.38 for A Grandma Suggestions?

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    .38 for A Grandma Suggestions?

    My grandmas looking for a .38 for home defense she's wanting either a Smith & Wesson or a Charter Arms i need suggestions for her she currently has a 30 year old Charter Arms .38 snub nose!

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    For home, I would recommend a Ruger SP101 with a 3" barrel loaded with .38 Spl Speer Gold Dots. The reason for the Ruger is the weight to absorb some of the recoil.

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    she currently has a 30 year old Charter Arms .38 snub nose!
    Anything wrong with what she's got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cz75luver View Post
    For home, I would recommend a Ruger SP101 with a 3" barrel loaded with .38 Spl Speer Gold Dots. The reason for the Ruger is the weight to absorb some of the recoil.
    That's the way I would go also. Add a Crimson Trace to guide older eyes, and she's good to go. The laser alone should be enough to scare the crap out of a bad guy.
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    If she's not going to be carrying it concealed, I'd give her all the weight (recoil management) and sight raduis (she is a Gramma, give her every advantage) you can. I'd suggest maybe a Ruger GP100,, or as you stated a Smith and Wesson N frame, stainless for low maintenance, 4" barrell, loaded w standard pressure .38s. Have a competent smith bob the hammer and really smooth out the double action. Work w her to find some grips that fit her hands and allow her to work the trigger rapidly w/out constantly adjusting her grip. If the Crimson Trace's will fit that bill, even better.
    The CA snub loaded w a standard pressure .38 hp's, or if she has trouble w/those, some FBI wadcutters can be dropped in her pocket to answer the door late at nigh, as I am assuming the bigger revolver would be more designed for static defense.

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    Is she unhappy with the snub nose? Most reasonably well made guns, and some that aren't, work just fine after 30 years if they're been maintained at all.

    If she can deal with the recoil, no problem. Otherwise might go for a heavier 357 and have her shoot 38 out of it. Should help reduce recoil.

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    Look for a nice used S&W Model 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    Look for a nice used S&W Model 10.
    +1 That is just what I was going to say.
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    I would say get a K frame .38 special....model 10, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    Look for a nice used S&W Model 10.
    The forum has spoken here...

    After my sister and her husband split up and she moved into a house of her own, this is what I gave her to use for HD after some instuction. Grandma would do nicely with this also. You can find a nice used model 10 for around 2 bills if you look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    Look for a nice used S&W Model 10.
    +1. I think a Model 10 or a Model 15 would be about right for Grandma. Not too heavy for her to hold and yet heavy enough to absorb 38Spl recoil for a comfortable enough shoot. Look for a nice 4" S&W K frame in 38Spl for Grandma.

    PS...Works pretty well for Grandpa too.

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    i would get a j-frame
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    For just HD? I agree with those who would go with the heavier firearm to absorb the 'punch'...
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    My only issue with a 4 inch is that it's easier for a bad guy to grab. I'd suggest a finding a Ruger Speed Six in either 38 or 357 with a 2 & 3/4 inch barrel with Pachmayr Compacs, or a Smith 3 inch 13 or 65 with the same grips. Considering it's "Grandma", I'd load it with Buffalo Bore Standard Pressure 158's. My 357 Speed Six is loaded with the +P's.

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