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    I think that is why my wife likes her 9mm. Its big and heavy. All metal. I should have her shoot one of my 1911's. Maybe i can get her into a 45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    I'll disagree about the LCP - and I carry one. It is NOT pleasant to shoot, the gun is VERY tiny which doesn't help. Since I wear a lot of basketball type shorts and cargo shorts anbd pocket carry, I have worked with it - a lot. But for someone starting out, a slightly bigger gun with a better fitting grip would be a better choice.
    I can relate. I discussed the BG380 air weight with its 12 pound trigger pull. It's not a nice gun at all. I can't use the sights in the dark like I can on my G42 and CM9. it's like holding a freaking 380 round right in my hand.

    HOWEVER

    I practice and practice and practice with it. I don't use the sights. I "point and shoot." Humans are very good at pointing to things with some accuracy.

    I fire rapidly, "sighting," straight down my dominant arm. Similar to your circumstance, I wear light clothing out and about in the yard. I carry the BG380 in a Kydex holster IWB on my running shorts and a thin T-shirt.

    I can't pull the gun without the Kydex coming out with it, so I've practiced stripping the holster with my left hand as part of the draw. I carry with 7 rounds in the mag and one in the chamber. There's no safety.

    While the BG380 is an ugly beast for target practice or long distance defense, its small size and light weight work well for coming and going out in the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    A good friend of mine was working to find the right Pistol for his wife a few years ago. He was pretty much convinced that it should be a .380 or 9mm. His wife is a petite lady, and his thinking was she would prefer a caliber with minimal recoil if possible. She tried more than a dozen guns in those calibers and never liked any .380 she tried. A few of the 9mm were okay, but she basically found them tolerable. She did not like tiny guns at all, even though they seemed to fit her hands well, because the recoil was irritating (her words). They had about given up, but were out trying a few more pistols one day, and after he shot a new Commander sized 1911 he had recently purchased (sorry, but I do not remember the make), his wife asked why she couldn't try that pistol too. He explained to her that it was .45 caliber and she might not like the recoil, but she wanted to at least try it, so he showed it to her to familiarize herself with it and then let her give it a try. When she first picked it up, she commented that she liked the feel of the gun. She shot a mag full through it, and wanted to shoot it again. She wound up shooting a full box of 230 grain ammo through it and was grinning! She liked it so much it is now her pistol. She shoots it quite well. When questioned about the recoil, she admits it recoils more, but the gun feels strong and comfortable so it does not bother her, whereas the little .380 pistols felt like a firecracker going off in her hand and the little 9mm pistols were sort of a nasty slap in her hand, but the .45 was an expected punch that was much more likable to her. She easily qualified for her carry permit with that pistol.

    Be careful trying to designate the appropriate caliber firearm for someone else...

    She shot my RO Compact a couple years ago and really liked it too...but I am keeping it!
    You just pretty much described Leedi. She prefers Officer sized 1911 style pistols for carry and for shooting in general. Says they fit her hand better than most others.
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    My late wife's first pistol was a Ruger P89DC in 9mm. She was very good with it. After a while, we bought a pair of matching Sig P220's but she couldn't deal with it very well at the time. She sold hers and bought a Ruger GP100. She was a pretty damn good shooter with it. But it was hard to conceal. Eventually, she bought a Taurus PT Millennium Pro of some variety or other in .45ACP but it was a very inaccurate pistol. The last CCW pistol she bought was a Bulldog revolver in .44 spl. She was pretty dang good with that pistol and it suited her for carry purposes. On the range, though, she always preferred her GP100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    My late wife's first pistol was a Ruger P89DC in 9mm. She was very good with it. After a while, we bought a pair of matching Sig P220's but she couldn't deal with it very well at the time. She sold hers and bought a Ruger GP100. She was a pretty damn good shooter with it. But it was hard to conceal. Eventually, she bought a Taurus PT Millennium Pro of some variety or other in .45ACP but it was a very inaccurate pistol. The last CCW pistol she bought was a Bulldog revolver in .44 spl. She was pretty dang good with that pistol and it suited her for carry purposes. On the range, though, she always preferred her GP100.

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    I'm sorry for your loss, Wag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigNastyCowboy View Post
    I'm sorry for your loss, Wag.
    Thank you for saying so. She was my best friend for the 27 years we were married.

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    Sorry Wag. My wife is my best friend and this July it’s 33 years.

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