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    Revolvers for Ladies

    I will start with the disclaimer, of the handful of hand guns I own, none are revolvers. A Smith or Ruger revolver will be the next firearm I purchase.

    What do you all think of this? The guy who wrote this is a Master in both revolver divisions in IDPA.

    5 reasons NOT to tell her to buy a revolver as her first gun | Gun Nuts Media

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    My opinion, based upon having taught Jean to shoot and to carry a concealed pistol, is that these explanations are entirely correct.

    Jean has difficulty racking the slide of her small carry gun, but, difficult though it is, she can do it. "You just have to know the trick."

    The prohibition against double-action (DA) triggers, however, cuts two ways. Yes, it's much easier to learn to shoot a single-action-trigger (SA) pistol, but sometimes the easiest concealment method for a woman just about requires a double-action-only (DAO) semi-auto.
    Jean learned to shoot pistols using a SA semi-auto, but her self-defense pistol is DAO, and she can control its trigger quite well. All it takes is gentle instruction, and lots of practice.

    Jean did at first believe that a DA J-frame S&W would be her best choice, but while she was achieving proficiency with it, she thoughtfully decided otherwise. I schooled her on what could go wrong and how difficult it would be to repair, and she balked at the relatively slow and complex reload procedure (even with speed-loaders). As noted in the referenced article, bulk (of both gun and reloads) was also an issue.

    I concur with the referenced article.

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    As Myself I am Self Thought And Started With A S&W Mod#645 Back Sum 36yrs Ago It's Only A few Years That I've Gotten Into Revolvers I Understand The Easy Method Of Storing Them Loaded And Cleaning Them When Possible, But Have Thought Both My Daughters To Shoot Semi's First And Let Them Make Up There Own Mind At A Later Date To What They Would Like As Far As Racking A Slide "It Is With Out A D ought A Push Pull Method" Easy To Learn !

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    Firstly , there is no such thing as a Lady's Gun. There may well be factors for : inexperienced , physical size , hand strength , etc , but they are factors for everyone. Women are people too , with different preferences .

    But I Like revolvers. I recomend to everyone to at least give open minded consideration. To revolvers. Mrs Biggfoot refuses to shoot an autoloader other than .22lr , but likes her big bore revolvers. The Biggfoot-ette has fired various handgun ( and will try pretty much everything offered ) , but prefers K Frames so far.

    I DO agree that a J Frame ( or similar light wt 5 shot snub) as a first/ only gun for a new shooter of any flavor.

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    I disagree with some of what he says. He puts up strawmen by the bunch in that piece. Who ever would try to work on a revolvers timing in a self defense situation? Yes revolvers can fail. but most of the time if they do you simply pull the trigger again. No need to rack a slide. There are also no safetys on a revolver and at very close range, (where MOST defensive uses happen) trigger pull weight is of little consequence.

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    S&W 642 w/ crimson trace laser grips using hornady critical defense reduced recoil

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    I agree with a revolver for a woman's self defense gun. I used to work in a gun shop and in help women customers who were not avid shooters that was almost always the obvious choice.

    That said, the Ruger LCR was designed for women. The trigger pull effort was designed primarily for women's strength after a SHOT show when it was seen how many women couldn't pull a GP or SP trigger. The design is cammed to reduce effort and has a patent. An SP101 can be reworked with springs and shims to be pretty close too.

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    I agree with much of the article, but, logical though it may be, it won't change most people's perception that revolvers are simpler to operate. And, when teaching a person to shoot, it's probably best to let them choose based on those perceptions, so they will have early positive experiences. Most folks, once initiated by actually shooting a gun and hitting where they intended to, are open to exploring other options. It isn't hard to teach a petite woman how to rack a slide, once she has gained confidence that she will be able to learn anything she wants to learn about shooting. The early (and most important) part of the learning experience is overcoming the noise and fear of recoil, learning sight picture, and learning how to 'lock up' into a stable enough platform to have that sight picture be consistently on or very near a small target, all while depressing the trigger. That can be accomplished with a revolver or a semi-auto.

    Being indoctrinated early on with rifles and shotguns, I didn't take handguns very seriously for about 30 years. I owned several revolvers during that time, but was completely unimpressed with their accuracy potential, at least in my hands. Self defense was a non-issue for me, at the time.

    However, when I finally decided to start carrying a concealed handgun, I recognized that it was important to choose an appropriate weapon and learn to shoot it accurately at short and medium ranges. I discovered that my marksmanship improved greatly with a semi-auto, above what it had been all those years with revolvers. I eventually figured out the reason. It was because my fundamentals were much better. Not knowing much about semi-autos, I had actually paid attention to what the experts said. Eventually, I got around to studying what experts said about revolver shooting, too, and I now feel comfortable with whatever I happen to pick up.

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    I'll buy them all but number 4,,,

    I'll buy them all but number 4,,,
    And even then I can't fault the statement,,,
    It just that I carry either an LCP or a S&W model 36.

    I don't find concealing the revolver,,,
    Any more difficult than concealing the semi.

    This was a decent article that said nothing more,,,
    Than what other gun writers have stated many times.

    It's all good though,,,
    Gun writers have to make a living too.

    Actually, a person could copy the text and save it,,,
    Then use it as their closer in a discussion of appropriate guns for ladies.

    It was well written and succinct,,,
    Just nothing new is all.



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    I own a few Smith & Wesson revolvers...357, 38 special and 22.

    My wife and I LOVE our little Smith & Wesson model 36, 38 special!
    Even though it only holds 5 shots, its so light and compact, its perfect for carry or home defense. Its her favorite gun.

    Nothing greater than a well made and reliable classic Smith revolver.

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