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Thought I'd share the evolution of coming to this point. I've had a CC for many years, I can't remember for sure it's been that long. I've encouraged my wife to go do it mainly for the safety aspect as well as for her and our families protection. I can see now I did something I think many men fall into that hindered her instead of help encourage.

1) Assumed a revolver would be "easier" for her. Yes a .38 special Airweight is easy as in there's no switches to flip, just point and pull but that round in that light pistol is a hand full. To be honest you need years of shooting experience to carry one and be proficient with it. As far as easier, it's like there's an unwritten rule women are not smart enough to function a simi auto, I've found that to NOT be the case. Yes, it did take some time for her to learn but she's become just fine with a simi.

2) Women's are small and need a small gun. CC usually means a small gun that can be hidden and a girl being smaller than a man makes for another assumption, a small pistol will be "easier" for her. To be honest a .380 subcompact is a handful to shoot as well. She was diligent to shoot the little .380 but still not sure about it and anticipated the recoil more than where the shot would hit.

I own a G23, I purchased a 40-9 conversion barrel for it and we took it out for some target shooting. The larger frame in 9mm was so much easier for her to handle. It dawned on me then there is a reason pistol makers make a full sized frame gun, it's because it handles the best for the round. I was thinking a G19 would be better for her. Later that day we went into a new gun shop that opened locally and I noticed they had a G17 in stock and I ask if I could see it. I went out to my truck and brought in my G23 for some side by side comparison and found the G17 isn't that much bigger at all. I ask my wife to try it to see if she liked the bigger frame and she fell for it instantly. She's not a big girl and doesn't have huge hands but the first thing she said was "I like the grip, I feel like I can control it better". I had her switch back and forth from the G23 to the G17 to compare the grip. She said I like the G17. Again a little bell went of saying "don't assume those engineers are all stupid, they design things that way for a purpose". I ask her if she'd rather have the G19 size pistol or the G17, she said I'd rather have one this size. I said well there it is, you fill out the papers and write the check and she obliged.

I took her out to run about 100 rounds through the new pistol and she was shooting it very well. Hitting a 12" target and 75 feet was no problem, I'd say she got 90 out of the 100 in there. I missed a few myself shooting my M&P 9 Shield.

Now as she gets really used to shooting her "big" gun we can work backward into what small gun she might choose for CC. I share this because there may be more of you out there who might be trying to go at it backwards as well. Live and learn huh?
 

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You should maybe have compared apples to apples and let her shoot a 19. That said, the 17 is a great gun, but good luck effectively concealing it on a small-framed woman. That extra half-inch sticking out at the end of the grip is tough to get around. Do-able, to be sure, but tough.
 

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My wifes pistol is a Glock 17 and she loves it. Congrats to your wife on taking her CC course as well!
 

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Glocks have no switches or levers say for the trigger! ;-)

I'm planning on letting my lady try my 23C and im also buying a 9 barrel. However the 40's through the C barrel flip like a 22! Less than a 9! Actually considering buying another 23C for a vehicle/dedicated home pistol. Or for her;-)

In God and Glock we Trust
 

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I'm glad she found a gun that she likes, to bad though that she decided on a Glock as her first gun. I mean I guess they are ok (Glocks) but......well......well...... now there's one LESS for me. I hope she enjoys and tell her to shoot the fire out of that thing.
 

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Your approach was gifted. Well done to you both.

The G17 is an excellent choice. It's a great gun to shoot, reliable as gravity right out of the box, eats anything that says 9mm Lugar or 9mmP on the box, 17+1 on board, ready to go when you pick it up, nice full size grip, rail for a light at night, all sorts of night sights available for it. Doesn't get better than that. There are others as good, but none better for the money, and most important of all, she participated in the process, and she likes it.

Be warned: Over time, she'll work her way down through a G19 to a G26 with a Pearce +0 extension on it. Or you will lose your 9mm Shield to her. The G26 with +0 Pearce grip extension (which I'm packing as I type this), contrary to popular mythology, is easier to conceal than a 19 (I have both) in the same way a bobtail 1911 is easier to conceal.

My bride of 45 years ended up with a P238. She loves that little gun. Nobody should reach for it with anything they aren't willing to lose.

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Congratulation on her decision to protect herself. :hand10:
Bet you'll sleep better knowing your loved doesn't have to rely on someone else for protection.
 

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I dont know...alot of people know to start with something fun and easy to shoot, like a .22 or a solid smooth full size gun.

If you've ever shot one of those airweights you know it's not pleasant and that accuracy (success) would take longer in coming.

People arent likely to become proficient with a weapon they dont like practicing with.
 

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The OP didn't say she was gonna try and conceal a Glock 17.

Good luck and good shooting! I wish I could get my wife to take a CC class!
 

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Well, I'm assuming she passed?
Congrats to her...:hand9:
 

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The OP didn't say she was gonna try and conceal a Glock 17.

Good luck and good shooting! I wish I could get my wife to take a CC class!
The CC class sort of implied she might possibly be carrying something concealed at some point.
 

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The Ruger LCR 38 is a great revolver that is easy to shoot with the Hogue grips and has a sweet trigger for a DA. She would like this one.
 
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