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    Default Best Self/Home defense gun for a woman ?

    Hey guys im back with another question, however it isnt as urgent as my last post.

    my mother has mentioned before that she would like to own a gun and possibly a concealed carry permit but she has never actively acted on researching or going to look at handguns for herself.
    she has gone shooting with myself and my granddad many times and enjoys shooting and knows gun safety but i highly doubt she would proactively wake up and decide "lets go shooting".
    i would really feel comfortable if she had a gun in her room she could easily access because her room is the only room down stairs and 3/5 of the back windows lead to her room. being that back windows are a very popular point of entry for home invasion, she needs something manageable easy to shoot for a woman, accurate, and most importantly reliable as i dont think she'd put as many rounds through the gun as i would like.

    SN: the handgun should also be reasonably priced, she's not really a gun enthusiast like we are so i doubt she would want to spend much on it.

    also she did say that if and when she did get a firearm we would go to a professional training course together.

    thanks in advance guys !
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    Usually I'm opened minded to either wheel guns or semi autos, but in this case I'm going to really lean towards a 38 wheel gun. There are still a lot of good used Smith Model 10's, 15's and other similar k frames floating around out there that were once used in LE that are affordable. My wife's attitude towards shooting is similar. She doesn't wake up looking to go to the range, but she does understand the need to be armed at home particularly when she was alone with babies or by herself. Now when her babies are at home they are very capable of doing the protecting. They were punching paper and sending cans flying with everything from 38's to 40 cals very accurately and with good defensive skills by the time they were in their early teens. Now they're in their late teens and giving me a run for my money every time we do some shooting together. I wish I could buy those little white woousy stick figures that the yuppies put on their SUV's, except mine would depict my wife wearing a skirt, and all of us holding stick figures guns, maybe a dog the with a game bird in its mouth, and a downed deer at everyone's feet. Wouldn't that be cute? Good luck with setting your mom up. I really think a 38 wheel gun is the way to go.

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    Lately, my mantra has been, "You can never pick other people's guns for them."

    In other words, you have to let the other person try out a few and determine what they prefer for themselves. Any advice beyond that are mere suggestions on where to start. As coach said, the .38 spl would be a good place to start.

    Some things to look for though, might be in order. How it fits in the hand is a critical point. If the grip is too big, the hand has to contort to get a proper reach on the trigger. Too small, same problem. The right size grip will allow for instant sight acquisition and a more comfortable (and therefore more usable) firearm.

    Etc. etc.

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    Thank you guys ! i was actually thinking of 38 special for her . But for some reason she insist on a 9mm (similar to the one my grandad let her shoot) . lol she confuses me at times, sometimes she's very adamant about wanting a firearm and taking a training course, and then others she's just kind of passive about the whole situation. One of these days though (soon hopefully) we can maybe go to our local gun store together and try to see what fits her.
    but like you said wag "you can't pick anyone elses gun for them"
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAGUNNER View Post
    Thank you guys ! i was actually thinking of 38 special for her . But for some reason she insist on a 9mm (similar to the one my grandad let her shoot) . lol she confuses me at times, sometimes she's very adamant about wanting a firearm and taking a training course, and then others she's just kind of passive about the whole situation. One of these days though (soon hopefully) we can maybe go to our local gun store together and try to see what fits her.
    but like you said wag "you can't pick anyone elses gun for them"
    9's are a great pick. You'll get a little more zip than the 38 and you'll save on ammo a little. I won't try to pick her gun or anyone's for that matter, but I still go with this recommendation: keep it simple and comfortable. so when you choose a 9 you might try something that has all one trigger mode rather that a straight SA or DA/SA. most of the newer polymer lines regardless of what manufacturer you prefer will offer a simple (all one mode or DAO) trigger mode with internal hammer so at least firing the gun should be just about as simple as firing a revolver once it's loaded and ready to be used in a home or self defense mode. If she's thinking about getting a gun that she does not want to keep loaded and fully ready in a secure way then getting a gun that she can make ready in the most simple and quick way is important. You might want to consider a modified status, like a magazine disconnect feature where the gun has one in the chamber but can't be fired until the mag is slapped into its well. I like this with one of my Smith 9mm's when I go to a hotel or sleep somewhere different. This modification allows me a quick solution to being ready, with an obstacle for unwanted to users who won't just be able to pull the trigger without understanding what the simple one step formula is of grabbing the hidden mag that is easily accessiblee for me only. That little separation may or may not be an option that gives you a little added comfort. It can also be good for little kids that might find the piece but would need the time and determination to overcome that obstacle. Just something little like that can be the little bit of difference of obtaining the comfort you need to store the gun safely. There are many ways to store and keep a gun for self defense but that goes back to what we said earlier about the gun itself " you must be comfortable with your gun' just as you need to be with your type of storage and the ability to get it ready for defense.

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

    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.

    There always will be a trade-off..... light weight, more recoil...... shorter barrel, more recoil... just sayin....

    Take a class... BEFORE she buys a gun. That instructor should provide a variety of firearms for her to try, and the instructor should also teach her how to tell if a gun "fits" your mom. No firearm should be construed as being "gender-specific"

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

    Shoot Safely....

    PS.. Respectfully, if you're forced to deal with an intruder, I doubt seriously if you can convince said intruder to "wait a minute" while you make your firearm "ready" so you can defend yourself with it. This scenario is very much personal preference, but my opinion is that if a personal protection firearm isn't instantly available, and "ready to use", then it's owner has relegated that firearm to the status of a poorly designed "club".
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    Nothing wrong with 9mm. I've had a lot of success teaching people to shoot with a Ruger P89DC in 9mm.

    It's a little bit bulky for smaller hands, though, and I don't recommend it for that reason.

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    It's the one she can shoot the most accurately, whatever that happens to be, and there's only one way to find out. Missing, even with a big gun, does very little good.

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    with modern ammo .380's are not bad

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    a youth model 20 gauge is VERY good for home defense. Remington 870 is like $299.00, and with duck loads in it... it's a threat stopper.

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