Skip to comments.Three Steps to Equipping A Gun Aversive Significant Other with a Home Defense Handgun
Posted on 06/07/2011 4:58:44 AM PDT by marktwain
Lets get this out of the way: the idea that you, a man, should choose a firearm for a woman whos never had one is sexist and disrespectful. Women are fully capable of making their own decisions. They dont need you, a man, telling them what gun is best for their home defense. To even think such a thing reveals you as a Neanderthal. Contact your local community college and sign up for some sensitivity training at your earliest opportunity. Now, lets have a look at the three questions you need to consider before you choose the right gun for your woman . . .
1. Where will you put the home defense handgun?
Most men looking to arm their Significant Other (SO) start with the question Do you want a gun? They spend countless hours trying to convince their SO that a home defense firearm with her name on it is a necessity. This involves a lot of discussion about horrific violence and constant entreaties to go to the range.
That strategy depends on wearing her down. Like all long-term campaigns, the Annie get your gun battle is fraught with danger. Simply put, you can REALLY piss her off by harping on about her gun. Which leads to nasty high volume conversations about her lack of situational awareness. Then its maison bow-wow for you Boyo.
Hello? Of course she wants a gun. A gun. Not the gun. You know: the gun thats real, right there in her hand. That gun that makes all that noise and puts her in league with all those crazy gun guys. Unless, that is, someone is trying to rape her, kill her or f with her children. Oh then she wants a gun. Any gun. That gun is OK.
The best method here: an assumptive close. Simply assume youre going to buy her a gun. Honey, Im trying to decide the perfect home defense gun for you. I thought we discussed this. I dont want a gun. [Ignore.] Where should we keep it? Unless she says something like in the safe, pay no attention to any statement after that.
Ah, but should you keep her handgun in a safe? Ive said it here a dozen times (and counting): the proper place for a home defense handgun is on your person. Unless youre sleeping. In which case a quick access bedside safe is the way to go. (Review of 9G version next week.) But if shes awake, the gun belongs on her. Where she can get it, but kids and strangers cant.
Keep in mind the question about her guns eventual 10-40 is strictly rhetorical. Youre just getting her adjusted to the idea of gun ownership. The where of the matter is something you have to ponder on your lonesome, based on your knowledge of her psychology and your persuasive abilities.
The chances of you getting her to home carry right from the git-go are small. While it should be your goal, you may have to start with an easy-to-shoot larger gun locked in a safe and work your way towards carry. Yes, size matters . . .
2. What size home defense handgun should she own?
In general, really small handguns of a reasonably-effective self-defense caliber suck. The recoil puts new not-to-say-extremely-reluctant shooters right off the whole idea. In the hands of an average shooter, dinky guns are only good for close-quarters combat. Even then its entirely possible theyll miss their target at point blank range. And most small semi-automatic pistols are fiddly and prone to failure through limp-wristing.
On the positive side, small guns appeal to non-gun-o-centric women. They are not as intimidating as hand cannons (which are easier to shoot, counter-intuitively enough). Theyre cute! Small guns even come in girl power pink! (Sexist perhaps, but true.) Most importantly, smaller lighter guns are easier to carry.
The general rule of thumb: choose the heaviest version of the smallest gun with the largest caliber that she can comfortably shoot and carry. Base that decision on any prior firearms experience your SO may have; her size, weight, strength and general demeanor. Also your sense of her style. Which one of your guns does she like, if any?
Basically, stay well away from lightweight guns and dont buy something cheap and nasty looking. The stainless steel .38 caliber Smith & Wesson 642 and Ruger SP101 are the entry level revolvers to beat. (Plan for Home Carry: go hammerless.) Small semi-auto nines are also a good choice, such as the Ruger LC9 or Baby Glock.
For some reason, a lot of guys try to make this selection a cooperative endeavor. Do you like the way this one feels in your hand? Shall we rent this one at the range? How was the recoil on that? How about we try a .22 and work our way up? Would you carry this one in your pocket? That process is the dictionary definition of a fools errand.
