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    Smile Took my daughter gun shopping today

    I've been checking out the local gunshops for several months looking for a S&W LadySmith auto, a gun I thought my daughter might like due to her small hands, and today I came across a S&W 3913. It's almost identical to the LadySmith, but without the emblem. The grip is much smaller than my double-stacks, so I thought it might fit my daughter's hands better.

    I mentioned that to the counter guy, and he immediately said, "Bring her in and let her try it." That reminded me of the many times I've heard so many here offer advice to let a wife pick out her gun instead of the hubby choosing for her. Sounded like good advice to me. My wife may not like guns, but my daughter isn't opposed and is getting comfortable being around my guns so much.

    So I picked her up from school and made a detour to the gunshop. She held the 3913, and it was good. It fit her hand well, her finger reached the trigger at the right spot, and the trigger pull was acceptable to her. Then I selected a Walther 9mm for her to compare. It was very thin with a small grip also. But she liked the S&W the best.

    So as I began to probe her likes and dislikes, and asked her what else interested her, she immediately turned to the revolver counter and pointed out a large .357. Now for those who will say it's too much gun for her, let me tell you about the first gun she fired.

    I did it all wrong I suppose, by not letting her shoot a .22 and working her way up. We went shooting with a friend and his dad, and his dad pulled out a big .357. He said it was loaded with .38's so it shouldn't kick much. She wanted to try it first rather than the autos, so I figured "Why not?" She put 6 shots in the target all in a fairly straight up-and-down line, although the total group was perhaps 18" or more tall.

    Still, not bad for the first time and with limited training. Then we unloaded it and found out it had .357's instead of .38's. Then we shot several autos of different sizes, but she has never forgotten the big revolver and how much she liked it.

    So I guess I'll be getting her large revolver at some point. I've made a small revolver and a subcompact auto available to her now for home defense (and later if she wants), but it looks like I'll be buying her a larger revolver for when she moves out, to go along with the smaller one I've already reserved for her.

    I'm surprised she likes the revolvers so much, but I'm just happy she's interested. I reminded her that her Great-Grandma carried a revolver for decades, and so did her Grandpa (I guess I'm the oddball with the autos). Now if I can just convince her of the wisdom of BikerRN's concept of carrying 3 revolvers at once.

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    Sounds like she's got a good head on her shoulders - and a good dad too. You mentioned school and moving out soon so I'm a little confused. Is she near being able to get her carry permit? If so then I'd say she'll likely need that smaller revolver or 3913 at some point as well.

    It does my heart good anytime I hear of the next generation being interested in outdoors sports: Hunting, fishing, shooting, heck even camping. It seems to be a way of life that's fading all too quickly sometimes.
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    I'm waiting until my daughter (11) feels comfy with my .22 revolver then I'll get her one of her own. Leaning toward a Taurus 94 or a nice quality .22 auto like a Ruger or Browning. Now the wife on the other hand likes the feel of my XD40, and didn't like her dads .44 super blackhawk. And to Maclean3, this should really warm your heart, both of my kids (7 and 11) love to shoot, fish and camp :o) and they also both have their own .22 rifles.
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    Always good to hear about the younger generation getting into shooting sports. My daughter 13 used to shoot 22 rifles and handguns with me. Now that I've got interested in CF handguns she still shoots with me. She has shot my 45 acp's, 9mm, 38 and my 380 with me. She can handle them pretty good, hitting more often then not.

    Congrats on getting her a handgun and I'd even bet you are looking forward to getting her that big revolver when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    Is she near being able to get her carry permit?
    Not too near: 4 years to go, if Missouri lowers the carry age to 21 as they are trying to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    If so then I'd say she'll likely need that smaller revolver or 3913 at some point as well.
    Yep, the smaller revolver (SP-101) is currently designated as her carry gun, but perhaps eventually she'll desire a thinner gun for some occasions. Currently she has access to the Ruger and an XD-9 subcompact, but the XD is too thick for her. Plus she doesn't like racking the slide, nor the different levers on the auto. She likes simplicity: point and shoot. Can't say I blame her.

    So she may not need a large .357, but if she wants one and likes it, I'll certainly put one in her hand. Whatever it takes to keep her interest and facilitate her self-protection.

    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    It does my heart good anytime I hear of the next generation being interested in outdoors sports: Hunting, fishing, shooting, heck even camping. It seems to be a way of life that's fading all too quickly sometimes.
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    Yep, it does my heart good, too. And an interest in guns and self-defense may determine whether they become subjects or remain citizens.

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    Congrats on getting her a handgun and I'd even bet you are looking forward to getting her that big revolver when the time comes.
    Thanks. I'm very much looking forward to it. Now I just have to decide between S&W and Ruger. Oh wait, maybe I can do both!

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    Good deal. Teaching Her and shopping. A lesson in Life for Life.

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    Way to go Grady, you're a smart dad...if all dads did this, we'd have a much safer society.
    Is she old enough to CCW?
    I bet that with some training, she'll out shoot ya'...I'd be proud of that if it were my daughter.

    Stay armed...enjoy father/daughter bonding...stay safe!
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    Get that girl some wheels
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    Grady,

    You might want to check out the S&W 3913 Ladysmith edition. Very similar to the 3913 but designed for a woman's hands:

    Smith and Wesson 3913 Lady Smith Pistol
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    Good for you and your daughter. Get her some good training and practice to go with her gun.
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    Wow. 17 and interested in guns. I can't get my 17 year old daughter to be interested in anything related to how dangerous this world can be. All she cares about is America's Next Top Model. Way to go.

    I have asked several other members to adopt me as their kid, but so far no response. I think I might have better luck with you. What do you think?
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    Congrats to you and your daughter. As to a larger revolver, if she can handle the bulk of a Ruger GP-100 I'd highly recommend it, in either the 4 or 6 inch model.

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    No worries on what to get her for her Bday and Xmas now at least! I hope my daughter is the same way when she gets that age!
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    That's awesome, Grady.

    Get that girl what she wants!!!

    I foresee some quality time being spent together at the range.

    You can always tell her that for every A she gets on her grade card, you'll buy her a box of ammo!
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    Personally, I love my Ruger GP100... great gun... I've owned mine for 17 years now... I'm currently looking for something for a female friend who is a little older... I'm considering the Ruger SP101... nice size grip, and with a good .38 load it will be easy enough for her to handle.
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