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Need Handgun Advice (for a gift)
12/8/2011 | RightOnline

Posted on 12/08/2011 2:18:53 PM PST by RightOnline

Hey, fellow FReepers. I've seen threads like this over the years but darned if I can seem to find or access any of them, soooooooo.....

I'm looking for advice on a handgun purchase. The gun will be a Christmas present for my lady friend who happens to be a professional armed security officer (and supervisor, trainer, etc.,etc.). She currently owns a Glock .40 cal semi-auto (her work weapon) and a pretty sweet S&W .38 revolver. She's a CCW permit holder; well-trained.

Since there are SO many FReepers here with scads of experience in such things, I'm looking for some suggestions for a handgun for this lady.

She is about 5'6" tall, not frail, VERY long fingers so she can handle a good sized weapon. For example, her Glock is a bear for me to shoot since I have stubby little fingers, but fits her hand perfectly.

I want something with stopping power. I'll say up front that I have to decide on whether or not to get a hand-cannon for her or something much more fitting for concealed carry, so very open to your suggestions on both.

I note here that she is allowed to carry any personal weapon on her for her job. If she had a .44 magnum, she could carry it on the job.

Thank you all so much in advance for your help and advice, and hopefully this thread will help others in making similar purchasing decisions.

God bless, and Merry Christmas to all of you!


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1 posted on 12/08/2011 2:19:01 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Buy her a laser sight or shoulder holster or some magazines or some ammo..


2 posted on 12/08/2011 2:22:59 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: RightOnline

Personaly I would take her to the gun store and say this what I have to spend pick out what you like Marry Xmas.

Or if not worried about price just say pick out the one you want.


3 posted on 12/08/2011 2:24:19 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: RightOnline

Get her a trigger job for the S&W.


4 posted on 12/08/2011 2:28:06 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: RightOnline

Maybe a gift certificate from the gun store? Enough to get a decent gun of her choice plus some ammo?


5 posted on 12/08/2011 2:28:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: RightOnline
Good advice shown above.

Never buy a gun for an experienced gun owner. Let her choose her own. Gun selection is highly personalized. It would be different if this were a first gun for someone.

6 posted on 12/08/2011 2:30:39 PM PST by apoxonu
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To: RightOnline

The Kahr PM9 is a very nice CCW Gun.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 2:31:02 PM PST by omega4179 (We can't wait!............. for the end of an error.....1-20-13)
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To: RightOnline

With a Glock .40 caliber, I don’t see the need for any other guns at all!!! JMHO!!! A nice laser sight would be a good addition. If she can’t use the Glock off duty get a Glock 23!!


8 posted on 12/08/2011 2:31:36 PM PST by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: RightOnline
You can't go wrong with something like this.

:^)

9 posted on 12/08/2011 2:33:57 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: RightOnline

I know she can handle a big frame and if so then get the Kimber .45

http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911/crimson-carry-ii

or if you want to really surprise her...check out the new Solo CDP

http://www.kimberamerica.com/solo/solo-carry/solo-cdp

This is an awesome little ride!


10 posted on 12/08/2011 2:34:40 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: RightOnline
If you can find one, and if price is no object, the .44 AutoMag by AutoMag Corporation. They're not cheap, that's for sure.....it's a collectors item. My dad had about five of them in the 1970's, and he sold them in the early 2000's for quite a tidy sum.
11 posted on 12/08/2011 2:35:05 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: RightOnline

I agree with the others who suggested gift certificates; that way she can go for ammo, accessories or a new weapon all according to what she needs/wants most.


12 posted on 12/08/2011 2:35:19 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: RightOnline

Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time (and whose status as tagline) has come.


13 posted on 12/08/2011 2:35:46 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time has come.)
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To: RightOnline

Does your wife know about this?


14 posted on 12/08/2011 2:37:18 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: RightOnline

Give her an early gift, take her pistol shopping.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 2:37:18 PM PST by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: RightOnline

For someone who already knows what they like in firearms, the best gift is a gift card. Seriously. Let them pick out what they want.