Have you ever gone shoe shopping with your wife? Well, exactly. Now imagine that she doesnt want shoes (alternative universe I know) and youre pleading with her to try on and critique ten pairs that you chose, whilst explaining mind-numbing detail why you chose them. Just buy her the damn gun. If it doesnt work out, you have another carry gun.
3. How can you convince her to become proficient?
If youve listened to my sage advice and bought her a relatively heavy gun, her home defense handgun will not be painful to shoot. Thats good. But not good enough. Its one thing for your SO to own a gun, its another for her to know how to shoot it. To do that she has to shoot it. Which she may not want to do.
If you failed to win the home carry debate, youve got your work cut out for you. A handgun locked in a safe is out of sight, out of mind. Even if your SO does consider the gun as hers, she may not have (i.e. make) time for range practice. Ever. The trick here: forget about the range. Get her to wear the gun.
Car salesman call the technique puppy-dogging. Give someone a puppy (i.e. a new car) for a while and they wont want to give it back. Get your SO to Home Carry her gun and shell own the firearm.
If she wears it often enough shell naturally want to shoot it. I swear this works. But you have to be patient, and realistic. At the moment, my wife only home carries when Im not in the house. And shoots maybe once a month. And thats the way it is.
So focus on the holster. Buy the perfect holster for her gun. Indeed, you might want to start with the perfect holster and work your way backwards to the type of gun that fits in the perfect holster. Back up. Start with the perfect belt to hold the perfect holster to hold the perfect gun for the perfect holster supported by the perfect belt.
This is as at least as difficult as it sounds; as you know from the large number of holsters gathering dust somewhere in your basement. Your SO may reject a holster out for no good reason. She may needyes needseveral different types of holsters to match her outfits. Her holster budget can dwarf the gun buying investment. And she might only wear a gun once in a blue moon and shoot it with the changing seasons. The longest journey and all that . . .
To finish as I started (as a sexist pig), its best to think of your SOs handgun as a fashion accessory rather than a self-defense weapon. Not because youre trying to trick her into Home Carry but because no, wait. You are trying to trick her into Home Carry. If she likes the look and feel of her handgun on her person, she might feel the need to look like she knows what shes doing.
To those of you who didnt have to resort to deviousness to git er done, I say congratulations! For the rest of you, the ends (getting the one you love to take at least some responsibility for her self-defense and the defense of any sprogs) justify the means.
$300.00 + it is a good investment.
I hope so. Thing is, such idiocy does happen. There are several videos floating around showing SOs getting smacked in the forehead as described, and there is at least one kid below ground of late because someone let him fire something way beyond his ability. The results make such funnies not funny.
I love at the end when Trevor says, “It wasn’t bad!”. LOL!
I was looking at the Ruger LCP .380 for my (in 5 days) wife.
Plan to practice mostly with a larger 9mm.
We’re planning on starting our daughter next year when she’s three. I figure gun handling should be a lifetime of lessons not a one time thing.
Smith and Wesson model 29, in .44 magnum, six inch barrel; no question.
Hey, if she doesn’t like it, she can give it to me.
>> There are several videos floating around showing SOs getting smacked in the forehead as described, and there is at least one kid below ground of late because someone let him fire something way beyond his ability. The results make such funnies not funny.
Along the same lines: although the “conventional wisdom” is that a shotgun is the “best” home defense weapon, watching a SO who is nervous and scared of the thing shoot it is a little scary.
After years of us having only the shotgun for home defense, Mrs. Tick now has a small 9mm automatic, which she likes and is comfortable with. (She’s a pretty darn good shot with it too.) I’m happy, because I doubt that the .12ga would have really worked for her had she ever actually needed to use it. And this is a SO that is not at all gun averse.
Many criminals can tell whether their would-be victim will pull the trigger.
It’s not a deterrent if you’re not willing to use it.
I have a Ruger .380 LCP, and your wife may not be able to rack the slide if she is not very strong.
One of my friends bought one for his wife (65 YO), and there was no way she could operate it.
Maybe a small .38 LadySmith?
Thanks for the heads up and advice.