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#3141625 - 01/27/13 07:10 PM Question about a pistol for a female
Vermin93
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My girlfriend is selling me her Springfield XD 40S&W because she doesn't like shooting it. It was the first firearm she ever purchased and shot. Some guy at Cabela's recommended it to her a few years ago. It has been sitting idle in her safe for over 3 years. She wants to replace it with another pistol for home protection & self defense. She wants something that she will enjoy practicing with. She may eventually pursue a concealed carry license in Texas. I will admit that I know very little about pistols. What pistol would you recommend for a female in this situation? She is of average female height but is a little on the light side.
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#3141628 - 01/27/13 07:12 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Vermin93]
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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380
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#3141636 - 01/27/13 07:16 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: AndyW]
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My advice would be to go to a range that lets you rent various guns and let her shoot some. What I like might not work for her and vice versa. Have her try everything. Semi autos and revolvers. For home protection, get her a good shotgun. I have a Kahr cw40 and a LCP in 380 for carry. If I had to grab a pistol for defense use at home, I would go for stik's 1911 or my 40.
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#3141642 - 01/27/13 07:23 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Bowdacious]
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I have a Taurus .38 special with crimson lazer grips, I love love LOVE my little gun!!
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#3141644 - 01/27/13 07:24 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Doe-lusional]
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 Originally Posted By: Doe-lusional
I have a Taurus .38 special with crimson lazer grips, I love love LOVE my little gun!!


I was going to suggest this....
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#3141658 - 01/27/13 07:34 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: leader]
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How big are her hands?

I ask because I've got female friends who are short, skinny, and completely and utterly girly, but their fingers are long and they can handle larger frame weapons. I know two of them who can handle full sized 1911's about as easy as I can. I also know some ladies who have tiny hands and short fingers and they're more comfortable with subcompacts.

To be sure, this is going to require her to go to a range and handle a bunch. However, my generic answer is this:

Small girl with small hands: Ruger LCP .380, S&W 642 J-Frame .38, Baby Glocks (Leaning toward the 9mm version), Subcompact anything in either 9mm or .40 S&W.

Typical lady with average strength: Whatever she likes at the gun shop.

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#3141674 - 01/27/13 07:46 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Trapper John]
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Five shot, double action only .38 Special such as a Ruger LCR or one of several Smith & Wesson J-frames. Keep it simple.
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#3141686 - 01/27/13 07:53 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Bambi Buster]
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Glock 26 no doubt!!

Edited by W.Seay (01/27/13 07:54 PM)
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#3141696 - 01/27/13 08:01 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: W.Seay]
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Sig P238, great for carry and a pleasure to shoot.
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#3141701 - 01/27/13 08:03 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: leader]
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 Originally Posted By: leader
 Originally Posted By: Doe-lusional
I have a Taurus .38 special with crimson lazer grips, I love love LOVE my little gun!!


I was going to suggest this....
mine is awesome!! has the recessed hammer, shoots so great! I wouldnt trade it for nothin, but I would like to have another carry gun too!! lol!
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#3141702 - 01/27/13 08:04 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: thetoolman]
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My wife has shot several of mine, and the only one she likes is the G26. So.. I got her one. \:\)

AndyW recommended the Bodyguard .380. It's a great size gun, but it can be pretty snappy and uncomfortable to shoot. I personally like it a lot, but I've let several people shoot mine (before I sold it) and quite a few of them thought it was uncomfortable to shoot. One of my buddies (he's 225 pounds) said it downright hurt his hands after a half dozen shots.

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#3141720 - 01/27/13 08:19 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Vermin93]
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 Originally Posted By: Vermin93
My girlfriend is selling me her Springfield XD 40S&W because she doesn't like shooting it. It was the first firearm she ever purchased and shot. Some guy at Cabela's recommended it to her a few years ago. It has been sitting idle in her safe for over 3 years. She wants to replace it with another pistol for home protection & self defense. She wants something that she will enjoy practicing with. She may eventually pursue a concealed carry license in Texas. I will admit that I know very little about pistols. What pistol would you recommend for a female in this situation? She is of average female height but is a little on the light side.


