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#6186276 - 03/13/18 10:02 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: acrews145]
oldtrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: acrews145
I agree with what others said about let her try different ones. See what her reasoning is for wanting a revolver. I carry a Glock 27. I have had other women shoot my gun and they hate it, but it does have a significant pop. Sometimes I carry a .45 1911, but it's not well concealed. I am about 5ft 3 and 170lbs. I have a women's iwb holster which conceals my 27 well and is comfortable. Please, please do not let her carry in her purse! No woman can effectively pull a weapon from their purse when it's needed and if target of robbers that's the first thing they grab. The ruger sr9c is a favorite for a lot of women and is comfortable for small hands. The main thing is she is comfortable with basic operations of the gun. I don't want to be having to (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) a hammer if someone is after me, thus my preference for glock.
how do you chamber a round in your 1911? Have you tried what I said in the above post? If so let us know what you think.

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#6186284 - 03/13/18 10:13 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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Interesting thread - there are plus's and minus's to both auto's and revolvers.

The OP didn't say IF this is for conceal carry, so I'll comment for just shooting comfort, plinking, etc. Depending on the auto brand and caliber, some women have trouble "racking the slide" of an auto. The 9mm is the most common, some women opt for a 380, which I look at as "better than nothing", but why not a 9mm ?

For just plinking, a 4-6" barrel revolver has a bit more weight to tame recoil. For a revolver for a woman, I'd vote along with many others above for a 38 special/357 mag. The extremely light 38 spl revolvers available are great to carry, but can be brutal to shoot, because they are so light and many people load their revolvers with +P factory loads.

For personal defense, the statistics show that the vast majority of incidents/actions occur within 7'. If one is in very close quarters and must push a gun barrel into the abdomen of an assailant to stop them, then a revolver is a better option. If you press an auto against the body, jacket, clothing, etc., of an assailant, an auto can easily jam after the first shot. A revolver will not fail ever.

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#6186320 - 03/13/18 10:50 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: coonlove]
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Originally Posted By: coonlove
I have to agree 100 % with Paul Heppner above. A lot of women cannot pull a slide back on an auto pistol. The strength between thumb and first finger is not there. I have taught a few women to shoot and some could operate an auto, but ALL did well with a revolver. Nothing simpler that a DA revolver-just point and squeeze. If it doesn't' fire just squeeze again. I would stay away from the .357 loads also. They are intimidating to most men in a J frame. Confidence in one's firearm is half the battle in self defense.


Took a ccw class a few weeks ago. 2/3 of the class was women(of those most were teachers), most brought semis, looked like Glock and some lcp's, maybe one of them could pull the slide let alone load a mag.

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#6186322 - 03/13/18 10:54 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: waggler]
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Originally Posted By: waggler
"I was thinking of a .41 or .44 Magnum".
I'm a little curious why would you think of those calibers for a woman's self defense weapon (or a man's for that matter)?


I would think not all, but for most women, either is a lot of gun. Also, if you are talking concealed carry they are too heavy for that. My wife has a 38Spl S&W Airweight. I know the 2 mags you mention would be too much for her. I have a 44 Magnum and it would be too much for her to shoot accurately. A 38 is a nice caliber for a woman.
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#6186329 - 03/13/18 10:57 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: TraderVic]
Trapper7 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TraderVic
Interesting thread - there are plus's and minus's to both auto's and revolvers.

The OP didn't say IF this is for conceal carry, so I'll comment for just shooting comfort, plinking, etc. Depending on the auto brand and caliber, some women have trouble "racking the slide" of an auto. The 9mm is the most common, some women opt for a 380, which I look at as "better than nothing", but why not a 9mm ?

For just plinking, a 4-6" barrel revolver has a bit more weight to tame recoil. For a revolver for a woman, I'd vote along with many others above for a 38 special/357 mag. The extremely light 38 spl revolvers available are great to carry, but can be brutal to shoot, because they are so light and many people load their revolvers with +P factory loads.

For personal defense, the statistics show that the vast majority of incidents/actions occur within 7'. If one is in very close quarters and must push a gun barrel into the abdomen of an assailant to stop them, then a revolver is a better option. If you press an auto against the body, jacket, clothing, etc., of an assailant, an auto can easily jam after the first shot. A revolver will not fail ever.


You make a good point about an auto jamming. Some of the AK guys who post on here have said that for self defense in AK, revolvers are the choice because of dependability.
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#6186347 - 03/13/18 11:26 AM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: oldtrapper]
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Never really thought of exactly how I do it, but it would be similar to this. I use my whole hand and kinda push pull.

