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    Default Advice for a good first conceal carry gun for a Woman.

    I need some advice on what kind of gun I should get for concealed carry. I held a 380 pistol and a revolver in a shop and prefer the feel of the pistol but I haven't fired either. The only gun I have ever fired was my Dad's rifle. I have heard that a lot of people like the Taurus TCP and was planning on purchasing it until I found out it does not have a safety. Any recommendations or advice? Also I would love some feedback from other females on what type of holster they prefer. Thanks!

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    Get yourself to a firing range that has different handguns for rent. Shoot a lot of them.

    I can tell you what I think you should like.
    I can tell you what my wife likes.
    Everyone else here can tell you what you should like or what their wives like.

    It all means nothing if you don't like it. The only way you can tell if you like a particular handgun, or not, is to shoot it.

    Holsters come after you have a handgun.
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    There are a few shops within a reasonable drive but no shooting ranges : ( I do have a lot of land I can practice shooting on but unfortunately that would be after I purchase a gun. Do you know of any semiautomatic pistols that have a safety?

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    Listen to me very carefully. If any firearm's safety does not live between your ears, any additional 'safety' added to the firearm is worthless. In other words, if you aren't safe the firearm can never be considered 'safe'. Never rely on a firearm's safety. Rely on yourself and your training.

    Keep your finger off the trigger until you want the gun to go BANG.
    Keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction.
    Never point the weapon at anything you do not want dead.
    Treat every weapon as if it is loaded until you check.

    Speaking of training, you have not mentioned your level of training.
    Your age?
    Hand strength?
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    Welcome to the forum...


    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike.

    Get some basic training FIRST. At this point you need fundamentals, not run and gun, or force on force. Reputable instructors will provide a host of handguns and holsters for you to experience in class. That will give you some idea of where you're preferences might lead you in handgun selection. Then.....

    Buy a handgun just like you would buy a pair of shoes. If Ol' Joe over here says he likes Charlie China tennis shoes, and you're looking for a new pair of shoes, do you run out and buy Joe's pick, just because HE likes 'em? Probably not. If a new shooter is asking what to buy for a carry gun, it doesn't matter what works for me, or anyone else. I suggest telling that new shooter to go to many gun shops, and/or gun shows, and handle all the guns they can get hold of. Just like they would try on shoes. Before long they'll be able to make a list of guns that feel ok, pretty good, real good, and "that really feels great in my hands". The last two are the ones to pursue, and here's why I say that....If a given handgun doesn't feel "right" in your hands, you'll not shoot it enough to become proficient with it, because it's not comfortable, and you won't like shooting it. Just like you rarely wear shoes that are UNcomfortable. If you're not gonna become proficient with it, save your money, and buy a ball bat to carry. With proper fundamentals, he/she can learn to shoot almost any handgun, or any caliber. Very few folks can re-train their hands to make just any handgun feel comfortable. The last suggestion... again....get some training......proper shooting techinques, practiced slowly, but proficiently, will breed speed. Do it slowly, and do it the right way, every time.......If you practice speed first, and introduce less efficient techniques into your training, you'll have to do it all over again to get it right. Most gun shops have a box of used holsters that you can experiment with after you've chosen what gun works best for you. There are many options for concealed/open carry.

    By the way..... anyone who introduces a new shooter to our pastime by having them start with a large-caliber handgun, makes a very poor decision. Yes, some folks do ok starting out with large calibers, but the vast majority will not continue to shoot if their very 1st experience is with .50 S&W. Start with a .22 caliber something, and as your technique/accuracy improves, work up from there. Caliber doesn't count until after you can hit your target.

    If you're buying a handgun for home protection, and you choose to NOT have it on your person, you should consider where in your home you might be if someone kicks the door in. I don't see a person in a position to be able to ask an intruder to "hang on a sec, while I get my gun"

    There always will be a trade-off..... light weight, more recoil...... shorter barrel, more recoil...I've known more than a few gents who didn't care for the recoil of what's often called a "ladies gun"... just sayin....

    Again, just my ramblings.... but they work for me...

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    Sine the other members have covered what I was going to say, there is no need to repeat it. My wife carry's a few different pistols but her main one is the Springfield xd in 9mm and she carries her charter-arms .38 special undercover revolver from time to time. What my wife and I did was we went to a gun shop and she held ever single gun she liked or thought she would like. She found the one she wanted and we rented that gun for her to try and she liked the XD in 9mm. Also I wont let my wife carry anything smaller than a .38 special from my personal experience. I follow the rule you carry the biggest round you can safely control and hit what your aiming at.
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    Popeye and Jay have got the bases covered well here. That is the kind of advice I give when asked one on one when I teach Hunter Ed. classes as the principal carries well into rifles as well as handguns. Even if you have to do a little bit of travel to get to a basic handgun class it is time and money well spent for your safety and the safety of others as well since they will likely teach most everything you'll need to be a responsible gun owner. Good luck and good shooting.
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    While I happen to like having a safety on my 9mm guns there isn't one on my short barrel 38. You have to remember this is just a mechanical device and can fail. Number one way for a gun to be safe around people is to be safe with a gun. You have to follow the basic safe gun rules each and every time you put it into your hand. Everyone has covered everything pretty darn good. No one can tell you what gun is good for you. Go to the gun shop and put a few in your hand. I happen to think each new gun owner should have a 22. I happen to have a ruger Mark II 22. You need to get use to the idea of having a gun and using a gun before you think to carry a gun around.

    I wasn't lucky enough to be able to rent guns that I wanted to try. I was given the 38 as a present after I had shot it a few times. It belonged to my step daughter and she said this was a nice place to start since I like it. I then went to see what felt comfortable in my hand. I have a 709 and an sr9c. I have small hands so some I really liked I couldn't get my finger to the trigger lol.

    A basic gun class is always a good thing.
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    I will be taking the NRA First Steps Pistol Course. You bring your own gun or they will supply you with one to use for the class. I would really like to purchase my gun before the class so I can learn how to operate my specific gun. I won't attempt to do anything with it before I take the class. I want to be as informed as possible about how to safely operate my gun but I think any extra safety feature is a good thing which is why I would really like a pistol with a safety if I can find one. I am a 27 year old newly single mother of a 9 month old daughter and I feel like it is important to have protection for us. Because I have a child I would like to learn about safe places to keep my gun that i could still access quickly. I asked about how other women carry because if I am going to be driving out of town to a shop to purchase my gun, I want to know how I am going to to carry it so I can go ahead and purchase what I need in one trip. Any advice appreciated! Thanks!

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    Will you be carrying the gun in a holster, or in a purse?

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