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post #1 of 28 Old December 27th, 2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Carry Pistol for your Wife?

We are buying a pistol for my wife to carry and conceal. She's a small frame with small hands. What do you guys think I should look in to? Caliber doesn't matter too much, but I would like to stick with 9mm or .380 so I can easily find the ammo. Also, I'm looking in the 600 or less range.

I was thinking possibly one of those Keltec .380s or a Kahr , but those are usually a bit pricier.

Other options include letting her carry my Ruger LC9 and me buying a new carry pistol. Give me you opinion and throw out an option
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My wife has a Ruger LC9. The main complaint I heard about it before was the long trigger pull. It didn't matter because I trained her on it and it was the first gun she shot. The long trigger pull and safety make it a safer gun for a novice to carry. I liked shooting it, and it seemed to have decent power. I let her shoot my Glock 33 .357 Sig, but that is a handful.
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mine carries an xds 45. Does she have much experience shooting?



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I don't know what it's like in Michigan but here in PA it has been difficult to find both 9mm and 380 ammo in the past year. If I was you I would be looking for something in either 40 or 45. Those two seem to be in stock at all of the stores around me.


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40 or .45 are not going to fly lol. She does not like recoil and does not have A LOT of shooting experience passed shooting my LC9 a few times. This is part of the reason for buying her one, to get her more experienced in shooting with her own pistol. Then after she feels 100% confident, as well as myself feeling 100% confident in her, she will then take the CPL class to be able to carry. Might take this winter and summer then during the beginning of the fall we can get her into a CPL class.

I was thinking of a compact 9mm like the LC9 or one of the smaller Kahr's. I think I will take my own advice that I tell everyone, and that is to take her into the local gun store to hold them and find the right fit.

I figured I would ask though, because who doesn't like talking about new guns?
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My wife had no problem with the LC9. I then threw her to the wolves with my Mossy 500 tactical. Thought she took it pretty well.


She has been carrying often, and has her CCW.
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Ive been looking into the s&w bodygaurd for my wife. I hear complaints about the trigger but the one we shot felt fine. Im not opposed to taking it apart and filing/polishing parts so thats not a deal breaker for me

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if you're stuck at 9mm, I'd recommend the shield.



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For a 9mm I would look into an XDS 9mm or Sig 938. I have and carry both and they are very concealable and reliable. Throw either in a sticky holster and you are good to go.
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Shield 9 is nice too. I love mine.

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My wife liked the feel of the px4 storm sub compact but I got the full size 9 mm because the grip was too short for my hands. Fit her well though. I've been looking for a carry gun for me. That shield does look nice. :thumbup:

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40 or .45 are not going to fly lol. She does not like recoil and does not have A LOT of shooting experience passed shooting my LC9 a few times. This is part of the reason for buying her one, to get her more experienced in shooting with her own pistol. Then after she feels 100% confident, as well as myself feeling 100% confident in her, she will then take the CPL class to be able to carry. Might take this winter and summer then during the beginning of the fall we can get her into a CPL class.

I was thinking of a compact 9mm like the LC9 or one of the smaller Kahr's. I think I will take my own advice that I tell everyone, and that is to take her into the local gun store to hold them and find the right fit.

I figured I would ask though, because who doesn't like talking about new guns?
Take her to the range and see what she likes. I wouldn't rule out .45 either. The recoil isn't like a .40 or 9 really. It's a push instead of the snap up like the other two. Getting her to the range will be your best option though.

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I have a Kahr CM9 and like it a lot. No external safety, which I like, and a long smooth trigger pull. The Shield was not out when I was buying mine, and I like it, but I prefer no external safety. Just something else to worry about. The CM9 is smaller too. (CM9 is cheaper than the PM9 but essentially identical). LC9 also has an external safety, and I preferred the ergonomics of the Kahr.

I'd like to feel the XDs 9.


What about a .38 revolver? Or .32?


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I have a Kahr CM9 as well and it is a wonderful little gun but one thing to consider is the recoil spring is very stiff and it may be difficult for her to manipulate the slide.

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I'd say go with the Ruger LCP. Reliable, proven pistol that is easily concealable.

If the slide not locking back is an issue, I'd check out the Taurus 738 TCP.

While I personally have experience with the LCP, I haven't shot the TCP but have read good things on it.

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My wife loves her S&W Bodyguard. Part of her decision WAS the Manual Safety. It's small, compact, easy to conceal and has a built in laser at a reasonable price.

And yea, for most of this year, ammo in most popular caliber's has been an issue. So I now buy in lots of 100 rounds or more. I just don't plan on getting caught short again.

At the present, my wife is also thinking that she may WANT more firepower. Such as an LC9 or maybe a Sig compact.

But the point is, she's reached a comfort level with the BodyGuard, but is now questioning the stopping power, and 6rd limit of the BodyGuard.
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I let my wife take over my new S&W M&P Shield 40cal.

Main reason is, carrying with a round chambered, I wanted her to have a real safety since this pistol will be floating around in her purse, albeit, in a slip-in holster. I don't want any negligent discharges.

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My wife actually like the 1911 best, but of course they're too big to CC.


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Why did you go with the .40cal Shield over the 9mm if it's for your wife? She hits what she's aiming at but definitely has a hard time controlling the recoil.

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Why did you go with the .40cal Shield over the 9mm if it's for your wife? She hits what she's aiming at but definitely has a hard time controlling the recoil.
It started out like this. I was getting it for myself because the XDs was out for warranty. First day I took it to the range, the wife liked the size, etc., and wanted it. So, you know how it goes. The wife now owns the Shield 40 cal and I had to keep carrying the FN 5.7x28.

I was tempted to go buy another, but the XDs 45 should be back in the next coupe weeks, so no point now.

The Shield 40cal looks like it recoils a lot with her, but that's because she was basically holding it one-handed with her right and just had it resting sort of in the left. I corrected her after the video. I just didn't want to stop her while she was on a roll hitting all the steel targets. lol

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She did well, but youre right for correcting her. She needs to use a proper two handed grip for follow up shots

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