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Recently we got my wife a Sig P365, with the idea that either that or her existing Glock 43 would become her practice pistol, since their manual of arms is virtually identical. After putting another two hundred rounds through the Sig she reached the following conclusions:

1) The magazine release on the Sig is easier for her to operate and get a positive magazine removal. Not sure whether this is the shape of magazine release "button," the location of the "button," less tension, or all of the above
2) The gun is easier for her to draw from her Maxpedition bag that she uses as her purse.
3) Her perception is that the Sig has less recoil than the G43.
4) She likes the green Sig Xray sights better than the orange Trijicon HD sights on her Glock.
5) She likes the fact that the Sig has a higher magazine capacity.

As a result she has decided to switch from carrying the G43 to the Sig P365.
 

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Good for your wife that she found something that works better for her.
 

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Awesome, now you know that Sig have the 15 rounds mag I might have to just pick up one at least.
 
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Good for your wife that she found something that works better for her.
You nailed it. There is no one "best" pistol, position of holster, type of holster, set of sights, etc. It's what works for you under a particular set of circumstances.
 

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I switched back to the Glock 17 yesterday. We'll see what I feel like going with tomorrow.
I thought you were a confirmed Shield guy?
 
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I thought you were a confirmed Shield guy?
I really like them, too.

That's the thing. Whatever I find myself carrying on any particular day is my favorite. The bad news is I can't seem to make up my mind. The good news is, I don't need to.
 

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Good for your wife that she found something that works better for her.
You nailed it. There is no one "best" pistol, position of holster, type of holster, set of sights, etc. It's what works for you under a particular set of circumstances.
This is the correct answer.

Although I don't spend a lot of time on shooting forums, the time I am there is sometimes annoying as there are so many hard core Glock fanbois, Sig fanbois, HK fanbois and so on that clutter up the discussions with the same trip. There are others but those three appear to be the worst. With so many of them it is always their brand, their model etc that is the absolute best and other stuff is crap. Always. One prime example was on one forum where the discussion was about good carry gun options. Most responses were good with possible answers for various carry scenarios. But one genius posted that "No matter what the question, the Glock 19 is always the answer". What a tool/fool.

I am thankful that I'm a fan of good handguns, but never a fanboy and any single brand. I own and have owned probably far too many handguns over the decades and found some that are keepers and a bunch that I sold or traded because of my own personal preference. My current collection is an eclectic selection of various brands, models and calibers.

Buy what works for you for your particular purpose, or just because the like the doggone gun. In fact, in about an hour my wife and I are off to Sevierville, Tennessee to do some shopping. It's only a little over an hour from where we live. And I will definitely spend some time in Bud's Gunshop and Smokey Mountain Knife Works, as always. There are only about a hundred yards between the two and SMKW has gone big time into guns and ammo. Bud's has the Walther PPS LE version for $298, a gun I've looked at and liked before. I do not need another single stack 9mm, but one may follow me home. Now is a great time to be buying guns and ammo.





OP, congratulations to your wife for finding something she really likes.
 

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Litespeed, it's true that we are all different. I do find that the discussions here about why a particular pistol/holster/sights work for someone frequently provides me with insights or observations I may not have thought about, which sends me off in a direction I may not have considered previously. For me, those types of discussions are extremely helpful.
 

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Litespeed, it's true that we are all different. I do find that the discussions here about why a particular pistol/holster/sights work for someone frequently provides me with insights or observations I may not have thought about, which sends me off in a direction I may not have considered previously. For me, those types of discussions are extremely helpful.
Agree, but that good discussion is not what I'm talking about. I thought I made that clear in my posting, but perhaps not. In fact, I don't see much of that "my choice is the only right one" in this Defensive Carry.com forum. That's why this and one other shooting forum are the only ones I visit daily for a few minutes.

Have a good day.
 

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Agree, but that good discussion is not what I'm talking about. I thought I made that clear in my posting, but perhaps not. In fact, I don't see much of that "my choice is the only right one" in this Defensive Carry.com forum. That's why this and one other shooting forum are the only ones I visit daily for a few minutes.
You were clear. I was just trying to further elaborate on the issue, but I was not clear.
 
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Last time my wife practiced I laid out 4 pistols: the Ruger 1911 9mm she been carrying, Kahr P9, Shield 9mm, and a Glock 19.
She never liked Glock 19 before, I had installed Trijicon HD sights on it, "I'm gonna shoot that, its got new sights you can try it if you want".
Drawing and shooting the Ruger 1911 from purse after not shooting for awhile left something to be desired, the thumb safety slowed her down.
She tried the Glock 19, liked the sights, said draw from purse was quicker and not having a manual safety to disengage eliminated a variable.
I emphasized that if she wanted to carry the Glock 19 I already had another, so it would not cause me to "need" to buy a new pistol. :wink:
She shot each pistol several more times and decided that she preferred the Glock 19 for her dedicated purse gun.
Kahr P9 in fanny pack when she checks on her chickens, or AIWB for the movie theater with worthless bag/purse checks but no metal detectors.
 

