February 8th, 2008 09:14 PM
Definitive Guns For Small Hands thread...
I have small hands. Such is life. I've seen threads start and putter out without every option being mentioned.
I'll mention what I know and if I missed some let me know.
I lean more towards ccw guns and therefore they should be able to control with 1 small hand if required. Most larger guns can be handled ok with two hands.
Prefer 9mm and up, but we can't be picky. :)
After most options have been mentioned I'll sort them and slap links in.
Add 'em if ya got 'em...comments if you've had 1st hand experience with the guns below would be good. If you have small hands all the better.
Many revolvers such as J-frames.
Most 1911 makes
SIG 220 (kind of)
HK P30 with smallest inserts
HK P2000 with Small backstrap
HK P2000SK (kind of-more yes than no)
HKP7 (?) not sure- never held it.
Not sure of HK45 and HK45c
Some think CZ's are good for small hands. I found the trigger reach pretty far on the P-01 and not much different than the SIG 229.
High Power (probably thinnest and overall nicest grip I've felt for my hands)
Can someone take a tape measure and measure the grip circumference just under the trigger guard of a BHP or clone? Just curious if you have a few minutes.
S&W 3913 and 908 (not sure if the 40's are still thin as well)
Walther PPS (?) Haven't felt this, but being single stack- probably good for small hands unless shaped odd.
Walther P99 with small backstrap. Haven't held it, but in searching it came up.
Some say G26. Maybe other Glocks if you pony up for a grip reduction.
Beretta PX4 and PX4c when it's out
Taurus - MilPro some say. I'm sure the PT709 will be nice for us small handed people when it comes out.
Kel Tek PF9
February 8th, 2008 09:35 PM
A 1911 is great for a person with really small hands.
Opt for a
> Short Trigger
> Flat mainspring housing
> Thinner than factory standard grips
Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ
February 8th, 2008 09:38 PM
I like the small revos like the J frame and the Taurus 85.
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
February 8th, 2008 10:17 PM
I suppose 1911's are good grip size wise.
I'd prefer DA/SA though as I've never owned a single action gun and started out on DA/SA. I'd also prefer 9mm. BUT- if limited to a single stack may as well go to 40 or 45 or 10mm.
February 8th, 2008 10:18 PM
Sig 239 are good
February 8th, 2008 11:32 PM
1911's, Kahrs, J-frames.
I've got small hands, too.
It's frustrating- I cannot grip a Glock to save my life, and they're superb in every way for other people...
"...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."
Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.
February 8th, 2008 11:35 PM
Exactly what I have . Works great.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
Nemo Me Impune Lacesset
February 8th, 2008 11:38 PM
Watch out... SA can be very addictive. It took me a long time to go back to a sa/da, I'm a die hard Sig fan... and I'm shopping for another LW commander as I type this.
Originally Posted by Dean407
About your question... The 239 is best in 9mm and I really like Kahrs too, the K9 is a great ccw gun.
February 8th, 2008 11:47 PM
Smith & Wesson semis with single stack mags are very good for small hands. If you can find one of their 10mm guns you will find that it works great for small hands. My wife and I both love the S&W 1066 and my hands are not large. I wear a medium gloves, she wears small and both of us can handle the 1066 easily. It is my EDC.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
February 9th, 2008 12:11 AM
I can't reach the mag release on any pistol. That is part of the reason I got a Ruger P95. But then I realized that I was becoming spoiled to dropping the mag with my trigger finger.
Now I drop the mag with my left thumb. Any other ideas?
The preceding post may contain sarcasm; it's just better that way. However, it is still intended with construction and with the Love of my L-rd Y'shua.
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Tennessee Certified Instructor
February 9th, 2008 12:25 AM
I have large hands but I installed a set of Navidrex thin micarta grips from Brownells on my BHP. The transformation was amazing. My 13 y.o. son put a 150 rounds through it today with a big smile. If you have small hands and want a hi-cap pistol, the BHP is the way to go.
February 9th, 2008 02:30 AM
My wife has small hands and she loves her Taurus Mil Pro PT111 9MM. Its a little too small for me, and I end up rubbing the tip of my trigger finger on my support hand by the base of the thumb. That lil bad boy packs a punch though.
February 9th, 2008 07:22 AM
I have small hands as well. IMO, there are two dimensions to consider. One is girth of the grip. The other is trigger reach (this applies if you have short fingers.
From your list:
Other S&Ws--Depends on the grips. I loathe target grips due to their large size. With good grips, anything up to an N-frame is pretty natural. I have not tried the X-frame.
Most 1911 makes--I echo what the guys above said.
Kahr guns--Trigger reach was a shade long, but doable.
High Power--Works well, but I've never tried the DA version.
Not on your list:
SIG 226--No problems.
Springfield XD40--No problems.
Beretta M-9--A shade thick in the grip, but my real issue is trigger reach. I can make it work well, but it's not natural.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth.--Steve McQueen
February 9th, 2008 10:16 AM
226 is too big for me for sure.
I'm not really looking for a gun for me, but just posting this in every forum to make it easy to find when soemoen else comes along.
I've owned a CZ P-01, SIG 229, HK P2000SK, Beretta PX4, S&W 642, and fired a P226 and G17.
But yeah- I should have listed all XD's.
February 9th, 2008 12:16 PM
You're a step ahead of me. I've got small hands and find the XD9sc to be perfect! I can't wait for the Storm 9c.
It's not about the caliber you carry, it's about how you USE it.
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