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Texas woman chiming in!

Discussion in 'Introduction Forum' started by Keri_TX, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    LOL!! Yes, that's exactly why I haven't posted a question like that. I have a feeling I'd really be asking for it.

    Seriously, I got the impression that most do carry it chambered. I'm not going to be doing that right away, but maybe I'll get to that point.
  2. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    I'm going to do both body and purse carry depending on the situation (I have a Ruger LC9 also, which is about the biggest gun I could conceal on my person). I carry a cross-shoulder bag, an old trick I learned from riding the NYC subway back in the day, and only the most committed thief could yank it off me, but even so there are disadvantages in not being able to draw as quickly from a purse as from the hip (or in my case, the small of the back). I just have such a love of bigger guns that I really, REALLY want to carry my Glock and there's no way I can hide that thing on me, unfortunately. Except maybe in the winter with a big baggy sweater, which I can do. :supergrin:

  3. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    Yes, I would love that! At least a one-day, total technique and practicality kind of thing. My husband gets offended because he thinks he should be able to teach me everything. Men. :cool:
  4. xidica


    May 1, 2010
    Ah, didn't realize you were doing cross shoulder, which is much better. You should be good to go!
  5. There's another favorite debate on GT. 95% of GT against small of back, 5% in favor. The same amount of name calling :)
  6. I can't recall such an interesting introductory post. You've got all the good issues in one thread :)

    With regard to the husband teaching thing, my wife is absolutely against it. I'm a little more open minded on that issue and think it is ok if he is a Navy Seal or Olympic shooter and you can't find anyone else of his skill level :rofl:

    Otherwise you can find more qualified guys/gals to teach you, without the emotional baggage getting in the way.

    My wife is NRA certified to teach, basic pistol, self-defense inside the home, and self-defense outside the home. We are in NY, but there's got to be some equally or more qualified instructors near you in TX.

    Here, try this website for a search

    You can also learn a lot on GT. Ya just gotta sort between truth and fiction here. I'm still working on that, myself :)
  7. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    I'll look for it! It's not that I prefer to carry in the back, but it's the only place on my body I can conceal unless I do the ankle thing. I've tried every spot on my hips with no luck. Even the little LC9 makes an obvious, blocky little lump.
  8. My belief is that the best thing is whatever works for you. Weigh the pluses and minuses and make your own decisions :)

    Those issues would all make interesting discussions, and you'll get plenty of feedback :)
  9. 257 roberts

    257 roberts

    Mar 18, 2012
  10. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    How neat that your wife teaches! That is terrific. You're right about the training and it's something I want to do. Although I know the basics and handle my guns fairly well for an amateur who's only had spot training here and there from nice people at the range, that's about 5% compared to where I want to be in feeling like I REALLY know my stuff. There is just no substitute for a professional, for me. I really liked the guy who taught my CHL class and thought about asking him, but I'm going to check out this link. Thanks so much!
  11. frizz


    Jul 6, 2012
    Welcome... I'm brand new myself!

    You may be interested in the Women's Issues, if you haven't already seen it. I posed a question there for advice for my wife, and I like the other information I have read there.

    My wife went one size smaller with the "Baby Glock" subcompact 9mm G26. She added an aftermarket magazine floorplate to each magazine so that there is a place for her little finger for $10 each mag.

    She also got a Crimson Trace laser sight grip. It is user installable and runs $180 shipped.

    For rifles/shotguns, Ruger's Mini-14 Ranch Rifle is worth looking at. It has been around for a long time and they were improved a few years ago. The improvements, such as a heavier barrel, fixed a lot of shortcomings. A new one should be $700-750. It uses the same ammo as the M16 and AR-15, and it is widely available

    If you are not going to hunt and are looking for just a basic defensive shotgun, a cylinder barrel type is what you need. Then the question of gauge comes up. A 12 gauge has a substantial recoil, but a 20 gauge is milder while still being an effective weapon.

    After that, you have to decide if you want a pump action or an automatic. I think a pump is fine, but that is a personal preference. But back on the 12 gauge, it is important to shoot one before you buy one so that you an be sure you are comfortable managing the recoil.

    As for manufacturers, I'm not very knowledgeable, but Remington and Mossburg have decent reputations for their pump shotguns in the $300-$500 range.

    One other thing on shotguns, DON'T GET A PISTOL-GRIP SHOTGUN! Without a shoulder stock, your hand is going to hurt hurt hurt.

    Have fun and shoot straight!
  12. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    Hello there Keri. Deanna here! Welcome to Glock Talk!

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2012
  13. Hi, Keri, I am in north Texas (DFW-Frisco area) and am glad to meet you guys (such as it is). Glad to see a couple enjoying the sport together.
  14. bsg1


    Aug 31, 2009
    Southern California
    welcome to the forum.
  15. Keri_TX


    Jul 11, 2012
    I did see the Women's Issues and commented in there a few days ago when someone posted about introducing his daughter to handguns. I will enjoy that forum a lot because women (many, anyway) will have different kinds of questions and issues, probably similar to mine about carry purses, the challenges of carrying on the person with our different clothes and body frames, shooting big guns with small hands, etc!

    It's funny you mention the mini M14 because that's on the hub's wish list, for sure! And the shotgun....yeah, that was actually the very FIRST firearm purchase we made (12-gauge Mossberg) over a year ago and I'm still too chicken to shoot it. I can barely fit it correctly between my shoulder and hands; my arms are really short. I know I could do it if I practiced, I don't know if I'm interested enough to invest the time (and inevitable soreness and/or dislocated shoulder) in it. :embarassed:

    I'd love to try the G26! We have the Ruger LC9 and it's a nice little sub-c, but the trigger pull is horrendous (very long). I've heard the G26, while a little bigger for a sub-c, is a lot smoother.

    Thank you all for the welcomes!
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  16. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
  17. jdl2


    Feb 21, 2011
    Jim L. (NY)
  18. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I confess that I have not read all the posts, however, I offer this link for additional input.

    [ame=""]Concealed Carry Holsters & Outfits for Women - YouTube[/ame]
  19. frizz


    Jul 6, 2012
    Janice, thank you for posting the link to this informative video. There is a lot of good info, and even though it concentrated on women's carry options, it is still informative for a man.

    For other readers, there are several other vids that cover many holsters as well as other firearm issues. She is thorough, emphasizes safety by always checking the chamber, and she presents her observations well.
  20. XPLSV


    Jan 14, 2007
    My wife is a small, petite gal and faces similar issues. The carry purse allows her the confidence she is not exposing her weapon...although she has some of the same concern I do with not having it on her body. Winter months in Colorado offer more dress options to conceal her weapon on her hip or possibly the shoulder holster...but summer clothing is certainly another matter. In Northern Texas, you are pretty much facing warm temps year round...