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    Question 9mm Question

    My wife is toying with the idea of finally getting her pistol permit and eventually her own pistol.

    Does anyone have suggestions for .22? I'm thinking a 9mm might be too much for her to handle. I'm sure she'd be able to shoot one, but I think she would have much more fun with a .22.

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    *EDIT* Subject should have been ".22 Question". Sorry for the confusion

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    You can't beat them old Rugers for a .22 caliber. They don't break your pocket book and they will take a lot of abuse and keep on working. I have had a Mark I or standard for 30yrs almost that still does a fine job. Good luck.

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    Thumbs up 38spl.

    I would get a 38spl. before a 9mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    You can't beat them old Rugers for a .22 caliber. They don't break your pocket book and they will take a lot of abuse and keep on working. I have had a Mark I or standard for 30yrs almost that still does a fine job. Good luck.
    I feel the need to second that one. Of all the .22s I have sold in a gun shop to date, those little Rugers always seem to be first in line with happy customers.

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    Thanks, I'll check those out.

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    She can handle it....

    Quote Originally Posted by DjSaneR View Post
    My wife is toying with the idea of finally getting her pistol permit and eventually her own pistol.

    Does anyone have suggestions for .22? I'm thinking a 9mm might be too much for her to handle. I'm sure she'd be able to shoot one, but I think she would have much more fun with a .22.

    Thanks

    *EDIT* Subject should have been ".22 Question". Sorry for the confusion
    Does your wife intend to use it as a ccw or just a plinker? You can't beat a 22 for fun at the range but for self defense she should get at least a 9mm. A 22 is just too small, but, much better than nothing.
    Believe me she can handle a 9mm and much bigger. When my wife started shooting she would only shoot 22's. Then she bought a Walther PPK/S to qualify for her CHL. She has now added has a Baby Desert Eagle 9mm, a S & W 642, 38 snubbie (now that's a wrist snapper!) and she just bought a Springfield Micro Compact 1911 45 caliber. She handles all of them just fine.
    She also handles my S & W M & P, 40 caliber and my S & W 686, 357 Magnum revolver easily.
    Once they get past the fear of the loud noise and a little recoil women have no problems handling a larger caliber. Women are NOT the weaker sex they just use that when they want too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TxPhantom View Post
    Does your wife intend to use it as a ccw or just a plinker?
    She's just using it as a plinker.

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    the best thing to do is to let her try out a couple different guns in different calibers. as a female, i personally don't get much out of shooting a .22 and prefer shooting a larger caliber.

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    It's been said many times before; take her to a gunshop or gun show and let her handle the handguns. She'll pick the one that fits -her- hand the best, and that's the one she'll -want- to shoot.

    Personally, I have found that most people who are being introduced to shooting handguns, and have several calibers to try, almost always end up with a .38 Special revolver at first. Not too many moving parts, so they aren't initmidated by the machinery; enough recoil and muzzle blast so they receive good feedback; not too much recoil and muzzle blast, so they are not initimidated.

    That being said, if you decide to get a .22, you won't find a less expensive gun to shoot. Taurus makes 9-shot .22 and 8-shot .22 Magnum revolvers in various barrel lengths. You can probably find a used one in good condition for a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjSaneR View Post
    She's just using it as a plinker.
    then i'd go with the .22 its much cheaper and cheaper to shoot.

    then she can upgrade to a .38 or a 9milly.

    ole

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    I don't get the mindset that women can't handle light-recoiling calibers like the 9mm Luger and .45ACP.

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    My wife doesn't have a carry permit, but does like to shoot my guns on occasion when we're at the farm. My .40 and .45 were definitely too much for her, but then I got an XD-9SC, which she really liked. The only drawback for her was that she couldn't get the slide back every time when she needed too. It's just too stiff for her.

    We were at the gun range one day and I decided to rent a small .38 (one of those little "Air Weight" or wtf they're called) because she thought they looked "cute." She fired two .38 rounds off and gave it back to me; she was done.

    Back this Summer I picked up an HK USPc in 9mm and she fell in love with it. She still doesn't shoot too often with me, but she can work that HK really well.

    Haha, sorry, this got a little longer than I had intended...all I really wanted to do was throw my vote for a USPc (if you've got the cash) since my Missus seems to like it over anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolver View Post
    I don't get the mindset that women can't handle light-recoiling calibers like the 9mm Luger and .45ACP.
    Like I said, I'm sure she can shoot a 9mm but I know she'll have more fun with the .22 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingAirDriver View Post
    The only drawback for her was that she couldn't get the slide back every time when she needed too. It's just too stiff for her.
    Good point.. Overlooked that.

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    I agree with most.. if it is just plinking.. target shooting for fun.. go with a 22... my wife shoots her Bersa 380 (her CCW) with some authority (she did have some problems racking the slide at first but now with 300 or so rounds shot through it, she does better) and has no problems with our XD9 sub compact but she doesn't care to much for the Glock in 40S&W because of the snap... but we are going to get a .22lr pistol (or two) for the fun of shooting and cheaper ammo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyBill View Post
    cheaper ammo...
    That's another thing.. Ammo prices for the .22 are lovely. Our friend who lives 3 miles from us has his own range, therefore we will be shooting pretty frequently. The cheap ammo is definitely a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepgirl View Post
    the best thing to do is to let her try out a couple different guns in different calibers. as a female, i personally don't get much out of shooting a .22 and prefer shooting a larger caliber.
    If only we had many more ladies like you over the years, we might be winning the antigun battle

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    Quote Originally Posted by drifter44 View Post
    If only we had many more ladies like you over the years, we might be winning the antigun battle
    Well, at least JeepGirl isn't the only one of us here who feels that way. I'm another girl with the same opinion. I never paid much attention to .22s, only shot my first one last summer. I actually shot a 500mag before I shot a .22. I think if more women tried it they'd like it. But watching them in a gun shop I think some women think they have to be anti-gun. Like why do women feel the need to explain themselves when shopping for a gun? The sales person doesn't think they're crazy for wanting a gun!

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    Will the .22 be the one and only gun she owns?

    In NC, you can get up to 3 gun permits at a time. I failed to notice where you are from, but please keep in mind that if you can get 3 permits at once, do it.

    Buy a .22 and practice. Later on, buy a 9mm or whatever. You can buy two ore more .22 for the cost of a single .45ACP handgun. Start small, and get good at aiming. Then move on to something more fun.

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