GUN CCW suggestions for a small lady?

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  1. thedude11

    thedude11 New Member

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    My girlfriend is planning on getting her CHL when she turns 21 this year. She's shot my handguns and likes my P7 a lot but that would be too large for her to carry.

    She likes both revolvers and semi autos, so either is fine.
    I don't know a whole lot about revolvers and benefits of steel over airweight aluminum (other than the obvious weight difference and perceived recoil).


    What are your suggestions for a small CCW?
     
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    thedude11 New Member

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  3. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    Can't tell what she'll like without nudez.

    My wife likes my 642 S&W, but she hasn't ever shot it. I imagine it'll be too much for her. That may not be the case for your woman though since she has been shooting.
     
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    ReiKo Community Smartass OT Supporter

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    Bersa .380 or something of that nature... .380 would be perfect...
     
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    Glock 26 would be a good ccw. Small and reliable.
     
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    thedude11 New Member

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    What's the trigger pull like on a S&W 642?

    For revolvers that are DA/SA, what's the common carry method? Cocked or in DA?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    DA always.
     
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    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    Pretty heavy, but smooth. Your not gonna pull it by accident.
     
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    2L Bunny "It's only a Rabbit"

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    Take her to a range that does rentals. Or find a friend/friends what own a lot of guns. Find out what fits HER hand and what she feels comfortable with.
     
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    That's going to be the most important part of getting her one, but I want a few suggestions for small carry guns.
     
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    TheHunter Unprofessional Lurker

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    Love her pose with a "Don't Mess With Texas" shirt on. Bersa .380's are very reliable and easily concealed. Then again the wife carried her service issue 96D in her purse. Theory was if she couldn't pull it out fast enough she could brain 'em with the thing.
     
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    . but push her towards something you also want :noes: in case she doesn't shoot it much
     
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    thedude11 New Member

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    :rofl:

    Of course!
     
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    Guys usually turn stupid when it comes to their lady and guns and get them something that they thing would be good instead of getting something that actually works for her so you're already ahead of the curve. Gun I would try hard to put my hands on would be single stack 9mm autos primarily. S&W chief's special, sig 239, maybe the new walther pps, kahrs, 1911 (although this obvious is a factor for small...) etc.
     
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    Kahr would be worth checking out. It has a long DAO trigger pull but it is very smooth. Slightly thinner across the slide than a Glock.

    Small frame .38 revolver loaded with wadcutters is another idea.
     
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    Have her hold a Kahr, K9 is extremely comfortable and small/thin. Or the PM9 is even smaller and much lighter.

    M&P compact 9 assuming they get the bugs worked out.
     
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    My gf clearly stated that she wanted a .357/38spl "with a short barrel and wooden handle".

    :rofl:
     
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    As long as its a later model, you're golden. Even though mine has had bugs, I still love it. ;)
     
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    slap her and give her a .38
     
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    saxman Burninating the peasants

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    if you're looking at the M&P 9c, it'd be a disservice to yourself to not look at a P99c... about the same size, but much more comfortable, especially to smaller hands
     
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    Why can't she carry a normal gun? Why does she need to go with something smaller? She's a woman, not a child. Women can conceal more than they think. The key to concealing it is not the pistol, it's where and in WHAT it's carried. Very good belt, very good holster. Those are the key factors. She will probably have to adapt her clothing a bit no matter what she carries. That doesn't mean wearing baggy shirts all the time. It means that if she wears a button-down shirt that fits her form well, she might need to find cuts that flare out a little more around the hips. A t-shirt like the one in the picture will conceal most any firearm she wears, if she wears it right.

    My wife was very surprised at how well her t-shirts conceal her 26. She can carry a 19 just fine.

    Start with a G19, and see if it fits her hands. Teach her to push/pull, not cup and saucer like in the picture. If the 19 doesn't fit her hands, try a 26. If you put a grip extension or magazine extension on a 26, you need to go back up to a 19.
     
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    thedude11 New Member

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    I never said she was a child and could not handle a larger gun. I understand that everyone has to make changes when they start carrying a gun, whether it be attitude, clothing, or whatever.

    My girlfriend carried my P7 while we were on a friend's ranch and she printed with it. With a couple of changes, she could probably conceal it pretty well but it's fairly logical to start with a gun that's not going to require an unnecessary amount of changes.

    I'm trying to make this as easy a process for her as possible. She also said herself that she prefers smaller guns because, for her, she feels more confident with them and that is one of the most important things to have.

    I'm not trying to come off as argumentative, but I'll probably start off with a S&W 642, G26, and the like and see how it goes from there.
     
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    *thumbs up* Guys tell their girl dumb things like "dress around the gun" or "its supposed to be comforting not comfortable" and then they wonder why their g/f never carries.
     
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    I'm not knocking anyone's wife/girl here but another key thing to remember is if they can pull the slide back if they get in a "FTF" situation... I know it sounds extreme... But something to remember...
     
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    wife chose a G19, but only open carries. It'll still be a good gun for CCW though.
     

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