Revolver for my mother

Revolver for my mother

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    Revolver for my mother

    In a few weeks I intend to go visit my mother. She's 73 and has been living alone in rural Southeast Texas near one of the major lakes since my father died over three years ago. There are a number of vacant weekend and vacation homes where she lives and they've had some trouble with break-ins. In fact, my parent's house was burglarized the week they were moving in.

    She has a home alarm system, but the nearest neighbors are at least a 1/2 mile away and she feels vulnerable. I took her shooting for the first time about 10 months ago and discovered she is a very good shot. She was pleased with her own performance and started talking to me about buying a gun for protection. I've talked to her at length about needing to be able to pull the trigger if she ever has to draw the weapon and I think she would be more likely to do if she needed to than I expected. :)

    I've said all that to ask this:

    Can someone recommend a few good models of revolvers that might be good for an older woman? She is very much a beginner and I don't think a semi-auto is the way to go for her. She needs something with a serious round, but that is managable in terms of weight and kick. I wanted her to enjoy shooting it so she will be motivated to practice between my visits.


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    38 spl +P in a 4" K frame might be a good choice for her. You should be able to find a good used one at a reasonable price.
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    If she's a good shot I'd suggest a .37Spl J-frame. Smaller and lighter and easy to conceal if she decides now or later that she would like that option as well.
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    With the info given, and not knowing anything about your mothers build, hand strenght, ect. I'd suggest a Ruger 3" SP-101 in .357 mag. Granted the .357 may be overkill for her and not needed, but she can always shoot .38 special through it. But if she can handle the added power of a .357 she has it available to her. Judging from their website price should be the same.

    Another option would be the same gun in .327 mag. Also capable of shooting .32 H&R Mag and .32 S&W long through it. The drawback is going to be ammo cost and availability for it. Price point looks to be the same for either model.

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    I'd suggest a little larger gun, to reduce the felt recoil. A Ruger 6" GP100 in .357Mag, she'd beable to shoot .38 special, or the .357Mag rounds, and as I said before, the larger gun will help reduce recoil.
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    I'd start with a 4" Model 10.

    The Rugers are another good option. First things first though I'd have her read, "In The Gravest Extreme", by Massad Ayoob. Then have her take a Handgun Safety Course and a Concealed Weapons Class.

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    Here's another vote for the Ruger SP101 (3") or a S&W M-10 (4"). No S&W j-frames. IMHO, they require much more trigger-time to shoot well than most folks believe.
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    The biggest Rottweiler or Burmese Mountain Dog on the planet. After that, there are plenty small sized revos in .38 special ... Taurus, Rossi, S&W ...

    It sounds to me like you are going to load it for her, hand it to her, and that's the last that it will be loaded or unloaded. It will stay in that condition until she can't take care of herself and such items are reclaimed. If she never has to load/unload/clean then maybe a semi-auto won't be as bad as you expect ... just make sure there are no external safeties. There are some 'full size' .380's that will do. Not much kick and quicker followup shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lance22 View Post
    The biggest Rottweiler or Burmese Mountain Dog on the planet. After that, there are plenty small sized revos in .38 special ... Taurus, Rossi, S&W ...

    It sounds to me like you are going to load it for her, hand it to her, and that's the last that it will be loaded or unloaded. It will stay in that condition until she can't take care of herself and such items are reclaimed. If she never has to load/unload/clean then maybe a semi-auto won't be as bad as you expect ... just make sure there are no external safeties. There are some 'full size' .380's that will do. Not much kick and quicker followup shots.
    Any dog but better a large breed and a SP101 will take care of business.
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    Tuarus M-65 or 66

    Any S&W K frame in .357 witha 3 to 4 inch barrel

    Ruger GP-100 or old Security 6

    Load any of the above with .38's
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    With the info given, and not knowing anything about your mothers build, hand strenght, ect.
    Thin build, about 5'08". She's in good shape for her age and moderate hand strength.

    Certainly she's going to have to try out a few models to see what fits her hand and what works well on the range.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    First things first though I'd have her read, "In The Gravest Extreme", by Massad Ayoob.
    I already have the Ayoob book for her.

    Then have her take a Handgun Safety Course and a Concealed Weapons Class.
    She wants to take the classes, so it's just a matter of finding one near her home.

    Thanks!

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    I had to

    Perhaps ask this lady for advice:

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    Seriously, any quality revolver should work. I'd avoid the lightweights and airweights and such. Be ready to pay up for a trigger job to make it smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lance22 View Post
    It sounds to me like you are going to load it for her, hand it to her, and that's the last that it will be loaded or unloaded. It will stay in that condition until she can't take care of herself and such items are reclaimed.
    No, no, no, she's probably going to go shooting at least once a month. The reason I want her to get a revolver is that she's not that good about putting things together once she gets them apart. I'm afraid the first time she cleans the semi-auto she won't be able to get it back together again, and I live more than 250 miles away.

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    Academy Sports has this Rossi 38+p rated revolver
    for $259



    ROSSI R35102 .38 SPECIAL + P REVOLVER

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