Wife, first gun

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    harryset

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    First of all, my wife is reluctant around firearms, and has only recently gotten used to me carrying. I have a couple of .22 pistols that I will use to get her familiar with basic handling, shooting, the noise involved, and safety.
    I eventually would like to get her a semi-auto, in either .22, or .380 to have at the house, for starters. I'm not sure about going with a double action due to the initial trigger pull required.

    Any thoughts, or recommendations on this whole action plan, Suggestions for a pistol?
     
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    Hollow Point

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    You may consider enrolling your wife in FEMALE ONLY pistol/firearm training class.

    As for a gun. Let her be the one who decides on what she may want/like. My wife is a Sig fan. Especially the P229 9mm.
     
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    bachman44

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    She will need to decide what size pistol and trigger pull she likes. When my gf got her first gun, her criteria was a single stack, striker fired, 9mm, external safety. She hated the long pull on da. Once she knew that, she was able to go hold different guns and pick what felt good.
     
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    I would recommend, as you stated, letting her handle one of the .22 you already have. Let her get acquainted with handgun operation by dry firing and manipulating the handgun(s) PRIOR to taking her to the range. This way she can practice grip, aiming, etc. Dry firing a gun is great practice.

    Also, She might think the smaller guns seem cute and all, but they are a lot harder to shoot and have some kick.
     
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    Yeah if anything turns her off, it's gonna be the kick. Not sure how to get around the DA trigger pull thing unless you go to a 1911-style P238 and that's another kettle o' fish.
     
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    Mr Bentwrench

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    I agree! Start her on your .22s and then let her pick out her gun if she still wants to. If it's just a 'gun for the house', just get a short barreled semi-auto shotgun with a full stock! :)
     
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    My gf loves shooting my S&W 19-3. It's got a decent amount of heft, so it handles the recoil of .38 quite well. Minimal controls. Point and shoot. She hasn't been a huge fan of my xd. Her hands are small and she has trouble reaching the mag or slide release. The slide is difficult for her to manipulate (though I suspect it's mostly due to fear of being pinched by the slide). There will be a lot of different factors in her choosing a gun she will enjoy shooting. Keep an open mind. Find out what specific features she would want in a gun. Try and narrow your search from there.

    She also really enjoys shooting a .32 ruby pistol I own. Unfortunately it hasn't proven reliable enough for HD. All steel construction. Low recoil round. My gf tends to dislike polymer guns because they feel "cheap" to her. Might even want to consider surplus CZ70. I have no experience with these firearms however. Steel construction. .32acp. Low recoil round. Colt 1903 hammerless is probably the most reliable option in .32. Not to mention beautiful little guns. I probably should have led off with the Colt when discussing the .32.
     
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    Buy her her very own Ruger 10/22. You can find them for like $179 on sale brand new sometimes. Its a safe, great platform to learn on. Get her comfortable on the small stuff, then let her try the more powerful stuff.

    If she is "apprehensive" around guns, then she will likely never carry one, and if its only for home defense, then a long gun > pistol every time.

    She could love the snot out of a Beretta Storm carbine or similar.
     
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    Cuda66

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    Get a Colt 1908 .380. Like a 1903, just a little bigger round. Soft shooters, too.

    OP:

    I concur with the others--have her take a class for women first time shooters.

    And the S&W K-38 suggestion (Model 10, 15, 64 or 67) is an excellent one. One of the best choices for a new shooter after a .22; loaded with a mellow target load, they are gentle in recoil yet still accurate...and are also plenty capable in the HD role (despite what bubbaninja "Operators" will tell you).
     
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