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Old January 12th, 2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Any suggestions on wheel guns for wife? I love my 45c and thought about a 9c for her but she is pretty set on a revolver. I think it comes down torecoil. She is not worried about the gun being heavier, actually prefers it. So thoughts on caliber, brand (though i really like s&w), model for SD that she can put a lot of rounds through without to much recoil?
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Old January 12th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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im pretty sure revolvers have no more or no less recoil as autos
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Old January 12th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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Old January 12th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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My wife loves her Ruger SP-101. It's a DAO model and built like a tank. She has her choice of many different guns to shoot/carry/call hers, but this is the only one she really likes. Capable of firing .375 Magnum, it gets only .38 spl for the range and +p for carry. She shoots it well, we are both pleased with this revolver.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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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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Old January 12th, 2013, 09:27 AM   #6
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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.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #7
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Oh yeah, any lightweight .357 magnum is out of the question. One shot will be enough to turn her off to shooting forever. Not only the brutal recoil, but the noise will do it too. Much too much. Any steel j-frame Smith in .38spl would be a good choice. DAO is also a good idea.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #8
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I bought a Ruger LCR .357 for my wife. She uses light loads I build for practice and .38+P for carry. The .357 version is 4 ounces or so heavier than the .38 making it much more comfortable with .38+P ammo.

The polymer frame softens recoil when compared to equivelant weight steel.
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You didn't say if this was a daily-carry gun or a nightstand gun. The benefits of one can be detriments in the other.

For carry, a lightweight gun with decent loads, like the .38 snubs with +P's recommended above, are very good. For a house gun, I'd go with something physically heavier, even if no larger or no more powerful.

Be sure it 'fits' her as well; fortunately this is easier with revolvers than with most autos. My wife's house gun is an L-frame smith with rubber "boot grips", loaded with +P's. The small boot grips make it fit her, and while the heavy-lugged L-frame isn't something she'd want to carry all day, it does help absorb recoil significantly.
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438 SA/DA or any J-frame

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Old February 28th, 2013, 04:43 PM   #11
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I'm with TOF on the Ruger LCR. Great gun out of the box including trigger. The poly frame and rubber grip really takes out a lot of the recoil.
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Hello, i own both a S&W.38 body guard and a ruger LCR neither is all that pleasent to shoot . That said i am a s&w guy , but Ruger did their home work on the LCR trigger . They also make a .22LR & a.22 MAG. LCR , do not under estamate a .22 mag as self defense . My wife has used a S&W md. 10 for about 2yrs. and just bought herself a S&W 9MM PRO and prefers it over all the rest , she has some arthritis in her hands and joints .I have let her shoot them all K,J,AND L frames with .38 spl. You may want to look at those Ruger .22's , LR for practice & Mag. for carry . Just my opinion , that + a dollar will get you a coffee somewhere, good luck with what ever you decide.
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I like my 360PD Scandium - but as others have mentioned, it is brutal to shoot with 357Magnums. With .38's, its quite manageable however.

If you are looking at a Ruger SP101, you may want to also check out the S&W Model 60 in a 3". Lighter than an SP101 I think but still a nice 5 shot revolver that would be extremely suitable for the night stand or to carry with either 38's or 357's.
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I think we are going with this when I can find one in stock somewhere. She will probably using 38 in it
S&W M&P340 Centennial 357Mag 1 7/8" for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $615.00
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Ruger SP 101 is a very good smaller framed Revolver. In 357/38 it's very comfortable. To me revolver recoil is alot different then semi recoil. Just remember the heaver the gun seems to tame recoil a little more. The GP 100 in 3" is pretty nice too but depending on the size of her hands it might not be as comfortable as the SP. As for me it's ALWAYS Ruger for revolvers and S&W for semis. Rugers are built like a tank and will eat and spit out anything you feed it.
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