Pistol for Wife

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  1. ackvil

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    My wife has finally shown an interest in shooting. She has had a basic shooting lesson and I have taken her to the range a few times. I have various Glocks (17, 19, 23, and 21SF) but she has not been able to rack the slide on any of these. I have shown her the various methods you will find on youtube showing the "push" method, etc. but she can't get the slide to budge. She is very petite and has a poor grip.

    Do any of you guys have any suggestions for a semi that she can handle?
     
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    Smith and Wesson M&P 380 EZ. It was designed with a easy to rack slide for people with weaker grips
     

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    My wife finally bought a pistol after trying the Sig P238 .380. She is very petite and it was the only pistol she felt confident in her ability to rack the slide. She is quite proficient with it. Always carries it IWB in an Alessi holster with Talon clip.
     
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    Put an 11 lb recoil spring in one and let her try.,
     
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    Do both of you a service, and get her some private lessons; it will be money well spent.
     
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    Smith and Wesson Shield EZ
     
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    My wife with arthritic hands has been able to operate the Beretta storm fairly easily.
    Glocks? Not at all.
     
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    Agree with this. For most target ammo in 9mm, it'll be sufficient and one of the cheapest fixes.

    NDZ has them cheap.

    Also, other things to help her rack are skateboard tape on the slide and $20 assist devices:
    https://www.amazon.com/Recover-Tactical-Glock-Slide-Assist/dp/B07GCRXHJV
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    If you are picking a new pistol, the EZ is a good choice or anything with a hammer that you can thumb back before racking.
     
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  9. Quade

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    S&W EZ comes in 9mm now as well, still easy to rack and easy to load the mags.
    Nice gun, actually!!
     
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    I have a suggestion: let her pick out her own handgun.
     
  11. TheDreadnought

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    Definitely get her the 380 EZ.
     
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  12. Sig Fever

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    My wife also has a P238 "Desert Micro" which she really loves, great little quality pistol but it runs "Cocked and Locked". I recently got her a Shield 380EZ which she was able to rack also.

    https://www.sigsauer.com/store/p238-desert-micro-compact.html
     
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    I see lots of responses that suggest the 380EZ. I bought my mom one when she had trouble clambering her Bersa. She loves it. It is easy to shoot.

    Going to try the 9mmEZ when I find a good deal.
     
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  14. CanyonMan

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    No reason she cannot handle a Glock 43X. My little grand daughter shoots her G19 I bought her. Should be a breeze for her... Please do not get her a mouse gun, at least stay with 9mm. ;)



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    Glock 42 worked well for my tiny wife. She couldn’t rack or handle the recoil in the p365 I bought for her so I kept it and bought her the 42 for her birthday. She’s only 4’11 and bout 115 lbs. she’s gotten pretty good with it. Racks it easily.
     
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    If your wife is apprehensive about the power of self-defense handguns as a newbie I suggest you find a good .22lr semi-auto pistol and after tutoring her a bit see if she can empty a full magazine in a few seconds with reasonably accuracy.
     
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    Bingo! This is what I purchased for my wife after she rented one at the range. She loved it as soon as she held and shot it. Excellent pistol.
     
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    Gravity and velocity.

    Assuming right handed, point gun at floor, from just below waist. Left handed slingshot hold of slide (not the guy across the chest over the top hold). Rapidly push the grip down with a quick right shoulder dip, while the left shoulder rises slightly up in resistance.

    Technique over strength.

    Old S&W K frame revolvers are nice, too :)
     
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    The best suggestion so far. Let her try as many different pistols that she can and let her find one that not only fits here hands and can shoot well but is easy for her to rack.

    Yes the S&W EZ in 380 and 9mm are good suggestions but she might not like them. The Sig P238 is another one that is pretty easy to rack.

    Bottom line is to let her choose what she likes and fits her.