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post #1 of 70 Old 12-21-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Women and Handguns

I have been hand gun shopping and each place has a different selection but no one really has several I want to hold and compare. I want something user friendly, easy to conceal if needed, meduim price range and comfortable. What do you women use.
I am single, do not carry a purse, afraid I won't remember which vehicle I left it in. My sister has a sig sauer 380 (which I haven't found locally yet)
The salesman is suggesting a bersa 380
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I'm a guy, but I'll give my thoughts:

If you can go to a shooting range, they sometimes have guns for rent. Shooting a handgun well depends a LOT on how well it fits your hand, and you can't know that without trying one out.

The best known Sig Sauer 380 is their single action 238. It is a good gun, but it is best carried 'cocked and locked', which is unnatural to a new shooter. I honestly wouldn't trust myself to carry one, and I've had guns for 35 years.

The Bersa 380 have an excellent reputation among the shooters I've met. It is a bit big for easy concealed carry, IMHO. The only way I've found to be comfortable with concealed carry is in my pocket, and my jeans don't have enough spare room in the pocket for the Bersa.

The Ruger LCP is a smaller, double action 380 that also has a very good reputation. It would be easy to conceal. Ruger builds good guns and back them up if anything goes wrong.

I carry a Smith & Wesson J-frame. Lots of guns stores recommend them to women, but I wouldn't recommend them to any first time shooter. They kick hard and cost $500 on up.

If you are new to shooting, you might consider a small 22. That is pretty small for self defense, but the only gun I've ever pulled for self defense was a 22 I had on me that day. Didn't need to shoot, either - the guys who had started surrounding me decided they didn't want to any more...

The advantages to a 22 are that a very small gun can be more than strong enough, and the ammo is cheap - about $3 for 50 rounds instead of $15-20 for 50 rounds. If you are new to guns, shooting a few thousands rounds is critical to knowing what you are doing. A small 22 revolver is easy to learn, and easy to shoot well. A Ruger LCR22 runs around $350-400, holds 8 shots, would be easy to conceal and lightweight (15 oz, and every oz counts when you carry).

My choice, which I would not recommend for most people (although I use long shirttails to conceal it):



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I'm a guy, but I'll give my thoughts:

If you can go to a shooting range, they sometimes have guns for rent. Shooting a handgun well depends a LOT on how well it fits your hand, and you can't know that without trying one out.

The best known Sig Sauer 380 is their single action 238. It is a good gun, but it is best carried 'cocked and locked', which is unnatural to a new shooter. I honestly wouldn't trust myself to carry one, and I've had guns for 35 years.

The Bersa 380 have an excellent reputation among the shooters I've met. It is a bit big for easy concealed carry, IMHO. The only way I've found to be comfortable with concealed carry is in my pocket, and my jeans don't have enough spare room in the pocket for the Bersa.

The Ruger LCP is a smaller, double action 380 that also has a very good reputation. It would be easy to conceal. Ruger builds good guns and back them up if anything goes wrong.

I carry a Smith & Wesson J-frame. Lots of guns stores recommend them to women, but I wouldn't recommend them to any first time shooter. They kick hard and cost $500 on up.

If you are new to shooting, you might consider a small 22. That is pretty small for self defense, but the only gun I've ever pulled for self defense was a 22 I had on me that day. Didn't need to shoot, either - the guys who had started surrounding me decided they didn't want to any more...

The advantages to a 22 are that a very small gun can be more than strong enough, and the ammo is cheap - about $3 for 50 rounds instead of $15-20 for 50 rounds. If you are new to guns, shooting a few thousands rounds is critical to knowing what you are doing. A small 22 revolver is easy to learn, and easy to shoot well. A Ruger LCR22 runs around $350-400, holds 8 shots, would be easy to conceal and lightweight (15 oz, and every oz counts when you carry).

My choice, which I would not recommend for most people (although I use long shirttails to conceal it):



We really do not have shooting ranges here indoors and the outdoor ones I think you need to take your own gun. If a store has used ones they will sometimes go and let you shoot them but they don't have much used to do that.
I am familiar with shooting but it has been many years ago.
I was doing some research on Rugers also. It gets confusing with so many to choose from and may or may not be in stock to compare. We have a gun show in a few weeks I may wait to see them then.
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Good advice on going to the range to try one out and also training and instruction by a licensed professional and lots of practice, make sure you know all your local laws on carrying too before you purchase also.

Very good article BEST GUN FOR A WOMAN

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I know nothing about guns, and so can't add anything helpful at all.

But I do have to say GROIN SHOT!!!
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I have a Colt Diamondback .38 that's a nice little gun, it's not a snub nosed gun though.
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Envy envy envy envy.... <sigh> I'm stuck in the North. Handguns not allowed except on a range... Yuk.
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I carry a 38 special revolver :) I tried all the lite obj ones that I just thought was cute ;) I love pink but after shooting this one I fell in love with it.. One thing I will say make sure it fits in ur hand rite :) my husband carrys a smith n Weston 40... I like his but couldn't hit anything when we went shooting lol.
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It gets mind boggling. I read the best gun for women article and I will read it again but I over whelmed again with all the choices.
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It gets mind boggling. I read the best gun for women article and I will read it again but I over whelmed again with all the choices.
Not sure of the price, but I was intrigued by the HR 32 magnum, small and light, 6 shot and more knockdown power than the .38 Specials

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