16 posted on 12/08/2011 2:38:29 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: RightOnline

S&W .50 cal. double action revolver.


17 posted on 12/08/2011 2:39:16 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time (and whose status as tagline) has come.

Mrs. Chandler has already bought me my Christmas present: a Walmart gift certificate so I can buy ammo.

18 posted on 12/08/2011 2:39:41 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: RightOnline

1911. (If she doesn’t like it, dump her.)


19 posted on 12/08/2011 2:43:09 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: RightOnline

1911. (If she doesn’t like it, dump her.)


20 posted on 12/08/2011 2:43:26 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Jeff Chandler

Do not buy your wife a weapon!


21 posted on 12/08/2011 2:43:42 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: RightOnline

If I were buying a gift firearm for a professional I’d give them a gift certificate. But if you really, really insist on putting something under the tree, think about a Ruger LCP. It’s very small and cute and great for concealed carry, but a lot of LEOs like it for personal use.


22 posted on 12/08/2011 2:46:29 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: RightOnline
If it's a carry tool of self defense....

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23 posted on 12/08/2011 2:47:45 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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The classic third point on the triangulation with an S&W revolver and combat tupperware is:

1911

Colt, S&W, and Ruger make good basic ones. The sky’s the limit on upper end ones, semi-customs, and customs.


24 posted on 12/08/2011 2:48:27 PM PST by Rinnwald
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To: RightOnline

A Ruger GP-100 .357 Magnum in SS and a 4” barrel.


25 posted on 12/08/2011 2:51:01 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: RightOnline

Magazines for the Glock. You can never have too many magazines.


26 posted on 12/08/2011 2:51:06 PM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: RightOnline

First thing...Kudos for wanting to buy your lady the means to defend herself! Wish more husbands, boyfriends/partners would do the same...

Good advice above, and I just want to pile on...

Take her to a gun show...Make it clear to her you want to buy her a handgun as a present...

You’ll find every possible handgun available there...Let her “try on” every handgun there, and make up her own mind...

Like a pair of shoes, she won’t necessarily like or want what you might choose, and that’s OK...A personal weapon is by definition, a personal choice...

Then up front, or (discreetly) give her the money to buy it and let her complete the paperwork and background check, and make the purchase; or reimburse her for the cost later on so as to avoid any possible appearance of a “straw purchase”...

And one other suggestion...How about a gift certificate for some firearms training if she is not already well trained?...Or a case of ammo in her caliber so she can practice?


27 posted on 12/08/2011 2:52:12 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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First thing...Kudos for wanting to buy your lady the means to defend herself! Wish more husbands, boyfriends/partners would do the same...

Good advice above, and I just want to pile on...

Take her to a gun show...Make it clear to her you want to buy her a handgun as a present...

You’ll find every possible handgun available there...Let her “try on” every handgun there, and make up her own mind...

Like a pair of shoes, she won’t necessarily like or want what you might choose, and that’s OK...A personal weapon is by definition, a personal choice...

Then up front, or (discreetly) give her the money to buy it and let her complete the paperwork and background check, and make the purchase; or reimburse her for the cost later on so as to avoid any possible appearance of a “straw purchase”...

And one other suggestion...How about a gift certificate for some firearms training if she is not already well trained?...Or a case of ammo in her caliber so she can practice?


28 posted on 12/08/2011 2:56:41 PM PST by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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Just make sure she knows she is not the benficiary on any of your insurance policies ...


29 posted on 12/08/2011 3:00:54 PM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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To: RightOnline

Just make sure she knows she is not the benficiary on any of your insurance policies ...


30 posted on 12/08/2011 3:01:10 PM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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Needs gift. Has a semi-auto. Has 38 (revolver I assume). Either .357 or Taurus Judge. Don’t forget the ammo, a few thousand at least. Don’t rule out extra mags for the .40.


31 posted on 12/08/2011 3:02:05 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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S & W M&P 40c.

