Need a revolver for my wife
I find myself facing the need to purchase a revolver for my wife. She has had two serious surgeries on her right (strong) hand, and can no longer operate a semi-auto, or handle more than very mild recoil. She knows how to shoot, and was able to handle my BHP with full-house loads with no problem. Having been a semi-auto shooter virtually all my life, I'm venturing into somewhat unfamiliar territory. She has handled, and fell in love with a Charter Arms Lavender Lady. 38 wadcutters would be a good starting place to start rebuilding her hand strength. Any opinions on the current production Charter Arms? I know they have a rather spotty record. I will try to steer her to the all steel version if I can, 'cause that aluminum frame is really light. The doc doesn't think she will ever regain the full strength in her hand, so a 357 is, I'm afraid, out of the question. TIA for your opinions.
The heavier the gun, the less it will recoil. The gun's weight soaks up some of the recoil force.
If your wife has hand-strength issues, a long barrel will also help absorb recoil force. Maybe instead of a 2" snubbie, look into a 3" or even a 4" barrel.
Let her try before you buy. I believe that you will find trigger action to be a deciding factor, too. Make sure that she can handle a double-action trigger for at least five consecutive (dry-fire) shots. Some old Charter Arms revolvers had really light, nicely crisp trigger actions, so maybe the new ones do too.
Using two hands, it is possible to thumb-cock and fire single-action quickly and repeatedly, but it's a skill that has to be extensively and frequently practiced to make it "automatic" and usefully effective. It is not easy to do under pressure, when one is in danger. (The left thumb does the cocking, and the right index finger does the shooting.)
Charter arms also makes a revolver in 9mm and 40 caliber.....
79920 9 mm Pitbull Rimless Revolver
Charter Pit Bill #74020
She might also want to look into the Rhino......
With the barrel on the bottom the weapon does not "fly" up on recoil.... It recoils straight back through your arm..... In the attached UTube you can see the difference in recoil with a Colt and Rhino firing 357 magnums...Some say the recoil with the Rhino shooting 357 has the recoil of a 38 special.. (Test firing starts at 11:30)
Chiappa Rhino 40DS "White Rhino" .357 Magnum Revolver Review - YouTube
charter arms gets good reviews on some other forums. my go to for revolvers are smith of ruger. smith has the 686 in 3,4, 6 inch and ruger has a gp100 in 3 inch. both weighing in mid 30 ozs. both are 357 but 38 cal works just fine and hardly no recoil. both are also a bit pricey
My vote is for the Ruger LCR in .38 +p. It is lite and has a nice smooth trigger. At least mine does.
The Ruger GP100 with a 4" barrel might work. It's big, heavy, and reliable. It is a 357, but when shooting 38 special, it feels like a 22. It's very nice.
Made the rounds of the LGS in town today and found a little Charter Undercover in 38. The clerk handed it to me with the cylinder open and I was favorably impressed by the fit and finish of the little gun. The rubber grips felt very nice. Trigger pull was ok too. Then I went to open the cylinder to give it back to the clerk and--------------------HOLY SMOKE that cylinder release was stiff! That was a deal breaker for me. With the medical issues since my wife's hand surgeries, she would never be able to open it! Anyone else experience that? Back to Smith or Ruger! D**n! Really liked the way that thing felt!
Also found a beautiful Police Positive 4" that was SWEET! But I could have bought 3 guns for what they wanted for that one!
Found somewhere on the internet......
If you’re planning on buying your first gun, you should try to put your hands on as many guns as possible and shoot as many guns as possible. Everyone has different hand shapes, sizes and finds different types of sights easier to use. The best first gun is the one that you can shoot most accurately. Once you find that, then you can start fine tuning your decision based on weight, concealability, caliber, etc.
My suggestion: In Cait's post, please replace "accurately" with "comfortably."
They're all accurate, but only one or two will be comfortable to handle and shoot.
My wife's revolver ~
357/38, Ruger SP-101, w/ 3" barrel, hammer spur, Lutz action job, and soft rubber Hogue Monogrip.
Ruger has also started selling the SP 101s with a 4" barrel.
The advantage being a smaller framed gun, reasonable weight, good sighting radius and handling.
