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Caliber selection for my favorite wife

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by curtis 41, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. curtis 41

    curtis 41

    Apr 22, 2010
    I shoot a 9 mm FS92 Inox, 45ACP Sig Sauer Equinox and 357 S&W 686 and a few others. Getting a Glock tomorrow at my wife's request. Down to either a G19 9 mm, G23 40 or G30 45ACP. She is concerned about the kick and wants papa to put a "nice red dot thingie" on it. :) I reload all my target ammo and some of my carry ammo. Can reload 9, 357/38SPL, 40, 45, 223 and 308, 375 H&H and others, so loading is no problem. Have not shot the short 3.8 inch barrel 45, nor the Glock 9. I am ordering me a G23 to complement my SIG for carry. My wife currently has two S&W short-barreled .38 pistols, one with the shrouded trigger and the other a regular trigger. She shoots okay, but feels 5 shots is not enough and wants a larger capacity magazine, Biden permitting. :) For those who have shot these a number of times, is there a preferred caliber you would suggest. My decision was a bit easier, big hole and lots of foot-pounds, 40, 45 andr 10. Suggestions welcomed. Plan to get the pistol tomorrow, or more likely, stand in line like everyone else and take my firstborn to pay for it.
  2. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    Get her the 9mm, Glock 19, it has the 4" barrel and the kick even with hot(er) hollow point rounds is nothing she couldn't handle. 15 +1 capacity is much more than a 6 shot revolver it that is another consideration.

    If it is for CCW, perhaps the lighter 9mm, G26 with a 3.5" barrel - still hold 10 + 1, not too shabby.

    In my opinion the .40 or .45 is just not the way to go.

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013

  3. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    Favorite wife? I thought one was more than enough! Ever think of renting? :supergrin:
  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
  5. curtis 41

    curtis 41

    Apr 22, 2010
    Renting not a current option, but very high maintenance. :) It is is any consolation, my dad said we deserved each other. Thanks for the advice, will go with the G19 in either gen 3 or gen 4, based on availability. No cases or bullets here in stock, but just found a close dealer who just got in 200 boxes of 9 mm, many .223 and so forth. Never thought 9 mm was the best round to reload because of the low prices, but at $20 a pop for 50 rounds, reloading becomes much more attractive. I personally load 9 mm, but with the Glock, maybe an original load and one reload, or else use another, better supported barrel for the lower part of the case. It was nice to have some 13-round magazines, a 33-shot 9 and 22-shot .40 and a few others lying around. If our legislators keep it up, we may only see them in museums. Oh well, all that is no problem. I was one of those who lost all their guns in that tragic boating accident off the Marianas Trench. Thanks for the suggestions.
  6. I have been thinking the same thing. my wife has a .38 with CT grips. I'm thinking 26.
  7. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH
    SCmasterblaster..."I'd use 9mm 115gr JHP +p or even +p+"
    Well... perhaps for you or me but for someones wife - I think a bit more toned down round so she can easily handle it shot after shot.

    curtis 41, with self defense loads you should give her something she can control without a recoil that sends the pistol flying over her shoulder. Keep the Velocity no more than 1,100 fps or below either in 115g but I personally prefer 124g bullet.
    Speer Gold Dots
    Hornady XTP
    Winchester PDX
    Something like that.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  8. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

    Feb 25, 2002
    The easiest shooting round for the G19 is gonna be a 147 grain JHP. Preferably the HST.
  9. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Sorry. I am so used to the recoil and blast, I think that is normal.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    She has to be able to shoot it, so IMO, G19 w/ std pressure JHP all the way. That will give her the lowest recoil impulse. Grip dia is the same on a G26 as G19, but teh G19 being slightly longer in slide & grip will be easier to shoot.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  11. intecooler


    Nov 15, 2012
    Simple. Let her pick the caliber, etc... Let her shoot all types that you can. Many places rent $10 a gun and that's what I did with my Wife. Her pick was an XD-9 9mm 17 rounder and we tried a ton of pistols plus my own.
  12. Scoob


    Sep 10, 2002
    I agree with the 19 or 26 depending on size requirements. I use the standard pressure 124 gr gold dot in my new G26. It's a good load and very manageable. Really you can't go wrong with a gold dot of HST in either 124 grain or 147.

    A small .40 or .45 will have some pop and probably not the best option for her.
  13. clarkz71


    Aug 24, 2012
    South Florida
    G19 for sure, most love the size and low recoil.
  14. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    That's right - the G19. Most all women can grip the gun with all four fingers.