible. This would strictly be for HD for her if the bad guys made it past me and got to her and the boys. When we are together this would be a BUG for me. I can handle the .357 with .357 rounds, but this would mainly be for her.

    When or if Illinois ever gets a CCW then this is what we would carry…until then I’ve applied for my Florida when I travel thru the southern states.

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    My first CC handgun was (and is) a S&W 642 airweight .38 revolver. It's a 5-shot, concealed hammer, compact enough to carry concealed, would fit her hand well, can be used with +P rounds. My defensive rounds are the Federal HydraShoks. VERY effective CC handgun IMO. List is around $500, but look for a sale, I picked mine up for $278 new at a local sporting goods store 2 years ago. Hope this helps.

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    IMO the S&W 442/642 is the way to go. Might as well get one for yourself as well.
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    442/642 all the way.

    Be careful with +P ammo though. It has quite a bit of kick in that platform, especially if she has small hands. I am not discouraging its use by any stretch. If she will be loading with +P rounds for SD, she will just have to practice.

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    Of the choices mentioned by the OP, I would recommend for his wife the Ruger, then see what her comfort level is with standard-pressure .38s, then +P, then .357. Stop where she feels comfortable. The Ruger is heavier, so less felt recoil. Make certain of course, that she likes whatever choice is made, or she won't practice with and use it.

    Good luck!
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    My recommendation is a S&W Model 65 stainless, caliber .357, 3 inch bbl,
    equipped with Crimson Trace laser grips. My wife loves her, and she is VERY
    good with it (uses .38 Spl Remington Golden Saber ammo). I enjoy shooting
    it also. She doesn't have the strength to pull back the slides on my Sigs, so the
    revolver is the logical choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaCCW View Post
    My first CC handgun was (and is) a S&W 642 airweight .38 revolver. It's a 5-shot, concealed hammer, compact enough to carry concealed, would fit her hand well, can be used with +P rounds. My defensive rounds are the Federal HydraShoks. VERY effective CC handgun IMO. List is around $500, but look for a sale, I picked mine up for $278 new at a local sporting goods store 2 years ago. Hope this helps.
    I could not agree more. The S&W 642/442 is in my opinion something everybody should own. Yes Taurus and Ruger make good guns as well but the J-frame is something special.

    As for recoil, start her out on low recoil wad cutters. Move up from there. By the way wad cutters in themselves make decent defensive rounds for in your face ranges. Definitely get a DAO model. The longer heavier pull leaves out the possibility of AD and you will find it different but not at all hard to shoot. A J-frame really does fit in a pocket as well.

    Just make sure she handles the gun and feels confident in it. If she for some reason hates guns, don't push the issue. If she's ready remember it's for her and not for you. Did I say I love J-frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaCCW View Post
    My first CC handgun was (and is) a S&W 642 airweight .38 revolver. It's a 5-shot, concealed hammer, compact enough to carry concealed, would fit her hand well, can be used with +P rounds. My defensive rounds are the Federal HydraShoks. VERY effective CC handgun IMO. List is around $500, but look for a sale, I picked mine up for $278 new at a local sporting goods store 2 years ago. Hope this helps.
    For 278.00 I'll buy myself one as well. So LACCW...I'll give you 300.00 for it

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    I would never give a novice shooter (especially someone petite as you decribe) a lightweight J-frame. A steel model 60 or equivalent loaded with mild .38's is a far better choice. Once she gets accustomed to that, perhaps later she can move up to an airweight. But giving her an airweight as her first "real" gun will just cause her to develop a bad flinch and hate shooting.
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    Go with the Ruger 101 in 357. It weighs about 25 ounces which is like Baby Bear's poorage...JUST RIGHT!! Shoots 38's too. Good stuff.
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    oops!

    THAT'S SP101 !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheel View Post
    I would never give a novice shooter (especially someone petite as you decribe) a lightweight J-frame. A steel model 60 or equivalent loaded with mild .38's is a far better choice. Once she gets accustomed to that, perhaps later she can move up to an airweight. But giving her an airweight as her first "real" gun will just cause her to develop a bad flinch and hate shooting.
    Good point...I had thought the better option was getting a revolver with a reasonable weight...as it would take the recoil better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    THAT'S SP101 !!
    yea...I liked the fill of it.

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    My wife is small and wasn't comfortable with the recoil on the small J-frames. She loves her S&W 686+ with a 3 inch barrel that she carries with 357s. It's really no bigger than a full-size 1911 and with what she wears she has no problem concealing it.

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    I'd recommend the S&W 642. Here's my wife's in a Mika Pocket Holster.


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