My wife is generally not comfortable around firearms. For years I would have classified her as an "anti". She has become comfortable with my carrying, but has not generally been willing to go to the shooting range. Well, yesterday, she decided to go to the range – she even brought it up. As it turns out, she has been talking with a female friend who shoots with her husband.
I told her that I would bring a good smattering of guns she could try out. We took:
- Ruger Mark II with bull barrel & target grips - .22 cal
We started with this gun and she liked it pretty well, but she thought the gun was too heavy. The bull barrel and target grips with the stainless frame are relatively heavy, but it shoots really well. She was hitting at about an 8” circle at 15 yards. I was surprised she put the target out that far as she had stated she wanted to keep the target close. She started at about 5 yards, moved out to 7 yards then went to 15 yards.
- S&W K frame - .32 long S&W – her mom’s gun
This is a small framed revolver that does not at all fit my hands. I did not have any ammo for it and neither did the range, so she wants to go back and try this out after I get the ammo in. Ordered 500 rnds from Ammunition To Go : Your one stop for all of your ammunition needs! today.
- S&W 640 – stainless snubby with target .38 loads
After she noted that she did not like the length of the barrel on the Ruger, I loaded up the 640 and showed her how it works. I shot the first cylinder full and she recoiled at the noise. She declined to shoot this one.
- Taurus PT99 – 9mm full size and relatively heavy gun – absorbs recoil
She shot a mag full. She did not really like it because she did not feel she could handle the recoil. We were shooting 147 grain handloads, but this weapon really soaks up the recoil. She did not limp wrist it and had no FTF/FTEs, but she did not like it.
- SA Limited Combat 1911 in .45 cal.
After shooting the 9mm, she did not even want to try the .45.
To make a long story short, she had a pretty good time, but did not really like the noise. I knew that in advance, so I had her wearing ear plugs and over the ear muffs. She also did not like the feel of the ear protection. Her encouraging comments were that she liked the .22 caliber and wants to shoot her mom’s .32.
Although she like the .22 caliber, she seemed to want to try a lighter/shorter gun. The Ruger is the only .22 handgun I own and although I really like the Ruger, I have never been a big .22 handgun fan. My question for y’all is – what .22 handguns do you have and like that is smaller than the Ruger Mark II? If you can show pictures, that would be a plus. Thanks to all for participation in this thread.
I doubt we will ever get her to CC a weapon. Heck, I don't even know if we will get her to shoot a SD caliber, but her instigating the trip and enjoying it is a big move in the right direction. It has only taken 29 years to get here (and lots of trips to the knitting store).
FWIW, I realize the .22 and even the .32 are not ideal protection rounds and that is not the intended use for these weapons.