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Took the wife to a local gun shop tonight. She looked a several guns(1st time ever) and she liked the feel of the Sig P238. Anybody have any knowledge about these guns or any suggestions from what their wives carry.
 

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My wife will not put one in her purse because she says that is probably the first thing someone will go after. I think it is because there is absolutely no way to fit anything else in that duffle bag she calls a purse. Oh, and my wife liked a little shrouded hammer snub nose revolver in .357, she held one day at a store.
 

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My wife carries a s&w 38 plus p airlite hammer less revolver.. I would never suggest a semi auto for a woman unless she shoots on a regular basis... with the wheel gun.. you are almost 99% guaranteed 5-6 shots.. with a semi auto.. the first time it jams.. most women will just have to throw the gun at the attacker... they dont have time or the whereabouts to un jam a pistol... in a sticky situation...JMO...
 

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Hunting Daddy said:
Took the wife to a local gun shop tonight. She looked a several guns(1st time ever) and she liked the feel of the Sig P238. Anybody have any knowledge about these guns or any suggestions from what their wives carry.

Rule #1: NEVER carry a gun in a purse. Never never never never NEVER carry a gun in a purse. What's the most likely target of a robber vs. a woman? Her purse. What do women pack full of crap and always have to dig through to find what they're looking for? Their purse.

If you're going to carry a gun, learn to do it right. There are few, if any, alternative options that are even equivalent to carrying around your waist. Shoulder rigs are not very practical, and ankle rigs are last-ditch methods. Anything else is poorly conceived and far inferior to having a gun on your hip. That P238 is very small, and will conceal very nicely, and pretty unobtrusively. There is no excuse to toss it in a Samsonite and sling it around her shoulder.

Did I mention that carrying a gun in a purse is a terrible idea?



Now, about that Sig 238....my mom just got one recently. It came with its own OWB Kydex holster. She really enjoys shooting it, and from what I can tell by just handling it, it's a great gun. You will rarely be disappointed in a Sig. That being said, there are only two things I really disliked about it. One, it's a tricky field-strip & re-assembly. Two, there is no decocker. The only factory-recommended way to lay the hammer down is to drop the mag, clear the chamber, and dry fire it.

And in case it's not blatantly clear enough, NEVER CARRY A GUN IN A PURSE.

And I completely disagree that something in the female anatomy prevents them from clearing a jammed semi-auto. Anyone with even a half-assed bit of training can learn to properly wield a semi-auto pistol.
 

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I have 238 and love it. It's my go to carry gun. It doesn't matter what I wear is concealable. It's far more accurate than any other gun I've shot in that size. My wife also loves it and I will soon be buying a second 1 for her. She shot a lcp fired 2 round and was done but has no problem unloading clip after clip of the 238.
 

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She was eying one of those purses designed for the carry gun. Though she was dissapointed that "Coach" does not make one. Fully agree, throwing a gun inside a purse is a bad idea but my options are limited.
Thanks for the info on not haveing a decoker on the P238. Other pistol she liked was the walther P22 anybody have any info on this gun.
last thing. IMO the wheel gun would be her best pick but she did'nt like the feel of it and that would be like her buying me a hunting rifle that I did not like.
 

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Unless she shoots regularly, I'd recommend a revolver. Too many things go wrong with a semi-auto and a novice shooter, especially under stress. I've worked with highly skilled spec ops guys that had handgun troubles while under duress. With a revolver theres just not much that can go wrong.
If she starts shooting regularly, and gets comfortable with semi auto malfunction clearance drills, then a semi-auto may make sense.
 

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My wife carries a S&W 637 and/or a Ruger LCP. She carries them regularly. As for the Sig P238, I have shot 2 of them and both of them have jammed. They look and feel good in the hand, but do not cycle very well. The Kahr PM9 is basically the same size that shoots 9mm and is much more reliable.
 

