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Old 04-07-2013, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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So I've been wanting the wife and myself to get our concealed carry permits and this may have sped the process up

Beaumont Police arrest man they say is responsible for robbery s - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

One of the robberies happened on our street which my wife walks our children and our dog on from time to time. They caught the perps but it was a huge eye opener and scared me to be honest. I'm not always home to protect my family.

My wife is scared of guns and has zero experience with anything firearm related. I've tried to get her interested and with this recent event she now wants to get involved.

My idea of a good CCW for her are as follows
1. Easy to use
2. Light recoil
3. She is small so the firearm needs to be also
4. DEPENDABLE DEPENDABLE DEPENDABLE (it must go bang every time she pulls the trigger)

Her ideas are as follows
1. Pink or purple
2. Fancy

So I'll give her the color she wants as long as it meets my above requirements (plus anything you guys think I may have missed). I'm thinking possibly a Ruger Lcp? What would you guys recommend and why? Please steer us in the right direction. So let's hear it
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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My wife was the same. She took the CCW class and we are currently waiting for a S&W Bodyguard 38spl revolver. She is not able to rack the slide on a semi auto. So a revolver is her best option. Let your wife start out with a .22 and work up in caliber as long as she's comfortable. That way you'll find a caliber she's comfortable with.
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Very good points. I tried to get her to rack the slide on my p250 a while back and she couldn't. I was just discussing with a friend about starting her out on a .22lr. Let her get comfortable before shooting anything with recoil. I'm not much of a revolver guy but that might be the best option for her
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Another link to what happened

Texas Conservative Republican News: Lumberton, TX Woman with Gun Shoots Robber/Rapist Terrorizing Lumberton Residents
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She may be able to handle racking a .22lr semi auto. Here's a decent article that highlights some smaller weapons.
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It's gonna take practice. My wife had a hard time racking the slide on my 9mm, but after she got the hang of it, it wasn't even an issue. No issue with the .40 either anymore.

Also a down side of the revolver in .38 is there is a definite increase of felt recoil thru the hand compared to semi auto in a smaller caliber. If she is already afraid of the kick, this may be a deal breaker right off the bat after the first time she shoots it.

I say start small. .22lr revolver or something like a Walther P22/ S&W M&P22 (Walther makes S&W 22s) semi auto, and go from there.
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My LGS has a couple of these. Charter Arms Pink Lady. Mid $300 range. Not sure how reliable they are.

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Originally Posted by Mockstar View Post
My LGS has a couple of these. Charter Arms Pink Lady. Mid $300 range. Not sure how reliable they are.

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Lol....my wife has seen some of the "lady" guns and doesn't want one. She has her heart set on that S&W Bodyguard. Basic black with the built in laser. If someone is unfortunate enough to mess with her, she says she'll have no problem making them stop. And she doesn't want to be cute while doing it.
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All great advice guys. I think a trip to the range that has a variety of rentals is in order. I'll start her with something in .22lr so the recoil won't scare her at first. Then buikd her up until we find what she's comfortable with
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I just made a vid of the technique my wife uses to rack the slide on my M&P40c. It's more a grab and push (strong hand) movement as opposed to a pull back movement.
Gimme a second to load it up. Obviously some women don't have the hand strength we do so she had to find a way that worked for her. Maybe this technique will work for some other members "significant others" just learning.

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