My mom is a small framed woman, and had never shot a pistol before. She was pretty intimidated by the whole thing, but has really gotten into it bigtime. She's found that her preferred round is a .380, and she just bought a Sig P238. It's a great gun, but it can be difficult to field strip. For a .380, I've always been a fan of the Bersa Thunder .380. It's a double-stack mag, so it holds (I think) 10 + 1, is small enough to carry easily, but big enough for most mens' hands....plus, it's very inexpensive. If you can find them in stock, they're probably still going for $300 or less.
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#3141735 - 01/27/13 08:26 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: TAFKAP]
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If your female friends have medium to smaller sized hands you should encourage them to go to a gun store and try a Kahr 9mm. They are smaller profile gripped than guns like compact glocks or sigs.
Ive never known a woman to handle a Kahr and not immediately want to buy it


Edited by BlackBelt (01/27/13 08:27 PM)

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#3141744 - 01/27/13 08:30 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: BlackBelt]
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She really needs to get her hands on as many pistols as she can... and pick a few she thinks feel good in her hands, and take those for a test shoot.
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#3141756 - 01/27/13 08:40 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
She really needs to get her hands on as many pistols as she can... and pick a few she thinks feel good in her hands, and take those for a test shoot.


Yep....this is really what it boils down to.

1) Try them out at the case
2) Rent them at the range
3) Buy what feels best.

Oh, and avoid pushing in the direction of the "pocket carry" pistols like the RUGER LCP or the Kel Tec P3AT. They kick like a mule, despite being "cute" little guns.
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#3141760 - 01/27/13 08:45 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: TAFKAP]
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Agree fully on the LCR in .38 - I can almost guarantee she will not enjoy shooting it. Same for the P3AT.

And even though this may be against the grain - don't be scared of a .22lr pistol. People can say what they want, but she's better off with a .22 she *will* carry and shoot proficiently and comfortably than the .38 or 9mm she leaves at home in the safe.
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#3141857 - 01/27/13 09:53 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: -DRM-]
Vermin93
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Thanks for the all feedback. Lots of good suggestions. It has been very helpful. I think we are going to start with a revolver for her and see where it goes from there.

Regarding the XD 40 - is that a decent pistol?
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#3141867 - 01/27/13 10:03 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
[quote=-DRM-]
Yep....this is really what it boils down to.

1) Try them out at the case
2) Rent them at the range
3) Buy what feels best.

Oh, and avoid pushing in the direction of the "pocket carry" pistols like the RUGER LCP or the Kel Tec P3AT. They kick like a mule, despite being "cute" little guns.


This. Pocket pistols are the neat to carry, but tough to shoot. I had a light .380 (S&W Sigma 380) that was uncomfortable to shoot. I finally sold it.

Otherwise, try as many as you can at the range. She'll "know" when she holds the "right" gun in her hands.
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#3141882 - 01/27/13 10:19 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: moondawg]
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My wife shoots shoots shoots her Beretta Nano with full power loads. Recoil is not a problem unless you let it be.
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#3141890 - 01/27/13 10:25 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Jon]
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You absolutley need to look at the Walther PK380. I bought this gun for myself and took my wife (who had never shot a gun before) to the range. I let her shoot that gun and it is now considered "her gun". It is a sweet shooting gun. Doesnt have much recoil and the grip is thinner so it will fit her hands well. It really is a great gun
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#3142231 - 01/28/13 09:56 AM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Bowdacious]
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 Originally Posted By: Bowdacious
My advice would be to go to a range that lets you rent various guns and let her shoot some. What I like might not work for her and vice versa. Have her try everything. Semi autos and revolvers. For home protection, get her a good shotgun. I have a Kahr cw40 and a LCP in 380 for carry. If I had to grab a pistol for defense use at home, I would go for stik's 1911 or my 40.


Best advice I've seen here. They fit everyone a little differently, and trying them out is the best way to know.
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#3142493 - 01/28/13 01:27 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Barrett]
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X whatever times .... on trying several out at the range first...but I'd start with a revolver easy to reload and easy to carry without one in the chamber but can fire if the trigger is pulled .... And if going in a purse I wouldn't worry about a pocket size gun...most women I've heard say anything about the LCP or s&w bg 380 talk about how much they hurt. My wife loves shooting my sr9c but struggles gripping the slide to pull it back. She is going to rent some guns in the next week or so to see what she likes. Right now she likes the s&w bg380. It doesn't bother her. I may let her keep it. But she really really likes my sr22. I may have to try and find her one....

