pistol suggestions

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by John'sWife, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    for some reason everyone that suggests a weapon for my wife thinks *double action revolver* but christina cannot pull a double action trigger on most guns. her fangerz are weak. the exception to this that i have found is a worn out ruger security six we looked at. but it didnt suit her fancy much. she likes the look of the beretta px4 so whenever we get the chance she wants to try one. i think she might like some of beretta's other offerings, and she agrees the pictures look pretty, but she hasn't had a chance to hold any yet. anyways. she aint looking for a carry piece, but more of a house gun/general shooting gun. so a good trigger is important.
  2. Ursus

    Ursus Active Member

    Welcome John's wife! Hope the 1911 in 9 mm. will br fine. Altough, if you find racking the slide on an auto, difficult, I'd suggest you to take a look to a tip up barrel auto, like the Beretta Mod. 86 in .380 acp

  3. Lost One

    Lost One New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    SLC, Ut.
    I will throw in my 2 cents.

    If you like the automatics and 9mm isn't to bad of recoil for you then you may want to try a Smith&Wesson 3914. This is my wifes pistol and she loves it (trust me I have offered her every gun out there for it). The only thing not stock on it is the grips (hogue's) and hammer, I replaced it with a 2nd generation so it would have a spur on it. The slide is really easy to work, and with it being single stack it has a small but comfortable grip.

    The new version appears to be model 908 (its spurless also) but they have a model 910 which would give you 2 more rounds and has the spur on it already if you want one with the spur.

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  4. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    hi John's wife i have the Walther p22 it is light and easy to use i love it i also tried the browning buckmark and i love that one also but it is a much bigger gun-good luck and let us know what u get
  5. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Dear John's wife,

    I have severe Rueumatoid Arthritis in my hands. I cannot shoot a 9mm, nor 38, nor Bersa 380. I have a Ruger 327 magnum, it is a revolver. 327 is usually too much for me. I usually shoot a 32 magnum. But, the Ruger also shoots 32 longs and 32 shorts. And these have little recoil. I shoot two handed and single action. I pull the trigger with ny left thumb and trigger with right index finger. This gives me good purchase on my weapon. My fingers cannot shoot most double action guns. It is a 3 inch barrel and weighs 28 ounces. The weight reduces felt recoil. I love it. Try it, you will like it.

    Even if I can shoot the larger calibers, I cannot control where they shoot. Win 358 is so right. Shoot what you can use effectively. Your life may depend on it.:cool:
  6. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    Would have to go with a 327 mag as well, shot one over the weekend and fell in love with it. Give em a try and see what you think, Guns are personal things and it may take you a while to find the one that fits you.Welcome and be safe!
  7. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA
    Really reduces recoil, doesn't it??;)
  8. sabashimon

    sabashimon New Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    John's wife, as you've gotten plenty of good suggestions here, my only comment would be that for me personally, unless you get a Browning High Power, the only caliber that should come out of a 1911 is .45acp.
    That is the caliber the 1911 was designed for. If 9mm is you choice, stick with a pistol designed for it, such as a Glock 19, CZ75B, or a variety of others.
    Just my 2 Shekels
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  9. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay New Member

    May 26, 2009
    Central CT
    for small hands try "I" frame S&W or colt type

    38S&W much like a 38 spl is to a 357.

    colts are a 6 shooter with smooth triggers--police positive

    downside is the guns are pre 1940 & ammo is $30/50.
    a bit pricey so get John to reload for you.
  10. dhbvino

    dhbvino New Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Stay away from the mosquito...I love Sigs (2022, P229, P220 Equinox) but this is a perpetual jammer with all ammo...not good for self-defense. I recommend an S&W J Frame...It won't jam or fail to eject and if it doesn't go bang, pull the trigger again. My wife is also weak in her hands and she can handle the 642 with crimson grips and +P ammo. An excellent rig for those who don't practice as much as they should (my wife for example)
  11. ofitg

    ofitg Active Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Greetings JW! Lots of good advice here.... my vote would be for the small-frame revolver, preferably something more powerful than a .22. If at all possible, try shooting it before you buy it.
    Does your husband reload ? If a .38 kicks too hard, your husband might be able to work up some lighter loads to practice with (ie, reduced powder charge, reduced bullet weight)
  12. John'sWife

    John'sWife Former Guest

    Sep 22, 2009
    thanks for the advice. I think I've decided what I want. For a 22 I think I'm gonna go with a walther p22. For my first big gun I've decided on a Glock 19, and for my second big gun I've decided on a 1911 in 9 mm, but I'm not sure if I want officer size or commander. I have tried the s&w model 642 and it was a little much for me.
  13. Gun Geezer

    Gun Geezer Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central Florida
    Welcome Mrs. John:

    I took my step-daughter to the range Friday to help her decide what gun she will get. She test fired a Glock 26,9mm, a Taurus 617, 7 shot .357 Mag., a Kel-Tec P3AT, .380, a Walther PPK, .380 and a Lady Smith, .38. She chose the Lady Smith hands down. All of the semi-auto's were difficult for her to rack the slides and she limp wristed them all which although didn't cause a jam, might have. The long trigger pulls were also a concern for her. The heavier weight of a Lady Smith over an Airweight and the double action of being able to cock the hammer and pull the trigger made it a more manageable gun. Since you will be keeping it for home defense and not carrying it, the weight factor will only work in your favor with less recoil. Also, .38 ammo is pretty much available everywhere. The ranges all have reloads for practice. I believe there are some 7 round pistols being made now in .38. The Taurus 7 round .357 is a little much. It even hurt my hand when I shot it. Good luck.
  14. John'sWife, you have made some good choices

    Now christina's husband, if she is getting three guns you ought to get at least on gun out of the deal too:D
  15. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    There's a reason why S&W's line of Lady Smith revolvers are popular, and why they offered them. I have a Walter PPk/s that I bought from a women who went to a Lady Smith revolver because she too couldn't rack the slide.
    And there are times when I carry a compact revolver, simply for it's simplicity.
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