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Old February 4th, 2017, 02:42 PM   #16
 
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That's the initial goal. Get her comfortable with whatever she likes and slowly work our way up to what she feels is best. Might take a while to get to the 32H&R but we shall see. Baby steps.

My end goal is that she carry every day and maybe want to go to the range to practice.

Been trying to gently encourage her for many months now.
A good way to get her shooting, almost every day, is using airsoft. We have two GBB Glock models, and a KWC 1911. Shooting is extremely inexpensive. and recoil is about equal to a 22. Using CO2 it is about .02 a shot, much cheaper using propane. They are not as accurate as a real firearm, but have the benefit that the shooter can watch the pellet hitting the target. This is great for instinct shooting training, which is how most people shoot under stress. Problem there is not many subcompact airsoft guns out there, but any shooting results in more confidence.



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Old February 4th, 2017, 02:47 PM   #17
 
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KelTek P32, or for twice the price a Seecamp. Either in .32 ACP. perfect "purse" guns
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Lol, I was actually going to suggest a .22 or better yet a .22 mag. A .22 mag, while yes is still just a rimfire round....it's no slouch. That's a mean little round.
Bill Jordan said the 22 magnum kills all out of proportion to it's size.
Two LEO friends of mine carried 22 magnum back ups during their career's and both lived to retire from the force.
Let her shoot them all and pick what she likes, confidence in a firearm, and not fear of it , goes a long way.
I've been shot with a 22 LR and it will mess up your day . Place that 22 pill in the right spot and it's over.
My grand paw always said "it's not what you shoot them with , it's were you shoot them that kills. " He was talking about hogs , but that advice applies to any living thing.
Let her choose, if she's happy , that's what counts. One day she might move up to something bigger.
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My wife eventually decided to load wadcutters in her M60 steel J frame, vs a steel J frame in 32. Another choice to try is the Glock 42 in 380; that pistol is said to be almost recoil free. The LCR's are said to have great triggers...

And you're absolutely right in letting your wife shoot and decide for herself. Don't ask how I know. ...
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22 mag is a great round. Took many a ground hog with it .Really hard to find ammo.
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My wife carries the LCR 22WMR. She hated the .38 and wouldn't practice with it or carry it, but she loves this one. Practice ammo is readily available online. I just picked up 1000 rounds of Armscor 40gr for .22/round. Hornady carry ammo is somewhat harder to find, but I just keep my eyes open and buy it when it's available.
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I agree any gun is better than no gun. I have always been a heavy bullet fan so tend toward calibers like 38 Spl with W/C's loaded down low for recoil sensitive shooters. There is no question the 22 LR or 22 Mag will kill someone, the question is what will they do to you while you are waiting for them to expire. The key is don't stop shooting until the threat ends or if you run dry get out of the zip code if you can.
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I've only recently got my wife into shooting. She insisted on trying an LCP at the range primarily because of what HLG called 'accessorizing'. The little LCP just didn't seem as intimidating to her. I was pretty relectant to let her give it go knowing it would have some serious kick and muzzle flip. She loved it. She shot my LC9s exactly once and said no way; it was scary. I ended up buying one of the girly looking Tiffany blue LCPs with the stainless slide and laser. It's not as hard to shoot as I imagined and she thinks it's great. Who knows what they're going to like and why? But in the end she now has her own gun and has begun shooting with me. I bought an LCP Custom for me to shoot with her. Never thought I'd own a 'mouse gun' but I like it a lot.
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I vote for the LCR 22 mag. You can dump 6 jacketed rounds very fast with little recoil.
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Unless their on drugs? You start shooting their going to leave or hide till you run out of bullets. Too bad they don't make a 22mag center fire.
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Unless their on drugs? You start shooting their going to leave or hide till you run out of bullets. Too bad they don't make a 22mag center fire.
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I went through this with my wife. She suffers from arthritis in her hands and anything with medium, or greater recoil is painful for her. I tried every combo of pistol, and ammo I could, trying to find the magic combination. Nothing worked. If the gun was heavy enough to absorb recoil, it was too heavy to carry. If it was too light, it had too much recoil, or was a rimfire. She understands the limitations of rimfire, and wasn't comfortable with that idea.

I stumbled across the idea of shooting gloves for the range. i bought her a pair of padded bicycle gloves. They have open fingertips, and a padded palm. This really helped her with the recoil. She settled on a steel frame Charter Arms Police Undercover 38. Its a small frame, 6 shot DA revolver. She can shoot it comfortably with standard pressure 38s, with the gloves. She isn't afraid of it, and its become her EDC. IF she would have to use it for defense, the few shots she would need will hurt, but she will manage. The gloves allow her to practice at the range, and she enjoys shooting it.
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Might I suggest looking at the Colt Mustangs or Sig P238? Recoil is much more manageable than the LCP

I tried to get my wife carrying with a Kel Tec 32. She liked the way it shot but she just doesn't want to carry a gun. A .32 in the pelvic bone will keep a bad guy from raping or kidnapping your wife or girlfriend
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I see lottsa talk about the 22 mag, some pro, some con.

Ive said before on this forum, I seen a charging 200+ lb linebacker type get stopped dead in his track with one shot from a 22 mag derringer. The fella shot him square in the chest from about 5 yards. It not only stopped his forward momentum, it set him back a tic.
All he could do was lay on the ground and cry like a little girl until the ambulance got there. I seen him about 2 months after he was shot, and he was still gimping around not even close to being recovered. I was told he was hospitalized over a month.

After 40+ years of using 22 mag on the farm for everything from shooting beef cows & pigs for butcher, sometimes shooting deer to eat from the corn fields, then about every varmint know to my state,, Ive seen the penetration and nasty wound channels created from the 22 mag.

There is absolutely no way I would want shot with one. I would have no qualms about carrying my wifes LCR 22mag,, but I need special permission from three heads of state just to touch it.

If Ruger would build a LCRX 22 mag, I would have one.
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Hig the key is let your wife carry what she feels most comfortable with!!! That being said my carry gun is a Ruger LCRX .38 Special +p there is no way myself will I shoot these hand cannons with a +p load. I shoot Hornady Critical Defense Lite load .38 Special 90 grain jhp FTX bullet. Actually quite a good load. Someday I would consider a LCR in .....327FM 6 shot. But only if I can get one in LCRX, but I would shoot either my .327 FM hand loads or .32 H&R Magnum. I have a Ruger SP101 in .327FM this caliber the recoil compares with a .357 Magnum. Good luck to you but .327 LCR stoked with .32 H&R Mag or .32 Long might be a good choice!!!
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