pistol suggestions

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

  1. John'sWife

    John'sWife Former Guest

    Sep 22, 2009
    Hello everyone, most of you know "Johnlives4Christ", I am his wife. I'm new to the gun thing and I got on here to see if anyone had suggestions. My situation is I want a self defense pistol but I have really small and weak hands. I can't shoot real big calibers b/c of the recoil. I was thinking about a sig mosquito or a mini revolver for a .22. My husband suggested a 1911 in 9mm. On most semi-automatics that I've tried is was really hard to rack the slide and I can't pull back a double action trigger. I'm looking for a lightweight, easy to operate gun that would get the job done should I ever need it.

  2. SaddleSarge

    SaddleSarge New Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    First, WELCOME!!

    If where you are located and it is legal, I would look at the Ruger LCP .380. We can't get them in CA except for LEO's, but it is a very nice personal protection firearm. Personally, I wouldn't go below a .380 for personal protection, but that's my opinion.

    If you can own purchase one where you live, I would suggest looking at it. IMHO.

  3. 358 winchester

    358 winchester New Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    Mrs John's wife,
    I have been around some and have helped lots of older ladies and smaller young ladies as well as some handicapped folks find what is right for them.
    Now only you and no one else can pick your gun.
    I tried at least fifty different handguns with my wife before she made her pick.
    She went with a Smith & Wesson model 317 air lite with a three inch barrel and high visible sights in 22 Long Rifle. It was her decision.

    Now many people will; tell you that that is to small a caliber or that you shouldn't shoot anything smaller then this or that caliber, I agree with them in most cases! I love a 1911 45 or a revolver in 357 mag. 44 mag or 45 ACP
    I own and shoot them all.

    Just remember one thing the smaller the caliber the more important shot placement is. A 22 caliber is what I call a doctor gun, it should be placed in the ear - eye - nose -throat before the trigger is pulled. The wife has her custom 20 gauge pump 18 1/2 barrel as well as her M1 Carbine close at hand when she is home alone, nothing beats a pump shotgun!!

    Last thing I would strongly recommend a revolver over a semi-auto to start with. The revolver is simple pick it up, point it at what you want to shoot and pull the trigger. With a semi-auto the slide will need to be racked or the hammer cocked back then the safeties checked then you are ready to point and shoot ( takes lots of learning to do all this in a dark room from a dead sleep). The other option is a DAO and the trigger on most is very hard for a smaller lady to pull.
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of E. Texas!
    First Welocome to the forum! I'm another fan of .380's for ladies, and men as well. The .308 is really a minimum round for self defence. The recoil is low, and the spring in the slide is not as strong as it is in more powerfull pistols, thus making it easier to rack the slide. Head on down to your local gun dealer and try the feel of a few. .380's can be had in 8 to 20 round capacities.
  5. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    my suggestion would be a nice revolver perhaps a ruger, smith or taurus. 38/357 caliber. heavy enough to soak up recoil, option of using in single action, no slide racking. fool proof, timeless, reliability is top notch. less costly than most 1st rate automatics barrel lenght from 2 in to 6inch. a 3 inch barrel being in my opinion the best for both home or carry. the newer lite weight guns from smith and taurus pack easy but they have more recoil. my wife has the choice of 50 different handguns to pick from. she has tried most of them and has settled on a colt single action army, in 44 special 4 3/4 in barrel she has small hands and likes the idea of having to cock the gun for each shot. thats her house gun. when she feels the need to toss one in her purse to travel she has picked a colt cobra in 38 spl.
  6. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    Welcome to the forum. :):):)

  7. kutaho

    kutaho New Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Peoples Republic of the Pacific Northwest
    Greetings John's Wife.:)
    I'm +1 with 358 on this one.
  8. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    +1 on Winchester's coments.

    There are many variations of the venerable .38 revolver - so many that there is likely one for you. I believe you should start there.

    I might also say take a look at a .32 revolver. They seem to be scarce though.

    Welcome and good luck!
  9. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I agree on the revolver post. Simple to operate and always ready. You didn't state if it's for carry or just in the home/car. A S&W Mdl 10 or a Ruger SP101, both great revolvers. Once you get one shoot it often.
  10. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Hello and welcome! You have already got some good suggestions. It does take some hands on to figure out what your comfortable with. If you have the opportunity to shoot some different calibers before you shop that might help. Even if you find what feels right, the recoil may not be what you can handle comfortably. There are many lightweight choices but the recoil will be increased. Dont let someone talk you into something your not comfortable with. Take your time.
  11. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    New Iberia, Louisiana
    Welcome, Johns Wife.
    It great to see another lady join the forum and shooting. The more the better. ;) :)

    I have to agree with Winchester 358. YOU chose your gun.
    You have to find something that you are comfortable with.
    And practice, practice, practice.

  12. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead New Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Pioneer, CA
    Mrs. John,

    You've been getting a lot of good advice regarding the selection of a personal defense weapon. I have no arguments with anything posted so far.

    However if you have some physical limitation such as hand size, strength, dexterity, etc., you might want to consider a less conventional option such as a NAA Mini-Revolver in 22 magnum. This is a small, easily concealable, short-range handgun. It definitely has it's limitations regarding stopping power and range but again, if you're not comfortable with a larger weapon, it's better than having no weapon at all. Here is a link to check out:


    I have a pretty good array of personal protection firearms from 22 to 45 caliber. The 22 is a NAA mini.

    Good luck,

  13. rosierita

    rosierita Active Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    South Carolina
    :) welcome aboard!

    i agree w/ the revolver suggestion. our daughter insists on 22s. she has shot my 32 mag ultralite before & does okay. that's actually what i carry most of the time simply bc i love my gun.

    like i tell her, shot placement is key, but i would highly recommend the revolver. all you have to do w/ those is point & click.

    & nothing substitutes for PRACTICE. caliber means nothing if you cannot hit the broadside of a barn!
  14. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    I, would suggest a PPK .380 or a .22 revolver. You stated that your hands are weak. Is this from arthritis? If so, stay away from semi-autos. And, welcome to TFF!:)
  15. OBrien

    OBrien New Member

    May 6, 2009
    Bangor Maine
    Welcome Mrs. John I am going to agree with the revolver but like 358 said pick the one that feels right to you.
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