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First gun for wife?

I want to get my sweetie a pistol. She is reluctant, but somewhat willing. I figure a revolver is the go to gun. 38 Special in particular. Semi-autos are just too complicated for a newbie methinks... Any thoughts or similar situations?
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I want to get my sweetie a pistol. She is reluctant, but somewhat willing. I figure a revolver is the go to gun. 38 Special in particular. Semi-autos are just too complicated for a newbie methinks... Any thoughts or similar situations?
Just to shoot? Or daily carry? For my lady it was a S&W model 60. She loves it and with +P it's perfect.

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S&W J-frame revolvers might be right up her alley.

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The only problem I see with getting her a small revolver is the weight to recoil ratio. All of those small revolvers like the Ruger LCR's or the S&W 642 are light as shit, thus equal a fuck load of recoil. Try something bigger first so you dont scare her off. Just my 2 cents.

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Ha, try shooting Buffalo Bore +P out of a snub nose .38.

Maybe try even a .22 auto. I got my wife here first gun last year. She picked out a Sig Mosquito. Great gun to shoot, very simple. Best thing is no scary recoil. Unless you are looking to put her straight into a carry gun you can't go wrong with a .22

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I bought my wife a little .38 for her first gun and she ended up hating it. Even with normal cheap .38 loads she said it stung her hand.

I let her start shooting my fnp and she claimed it as hers. Now she has a Fns9 and out shoots me.


It seems like the normal full size guns are a little easier to handle. Just because your wife has small hands or is small. Don't make the mistake of buying her a small framed pistol.

As far as complicated. It's just a little practice that'll fix that issue. Also my wife took a class and came back a confident shooter. It was an all women's class. I took a similar one with all guys. It's basically combat pistol. Learning how to fight with your gun.

We are taking a ccw class together in 2 weeks.

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When we picked out my wife's daily carry, we were thinking about the J frame. (already have one)
However we have kids, so we decided against the J frame as it is always chambered and ready to go with just a pull of the trigger.(not that we leave it laying around)
We ended up going with a Bodyguard .380 she loves it. The thing is very easy to carry. Also easy to shoot. My wife can rack the slide, but it would be very challenging for a child.
If you wife is reluctant take her to a range (preferably one that rents a variety of guns) and get her comfortable with shooting and see what she prefers.
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The only problem I see with getting her a small revolver is the weight to recoil ratio. All of those small revolvers like the Ruger LCR's or the S&W 642 are light as shit, thus equal a fuck load of recoil. Try something bigger first so you dont scare her off. Just my 2 cents.
I agree with this- those small revolvers are just snappy as shit. Which usually equates to one not enjoying shooting it, so they tend to not practice with it. That's not a good thing.

I was also concerned about my wife handling a semi-auto. But just a few minutes at the range and she had it "almost" fully under control- the only issue she had was properly clearing a jam, but a bit more time and she'll be good to go. She fell in love with my friends M&P 9mm. We haven't bought her a carry yet though. I need to take her out and use my M&P Shield to see how she feels about that size- I think she'll like it.
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My gun buying advice for a new shooter is always the same:
Step 1. Bring her to the shop. Let her handle one of everything. She's a woman (I'm assuming... )- she WILL have opinions on what she likes.
Step 2. Bring her to the range. Try as many of the ones she likes as possible (and some she didn't like- she MAY change her mind).
Step 3. Yell at her for only liking $1K+ handguns, and try step 2 again
Step 4. Then buy- Mark W.

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I agree with this- those small revolvers are just snappy as shit. Which usually equates to one not enjoying shooting it, so they tend to not practice with it. That's not a good thing.

I was also concerned about my wife handling a semi-auto. But just a few minutes at the range and she had it "almost" fully under control- the only issue she had was properly clearing a jam, but a bit more time and she'll be good to go. She fell in love with my friends M&P 9mm. We haven't bought her a carry yet though. I need to take her out and use my M&P Shield to see how she feels about that size- I think she'll like it.
i will load up 3 mags at the range for my wife. randomly placing snap caps in with live ammo.

she'll do it to me too. helps a lot with clearing practice.

or i'll run hot ammo through my sig mosquito and it becomes the jam-0-matic and i can practice for real lol.

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i will load up 3 mags at the range for my wife. randomly placing snap caps in with live ammo.

she'll do it to me too. helps a lot with clearing practice.

or i'll run hot ammo through my sig mosquito and it becomes the jam-0-matic and i can practice for real lol.
Anything but CCI mini mags jam up pretty well in the Mosquito really. It really does make for a great training opportunity.

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Anything but CCI mini mags jam up pretty well in the Mosquito really. It really does make for a great training opportunity.
mine has the softer spring in it. so it run the el cheapo remington thunder no problem but it hates the good CCI minimag stuff. it's crazy.

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When we picked out my wife's daily carry, we were thinking about the J frame. (already have one)
However we have kids, so we decided against the J frame as it is always chambered and ready to go with just a pull of the trigger.(not that we leave it laying around)
We ended up going with a Bodyguard .380 she loves it. The thing is very easy to carry. Also easy to shoot. My wife can rack the slide, but it would be very challenging for a child.
If you wife is reluctant take her to a range (preferably one that rents a variety of guns) and get her comfortable with shooting and see what she prefers.
Years ago we got my wife a 60 J frame in .357 and mostly shot .38s out of it. It worked great for her, however now we have young kids and it stays in the gun safe for the same reasons you mention.

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mine has the softer spring in it. so it run the el cheapo remington thunder no problem but it hates the good CCI minimag stuff. it's crazy.
Ha- both of my Ruger 10/22's are like that. CCI mini mags are constant jams, cheapo Remington's no problems at all. In fact ANYTHING will feed thru it EXCEPT CCI. No idea why that is.
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mine has the softer spring in it. so it run the el cheapo remington thunder no problem but it hates the good CCI minimag stuff. it's crazy.
That's so weird, my wife's hates anything cheap. Guess I'll have to do some research on springs for it then.

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That's so weird, my wife's hates anything cheap. Guess I'll have to do some research on springs for it then.
didn't it come with 2?

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didn't it come with 2?
Now that you mention it, it sure did. I'll have to give that a shot.

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