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Whatever gun she will actually carry and use. I carry a 40 and a LCP. Depends on what I'm wearing. Would I be able to clear a jam under duress? I am as likely to be able to as any man in a panic situation. As for purse carry, I do not. . A thief targeting a woman wants that purse. If she does want to purse carry, get a purse designed for it and make sure practices using it properly.
 

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I bought my wife a "Gun Totin Mama's" purse. It goes over her opposite shoulder and has a cut proof strap. It's leather and looks really nice. It has a built in holster for her 1911.

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pressfit said:
My wife carries a s&w 38 plus p airlite hammer less revolver.. I would never suggest a semi auto for a woman unless she shoots on a regular basis... with the wheel gun.. you are almost 99% guaranteed 5-6 shots.. with a semi auto.. the first time it jams.. most women will just have to throw the gun at the attacker... they dont have time or the whereabouts to un jam a pistol... in a sticky situation...JMO...

Ditto! S&W 442 is the ideal purse firearm for a woman, in my opinion. Not too bulky and will not fail or jam. That is what I will have my wife carrying as soon I get her legal to do so. The Sig P238 is basically a small 1911. Unless a person is a seasoned 1911 style shooter, they should never carry this style pistol for personal protection. Especially in a purse where the safety could get knocked off. Since this a single action only pistol you have to carry it cocked and locked in order to be ready to effectively use it in a case of self defense. That is why it is a bad option for a purse pistol, in my opinion. I would recommend staying with a small revolver in 38 special, preferably the hammerless style like the S&W 442. Again this is just my opinion.
 

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Hunting Daddy said:
Agreed I guess just checking on other opinons. Just concerened about the recoil on th 38/357.

She will be fine with a standard 38 Special 125gr. I would not have her carrying the 38+P unless she used to shooting it. The standard 38 Special 125gr will be just right.
 

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strutandrut said:
I bought my wife a "Gun Totin Mama's" purse. It goes over her opposite shoulder and has a cut proof strap. It's leather and looks really nice. It has a built in holster for her 1911.

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That's the kind I was talking about. Those are as efficient as a holster. The women that just drop it in a big old pocketbook scare me. They will never get it dug out and would lose the purse and the gun in a purse snatching. If someone gets ahold of hers, they have a purse but she is holding her gun. :)
 

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TAFKAP said:
Hunting Daddy said:
Took the wife to a local gun shop tonight. She looked a several guns(1st time ever) and she liked the feel of the Sig P238. Anybody have any knowledge about these guns or any suggestions from what their wives carry.

Rule #1: NEVER carry a gun in a purse. Never never never never NEVER carry a gun in a purse. What's the most likely target of a robber vs. a woman? Her purse. What do women pack full of crap and always have to dig through to find what they're looking for? Their purse.

If you're going to carry a gun, learn to do it right. There are few, if any, alternative options that are even equivalent to carrying around your waist. Shoulder rigs are not very practical, and ankle rigs are last-ditch methods. Anything else is poorly conceived and far inferior to having a gun on your hip. That P238 is very small, and will conceal very nicely, and pretty unobtrusively. There is no excuse to toss it in a Samsonite and sling it around her shoulder.

Did I mention that carrying a gun in a purse is a terrible idea?



Now, about that Sig 238....my mom just got one recently. It came with its own OWB Kydex holster. She really enjoys shooting it, and from what I can tell by just handling it, it's a great gun. You will rarely be disappointed in a Sig. That being said, there are only two things I really disliked about it. One, it's a tricky field-strip & re-assembly. Two, there is no decocker. The only factory-recommended way to lay the hammer down is to drop the mag, clear the chamber, and dry fire it.

And in case it's not blatantly clear enough, NEVER CARRY A GUN IN A PURSE.

And I completely disagree that something in the female anatomy prevents them from clearing a jammed semi-auto. Anyone with even a half-assed bit of training can learn to properly wield a semi-auto pistol.

lots of good advice in this post.
 

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