Hello from Buckley, WA. (female seeking concealed handgun advise)

Hello from Buckley, WA. (female seeking concealed handgun advise)

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    Question Hello from Buckley, WA. (female seeking concealed handgun advise)

    Hello everyone! I am a 27 year old female who recently applied for a CPL. I am looking for a concealed carry handgun. After reading several posts on here with great advise, I decided to become a member to seek more advice! Here is a little about me and what I am looking for...

    * lightweight handgun that I can easily conceal
    * I am left handed
    * Something with low recoil as I have broken my left wrist twice
    (I have shot my husband's .40 Taurus and hated every moment of it. My Brother in-laws S&W 9mm-- loved it, but to large to carry)
    * I love the look/ functionality of revolvers, but am not opposed to carrying a semi-auto
    * Want something that I can practice with on a regular basis as well as carry daily if needed

    These guns have been recommended to me and I am seriously considering:
    * Kahr PM9
    * Ruger LC9 and SP101
    * Beretta Nano
    * Remington R51-- Does anyone know when these will be available?
    * Sig Sauer P238-- Seemed to have a lack of safety features?


    Anyways, If you have any advise feel free to shoot it my way.
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    Firstly, welcome from the Swamp. Secondly, Small of the back has a few issues that ,in my opinion, preclude it from Every day carry.

    S&W Shield is a good , flat choice as are any number of Glocks. Airweight revolvers are nice to carry but they have recoil issues . My oldest is a southpaw too. She has , for now , a S&W Model 36 , J frame ,5 shot revolver. You cannot go too far wrong with a Sig, either .

    Best advice I could have is go try them as much as is possible. I would also stick with the .38 Special or the 9 mm. These are yeoman rounds and both will deliver on your needs as well as not beat you to death.

    Otherwise, you could look at a 0.38 Super. The platforms for it are big and heavy but the round hits like a .357 and it gives you a better appreciation of enchiladas.
    EN MI VIDA AL MAL NO TEMERÉ, POR QUE EN MI CORAZÓN Y MIS DOS .38 SUPER COLT.

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    No on the Kimber Solo, they have had too many reliability issues.

    The Sig P238 and P938 are great guns if carried in condition one in a proper holster that covers the trigger and the thumb safety so it doesn't get wiped off.

    Bersa makes some good inexpensive semi-autos in .380 AP and 9mm.

    Revolvers in .38 special are not bad for close up self-defense. My wife carries an S&W 640 Centennial .357 magnum. The .38 specials out of it are light recoil. A heavier gun has less felt recoil.

    I personally don't think any rim-fire like .22 magnums are reliable enough for self-defense. It is an option for someone who can't handle anything in a larger caliber.
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    Welcome from Wisconsin>
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    Thank you for your advise. I tried going to the shooting range to try out few of the guns, however NO LUCK! They were either out of ammo or the gun was already in use. I will aim to go during the week, early in the day for better luck.
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    Welcome to the forum from Maryland ........................You will get lots of gun chioces here but i would say try as many as you can before you buy . You can rent them at the range and maybe your husbands friends or thier wifes may have one you can try . I think most women can carry any firearm as well as a man can and they do . I would say a compact 9mm ruger or m&p 9mm imo
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    LimaCharlie is right about the Kimbers which is unfortunate. You might go back to your local gun shop and heft a few of these . Get the feel, which I think you already have.

    .22 would not be on my list.
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    Welcome "19SDS86 "to the best CC forum on the net, and greetings from the great state of Texas. I agree with gatorbait, SOB( small of back) may not be the most desirable method of concealed carry for you. I'm sure some of the other women here can give you some more ideas to help you find a method that will work. The little J frame S&Ws are not fun to shoot, but they are great carry guns. Some of the compact 9mm might be the best choice, and 9mm ammo is getting cheaper and easier to find. Recoil with one of these will be very manageable. Lots of good people here from all over, you'll like it here, and find answers to your questions. Glad to have you amongst us.
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    Any single stack 9mm subcompact would probably work. I actually carry a double stack 9mm, but more at 2:30. I find it easier to hide the butt of a gun underneath the girls than in the small of the back. I was looking at an LCR for possible carry, just not sure I'm willing to go less than 9mm. Now I'm considering a G30S instead, so over time don't be surprised if your interests change. I actually think I could conceal a G30S, it's not much bigger than the G26 which I can conceal fine.

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    Welcome from NC. Since you liked a 9MM, I would try to shoot some others in 9MM as well until you find something you are confident with. Good luck!
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    It seems as though every gun has it pros and cons (Duh!) But one person says "New shooter, REVOLVER!" The next says semi auto "You have more rounds to hit your subject". My opinion... If I can hit my target in 6 shots, I either need to stay home or practice more( which is why I want a carry/ target gun in one). My main concerns are the recoil, weight of the gun and current availability of ammo. What are the recoil differences of a .22 Mag vs. .38 special? I have never shot either.
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    Welcome to the forum from SW Ohio. Try to rent and shoot as many different guns as you can. What suits one person and feels good to them may not "fit" another individual. My wife has a SIG 238 and loves it. I've shot it as well, and it is a great little gun. I'd like to have one myself! I do have a S&W 642 that I carry in the summer when the weather is hot and I'm wearing cargo shorts and a T-shirt or tanktop, which makes it impossible to conceal my 1911 which I carry most of the year. The 642 is a great little gun, but is not exactly a pleasure to shoot! Great for carrying, but I do not practice with it as much as I should because it is not as much fun to shoot as my 1911. And I agree with what others have said on here about small of back carry! I think you should do a lot more research on that idea. Good luck to you and welcome to "the club" of concealed carriers.
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    Welcome. You are the future and I am so glad to see young people such as yourself exhibit so much common sense and willingness to learn from some of the very knowledgable people on this site. Posts like yours give me hope.

    Back on topic. My wife likes the 380 Sig and she is testing a Taurus TCP. Recoil can spoil the experience if it hurts or bothers you but not enough bullet can be bad as well. Whatever you decide----practice, practice, practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19SDS86 View Post
    It seems as though every gun has it pros and cons (Duh!) But one person says "New shooter, REVOLVER!" The next says semi auto "You have more rounds to hit your subject". My opinion... If I can hit my target in 6 shots, I either need to stay home or practice more( which is why I want a carry/ target gun in one). My main concerns are the recoil, weight of the gun and current availability of ammo. What are the recoil differences of a .22 Mag vs. .38 special? I have never shot either.
    Felt recoil is a combination of caliber, gun weight, and barrel length. A six inch barrel all steel revolver in .38 special and a two inch barrel air-weight .22 magnum revolver can have about the same felt recoil. It is all a tradeoff. A 9mm semi-auto can have less felt recoil than a .38 special revolver because some of the energy is absorbed by the slide cycling to load the next round.
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    Welcome from a former Buckley resident.

    You should do some rentals. Bullseye in Tacoma used to have a pretty good rental fleet, but I haven't been there for a while. The Marksman in Puyallup has a GREAT selection of stuff to look at and hold in your hand to get a feel for it. One of the widest selections of anyone close to you.

    The new Glock 42 might be worth a look. XDs 9 might be worth a look. Bersa BP9CC might be worth a look.

    Lots of choices out there...
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