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Old March 4th, 2013, 02:11 PM   #16
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With the S&W 340 she won't be able to shoot single action, is that an issue? As far as recoil, I have some time with both Rugers and the heavier GP100 is so much more fun to shoot vs the SP101. I almost couldn't tell the diff between 38 and 357 with the heavier gun.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #17
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With the S&W 340 she won't be able to shoot single action, is that an issue? As far as recoil, I have some time with both Rugers and the heavier GP100 is so much more fun to shoot vs the SP101. I almost couldn't tell the diff between 38 and 357 with the heavier gun.
dang didnt realize how light it was. the single action isnt an issue. I think its better since the hammer wont get caught on anything. the gp100's are a little too big but i think I will take another look at the sp101
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As High School Grad presents, I gave all my kids (1B-2G) their choice of handguns for Personal protection. Both daughters went through couple of different autos and revolvers. Both now have S&W model 60 3", with fiber optic sights and large size laser grips. Expensive? You bet, most precious gifts God can give a man, kids are priceless! As an RSO/Instructor at my local Gunclub we see 100 new members each month since 2008. Husbands buy their wives small snubnose 38s or compact 9mms at the gunshows because they "feel good", but after a round or two refuse to touch them again. We usually finish Orientation with a 380 or 22 auto. C Thompson.
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As High School Grad presents, I gave all my kids (1B-2G) their choice of handguns for Personal protection. Both daughters went through couple of different autos and revolvers. Both now have S&W model 60 3", with fiber optic sights and large size laser grips. Expensive? You bet, most precious gifts God can give a man, kids are priceless! As an RSO/Instructor at my local Gunclub we see 100 new members each month since 2008. Husbands buy their wives small snubnose 38s or compact 9mms at the gunshows because they "feel good", but after a round or two refuse to touch them again. We usually finish Orientation with a 380 or 22 auto. C Thompson.
Could not agree more with everything you've said. I really think the S&W M60 is a great choice.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 07:03 AM   #20
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she really liked the sp101 in 22lr so i will look at that. So 38/357 is pretty much the standard? As for recoil it may be a mental thing but she says she can feel a difference. I see the airweights from sw are about half the weight of say the sp101. Anyone notice a difference shooting? Theres no point in getting a gun she feels uncomfortable with.
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I have a bunch of small revolvers including the S&W 642 -38 & SP 101 in .22.

The SP 101 is a nice little .22 but being a .22 the trigger pull in double action is very high. I have done extensive trigger work on that gun & even so the double action trigger pull is on the heavy side to get RELIABLE .22 ignition. In single action it is superb but that really isn't how she would probably use it in a self defense situation.

Sort of the same with the double action only 642. I have slicked the trigger up considerably on that little gun & even so the trigger comes no where near as good as a striker fired or single action semi-auto.

Most women (unless very strong) or highly practiced just can't shoot a double action revolver as good as a comparable semi-auto.

You probably need to borrow or rent some of the small revolvers to see if your wife can live with the trigger pull on most of them.
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I am also in the SP-101 camp here, I like that it is the right-size and it's beefy construction makes it very shootable. .38/.357 would be my first choice, but you get 6 shots with .327. Another way to go is an SP-101 in 9mm, if you can find one, that would give you commonality of ammunition if you already have a 9mm pistol.
If it were my decision it would be a 3" bobbed hammer (dao) in .327.

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Old March 14th, 2013, 09:02 AM   #22
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I haven't shot many of these revolvers, but I did try the trigger on the Ruger LCR and was rather impressed by it. If I wanted a small lightweight carry revolver, that would be it most likely. I also like the SP101 quite a bit.

Can't go wrong with a quality S&W or Ruger revolver IMO, they are by far my favorites. Just find the right size and weight that she prefers.
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I had the LCR .357 and I loved it. made a terrible mistake when I sold it. I'd recommend that piece to anyone. and with the thick padding on the grip .357's are not that bad to handle at the range.

I want another one.
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Here's a picture of my 'ol lady's revo. I bought it new in 1998, she confiscated it about 2004. I don't see it much theses days. The grip inserts are purpleheart hardwood. They look brown in the picture, but they are indeed purple in color. She did that herself, I had stag inserts in it when it was mine.

IMO this is a very good choice for the ladies. Heavy for it's size, the recoil is very tame and being DAO, the trigger is not "scary".
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For the lady of the house on the night stand; .357 S&W 640, ported barrel, Crimson laser

I believe the light might be the most important item, usually a SureFire M6 Guardian next to the book. Quite frankly, just detonating the gun will have 99.999% of bad guys heading for the exit.....they usually don't run TOWARD gun fire like warriors.

Practices with 48 rounds of .38 special and the last 2 rounds with .357, so she'll remember the difference in feel.


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I have a S&W 642 that she will not shoot, and I can't blame her. It is not a fun gun at the range but it sure is nice for pocket carry. I carry it a lot. The 442/642s are great guns but man do they hurt with .38spl +p. Heck, they hurt with standard .38spl. She will not like the airweights.
+1.
My wife's little Ruger LCR .38spl is one snappy son-of-a-gun (pun intended). At 5'3" 120lb, she still enjoys shooting my 4" 686 with magnum loads over the LCR with .38 +Ps.
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The gun needs to fit HER.
Shooting " a lot " of rounds is not as important as shooting the rounds "correctly"
If she can take the kick, a 25/325/625 would make a good house gun.
I would steer clear of a "lite" small gun.
Look at an M60 357mag or a SP101 ,both in 3in.
She might not want to shoot mags but you have the option.
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If you're thing of going small bore for her; a .22Mag gets only @ 30fps over a .22LR in a short barrel. Obviously, the .22LR is cheaper.

That said; I've never found any .22 revolver that didn't have a very heavy trigger pull. I have a .22 LCR, and the pull is way beyond that of the .38 spl LCR, due to rimfire ammo taking more of a strong hit to be fire reliably.

For my wife; I'd go with a DAO "standard" LW S&W Jframe; alloy frame, steel cylinder, .38spl caliber and no +P ammo.

That way the recoil won't be bad, it'll have a decent trigger, and she won't be afraid to shoot and carry it.
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Since no one has said it yet and we are on the m&p site I'll say the m&p r8. It's got a good weight to it and doesn't have that bad of a bite.
Since I've gotten mine it has become my house gun loaded up with 38 +ps so recoil is more manageable for my better half, but even with 357 mags it honestly doesn't have that bad of a recoil.
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I carry and use a Ruger LCR which my MIL shot and liked. I got her a S&W 637 that she likes equally well. Recoil and trigger control on both very manageable and the ability to shoot either SA is a big plus.

My MIL had a semi-auto first (S&W BG380) but was never comfortable with the trigger, racking the slide, or loading. Nor was she very accurate with it. The revolver is just simpler for her to operate.

That having been said, my wife has handled my Ruger but thinks she'd rather have a semi-auto with a safety. I'm trying to get her to shoot my Shield 9 because I think she could handle that well. I read that a lot of ladies shoot the Shield.
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