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Old 11-11-2012, 06:52 PM
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what handgun for my fiance

Ok guys, been looking into getting a handgun fir my fiance for personall protection. With my job i may spend a week or so at a time out of state which leaves her home alone with our son in a less than desirable neighborhood with nothing better than a full length 870 for protection. Want bigger than a 22 but not too big but im not sure semi auto or revolver. What would you guys suggest
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:14 PM
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Re: what handgun for my fiance

Bigger is better as long as she can handle it.
I say take her to a shooting range where you can rent guns or take along several options for her to try.
A hammerless revolver just might be the best option
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:35 PM
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Re: what handgun for my fiance

I understand your mindset, that said just getting her a pistol is not enough. She needs to be trained in its use and employment, and if she is not that into it don't expect much. If its just for home defense a light weight AR is a better choice for her.

Shooting is a perishable skill, and one that needs to be maintained to be employed effectively when your brain shuts down. Cause when it shuts down, and it will the training is what will take over. Case in point I took a county sheriff to the rage 2 weeks ago, he carry's a gun every day and served in the army and he could not shoot a simple 7 round dot drill at 7 yards to save his life. It took us 600 rounds to get him back to the point he was at before work, and married life got the better of him.

I suggest taking a class they are not cheep but they are worth it.

I know I talk to much but the point I'm trying to make is it may be more dangerous for her to have a pistol than to not with, out formal training and the mindset.

Not knowing your wife's build, history and mindset its very hard to make a good recommendation. My wife is 5'6" and athletic, she carry's a glock 19. It fits her hand very well and she shoots it very well, now that I have convinced her to drift the sights. If your wife is smaller than my wife she may like the glock 26 or a S&W revolver. There are lots of options out there, see what she likes. Regardless of the weapon chosen I would shoot a minimum of 500 rounds through it before I trusted my life to it. On new guns this is key as most need a break in, it will also identify any issue on a used gun.

On another note, gun store sales men for the most part are not the best people to ask in my experience they are more dangerous wounded bear. A 9mm is all she needs, with today's bullets your not giving up anything to a 45acp. Especially for a smaller framed inexperienced shooter.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:54 PM
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Re: what handgun for my fiance

As far as shooting she loves it. She has used my dads full suze framed 9mm and my uncles 40 that is alsi full size and she does well with both. She is 5'3" with what i would call a full frame,not petite and her hands are roughly the same size as mine. Im thinking of a mid sized frame since small is just too small and full size looks a touch big and is a little bulky. For a revolver im thinking along the lines of a 38 with about a 3" barrel or at the small end a 22 mag. Semi auto im in a toss up between a 9mm and a 380. Are there any models along these lines you guys would recommend for me to lookat first? As far as ranges its about a 4 hour drive to one who has rentals, the only one around here is state owned outdoor range with nothing more than 2 birms and 3 tables. Also my buddy just got a taurus millenium in 45 acp thats a little smaller than my dad and uncles gun that ill have her try
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As far as shooting she loves it. She has used my dads full suze framed 9mm and my uncles 40 that is alsi full size and she does well with both. She is 5'3" with what i would call a full frame,not petite and her hands are roughly the same size as mine. Im thinking of a mid sized frame since small is just too small and full size looks a touch big and is a little bulky. For a revolver im thinking along the lines of a 38 with about a 3" barrel or at the small end a 22 mag. Semi auto im in a toss up between a 9mm and a 380. Are there any models along these lines you guys would recommend for me to lookat first? As far as ranges its about a 4 hour drive to one who has rentals, the only one around here is state owned outdoor range with nothing more than 2 birms and 3 tables. Also my buddy just got a taurus millenium in 45 acp thats a little smaller than my dad and uncles gun that ill have her try
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Re: what handgun for my fiance

I teach CC. IMHO, with all of the varying size and experience of people that take CC class, I can highly recommend the Bersa Thunder or Thunder Plus series in 380 or 9mm. Add some of the better ammo available (such as Hornady Critical Defense), this combination will provide the value and price that cannot be beat.

I like the above because they have a decocker/safety, small size, lightweight, capacity, DA/SA, and seem to be easily shot by just about hand or strength size.....accurately.
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Re: what handgun for my fiance

For the money and ease of use: S&W Bodyguard 38 with laser! I think it can be had for under $500!
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