But, trigger reach, pull weight and the weight ? of the gun may be an issue for her.
.327 or .357 Magnum offers lots of options for ammo.
I doubt she would want to shoot either of the Magnum cartridges, but .32 shorts up through .32 H&R should work in the .327 and there are lots and lots of .38 Special loads that can be used in the .357 Magnums.
S&W 642 is light and easy to carry but while the 640 is a little heaver it's a LOT easier to shoot.
It'd be great if she could try both before deciding.
I have no idea what this means; but I just looked; and Sturm-Ruger no longer lists 327 Magnum as an available caliber for the SP-101 in their on-line catalog. Moreover, don't get me wrong, I like the new 4" SP-101; but anything with a 4" barrel is going to be, kind 'a, tough for most women to stuff into their handbags in the same way that a majority of women do with their carry pistols, around here. Once a pistol has a 4" barrel it's achieved the same size (and weight) as a primary carry piece; and might as well be carried on the hip. (Which, in my experience, most women will not do.)
Originally Posted by ArmyCop
+1 to the S&W 642.
I think I will try to find someplace to rent and have her try the 642 Thanks guys. This has been frustrating for both of us since she used to shoot any of my handguns including my HiPower duty gun with full house loads. To say nothing of the fact that after a lifetime of being able to do anything she wanted, she is severely limited now. Doesn't help any that the first surgery was badly botched by an arrogant little jerk of a surgeon. AARRGH!!
I have a funny feeling she is going to be stuck with a 22 Better than nuthin'!
Make sure you use light loads when she's trying the 642. My wife loves shooting her Model 10 but my 442 is too snappy for her.
Are you sure a revolver is the answer? Next time you're in a gun shop, try to take a look at the Ruger SR 22. Perhaps you could rack the slide for your wife and then hand it to her for carry. Load it with CCI Stingers, and it can serve as a defense weapon. If she's going to pull the hammer back on a revolver, she can surely pull the hammer back on this easy, gentle semiautomatic. And the trigger is smooth as butter. I recommend this gun highly. My wife thinks it's perfect, for her. Possibly, your wife would like it, as well.
This is a good choice here!!
I would also suggest any Smith and Wesson or Charter arms....Also I would suggest going to a range if one is available and rent a few to see which one you like.
Originally Posted by Glock Doctor
I've been thru these issues with my wife (no surgery but petite hands) bought a S&W 642 Airweight 38spl and it's kicked her a$$ with factory standard pressure loads, just to much recoil in to light a gun. We bought a M&P 22 and she loves it, don't rule out a quality 22lr. Bottom line guys , Let the Ladies shoot before they buy!
I bought a new SP101 - 357 mag with a 2 1/4" barrel a few months ago and then found a used SP101 3" barrel in 327 Federal Mag and a GP100 stainless 4" barrel in 327 Federal mag so I sold the 357 mag and used the money for these other handguns.
Originally Posted by Glock Doctor
I like the 327 Federal mag in these two models, More power then 38 + P, and you get a extra round in the cylinder because of the cartridge being smaller in diamiter. And you can shoot 32 H&R mag, 32 Long and 32 Short out of this gun and then tou have the higer end 327 Federal mag to carry for personal defense.
But this caliber was discontinued so it will cost you upwards of $800 if you can find a used one. They did make this caliber in the Blackhawk series.
I stoped by Skagit Arms in Burlington, Wa last week and they had just recieved several SP101 revolvers, Three of them had the 3" barrel and the others had the 2 1/4" barrel. Your choice $525 each.
I stoped by the Cabelas in Tulalip, Wa a couple of days ago anf they had a SP101 with a 21/4" barrel for $549.
I stopped by Sportco in Fife, Wa. a couple of weeks ago and they had both the 3" and 2 1/4" SP101s in stock for $519 a piece.
They are readily available here in my area, I'll be buying a new SP101 with a 3" barrel as soon as I have the extra cash to replace the one I sold.
For some one with wrist or hand problems I'd suggest the GP100 in 357 mag and shoot 38 through it. Loaded with Hornady Critical Defense 38 + P for self-defense. (4" Barrel"
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