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(long story, sorry) My wife has not been a big fan of firearms since I've known her. In light of recent events, she asked to with me to the range a month or so ago. She enjoyed it. Since then, she asked for "her own" handgun. I decided to get her one for our anniversary (late Feb). She knew the present as we spent hours at various dealers finding "just the right one". She agreed to get another for me as well.

We live in a low population area and there was an attempted child abduction from a fast food restaurant last week. She asked if we could exchange gifts a little early.



Here is the happy girl holding her Springfield all dolled up in her muffs, glasses.

 

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Good for you both. A family that shoots together, lives longer...;)
 

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She's a keeper for sure. I hope you let her in on the fact that you CANNOT ever have enough guns.
 

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Nice to see another lady taking a likeing to firearms. She looks excited too.
 

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Impressive picture. She looks happy and well armed. Good choice of friearms too.

Welcome to the forum to both of you.
 

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She is excited but inexperienced. We'll get her out to send 500 or so rounds downrange with the XD before taking the ccw class. She has committed to range time at least once per month after that.

She has only fired my Beretta 92FS compact about 200 times and IVJ TP22 a few times as she didn't like the IVJ.

I hope her choice in weapons turns out to be a good one. I have no experience with poly frames or striker fires, it certainly has the capacity. By the same token, I have never owned a Taurus, but have had snub .357's long ago. I hope they both work out.
 

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Get a Ruger semiauto (Mark III) for some real fun and learning some basics, cheaper than the carry gun ammo.

Tell her she has to share it with you.
 

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Get a Ruger semiauto (Mark III) for some real fun and learning some basics, cheaper than the carry gun ammo.

Tell her she has to share it with you.
A .22 plinker is on my short list for spring as the local sportsmans club has a winter indoor league. At this point, I'm leaning toward the Browning.

As for her, she may choose to carry the xd, I believe she should become completely versed in the care, maintenance, handling and firing characteristics of the xd before introducing her to another weapon.
 

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This is my first post and I'm relatively new to handgun ownership but have rented quite a few. I settled on an XDs .45. Overall, I like it. Fresh out of the box it wouldn't chamber with a rack and release with a fully-loaded mag. I chalked it up to big bullets going up at a steep angle and very stiff springs. It loaded fine after 100 rounds and keeping the mags full a few days and some CLP but I still prefer to drop the slide release after loading a magazine until it's completely broken in. I have had a few spent casings come back and leave a little brass on the slide forward of the ejection port. I was able to get that off with an eraser but I'm not happy about that. There's quite a bit of brass markings on the forward, inside wall of the ejection port. It hasn't misfed, though. One thing that I dislike and that makes me a bit nervous is having to shake the gun to get a chambered round out. Seems like the ejection port is just barely big enough to pass an unfired round.

When my budget recovers from a recent SKS purchase, I'm looking at getting maybe a White Hat Holster with velcro clips for super-stealth carry.

The XDs isn't perfect but it hides quite well inside the waistband. I carry a spare 7-round mag. The supplied holster is OK for around the house but not really for CC. Same goes for the supplied double mag holder. Maybe if I were skinnier it'd be fine.

Should I be worried about the brass markings on the slide or just monitor it until it's good and broken in? 500 rounds?
 

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good to see a smiling girl with guns , working on the wife and daughter to do the same , on board but schedules have conflicted with the carry class schedule so far , a bit of range time with more promised in the meantime
 

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I think you two have a very sane and solid
direction on the path you are walking.

Try some .38special in that Taurus revolver [605 frame?]

She has some very long fingers.....and will be right
at home pulling the trigger on many different guns.
It may not be long until she will 'need' another gun....
it just happens......MamaOzo never seems to have enough....
What was your gun before the two new ones?

I have had absolutely nothing but accurate enjoyment
from my 605 frame Taurus......

And both of you.....welcome.
 

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This is my first post and I'm relatively new to handgun ownership but have rented quite a few. I settled on an XDs .45. Overall, I like it. Fresh out of the box it wouldn't chamber with a rack and release with a fully-loaded mag. I chalked it up to big bullets going up at a steep angle and very stiff springs. It loaded fine after 100 rounds and keeping the mags full a few days and some CLP but I still prefer to drop the slide release after loading a magazine until it's completely broken in. I have had a few spent casings come back and leave a little brass on the slide forward of the ejection port. I was able to get that off with an eraser but I'm not happy about that. There's quite a bit of brass markings on the forward, inside wall of the ejection port. It hasn't misfed, though. One thing that I dislike and that makes me a bit nervous is having to shake the gun to get a chambered round out. Seems like the ejection port is just barely big enough to pass an unfired round.

When my budget recovers from a recent SKS purchase, I'm looking at getting maybe a White Hat Holster with velcro clips for super-stealth carry.

The XDs isn't perfect but it hides quite well inside the waistband. I carry a spare 7-round mag. The supplied holster is OK for around the house but not really for CC. Same goes for the supplied double mag holder. Maybe if I were skinnier it'd be fine.

Should I be worried about the brass markings on the slide or just monitor it until it's good and broken in? 500 rounds?
How do the cases that are ejected look?
If the brass isn't damaged, I wouldn't worry,
and if the brass ejects fine, keep shooting until
she is broke in good.
Did you initially clean the shipping gunk off her?
The slide could be kept from cycling all the way rearward
if grease and gunk is present.

And BTW, welcome.
 

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Thanks for the post, ozo. Brass looks just fine. No concerns there. I did not first clean or even lube the weapon. It looked sanitary so I took it straightaway to the range and started firing. I CLP'd it thoroughly and used a new bore snake after the first trip to the range. Incidentally, I've got some CLP stains on a white shirt after carrying it in the supplied holster and need some advice for getting those stains out. Amazing how that stuff gets around corners and keeps oozing.
 

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I think you two have a very sane and solid
direction on the path you are walking.

Try some .38special in that Taurus revolver [605 frame?]

She has some very long fingers.....and will be right
at home pulling the trigger on many different guns.
It may not be long until she will 'need' another gun....
it just happens......MamaOzo never seems to have enough....
What was your gun before the two new ones?

I have had absolutely nothing but accurate enjoyment
from my 605 frame Taurus......

And both of you.....welcome.
Yes the Taurus is a 605 (not poly) frame. I have .38 in 125 and 158 grain to run through it. Not much .357 around here right now, but I did buy some .357 Critical Defense rounds. It may be another week before we get to the range as she works this weekend.

I've had a Beretta 92FS compact for well more than 10 years and just ran the first rounds through it 5 months ago. I also have an Iver Johnson TP22 for cheap fun (probably going to sell now).



20 years ago I was building quite a collection of wheel guns, mostly Smith and Ruger. Sadly I sold them to help with the down payment on a home. I don't regret selling them, but sure wish I had them back. What I could buy then for $200 is now $600 - $800 plus!
 
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