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Recommendations for a Carry Gun

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by JT74, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. JT74

    JT74

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    As much as it pains me to say this (damage to my male ego and all;) ) I need some help and I would like it from a woman's perspective.

    I am looking for a new carry gun for my wife. She currently carrys a Colt .380 Govt model. We would both like for her to have something in 9mm or larger. Size and weight are important to her. She has carried my Glock 27 in the past but felt it was a little bulky and she would prefer (if possible) something lighter. The only restrictions, besides 9mm or larger, would be no safetys to operate before firing the gun. It needs to be a simple pull and shoot model. I was thinking about one of the Kahr 9mm's for her but thought I would get some recommendations before making any decisions.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    :)
     
  2. Screaming .357G

    Screaming .357G 598ci big block

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    My GF's CCW is a G33 with a extend slide release,meprolight night sights and she loves it.

    But you may also want to look at a G26 and a Kahr 9.
    The Kahr 9 is a great little gun that is pretty slim and works every time.
     

  3. Amelia

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    If she likes your Glock 27, why not a glock 26 (9mm double stack) which is slightly smaller, or perhaps a Glock 36 (.45 ACP single stack) which is slightly thinner?

    :)
     
  4. SlimKim

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    In 9mm I strongly recommend the KelTec P11. It takes 9mm+P, 10+1 rounds, no manual safeties, is tiny (it's my summer "find-a-new-boyfriend" dress, carry gun) and, is quite economical.

    As far as the Kahr is concerned, I own one (the K9) and, despite the rave reviews, find the trigger to be rather mushy. That, combined with the fact that it only holds 7+1 rounds, makes it a second choice to my cheap little KelTec which I have fired 1000s of rounds through it with NO failures (no B.S.). Sure, the trigger is crude & rude but, for less than $300 you get an absolutely reliable 10+1 9mm DAO that is much easier to carry and conceal than my winter carry gun, the G27.

    I have talked to, and trained, several women about guns. I never hesitate to recommend the KelTec. One can learn to compensate for the rough trigger just as one can learn to compensate for the mushy Kahr trigger. Most of my acquaintances don't have a lot of money to spare but still care about their own defense. I am convinced that the KelTec allows one to be prepared despite a limited budget. I have no doubt that there are other, better guns available for what you're wife wants but, for the money, I stand by KelTec's P11.
     
  5. Gary F

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    i uuhh think the glock 26 is exactly the same size as the glock 27, but perhaps it might weigh a tiny bit less loaded. at shop/range i go to ... a previous instructor for the women's classes ... sold the Gl 26's like hotcakes. I have one (though i prefer to carry the Gl 30) ... and it's an awesome, reliable pistol.
    My buddy had a keltecP11 ... it shot fairly ok at times ... but he had to send it back at least twice for repairs, and i think it finally bit the dust thereafter. I wasn't impressed with the Kahr p9 this same friend had, but the steel version may be more reliable. A Gl 36 would certainly be a good choice. Perhaps even a Taurus if $$ are limited.

    where have ya been slimkim?? I'm waiting for VA to reciprocate with either PA, FLA or NH ... so i can visit my brother who will be in VA for the next few months; make it happen Kim!! ;f

    peace, gary
     
  6. SlimKim

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    Gary, Good to be back. Had a family matter come up which forced me out of town for a while. I'm slowly picking up the pieces and hope to be back to my old lovable self again soon.

    I'm surprised to hear about your friend's KelTec troubles. Mine is about 3 years old and has been fired more than any other gun with absolutely no problems. Not even when it fell out of a cheap holster and bounced across a parking lot ;J . Still prefer my G27 but have no problem carrying the P-11 during hot weather.

    I'm doing all I can to get VA to recognise out-of-state permits. I belong to all the right pro-Constitution groups and I routinely let my politicians know that I'm watching them. Alas, VA elected a Governor who is in no hurry to expand our gun "privileges". We just have to keep emanating those positive waves.
     
  7. ExxoticOne

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    Check out the slimline 36.
     
  8. QB

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    Criteria: Simple pull and shoot, no saftey to worry about:

    Have her try a:
    (1) CZ PCR in 9mm. Alloy frame, decocker, SA/DA, 14 rounds mags available, nice slim grip.
    (2) HK USP 9mm Compact (the decocker version only, variant 3 I think). No "legal" pre-ban mags if that is a concern.
    (3) SIG P225 9mm - if you want single stack and are not concerned with pre-ban mags, the SIG P225 is great. Decocker only, extremely accurate, nice slime grip.

