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A buddies wife has her CCW permit. She carries some .22 pocket pistol. He's trying to get her to carry something a little more powerful and she wants to. Problem is she is looking for every gun to have the recoil of a .22

Have any of you guys found a way to ease your better halfs into larger calibers?
 

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My girl is fine with guns. Although she hasnt shot since she had to try the pretty gun, my Redhawk 44 mag. Cant say I didnt warn her. :lol:
 

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Sorry, I'm one of the unlucky ones, my wife hates guns.

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Me too.

I got my wife to shoot my USPc on 2 occassions. That was all.

I have a Buckmark 22 (since the last time she went), and I keep trying to get her to come with me, but she won't.

Even her sister has come out and shot my PS90, but she will not.
 

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The first thing my girlfriend of five years shot was my cheap POS snub .38spl, and she enjoyed/enjoys it. Since then she's shot a few other guns... even my friend's .44 Ruger, but the only one she really wants to shoot is my .38. The only thing she really didn't like is my 1300.


Anyway, the recoil from a steel framed .38 with good grips is pretty tame. Probably not quite as tame as what she's carrying now, but manageable none the less.
 

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I get mine behind the .45acp every time we go shooting, and so far I've only gotten her to shoot the 870 only once. She does want to learn though.


To answer your question.... steady encouragement works best, and explain that shes not going to get the .22lr feeling. Try a P30 9mm.
 

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Get here to try a .32, like a Walther PPK
Not all that much more recoil. If she's fine with that that there you go.
But if not then keep her at a .22 because a gun she is comfortable with is better than a gun she does not shoot well with.
Think of it this way, would you rather her shoot a perp well with a .22 or have her with a .45 and miss/get her gun taken away then used against her?
 

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I agree with tqtran, whatever gun she ends up with she must be proficiant with it. Look at pistols with small grips, most womans hands are small. The first pistol I got the wife unit was a 32 acp Walter PPK then moved her up to the stainless 380 PPK which she was very fond of for years. Now she is starting to like the 9mm. It wasn't a fast transistion though.

But like tqtran said if she isn't comfortable with the bigger gun it will be of no use to her in a pinch. Big bullets only work if they hit the target.
 

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It was my wife who came home three months ago saying, "I signed up for a handgun course at Wade's. Want to go shooting?" We usually shoot together at least once a week. I like to try different things from the range check-out counter, but she is loyal to our FNP9. At first she kind of flinched at the sound and recoil, but now she's a reliable 4" shooter at 7 to 10 yards. She never tries long range shots because for her it's all about getting ready for a self-defense situation.

We're going in to apply for our CCW permits this Thursday. Lordy I love this woman.
 

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i love my wife as well, she wanted a pistol to shoot so i got her a glock 19 9mm, but i don't advise that for everyone. just because you think she'll like it doesn't mean she will. the main reason i got a G19 was because i love glocks and if she didn't like it i would adopt it and get her something else, well my plan backfired.

what i've learned is women have different needs than men, for example my wife could not handle the 10-12lb trigger pull on most DAO and DA/SA firearms, but i did not feel comfortable with getting her a SA 1911 for a 3.5lb trigger pull, she has very small hands so something with an adjustable back strap would have been better. safeties i would advise against but proficient firearms handling is paramount (no finger on the trigger, gun pointed down range), and make sure she can reach all the controls (slide stop, magazine release) my wife has a hard time with the slide stop on the glock and usually pulls back on the slide to charge the weapon.

my suggestion is look at something in .32 or .380, but make sure they have good ergonomics (NO funny magazine releases) and a nice trigger, i would suggest something like the sig p232 if they still make it or a beretta .380

oh and just the other day my wife told me she put a beretta 20 gauge shotgun on layaway without me going into the store to look at it with her, i guess i've created a monster and my gun funds will be shared from now on.
 

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They are expensive, but glaser safety slugs in 38. For practice with the gun, you can do some basic reloading to get very light wadcutters, etc. moving just enough to get out of the barrel. Buy 2 packs of the glasers (they come 6/pk) - one to carry with, and one to shoot to see how they are.
 

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I started my gf out on the SIG mosquito which she did surprisingly well with. After putting several mags through it, she said she wanted something bigger (HA) so I gave her the P-30 but I only put on round in the mag. She shot it a got hit center mass from 25 feet. She then asked if I had something bigger and I saw here eye balling the .45USP (she says its pretty LOL) so again I put one in the mag and she fired it off and hit center mass at the same range! I was overly impressed and stoked, mind you she is 5ft tall and 105lbs so I thought the mosquito would be all she could handle and I WAS WRONG!! She always loved the look of my Mossberg and told me she wanted to shoot it so we moved to the rifle/shotgun range and she fired 20rnds of bird shot and was really liking it! I then informed her that I had some nice 00 buck and she could shoot one to see how she liked it so of course she did. It packed a bit too much for her but she still handled it like a champ! :? The mauser and nagant are too heavy for her to shoot but I'm going to set up my bi pod on my sks and let her give it hell! :shock:
 
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