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      ...Yeah, right. And a subcompact pistol is just a great choice, for a shooter having control difficulties.
      Well, maybe on Mars.

      Sorry, but "Get a little gun for the little lady!" is a failed concept.

      With apologies, denner: We usually agree, but not this time.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
      ...Yeah, right. And a subcompact pistol is just a great choice, for a shooter having control difficulties.
      Well, maybe on Mars.

      Sorry, but "Get a little gun for the little lady!" is a failed concept.

      With apologies, denner: We usually agree, but not this time.
      Yes you are right Steve, and I agree a fullsize pistol would be a much better option for control difficulties. However, the Beretta PX4 subcompact is a very different animal indeed in the "recoil department" as compared to what one would consider a "subcompact" as it weighs in at 26.1 ounces as compared to lets say a Glock 17 which weighs 22.4 ounces. In my opinion it has less felt recoil than most if not all 9mm's I've shot including fullsize 92's and Sig 226's. Actually, it's a short gun (3 inch barrel), carries 13+1, but not all that little.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaH3Du8_i-8&feature=plcp
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      Well, denner, to my eyes, the elderly* gentleman presenting the Beretta PX4 was having a few recoil difficulties himself, not to mention a tendency to "cowboy" the pistol a little. Note the gun's tendency to twist in his hands, something almost all small pistols do.
      But I must say that I am intrigued by the "adjustable" magazine toe that makes taking a full grip easier, and the grip shape that is obviously designed to reduce felt recoil. And, yes, 13 rounds would add a lot of useful, absorbent weight.
      OK—I concede the point. The PX4 would be worth a try, as both a learning vehicle and a carry piece. It might even work out.
      *Jeeze—he looks older than I am! But I surely do like his backyard playground.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
      Well, denner, to my eyes, the elderly* gentleman presenting the Beretta PX4 was having a few recoil difficulties himself, not to mention a tendency to "cowboy" the pistol a little. Note the gun's tendency to twist in his hands, something almost all small pistols do.
      But I must say that I am intrigued by the "adjustable" magazine toe that makes taking a full grip easier, and the grip shape that is obviously designed to reduce felt recoil. And, yes, 13 rounds would add a lot of useful, absorbent weight.
      OK—I concede the point. The PX4 would be worth a try, as both a learning vehicle and a carry piece. It might even work out.
      *Jeeze—he looks older than I am! But I surely do like his backyard playground.
      Steve, pehaps not a learning vehicle as such if the person has no previous experience in pistol shooting.
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      I'm kind of surprised that no one has mentioned the Ruger P95. I recently picked one of these up and it is by far the smoothest 9mm I have ever fired. My wife shoots a .22 semi and after firing this gun she has informed me it now belongs to her! This gun has very light recoil, smooth action, and of course will eat any ammo you throw at it.

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      SR9c.....and with the mag extension, feels ALMOST full size.........

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      I just got my wife, all 5'4 110 pounds of her, a Sig P229 SAS in 9mm. She likes mine in .40 but said it was a little heavy on recoil, but she likes a 92FS. I felt the larger frame had more to do with the lighter felt recoil than the caliber, but I'm game. Worst case, I get a new 9mm...

      I don't know how you feel about the 92 FS, but my wife loves that gun and has carried it for years. She's carrying it right now, at least until Christmas. I personally don't like the safety but there's a lot of folks who do.

      I have my doubts about the 9mm being much easier than the .40 so we'll see. The e2 (reduced reach) grips were a big sell as it fit her hand better. Tiny woman, tiny hands. If you think like me the Sig might be a good choice.

      Hope that helps...

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      Have her try a 9mm and the .380, that should be suffice.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SigShooter599 View Post

      I don't know how you feel about the 92 FS, but my wife loves that gun and has carried it for years. She's carrying it right now, at least until Christmas. I personally don't like the safety but there's a lot of folks who do.
      You have a very well armed wife in my opinion. There are much smaller and lighter pistols for carry but if things go wrong she's in very good company.
      Last edited by denner; 12-08-2012 at 01:10 AM.

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      Ditto.....who uses the safety anyway?
      Quote Originally Posted by denner View Post
      You have a very well armed wife in my opinion. There are much smaller and lighter pistols for carry but if things go wrong she's in very good company.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jaucp777 View Post
      Have her try a 9mm and the .380, that should be suffice.
      I haven't followed this since the beginning,but watch the 380s if this wasn't brought up earlier.380s tend to have more snap and hit than a 9,partly because the guns are generally small and the majority of them work off the blowback principle.If you want to look at 380s,look at the Sig 239 (I believe),Colt's new or old Mustang,and the like that operate off of the Browning locked breech design.That tames them down quite a bit.

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      She does ok...: )

      I just asked her and she says the fit is more important to her than anything else, and that if the gun doesn't fit recoil is a lot more of an issue. Hope that insight helps, LiquidFx.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SigShooter599 View Post
      She does ok...: )

      I just asked her and she says the fit is more important to her than anything else, and that if the gun doesn't fit recoil is a lot more of an issue. Hope that insight helps, LiquidFx.
      my two cents says the lady has it absolutely correct.

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