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    Female gun?

    Ok I went to the range today with my wife and she was itcheing to shoot so I rented a range gun the kel-tec PF-9 and seemed to fit her all right wondering what you think about I like the price but want something that will last what do you all think would be a good gun for her.

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    did she do ok with the 9mm?
    if so then the xd9 or the glock 26 are very reliable
    but so are A LOT of 9mm to choose from

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    It was a little big she shot 30 rds was was done shooting she said her hand was sore she did not say why. Caliber too large? She never shoot a hand gun before.

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    or grip wrong should we try other smaller frame gun?

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    I have a PF9. It is a lightweight pistol meant for pocket or ankle carry, not fun shooting at the range. She'd be much better off with a heavier pistol that kicks less.
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    Ok then can you give me on ideas for the $400 range(if she don't get into it) then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlesdaddy View Post
    Ok then can you give me on ideas for the $400 range(if she don't get into it) then?
    M&P9c maybe? It's probably going to be a lot more comfortable to shoot, has adjustable palm swells, and is $439 at Bud's. If you can find one to rent, have her try one out.

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    The PF9 is a great gun for a concealed weapon. My wife has one. The recoil is quite snappy for a range gun that you might shoot 50 to 100 rounds with.

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    The M&P9 sounds good to me since I have had one, they work great and have adjustable grip size. You might want to stay away from the compact version if light weight of the PF-9 was contributing to the problem. The little bit of extra weight can make a big difference. Full size plastic guns are pretty light without going compact. You can adjust their weight by how many rounds you load them with.


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    Local rental guns I live 10 min from both.
    http://www.billsgs.com/modules.php?n...howpage&pid=11

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlesdaddy View Post
    Ok then can you give me on ideas for the $400 range(if she don't get into it) then?
    The M&P suggestion is a good one, but you won't find a new one in your price range. Here are some models to consider within your price range:

    Stoeger Cougar
    Smith & Wesson Sigma
    Ruger P series
    Taurus Milleniums
    Kahr CW9
    Bersa Thunder 9

    The first three are medium-sized pistols suitable for range or home defense use. The last three are small enough to use as conceal-carry weapons.

    You might find the Steyr MA1 in your price range, but I'm not sure.

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    "daddy",
    After you have selected an appropriate handgun....you need to get her some professional firearms instruction so she can learn a proper grip. That way she can learn to shoot accurately and with precision and she will also enjoy shooting. Also recoil will become less and less a factor.

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    The SIG 250 is a very impressive pistol and built on the small side. Since it is the new modular design ............you can change out the pistol to many calibers and frame sizes with ease! The 9mm and 40 S&W's are out now ........with the 45 acp coming later. This pistol has one of the BEST DA trigger pulls I have found straight from the box. Good work SIG !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911 driver View Post
    "daddy",
    After you have selected an appropriate handgun....you need to get her some professional firearms instruction so she can learn a proper grip. That way she can learn to shoot accurately and with precision and she will also enjoy shooting. Also recoil will become less and less a factor.
    Of Course I have been planning on taking a class together for Basic Handgun Familiarization Class and see how it goes would like her to take her CCW class at same time as me if she feels comfortable. I don't want to push her.

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    Wow, what a selection of rentals. I can have about a tenth of that selection after a 45 minute drive!
    Your price range is just a little restricting. I think attending a basic gun safety and orientation class will be great, and fun. I think you should then rent and shoot as many guns, that feel good to hold, as you can, leaving the XD9SC, 4" XD9 and 4" XD45C for last. I am biased and I only have two guns but I have shot many and believe in the XD. I think you could find a good used one in your price range.

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    smaller is not always better. i would stick with a 9mm with a smaller grip, easy trigger reach and lower felt recoil. after she gets better with shooting, handling recoil, etc, then go to a smaller size.

    ruger p95
    glock 19 or 17
    xd 9 mid or full size
    mp 9 mid or full size
    stoeger cougar

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    I love Bill's Gun Shop! Great selection of rentals, lots of lanes, and good service too.

    I have an XD40 and my wife says the grip is a bit too large for her to handle comfortably, and she doesn't like the recoil of the .40. The 9s we rented were better for her. It's mostly about the recoil and the grip, rather than the weight (within reason...).

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    This may or may not be helpful, but my two cents... and please, someone stop me if I seem to be off base with this.

    I think what type of gun you get depends on what she needs it for and/or how experienced she is. If there's a chance she may need to shoot it defensively, I would recommend some type of revolver. It's certainly will not be the case with every woman, but I know that my girlfriend has a hard time racking the slide of anything bigger than a .22, to the point where she simply can't chamber one in my Glock .40, esp if the mag is full. She isn't very experienced, so a lot of it may be her technique, or lack there of. She can shoot, but needless to say, she would be in trouble if she had to chamber one on her own in a stressful or defensive situation. So, being that they are low maintenance, very reliable, and can very safely remain loaded, I'm thinking of getting a good revolver for her to keep at the apartment when I'm not home. Something similar may (or may not) work for you as well.

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    If she can operate (confidently) an automatic, great. My wife has been out shooting my Walther P-38 with me and knows how it operates. She is actually is a good shot with it. However, when I sometimes reached in the nightstand and handed her the Walther and said "burglar in the house", she would struggle. Sometimes she would flip off saftey, cock the hammer and forget to rack the slide. Sometimes she would rack the slide and try to cock the hammer without taking off the safety. I was concerned that in a situation where I was on the road and she really needed to be prepared to defend herself and the kids, she might not get the sequence right and be standing there with a Walther club.

    I went on a mission and found a Colt Detective Special. (I wanted one anyway, but that's not the point ). Obviously, it is point and shoot. Period. Two extra speed loaders (which she is actually as fast at loading as I am) and she is good to go. She says that she does not like the kick of the DS, BUT, she knows that all she has to do is pull the trigger. The .38 special may not be the best self defense load, but I figure she is more confident with it and therefore much more likely to make 3 or 4well placed shots when necessary. Just my 2 cents as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDB_MN View Post
    I love Bill's Gun Shop! Great selection of rentals, lots of lanes, and good service too..
    yea I have been there 4-5 times asking questions trying guns

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