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Old February 9th, 2017, 06:48 AM   #31
 
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Update:

First off, thanks for all the great suggestions and support. Unfortunately, my wife came down with some kind of grunge passed on from a coworker with kids. She was down for the count with flu-like symptoms and we did not get to the range.

Going to try to get her to go this weekend as she is on the mend and feeling better.

It was kind of tough for me, however. I figured if she was going to sleep most of the day Sunday and then lay on the sofa watching movies, why shouldn't I go to the range and blast off some of those wadcutters as a test? But, in the end my marriage vows got the better of me and I stayed home to help her.

I'll update once I get her to the range.



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Old February 9th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #32
 
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Any gun is better than no gun.
Once she is comfortable with it, I bet she moves up.
Just make sure she shoots several times per week.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #33
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I'm all my lurking on various forums over the years I haven't seen this particular solution mentioned for recoil sensitive shooters. Nice job thinking outside the box. I hope you find something your wife likes.
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Old February 12th, 2017, 10:01 AM   #34
 
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try renting a ruger lc380 the recoil is very soft compared to those pocket 380s that weigh 10-11oz, the lc380 weighs 18-19z still fairly small

has a long 1" trigger pull which i fixed by getting Galloway trigger kit

I really like it
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Have you considered the Beretta Bobcat in .25?

Some cool features.
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Any 30 something caliber wadcutter. The heavier the better.
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Or Beretta Tomcat?
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Old February 14th, 2017, 06:15 AM   #38
 
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My wife has an LCR in 22LR. She absolutely loves it. We tried the 22WMR and she was turned off by the additional noise even more so than the additional recoil.
She also likes to shoot my Single-Ten, so it appears she is quite satisfied and really enjoys shooting anything 22LR. And she's a great shot, often outshoots me.

After 25+ years of marriage I know well enough to leave a good thing alone. I have a variety of firearms available including what bald eagle just mentioned, the Beretta Bobcat .25 and Tomcat .32

However she likes revolvers exclusively, she's not a big fan of semi-autos so far. But down the road maybe she'll seriously try something in higher caliber. I'm not worried about it. Just thrilled she's very competent with her revolver, and that she likes to shoot with me.
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Have you considered the Beretta Bobcat in .25?

Some cool features.
The evil grunge (upper respiratory infection) continues so we've not been able to get to the range.

I like the Beretta idea (Bobcat or Tomcat). However, I'm trying to find something she likes from what we already have. I'm kind of hoping she likes the .22 mag or the .32 wadcutter as both are revolvers and she likes the simplicity of operation.

Worst case scenario, if she doesn't like anything in the safe, I guess I have to go shopping with her for just the right gun.
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The evil grunge (upper respiratory infection) continues so we've not been able to get to the range.

I like the Beretta idea (Bobcat or Tomcat). However, I'm trying to find something she likes from what we already have. I'm kind of hoping she likes the .22 mag or the .32 wadcutter as both are revolvers and she likes the simplicity of operation.

Worst case scenario, if she doesn't like anything in the safe, I guess I have to go shopping with her for just the right gun.
I hope she gets well soon
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My wife just got a .22lr a couple days ago. We have fired about 30 rounds through it. It is really awesome to me but she still needs more experience. She owns and used to shoot skeet with a Remington Model 1100 20ga but we have not shot it for a long while.

I do believe that the caliber is a concern for the shooter about knock-down power and any perp will respond the same as they would to a 9MM or .45 -- run like he$$ if they can. Between noise and awareness of a problem I doubt they think - thats only a .22 so I'll keep threatening them or robbing them. Not going to happen.

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I kinda had the same issue with my wife. She wasnt so scared of the recoil as she was the noise.
My wife is concerned with it too...recoil with larger calibers and noise from all of them.

She is signed up for a classroom class Feb 25...we will see where it goes from there.
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My wife just got a .22lr a couple days ago. We have fired about 30 rounds through it. It is really awesome to me but she still needs more experience. She owns and used to shoot skeet with a Remington Model 1100 20ga but we have not shot it for a long while.

