Carry gun for the Fiance

Carry gun for the Fiance

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    So I have convinced my fiance to get some professional training and go for her CCW. Now the the tricky part, finding a gun that is right for her. I had her shoot my G19 and a G26. The G26 was better for her but she has really small hands. I had her hold a Kahr, Ruger LCR, and SW Airlite. I am interested in your thoughts on what sort of gun for her. Thanks,
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    Small guns like the LCR, j-frame, and the smaller Kahrs are difficult to shoot well, particularly for beginners. I'd recommend something in the compact range, rather than subcompact or smaller.

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    Bought my wife a Springfield XD9 subcompact and she loves it.

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    How about the Ruger SP101 in .327 magnum?

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    Kel-Tec PF9

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    Shopping trip. She needs to go to a big gun shop or show and fondle as many as possible. My wife was completely unpredictable when shopping for her first carry gun. Also, if an auto remains an option, make sure she is comfortable working the slide.
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    For small hands the Kel-Tec should work. My wife has small hands but hates my PF9. She has the S&W J frame in 38 special. Neither of us find either of these fun guns to shoot although if it were needed I believe either would do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arko View Post
    Shopping trip. She needs to go to a big gun shop or show and fondle as many as possible. My wife was completely unpredictable when shopping for her first carry gun. Also, if an auto remains an option, make sure she is comfortable working the slide.
    Yep!!

    Also have her shoot as many different types as possible. The one she thinks is "cute" will be of little use to her if she can't operate it properly.
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    I went to 3 gun stores with my wife and had her hold all the hand guns in the stores. She wasn't comfortable with the Kel-Tecs even though the PF-9 is perfect for me and I have larger hands. She fell in love with the fit and feel of the Ruger SP-101 .357 mag. It didn't hurt that she really liked the weight of it and she liked the look of the spurless hammer too. Leave it to my wife to put as much weight on the looks of a gun as fit and function. She felt a lot safer with a gun that had some weight and the handle felt just right in her hand. I guess what I am saying is get her the gun that fits her hand perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    How about the Ruger SP101 in .327 magnum?
    I've read some good stuff on that caliber. You can also shoot .32 mags in it too to lighten up the recoil. Plus it holds 6 shots.

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    I have girlie hands, kinda smallish, I guess. I love my Sig P239, but I also loved the Glock 26. I tried a Kel-Tec --not sure which one?-- in a .380, it looked like a kid-size version and I laughed...until I shot it. Definitely had more bang than I was expecting, but I didn't like it, it felt too small in my hands.

    My advice? Have your Fiancee come with you on SEVERAL trips to a few different places, to try out as many makes/models as you can get her to. She'll find the one that fits best, believe me :)
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    +1 on the p239..it is very nice and slim, or the G26. My Fiance is going with the G26, because that is what she likes but definitely go with something like the 26 or p239. Maybe look toward the p238 or p230/232...line in .380 or maybe even a Walther PPK. Maybe look at the M&P compacts or Walther PPS.
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    Make sure she tries a Kahr P9 or CW9. The "checkering" on the grip is a little aggressive, but adding a #3 Qwik Grip takes care of that nicely. Pistol has a slim, single stack grip that seems suited for smaller hands.
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    Yep, she has to fondle them... kinda like shoes... you simply don't have the equipment to pick out shoes for her...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jensen47770 View Post
    So I have convinced my fiance to get some professional training and go for her CCW. Now the the tricky part, finding a gun that is right for her. I had her shoot my G19 and a G26. The G26 was better for her but she has really small hands. I had her hold a Kahr, Ruger LCR, and SW Airlite. I am interested in your thoughts on what sort of gun for her. Thanks,
    Got the S&W 642 with pink grips for the wifey... She loves it and has finally decided to carry... It is small and probably not the most comfortable shooter but it will go bang if needed and at Self defense distances, it should be very effective. My wife would not carry my SP101 because it is too heavy and too big (for her... I think it is really small compared to my G30 which I carry almost everyday).

    Besides, the 642 can be shot from a pocket or purse if needed. I just don't want my wife dealing with an auto... God forbid there is a malfunction, she has not trained in troubleshooting autos.

    Good luck!~
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