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CDW4ME, you're doing better than I am. Although my wife likes firearms, is a good shot, and strongly supports the 2A, getting her to carry regularly has been a bit of a challenge. She has a G26 and shoots it well, but complained about the weight, despite the fact she is not a tiny woman or out of shape. It was not until we moved to Utah and she saw all the other women who carried that she began to carry on a regular basis. I still can't get her to carry at church and have not been able to get her past off body carry for her daily routine.
 

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My wife also tried a p365 but like me was not sold on it specially after its growing pains but then she really surprised me and changed from her m&p9c double stack to single stack . She carried a tuned up m&p9c for some years and shot it well and and used a 17 round mag as back up . Then I bought a kimber stainless ultra 9mm for ME to fill a smaller skinny carry option . I had changed the grip panels to a thin panels to skinny it up some more and just finished my normal get to know the handgun 400 rounds thru it at our at home range . Then I screwed up and asked my wife if she wanted to try it when I saw her watching from the back porch and after a few mags of ammo she claimed it as HER new EDC . So now its over 2800 rounds and I never got to carry or shoot it again . But I did fit short ed brown trigger fit tighter to the frame and did some minor polishing of parts moly dry lube and sear spring tuning for a 3.5lb trigger and she loves her 1911 . I never saw that coming , never . Anyhow it runs with 9 round Wilson etm mags for carry and 2-10 rounders as back up mags . Her holsters are a safariland 27 just for the Kimber but has a moified MTAC for her M&P's if she carry's it again but the 1911 works well enough in it too . I do the same holsters and replaced my Kimber with a colt 04840wc .

MY wife also has a Garter holsters & the belt from Can Can Concealment for when a dress is needed and hey it looks nice too !! Hey guys !! It makes for a nice gift for your lady .
 

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hardluk1, I bought the bellyband from CanCan for my wife and she has never used it. Tried it once and said, no. Yet, when we go to the range, she uses a AIWB Kydex holster with the Ulticlip from the Gun Goddess and likes it. She hasn't said "no" yet to using it for carry, but she hasn't tried it yet, either.

My wife would never have bought the P365 by herself. She just doesn't keep up on what's available or read the reviews. However, when we went to SHOT I had her pick up and try the trigger on the P365 and she really liked it. I paid for the pistol and all the accessories, but the pistol belongs to her. I consider it a small price to pay for her security.
 

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Seems like every time I've got it all figured out on my carry pieces I end up finding something I like better. That's been the pattern for me for 36 years of carrying now. My GLOCK 23 has been a constant because that's my issue weapon. My GLOCK 27 served me well for 21 years, but I just recently switched that to a GLOCK 26, for several reasons, but mainly because we are authorized to carry personally owned GLOCK 9mm's now and in preparation for my upcoming retirement I'm concentrating more on 9mm and .45 these days (still got a lot of love for the .40, just like the .45 and 9mm better). I find myself carrying my J Frame more than my beloved KLCR these days. And my Shield 9mm or .40 seems to have been booted out lately by my XDS .45.

My point is, that I seem to be changing every few years as my needs/tastes change. The only constants have seem to be 1911's, J Frames, and some form of GLOCKs mid size and sub compact.
 

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@Bigsteve113 I think you might be in my boat. Now that I'm retired, I carry a G23 OWB all day, every day, around the house and a variety of back up guns when I go out.

Of course, when I go out, sometimes I like to carry a Shield 45 AIWB, or like last Sunday, a G30S in a Jackass shoulder holster, or the week before, a PF-9 in a bellyband (gasp!), or the week before that, a G27 with a G32 length AlphaWolf .357 Sig barrel in a shoulder holster.

I just hate to play favorites. I will say it again. Like Will Rogers, "I never met a gun I didn't like." :image035:

Early congratulations on your upcoming retirement. I miss it.
 

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Last time my wife practiced I laid out 4 pistols: the Ruger 1911 9mm she been carrying, Kahr P9, Shield 9mm, and a Glock 19.
She never liked Glock 19 before, I had installed Trijicon HD sights on it, "I'm gonna shoot that, its got new sights you can try it if you want".
Drawing and shooting the Ruger 1911 from purse after not shooting for awhile left something to be desired, the thumb safety slowed her down.
She tried the Glock 19, liked the sights, said draw from purse was quicker and not having a manual safety to disengage eliminated a variable.
I emphasized that if she wanted to carry the Glock 19 I already had another, so it would not cause me to "need" to buy a new pistol. :wink:
She shot each pistol several more times and decided that she preferred the Glock 19 for her dedicated purse gun.
Kahr P9 in fanny pack when she checks on her chickens, or AIWB for the movie theater with worthless bag/purse checks but no metal detectors.
I can relate. Last time out (last week), my wife decided that she REALLY liked the way my 19X felt and shot, and she would consider it in addition to her P365 and P320. I said to her, "So, does this mean that if I get the Glock 45, I'll never see my 19X again?" She smiled and nodded. So, bad news is I lose the 19X, the good news is it stays in the family and I get to pick up a glock 45. Yay! Of course, If I can find another used 19X for cheap, then I get to keep both!
 
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