I do believe that the caliber is a concern for the shooter about knock-down power and any perp will respond the same as they would to a 9MM or .45 -- run like he$$ if they can. Between noise and awareness of a problem I doubt they think - thats only a .22 so I'll keep threatening them or robbing them. Not going to happen.

As DCD's wife -- My wife is concerned with it too...recoil with larger calibers and noise from all of them.

She is signed up for a classroom class Feb 25...we will see where it goes from there.
You are on the right track. Working with them, and not forcing them into something they are not ready for is more likely to bear fruit. Great that you are getting her into the class. More experience=more confidence and a better overall result.
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My wife just got a .22lr a couple days ago. We have fired about 30 rounds through it. It is really awesome to me but she still needs more experience. She owns and used to shoot skeet with a Remington Model 1100 20ga but we have not shot it for a long while.

I do believe that the caliber is a concern for the shooter about knock-down power and any perp will respond the same as they would to a 9MM or .45 -- run like he$$ if they can. Between noise and awareness of a problem I doubt they think - thats only a .22 so I'll keep threatening them or robbing them. Not going to happen.

As DCD's wife -- My wife is concerned with it too...recoil with larger calibers and noise from all of them.

She is signed up for a classroom class Feb 25...we will see where it goes from there.
The whole thing was,, she just had to ease into it herself. And I wouldnt dream of handing her something with bad recoil. That will make someone gun shy, and they are ruined for life IMO. And I DONT take the big LOUD nastys out ( 30-06, 270, 357, 327fm , etc ) when she is there.

My wife actually went from almost anti gun, to owning several of her own.
Its nice having a range buddy when our boys are not around.
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My wife didn't care for my LCR 357 shooting 38 special, so I picked up a Taurus M380 Revolver. After I did a trigger job on it and worked up a good shooting load, I couldn't get it away from her now. I've been trying to get her to try RAP compact 9mm, but she won't have it.
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Before anyone gets into the whole "mouse gun" bashing or grousing that anything below .380 is a worthless PD round, please here me out.

Been trying for months to get my wife to carry daily with no success. Much of her consternation has to do with not only the weight of the gun (does not accessorize well with her outfits), but also the sting of recoil.

So, this weekend we're going to the range to try a small Taurus PLY22 semi auto, a 22 mag revolver, the LCR .327 loaded with SW Long 100 grain wadcutters, and the LCR .38sp loaded with Hornady low recoil PD rounds (not +P).

I'm guessing the kick on the little 22 and the 22 mag is going to be too much for her liking. Same for the .38sp low recoil. But, I'm hoping the 32 long wadcutters will hit the sweet spot and she'll start carrying that.

I know 32's are generally not considered man stoppers but six rounds of 100 grain wadcutter is better than a can of pepper spray. Besides, with enough practice, she might just start to like it enough to move up to 32 H&R or even the 38 low recoil.
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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.
I once posted about the gun we recommended my 72-y/o mother to get when she asked for one to take with her on her daily walks...out in the county with minimal traffic...but still...

We discussed it and based on
a) NO handgun experience...
b) Use a reliable round that delivers adequate penetration (considered 'more important' vs diameter of hole...)
c) Easy to shoot...
d) Easy to use (load, function, etc...)
e) Manageable recoil...
f) Lighter weight....
g) Reliable gun (simple with no extra 'motions'...)
h) Simple...pull + point-n-shoot capabilities...

We recommended the Ruger LCR .22 WMR in DAO...as it met all those 'criteria' for a first-time handgun owner/shooter, aging...that would provide a 'decent' level of personal defense.

We really considered the "SHOOT...BI-ATCH GOT A GUN!!!" (and hopefully turn and flee) response to be as much a factor as actually using the gun itself, if it ever came to that...but having one is better than not...and with the criteria listed above...it's not a bad choice considering the individual's capabilities, their needs, and their expertise!

Good luck with it!
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