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#6186379 - 03/13/18 12:07 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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Canvasback--we NEED to know her shooting experience. You shouldn't start her, or anyone, with a 44 or 41.
My wife loves to practice with 38, and keep 357's in cylinder when in house if needed. She doesn't like the 41, a lil too much, and she's been shooting 20 yrs-ish.
Accuracy and comfort wins over power, bigger is NOT better, often.
It needs to be something she won't mind practicing with to get proficient, if needed.
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#6186385 - 03/13/18 12:12 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: TraderVic]
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Originally Posted By: TraderVic
A revolver will not fail ever.


I was with you on most everything else but this

revolvers do fail everything fails it is just that they fail differently and depending on the gun or user possibly less.
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#6186406 - 03/13/18 12:37 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
charles Offline
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I have a 5 shot Smith and Wesson that is perfect for carry.

Get her something with a hammer.

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#6186410 - 03/13/18 12:40 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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if you teach your wife to shoot and she arms herself, don't let her catch you kissing her little sister
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#6186417 - 03/13/18 12:48 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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You need to be careful with the smaller revolvers some are very tough on your hand the smaller grips allow it to slide back in hand then hitting your trigger finger in the process.

Just let her shoot a few rounds at a time what is fun for us may not be fun for her after several rounds. With a pistol a natural fit is everything or your just making the same mistake over and over under pressure!
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#6186418 - 03/13/18 12:48 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Ken Smith Offline
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.38 Special. No light weight air frame gun, needs to be a short barrel with full steel or stainless frame
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#6186423 - 03/13/18 12:52 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: BBarnes]
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Originally Posted By: BBarnes
A 38 special is a nice little revolver.

B


Yea put that in her hand first gun she shoots. See how hard she smacks you.
First gun for lady
22 mag

or 380 if she can stand the noise. We as hunters don't pay any attention to the bang . But I let my wife shoot my 9mm and she wasn't happy with the bang.

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#6186424 - 03/13/18 12:53 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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Oh yea revolver point and pull idiot proof.

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#6186437 - 03/13/18 01:06 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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She needs to be exposed to a variety of firearms/calibers to see what fits her hand and if she can control the recoil. A .357 Mag can shoot .38 Special's and a wide variety of loads are available, from Low Velocity target to +P's. Semi's have a higher rate of fire and will hold more rounds.
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#6186450 - 03/13/18 01:19 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
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I have a S&W 38 Spl +P 642+2 hammers less with lazar. The 642 is a snub nose. It will kick back with heavy loads. FYI most pistol ammo velocity information is done with a 4 inch barrel. The 642 only have I think a 1-7/8 barrel. So the mussel velocity is much less so watch when buying ammo. I would also get a revolver that has the cylinder cut for moon clips. $150.00 to have the cylinder machined for moon clips. A revolver is a little harder to conceal. JMO
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#6186792 - 03/13/18 07:20 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
bhugo Offline
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My wife likes to shoot my 642 snub nose. Itís the steel version but itís easy to conceal. You can put +p in it if you want but not .357 mags. She likes my autos too but doesnít seem interested enough to remember how to operate them. When she gets her ccw, I bet she wants a 642.
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#6186797 - 03/13/18 07:27 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
Calvin Offline
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The worst thing to do is have he shoot something that scares her. I'd start every woman with a .22 personally.

I also carry a .22 a lot of the time. Ask any level 1 trauma doc how deadly the .22 round is. Unless you're rough neighborhood is filled with bears, a .22 is plenty.

Some of those little light revolvers sure pack a kick. I'd steer clear of those, personally.
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#6186840 - 03/13/18 08:10 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: Canvasback2]
sandhiller78 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/12
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Loc: central nebraska
This is a dilemma for my spouse as well. Itís difficult for her to rack the slide and problems with ftf with a weak hold. And a revolver with a long and heavy trigger pull makes accurate shots inconsistent. Iím interested in the new S&W M&P Shield 380 EZ, although that wonít cure the the limp wrist. Hopefully extra range time will cure that.

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#6186849 - 03/13/18 08:15 PM Re: What Caliber Revolver for a Woman ? [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE]
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Registered: 12/26/06
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Loc: Rodney,Ohio
Originally Posted By: GREENCOUNTYPETE
Originally Posted By: TraderVic
A revolver will not fail ever.


I was with you on most everything else but this

revolvers do fail everything fails it is just that they fail differently and depending on the gun or user possibly less.


Maybe they wont fail but you can sure make them so dirty that you cannot load em anymore.

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