Edited by JA1234 (01/28/13 01:28 PM)

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#3142496 - 01/28/13 01:28 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Bowdacious]
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 Originally Posted By: Bowdacious
My advice would be to go to a range that lets you rent various guns and let her shoot some. What I like might not work for her and vice versa. Have her try everything. Semi autos and revolvers. For home protection, get her a good shotgun. I have a Kahr cw40 and a LCP in 380 for carry. If I had to grab a pistol for defense use at home, I would go for stik's 1911 or my 40.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ RIGHT THERE ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Rent some - borrow some - shoot several, then decide.
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#3142511 - 01/28/13 01:42 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: JA1234]
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 Originally Posted By: JA1234
..but I'd start with a revolver easy to reload and easy to carry without one in the chamber but can fire if the trigger is pulled ....



Why???
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#3142516 - 01/28/13 01:46 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: AndyW]
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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380
Gotta agree. If she's on a budget, Bersa .380.
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#3142530 - 01/28/13 01:57 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: JeepKuntry]
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A semi-auto may come later, but right now a revolver is in the works for her.
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#3142534 - 01/28/13 01:58 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Vermin93]
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Can't be a J-frame S&w in .357 or .38 - small, light and will get the job done -

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#3142544 - 01/28/13 02:12 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: AndyW]
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My wife carries a RUGER LCP and a Kimber Ultra TLE .45acp with Crimson Trace Lasergrips.

Here's the Kimber beside my full size one. Small, light, accurate, and as she puts it, "pretty".

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#3142568 - 01/28/13 02:31 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Vermin93]
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 Originally Posted By: Vermin93
A semi-auto may come later, but right now a revolver is in the works for her.
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#3142601 - 01/28/13 02:55 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Deer Assassin]
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Fiancée just got the Berretta PX4 Storm Sub-Compact 9mm. She loves it. She shot a .380 but she felt it kicked more than the solid frame of the PX4. It also has a decocker and ambidextrous safety which made me more comfortable about her carrying it.

I am considering purchasing the compact in .40.
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#3142603 - 01/28/13 02:57 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: JeepKuntry]
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 Originally Posted By: AndyW
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Gotta agree. If she's on a budget, Bersa .380.


My wife qualified for her HCP with her Bersa .380, and enjoys shooting it.

They have gone up a bit in price he last few years, I guess people caught on to what a decent little gun it is.
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#3142636 - 01/28/13 03:26 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Finck]
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 Originally Posted By: Finck
Fiancée just got the Berretta PX4 Storm Sub-Compact 9mm. She loves it. She shot a .380 but she felt it kicked more than the solid frame of the PX4. It also has a decocker and ambidextrous safety which made me more comfortable about her carrying it.

I am considering purchasing the compact in .40.


My biggest complaint with mom's P238 is that it's a single-action only with no decocker. To lay the hammer down, Sig ONLY recommends unloading the gun and dry-firing it.
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#3142784 - 01/28/13 05:13 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: JA1234]
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 Originally Posted By: JA1234
. My wife loves shooting my sr9c but struggles gripping the slide to pull it back. She is going to rent some guns in the next week or so to see what she likes. Right now she likes the s&w bg380. It doesn't bother her. I may let her keep it. But she really really likes my sr22. I may have to try and find her one....

I had a fella show me an easy way. Have her grip the slide with her left hand (if she's right handed) and push the gun forward. My problem was solved.
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#3175889 - 02/25/13 04:17 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Bowdacious]
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I'm glad I found this thread from last month - I'm in the same boat with some interest expressed by my wife. She's never shot before (other than a couple random pot shots behind her uncle's house as a teenager).

She actually expressed interest in getting a carry permit, if nothing else just for the training opportunity.
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#3175930 - 02/25/13 04:41 PM Re: Question about a pistol for a female [Re: Crosshairy]
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The dust has settled on our situation. My girlfriend now has a Ruger GP100 4" loaded with Speer 135 GR 38+P Gold Dot in her nightstand and a Ruger LCR loaded with the same ammo in her office desk downstairs. She may also carry the LCR if she gets her license. She prefers the revolvers due to simplicity.
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