Christmas Present for my Wife - Advice?

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    Christmas Present for my Wife - Advice?

    It's that time of year, and I have decided that I'm going to try to swing a pistol for my wife this time around.

    Background:

    My first pistol was an M&P 40. The full size, with safety (what can I say, it's all the gun store had). Ultimately, it turned out that I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it. So, the pistol and I parted ways so I could afford something that I was more comfortable with.

    My wife had an opportunity to shoot it before I sold the hunk of junk. She freakin' loved it and it loved her. It was her first outing with a pistol, and she blew my expectations away. You see where this is going?

    Questions:

    I have considered a couple of different pistol options and would like to run them by all of you to get some thoughts since I can't very well ask her about a present.

    + Full size M&P 40. I know she likes it.

    + Full Size M&P 9mm. Two extra rounds in the magazine, same platform.

    + M&P 22. Only twelve rounds, but it's in .22. She could shoot all day every day and we'd still have money left over for more ammo. (Maybe I just want the .22, who knows. Apparently I'm a big baby anyways.)

    + Glock 23. The aforementioned shooting session was her first. She's only had exposure to the M&P. Would the Glock be a worthwhile consideration?

    + Glock 19. See M&P bits above.

    + Taurus PT92. She is a HUGE Supernatural fan.

    Thanks in advance. I'm thinking we might have to make a range trip so I can try to talk her into at least trying the Glock and Taurus options. But, of course, spending (whoops, I mean Christmas) time is here. We might not make it out.

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    My generic answer coming up... Glock 26 Gen4
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    It sounds like you know the answer but are hoping for encouragement (justification?) to buy her one you like.

    Since it's for her, go with the one you already know she likes.
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    I would not buy a gun for someone without their input, personally. With the background you gave us, the M&P 40 is the only option I would remotely consider, and I doubt I would even risk that.
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    is she likes the M&P then the choice is obvious. caliber is a religious discussion and there has already been plenty of thread on that.

    while both the Glock and M&P are polymer striker guns they feel very different in the hand. out of the two i prefer the ergo of the M&P.
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    it is hard to buy a gun for your wife. it is like buying shoes for her, it just don't work. you think you got it right, but no, it is all wrong. take her to the range and let her shoot different guns. let her shoot different autos and some wheel guns too. keep your input out of it and let her tell you which one she wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako View Post
    it is hard to buy a gun for your wife. it is like buying shoes for her, it just don't work. you think you got it right, but no, it is all wrong. take her to the range and let her shoot different guns. let her shoot different autos and some wheel guns too. keep your input out of it and let her tell you which one she wants.
    In my way of thinking frankmako hit the nail on the head. Let her pick it out.
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    Yep... don't buy the gun for her, but give her a card with your "gift certificate" for the handgun of her choosing.
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    Even if she is not going to be carrying the firearm defensively, I would, if my wife wanted a semi auto, and shot an M&P well, get her an M&P compact(have her try and shoot one in 9mm first before deciding) and get a couple of the longer FS mags with grip sleeves.
    That way, if a couple years down the road, carrying becomes an option, she's all set.
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    I guess I would get her a gift card (promissory note if they don't have one) from a gun shop. Let her pick out what she wants either right before or right after x-mas. Ammo (if you know the caliber) or maybe a cleaning kit make good stocking stuffers in the meantime.

    In .22 I might suggest a Walther P22. If you prefer something more for target shooting, a Browning Buckmark. Either are tons of fun to shoot. In 9mm or .40, have a look a the Walther PPS. It is slim, comfortable, concealable, accurate and reliable.
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    I would go with her to buy a gun, Women change there minds like the wind, with all due respect. just try to buy her a pair of shoes.

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    Yep... don't buy the gun for her, but give her a card with your "gift certificate" for the handgun of her choosing.
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    You could always take her to a gun show around Christmas time and let her pick something out. Looking is half the fun in my opinion, and you know how us gals can love to shop (if she's like that).

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    I got an idea you buy her a gun and she buys you a gun that way you both can be wrong
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    I'll tell you the same as a customer in the shop. " Bring her in, let her chose what SHE likes, you pay the bill. This way, it's HER gun."

    The element of surprise may be gone, but the level of HARMONY on the home front goes up. You can surprise her with the extras : holster,ammo, etc.
    The situation will NEVER BE THE WAY YOU WANT, it WILL BE THE WAY IT IS. You must be FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO ADAPT and just "DEAL WITH IT".

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