Try S&W 380 bodyguard
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I have a friend who has recently encountered and unpleasant situation and as we know restraining orders are basically laughable. So she wants to start carrying despite her typical anti (for no real reason) stance. So naturally she came to me to help her find a low recoil, very compact firearm in the range of $300-350.
Now with the specifics of low recoil and small size I find it difficult to give specific advice because I really have no real requirement's when it comes to guns and actually prefer full size hand guns. so I'm not sure what to recommend.
So this is where we are at. The smallest hand gun I have is an lc9 and she really doesn't like the kick of that pistol. She didn't mind the size of the lc9 so staying in that frame would be good. We don't have people that own other small guns and renting is out of the budget. I'm thinking maybe a kel tec in 380 to keep her in budget but I've got no idea what the recoil is.
Anyone have any input about hand guns that are small with low recoil. Would prefer to stay at .380 or 9mm. Not to mention said threat is skinny as a rail and a bb could pass through. So a .45 is really unwanted.
I have a couple of keltec P3ATs. They actually work as they should, and I have put a good number of rounds thru them to make sure they work. I bought them before ruger had their LCP. I like the LCP better, but not by a lot.
I never knew that some people had a problem with the kick on pocket .380s until recently. Apparently, some do. That would be the biggest issue I could see that might get in the way of the keltec purchase.
There are better guns out there, but I expect you already know that, so best of luck to you.
Recoil is so subjective; if .380 is an option, my two softest shooters are the Kahr P380 and the Micro DesertEagle. Walther, LCP had way too much recoil for fun range time. Although I've never fired one, the Bresa .380 gets some good reviews regarding recoil.
My S&W Bodyguard 380 has pretty tolerable recoil for being a small gun.A Bersa .380 is also another with tolerable recoil.Maybe look into a .32 like the Kel-Tec P32 ?You can also look into a Makarov in a 9x18 or .380.These can be found at under $300 and are very reliable.
If threat is skinny as a rail, might try the Keltec P32 or even a 22 semi with 9 or 10 rounds. Very little recoil and enough rounds to get the job done.
see if you can locate a Ruger LC-380. (they're new). same size as the LC-9, but chambered for the .380 cartridge. the slide should be easier to operate as well.
That. Some (many?) don't like the recoil of the smaller LCP .380. Smaller guns, even in lighter cartridges, still have heavier recoil than many suspect.
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While not a small gun I got my Mom a Beretta Cheetah 84 in .380. It has low recoil and 13 rounds and she likes it.
She is afraid of my Dad's S&W 58 but wanted a pistol for herself, we shopped around until she picked out the Cheetah
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use shot shells in pistol caliber, just kidding. what about a .22 magnum?
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LC380, Bersa Thunder or maybe a Sig 232
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Low recoil? Try the LCR in .22 magnum.
The .22 mag is a pretty tough hitting round for something that small. It's not my first choice for SD ammo but it doesn't kick at all. And it's probably good enough to give the person on the receiving end a really bad day.
Plus a revolver is easier to just pull out and shoot with minimal training compared to a semi auto that takes a bit of practice.
Bersa thunder, combat , CC all single stack or thunder plus with 15 rounds.