Perfect Carry gun

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by Gail of Maine, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Gail of Maine

    Gail of Maine New Member

    May 8, 2012
    I am looking for a good ladies carry gun, want fairly lightweight but not so much kick that it bites. I have a Chic Lady 38 special that has a hard trigger pull (single action revolver) and it hurts my hand when I shoot. Would like reliable but lower price end. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. Geezer Squid

    Geezer Squid New Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    My wife has a Sig P238 HD (stainless). She loves it. It is pretty soft shooting and has an excellent trigger. It is a "cocked and locked" gun so all trigger pulls are very light. Also, the slide is one of the easiest to rack that she or I ever encountered.

    Good luck with your selection.

    BTW, we also have Sig P238 Nitron that we bought at Academy Sports because it was very inexpensive ($479). It is an aluminum framed gun and is a little lighter than the P238 HD, but it is a pretty soft recoiling gun too.

  3. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    look at a keltec p3at if you are ok with a semi auto.
  4. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    I'd offer a suggestion, but advising someone on a new carry gun is a lot like telling them what underwear to buy. ;) No thanks. That said, you can often make a pistol more comfortable (recoil, etc.) just by putting custom grips on it that fit your hand better. Kinda like tailored undies. :D
  5. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Not in the lower price end, but a S&W M632
    Shoot .32 H&Rmagnums with almost no recoil
    and carry the .327 FedMag's for SD.
    If you trust Taurus to be reliable, CDNN Investments
    has the M327's for $229-$249 [I've had two for a year
    with absolutely no issues, and great shooters]
    Or a Ruger SP-101 .327FedMag


    Jan 29, 2012
    Which ever one you can effectively fire every time.. Go to a range that rents and start shooting different ones.
  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    yep.. the one that you like / is comfortable to carry is the best.. as you will be more likely to carry it..
  8. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    hey Gaile where r u in Me.
  9. Recon 173

    Recon 173 Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    Central Illinois
    You might want to try some gun shops that have pistols for rent with an indoor range. That way you could try out different pistols before making up your mind. When you go to such a place, you will need to rent or bring hearing protection, ammo and protective glasses. You might also want to call ahead if you find an indoor range near you to see if they have any restrictions on firearms or ammunition. One pistol you may want to consider is a Bersa .380 semi-automatic pistol. Bersa pistols are very accurate, easy to shoot, easy on recoil and are comfortable to handle.
  10. ka64

    ka64 Well-Known Member


    Colt defender 9mm......
  11. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper Active Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    hate to say it, but this is like trying to recommend a scotch to someone. everybody's taste is different. but then, had a petite girl next to me on the range a few weeks back with a lc9, she handled it really well.
  12. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
  13. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    There (in my opinion) is no way how to tell someone what would make a good carry gun.
    My fist suggestion, would be visit a few gun shops in your area and pick up and handle as many as possible and find one that will fit your hand.
    One that "feels" right to you. I've owned and still do own, several handguns and when it came time to chose "that 'perfect' carry gun', I hit the gun shops!
    I thought I knew what would make a good carry gun and after hitting the gun shops, I happen to find just what was right "for me".
    That being said, I found the Glock 19 compact (9mm) that fit the bill for me. And as in the past and up to that point, I would have never thought I would have chosen a Glock of all guns, to carry. (hit the gun shops and get a real feel)
  14. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Near Fairbanks
    For me it has to be a 10mm. I know two ladies that
    carry the Glock M19 and they love those guns. One
    carries in her purse and the other just drops it into
    a jacket or vest pocket. They are reliable, cheap to
    shoot and simple as a revolver to shoot.
  15. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    +1 on that recommendation.
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