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    Pistol for my Wife

    Not to sound redundant but I am new to this and would like some of your advice. I purchased my wife a hammer-less Taurus .38 and she was not very fond of it. She likes shooting full size pistols like my Browning 9mm and Kimber .45 but doesn't like to carry those because of their size. I am looking for a 9mm that would fit her hands and not be difficult for her to carry on a day to day basis. What would you suggest?

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    Kahr PM9 is as small as 9mm's come... 16oz... 6+1. Kinda snappy recoil-wise though, but, of course that's the trade-off concerning small size gun in a bigger caliber. It'd be good to get her to a range that rents guns to try out... 'cause it's a very personal, subjective thing. If she prefers the autos, gotta' make sure she can rack the slide OK on whatever one she likes... women often have a problem with it due to lack of hand strength. Best to get her to a range/gun store with a big selection and let her handle a bunch. (I'm sure you already know this, I'm just sayin'...) It often happens these days that husbands/boyfriends try to be practical and suggest .38 revolvers, but after shooting them awhile MANY women tend to want, and indeed get, autos.

    Genitron.com: Details for Kahr Arms PM9 9mm Luger Pistol

    BTW (for new shooters/owners)... ANY new autos, especially the small ones, REALLY need a good break-in... lots of slide-racking and at least 200 rds. to begin getting smooth and reliable.

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    The Kahr PM 9 is a very good suggestion, so is the Kahr CW9 a biy bigger more like the bigger guns a little less $$ and a heck of a good shooter. Any Kahr would be a good choice.

    Personally I also Like the CZ Rami but I am not sure you wife would. I suggest it as an option and as a fine gun to own.

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    Wink Good luck!

    So she prefers the full size pistols, but wants to carry a smaller gun.

    I fully appreciate what you are up against in trying to find a gun that pleases her. My wife often makes the same kind of mutually exclusive demands. Most often it is because she really does not understand what she wants. Maybe she will be happiest with a small gun that is on the heavy side? She might be a good candidate for the 2SUM. The best course of action is to just keep buying guns you like, and let her try them. If she does not like it, put it in your collection, and go buy another gun. Eventually she will like one of them, but meanwhile you get to buy all the guns you want.

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    Stoeger Cougar

    Stoeger Industries is a subsidiary of Beretta. The Stoeger Cougars are made in Turkey using the same machinery that Beretta used to make the original Cougars. It is every bit the quality of the Beretta. The Stoeger 8000 in 9mm is identical to the Beretta Cougar L Type P (Cougar L slide, lighter barrel and beveled slide, but with a full-length magazine).

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    For a small auto pistol, the CZ Rami is a good choice and top quality small 9mm. I had a CZ P01 which is a little larger, but it was an outstanding shooting auto.
    I almost picked up a Rami last year, but chose a S&W 642 for a summer carry pistol.
    Good luck.

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    You might consider a S&W 9VE for her. I have one and love the feel of it the grips. It has never failed. With the current rebate being offered you can end up with around $250 in a lightweight polymer framed 9mm (16+1) with 2 mags and a life time guarantee.

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    Couch Potato is a genius !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch Potato View Post
    So she prefers the full size pistols, but wants to carry a smaller gun.

    I fully appreciate what you are up against in trying to find a gun that pleases her. My wife often makes the same kind of mutually exclusive demands. Most often it is because she really does not understand what she wants. Maybe she will be happiest with a small gun that is on the heavy side? She might be a good candidate for the 2SUM. The best course of action is to just keep buying guns you like, and let her try them. If she does not like it, put it in your collection, and go buy another gun. Eventually she will like one of them, but meanwhile you get to buy all the guns you want.
    I think you are on to my secret. Thank you for your help.

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    Sorry I haven't replied sooner. Thank you very much for the useful information. She actually decided to go with a Kahr PM 9. But as soon as we spent two boxes of ammo she turned to me and said,'I really liked the Sig.' Oh well, I guess one more won't hurt!

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    Smart women...............

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    My "cajun bride" for the past 30 years, has carried a 4" barreled colt python, with a set of hogue rubber grips. The barrel was "magnaported" many years ago & she keeps it stoked with 125 gr. Hp ammo. She prefers the hornady factory ammo. She likes the balance, the weight, & the incredibly smooth 7 pound da pull. She refers to it as her "big colt snake" cause it will bite ya !!!!! Btw: She shoots it very well.

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    Ruger SP101 3" with premium "low recoil" SD rounds (she can allways step up to +P or even .357 later on, or if you want to use it). Not too big. A pussycat to shoot because of the weight. Simple manual of arms. Totally reliable. Ok, now go get the Kahr, revolvers just ain't sexxy no more.
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    Not trying to be an A## about this but this should be totally up to her. She should be hitting the internet up and get a big list of what she likes. Then go the a shop and "hold it" and if youíre lucky maybe you can shot it before you get, helps to know people on that one though. Well thatís my 2cents anyway either way post up what she ends up liking and donít skimp out on some pics

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    My wife finally is wanting to get chp. Went to the local gun store the other day as I finally got a day off. As I was looking she saw the Walther P22. My friend had one and I really liked it. She said that was what she was wanting if she got her concealed carry. I'm wanting her to go with something a tad bigger but I guess a .22 is better than nothing at all.

    I'm glad someone mentioned the slide part. I wouldn't have even bothered to think about it. Guess when we go back I will get her to try it out.

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    The Walther PK380 is virtually the same gun as the P22 but only VERY SLIGHTLY larger and only 2 oz. heavier. Maybe she'd go for that? (Hope she gets that .380 is WAY better than .22!)

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    Yeah I thought about conviencing her to get a .380. The .40 isn't that much bigger and she has shot my m&p .40. I'm going to check and see if they make a 9mm. Only problem with the .380 is no around here carries them. Only one I have found is like alittle over an hour drive away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaBorn View Post
    Sorry I haven't replied sooner. Thank you very much for the useful information. She actually decided to go with a Kahr PM 9. But as soon as we spent two boxes of ammo she turned to me and said,'I really liked the Sig.' Oh well, I guess one more won't hurt!
    You are in an enviable position.

    I hope she hates the Sig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brevard13 View Post
    Yeah I thought about conviencing her to get a .380. The .40 isn't that much bigger and she has shot my m&p .40. I'm going to check and see if they make a 9mm. Only problem with the .380 is no around here carries them. Only one I have found is like alittle over an hour drive away.
    A lot of people are lovin' the Walther PPS 9mm... also, Kahr CW9 is comparable size but cheaper.

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    I am going to see about finding a 9mm walther and letting her see how she likes it. Personally I am going to try to talk her into a 9mm M&P compact.

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