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Old October 4th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #1
 
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I'm thinking of getting my permit. Thoughts from other ladies out there? Thanks!



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Old October 4th, 2016, 02:15 PM   #2
 
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I'm not a women but you may want to look at the Ruger LCR in 22 WMR. It small and in Florida where people don't wear heavy clothing, it will be more than enough firepower without the recoil etc. Being a revolver, it is also very reliable.
Also look at Taurus snubbies for a .22 WMR.
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Take internet advice with caution. Go to a reputable gun range/dealer; preferably one with a female on staff. Ask around, sure you can find one.
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Strongly suggest you sign up for classes on how to shoot, safety and so on. Some of these are incorporated into the requirements to get your CCL and there are some classes designed with women in mind. Your local gunshop or shooting range is a good place to find these. The most important thing, at this point, is instruction. There will be plenty of time, later, to make personal choices as to what and how to carry. Best of luck and feel free to ask questions as you go.
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Frankly, I think the 22WMR suggestion was sexist. No one I know would recommend that to a man as a first EDC unless there were extenuating circumstances. Most would suggest the smallest legitimate self defense caliber would be 380. Even that's debatable but it's at least a general assumption most folks go by.

IMO there's no difference between men and women when it comes to CCW. Everything applies equally. There are diminutive men and there are big boned women. Gun, caliber and mode of carry is an individual decision based on experience and personal preference. Gender has nothing to do with it.

The only reason to look specifically for a female (or male) instructor is if you know you'd feel more comfortable with one or the other. Either one will teach you the same thing. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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What shooting experience do you have? Your question was somewhat vague, were you looking for advice to get into shooting to prepare to get your CCW, do you want information on possible CCW type weapons, or just thoughts in general?

And welcome from a fellow Floridian
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there are any number of small 9mm pistols that are easily concealed and provide more than enough firepower to keep you safe. Several also have a tolerable recoil, especially when you're using a two hand posture.

Keltec, Ruger LC9, and S&W Shield all come to mind: different levels of price and worksmanship, but all will function effectively.
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ckn115 ... One of the best resources available on the web is Kathy Jackson's The Cornered Cat. My wife spent a great deal of time on her sight when she was making her decisions on concealed carry, and indicated it was very informative. Good luck with your search and decisions
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Florida also, not a woman but I have a wife who is.

Step one is the class. You'll find three types of classes, two of which are appropriate for your CCW permit. First is the local CCW class available just about everywhere, check your local gun shop or range. This is a simple class, tells you about the concealed carry rules in Florida, where you can carry and the general requirements that constitute legal self defense. Then you'll fire a gun, usually provided by the instructor and often a single shot. The law requires the instructor to see you safely discharge a handgun, nothing more.

The second class is a NRA course in Basic Pistol. First half is online, second half is range time. Online you do yourself, the range time is with an instructor who will administer the exam portion as well as help you learn to shoot with some moderate skills. Check NRAInstructors.org - Portal for NRA Certified Instructors, NRA Education and Training for an instructor near you. This gives you less in the way of the legal aspect and more (usually far more) in the practical aspect.

The third type of training is defensive shooting training. There are plenty of women-only courses and everything from combat shooting to personal protection shooting.

Lastly, ignore every suggestion on firearm. This is a personal choice for you to make and the only way you can make it is to shoot a variety of handguns to see what you are comfortable with as well as trying out various carry styles. Find a good store with a range that rents and use it. Find a Well Armed Woman chapter near you for a lot of support.

Now, my wife's experience. We went through (both of us) the series of classes I describe. CCW class, got our permits. NRA Basic Pistol, had a great instructor and learned a lot outside the book as well as got to shoot a variety fo handguns. Two days defensive training with our carry weapons, she carries a Glock 42 (after having bought six or eight guns and rented dozens more for her to try...), two days and over 1,000 rounds fired with point shooting, defensive draw, moving and shooting and so on. Now she's comfortable carrying.

I'm in North Central Florida, Citrus County, if you need help or a NRA instructor. Feel free to PM me for recommendations elsewhere in the state.

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Mrs. Zebra carries 9mm semi-auto and occasionally 38sp revolver. In her CCW class, there were good 40-50% women of all ages.
The whole concept of "little ladies with 22 caliber" exists only in the movies from the 60s.
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Lastly, ignore every suggestion on firearm. This is a personal choice for you to make and the only way you can make it is to shoot a variety of handguns to see what you are comfortable with as well as trying out various carry styles. Find a good store with a range that rents and use it.
One of my many ex-wife's carried a few different firearms till she truly found what she was happy with. She did end up carrying a Ruger LC9 for the most part. Great little 9mm that fit her hands well, was reliable, light enough to carry all day, she shot great with it and was easy to conceal. Making the choice of what you carry is completely personal but the Ruger LC9 is one to look at. Base your decision on how well it works for you. Keep in mind that this firearm may need to save your life or the lives of your loved ones. It may never have to do the job but if it does it better do it right no matter what the conditions. It has to be reliable every time.
What ever you end up with take good care of it and use it often.
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Great suggestions by all. I'd reiterate that it is totally a personal choice. Try as many different guns as possible before buying and get training and support. Practice, practice, practice.
My wife hated the 22 mag I had. She could not pull the trigger. I've found that most 22 revolvers have stiffer triggers. This is usually needed on a rimfire cartridge.
My daughter wants a semi auto pistol, but she still has some trouble cycling the actions on most. It does take some practice and hand strength in my opinion. She has opted to carry a Smith Model 60. Great gun in my opinion.
Remember, smaller does not necessarily mean better. Small guns are nice to carry, but are usually a bit harder to shoot. You have to find the balance that works for you. Good luck and be safe!
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As a male I cannot begin to tell a woman how to carry a firearm but I will caution against off-body carry (purse, bag, etc.). It is far too easy to get separated from the gun and woman have a tendency to view purses as being in their possession even when they don't actually have the purse in their physical possession. I'm not saying it is always a bad idea, I'm just cautioning that off-body carry requires a dedicated mindset to maintain control of the purse, bag, etc.

Unfortunately most woman's clothing doesn't lend itself well to concealing firearms so it creates a double dilemma between off-body carry and concealment on one's person. I've yet to find a man that can tell a woman how to accomplish that goal other than to say, you need to find what works for you.

All of the advice concerning training is good advice. Educate yourself first. The place to start is learning about firearms and the issues related to carrying firearms, not buying a firearm first.
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Frankly, I think the 22WMR suggestion was sexist. No one I know would recommend that to a man as a first EDC unless there were extenuating circumstances. Most would suggest the smallest legitimate self defense caliber would be 380. Even that's debatable but it's at least a general assumption most folks go by.

IMO there's no difference between men and women when it comes to CCW. Everything applies equally. There are diminutive men and there are big boned women. Gun, caliber and mode of carry is an individual decision based on experience and personal preference. Gender has nothing to do with it.

The only reason to look specifically for a female (or male) instructor is if you know you'd feel more comfortable with one or the other. Either one will teach you the same thing. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
I wasn't meaning to be sexist but I had an LCP for concealed carry. When I practiced with it I found it to be clumsy to handle, muzzle flip and not much more capacity than a revolver. I also feel that the revolver is easy to maintain. As far as a stiff trigger, there may be a DA out there.
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