    I've owned or own all of these guns and they were all 100% reliable. Of the three I really couldn't tell you which one is lighter or slimmer....sometimes a gun looks or feels heavier/wider but when measurements are taken they really aren't. Guess it comes down to personal preference, how the gun feels in your hand and how it carries.

    Never owned a KelTec or Kahr so I can't comment on them. I have been looking at a couple of Kahr models due to their size but haven't rented one to try it out yet.
     
  9. Shoeless

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    All great suggestions for your wife, however, remind her that "lighter" equals "major felt recoil" in most cases. A gun that is wonderful to carry for its light weight is a bugger to shoot, so that is one thing to keep in mind.

    Good luck! Let us know what she chooses.

    Shoeless
     
  10. pfa1

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    Had you rather trust your life to something someone else chooses or what you choose? What feels good to you may not to her. Take her to a shop and test drive some makes and models...both autos and revolvers. Then SHE needs to see what she shoots the best out of it.
     
  11. JT74

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    Make no mistake about it, this is her decision. If it were up to me, I would just have her carry a Glock 22 like me. But thankfully she isn't the same size as me and doesn't dress like me so she wouldn't be able to conceal it.

    As for shooting different models she has shot several guns and her favorite of all is a Colt Python 6" barrel. She shoots it extremely well, as she does with most guns, but of course this isn't much of a concealed carry piece. By asking for recommendations from people it provides the opportunity to hear about what has worked well for some and just as important, what hasn't worked well. It also gives the opportunity to hear about something I may not have heard before or simply may not have thought of.

    We greatly appreciate all of the suggestions. She has been carrying my Glock 27 for the past couple of weeks and has seemed to forgotten about how she thought it was too heavy and bulky. Seems like it was just one of those things where after she carried it for a little while she adapted to the weight and size of it and now no longer notices it. She has shot the 27 before and has no problems hitting with it, now we are going to try out a 26 and see if she likes that better.

    I'll let you know how it turns out and thanks again for the help.
     
  12. pistolero6869

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    Hi gals ..n men...I am pistolero's girlfriend. I always read but don't post-figure I might as well jump in...I have a Taurus Millenium in 9MM and a Glock 36...love the slimmer grip..(hey double stack?? Its the first shots that count to me..this aint the wild west ya know??!!) I love the thin grip on it and the recoil issue is non-existent with Glock 36. My beau made me some special loads to "get used to it" 200 gr/230 gr/nd hardball...had a great time at the range that day and finally found a 45 ACP I can handle !! I have a KelTec in 32 that is great in the purse BUT which would I rather defend my life with??...big bore for sure !! Gonna buy another Glock now !! My best bud got a new G26 last Saturday an she loves it !!

    P99Patti
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  13. juicy

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    Did everyone forget about the old wheelguns? How about an Airweight J frame? My personal fav.;)
     
  14. Vic303

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    What about a Ruger SP101 or a Taurus 605 both in .357? Or even better a 3" Ruger GP-100 .357?
     
  15. Sgt Tim USA

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    I agree with JUICY, an airweight revoler maybe the way to go. It all depends on her hand size and recoil control and willingness to train.;c
     
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    Does she have small hands?

    If she likes the Glock 26, but has to shift her grip to drop the mag, get an extended mag and slide release, as well as a Robar grip reduction.

    Worked for me...had those modifications done for my 19 as well.
     
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    I love my SIG 239. It is a little heavier than a Glock but it is slim and very reliable. A good J frame revolver is also an excellent choice.
     
  18. Amelia

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    JT74,

    How has your wife's gun situation evolved?

    Just curious what she ended up with.

    Amelia
     
  19. JT74

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    My sincerest apologies to everyone who provided a suggestion. I had been meaning to post the results for some time but as with so many things something else always seemed to pop up whenever I thought about it.

    My wife ended up going with the Model 27. After shooting mine a few times and carrying it for a while, she became used to it and decided that the size of it wasn't really big enough to be a problem for every day carry for her. This of course made me happy because it can use the same magazines and ammo that I already have.

    Now my biggest worry is about her outshooting me and causing me no end of embarassment to all of my shooting buddies. ;)

    Thanks again for all of the great suggestions.
     
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    Thanks for the update, JT74! If she out shoots you, you needn't be embarrassed. All your buddies will be jealous, for sure!

    :)