Discussion in 'On Topic' started by JaimeZX, Dec 11, 2006.
She has very small hands.
.380 / 9mm I'm thinking. What would you suggest & why?
either a keltec or kahr. or a j-frame revolver. capacity is similar, and knockdown is better.
I second the j-frame.
Hell my current carry is a j-frame I love it I can get three fingers on the grip when firing 357 rounds it kicks and flips but firing 38 special at the range is fine, but always 357 for carry at least for me) plus the j-frame is very easy to conceal and I even forget it is there. I am planning on replacing the rubber grip with a wood one, so it won't stick to my clothes and try and expose itself.
For some reason men always want to pick their girl's firearms and I'm not sure why. She's a big girl, let her go to the gun store and try several out and see what she likes. Guys are always drawn to the j-frame too and if theres one gun that women seem to consistently hate thats it. I can't blame them, it recoils hard, it flips, the trigger pull is usually hard.....hell I find them hard to shoot well.
Slim single stack autos are a good place to look. Women seem to like sig 239's, 1911's, things like that.
I'm totally down for letting her pick her own weapon; I'm just trying to narrow down the field a little (in my own mind.) She can hold my 1911 but just barely. It's freaking huge in her hands, although I'm sure she could employ it in an emergency.
My woman likes a 1911, mainly because of the variety of grip panels available, but it's a tough platform for her to learn on, because micro 1911s aren't really forgiving to novice shooters. Find a place where she can try a few pistols at once, because, I've found the one that they like the looks of isn't generally the one they shoot the best.
Edit: My suggestion is a Star 9mm BM. Slim, single stack 1911 style in a forgiving 9mm chambering, and the wood grips can be swapped out to sex like this:
Hakan Pek's work on two Star 9mm BMs. CDNN has BMs for $159 right now, too.
Yup, that's just what I was going to post. As long as it's from a good manufacture I'd let her pick whatever fits her hand best and she can shoot good.
Maybe even look at Springfields new EMP 1911 chambered in 9mm. It's slim, compact, and lower recoil.
That looks pretty sweet. And I like the idea of a little 1911 for her, since the basics of operation would be the same between our guns. I agree with y'all that a single-stack would be best in an autoloader.
Anyway, thanks guys. I'm always open to new ideas.
And just to throw it in for what its worth alot of .380 pistols are blowback instead of locked breech and don't really cut down on felt recoil any. Any adult should have no problem with 9mm, .40, or .45 provided they're holding the gun right. From a size perspective single stack will probably be the most important thing to look for, sig also make a "short trigger" for their guns that will shorten the trigger reach.
Smith and Wesson Jframe or maybe a Kahr. The single stack Kahrs are tiny.
also, check out the Walther P99 and P99 compact..and the SW M&P They have removable backstraps and just might be small enough.
also looik in the NAA Guardian .380 my wife loves it
Just get her a Desert Eagle .50 okay? She'll love it, I promise!
Seems to be the answer to every freakin' gun question in the offtopic forum.
Anyone else ever notice this?
3" 1911's are incredibly unreliable. For plinking and the range they're fine, but never trust your life to one, there are FAR better options out there for carry.
I recommend a S&W 642 with Crimson Trace lasergrips. Stay away from the Ladysmith, the wood grips on make the recoil exponentially more brutal and in the hands of a woman you don't want that. The CTC j-frame lasergrips have like a 1/8" buffer of loose rubber in between the frame to soak up the recoil which is great, and the laser is great, just make sure she always trains with the sights and doesn't become reliant on using the laser.
I would change that and say generally unreliable. They can be made to run great when people put the correct work into them. Also that being a 9mm gun, the slide travel is affected for the better. I have friends with 3-3.5" 1911's that run 100%
But does she actually shoot it?
I'd also preach the J-frame Smith or a Kahr. Perhaps a Glock 26 if her hands aren't too tiny.
cant go wrong with a makarov
Agreed. When I was instructing I used to see that all the time. Some guy would buy his SO a snubbie thinking they knew what she would want only to have them say they hated it. Take her to a range that rents guns and see what SHE likes and can shoot.
I have a friend who is small and petite and the gun she liked the most and was quite proficient with turned out to be one of the most brutal little 9mm autos out there, the Kel Tec P11. It fit her perfectly and with her stance and grip, she soaked up the recoil like it was nothing.
All hot/cute women should be required to walk around topless with a 1911 5" on their belt