Similar controls to the Glock.
Can be had with thumb safety.(I like)
Very reliable.
$450 range.


32 posted on 12/08/2011 3:14:03 PM PST by Vinnie
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But as far as the original poster is concerned, he’s talking about buying a firearm for his SO. Yes, I appreciate that one could spend $600-$900 on ammo, but that amount of $$ on a gift cert is a little more eye-opening than yer standard gift certificate, I’d say.


33 posted on 12/08/2011 3:14:30 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Gun store gift certificate. An idea whose time has come.)
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To: RightOnline

Make sure the handgun is unloaded before you wrap it.


34 posted on 12/08/2011 3:26:08 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: DarthVader
"A Ruger GP-100 .357 Magnum in SS and a 4” barrel."

I will say EXCELLENT choice....because that is the first and only handgun that I personally own. :) It's a freakin' hand cannon; just love it.

Since she has access to mine already, I'll find her something else....but your taste is impeccable. :)

35 posted on 12/08/2011 3:26:48 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: The_Media_never_lie

LOL......she’s not my wife, but......too late. Remember, she packs a .40 cal Glock every day for work already, so...... :)


36 posted on 12/08/2011 3:28:08 PM PST by RightOnline
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Sig P220 Carry .45, 8+1
Sweet, reliable, easy trigger
$1100
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Springfield EMP, 9mm or .40
1911 style
More concealable for a lady.


37 posted on 12/08/2011 3:43:22 PM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: apoxonu

I agree but you can always suggest something that YOU think is good.

Personally I’d get a ruger LCR as it can fire +P, very lightweight, very concealable, and the handgrip REALLY takes recoil very well, your hand doesn’t wear out.


38 posted on 12/08/2011 3:44:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: elteemike

Great suggestions from you.....but remember; she is already very highly trained (a TRUE professional armed security officer/supervisor/trainer; not some dimwit “rent-a-cop”).

She also has a CCW, so she can buy any and as many handguns/rifles as she wants under NC law. No background checks.


39 posted on 12/08/2011 3:45:10 PM PST by RightOnline
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You cannot go wrong with a big Ruger revolver as they are solid, reliable powerful weapons

I have a few Rugers in my collection including the GP100:

SP101 KSP-331X .357 Magnum/.38 Sp 3 1/16” SS
GP100 KGP-161 .357 Magnum/.38 Sp 6” SS
Super Redhawk KSRH-7480 .480 Ruger 7.5” Target Grey SS
Super Redhawk KRSH-9480 .480 Ruger 9.5” Target Grey SS

The two .357s shoot amazingly well. My GP100 is my .357 workhorse. The .480 Ruger calibered Super Redhawks are serious weapons which are totally devastating. The factory Hornady ammo is loaded close to its .475 Linebaugh cousin with massive blast and recoil effects that will shock you.

Consider the Ruger LC-9 with a laser a great pocket or purse CCW.

http://ruger.com/products/lc9/models.html


40 posted on 12/08/2011 3:45:28 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: RightOnline

Don’t compete with her own choices; buy her a back-up piece.


41 posted on 12/08/2011 3:48:24 PM PST by papertyger (What has islam ever accomplished that treacherous, opportunistic, brutality couldn't do on its own?)
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To: RightOnline

Desert Eagle Mark XIX

Bright Nickel, SA, 50 Action Express, 7 Rd, 6" Barrel, Anatomically Designed Polymer Grips


42 posted on 12/08/2011 3:53:45 PM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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As others have said, very difficult what you want to do and pick a good one she’ll like.

If you still want to do it I would go with a caliber that’s a little bit of a novelty. She likes Glocks so I would go for a G29 10mm. Little more oomph than the .40 and novel enough that people check it out.

I would say take her to a gun show, or store, and tell her you want HER help into finding you a gun. Ask her to pick up various handguns and ask her how they fit, feel, balance, etc. Every shooter knows almost as soon as they pick up the “right” gun that it’s a keeper. It’s like an extension of your own hand. She’ll fawn all over one she likes, even if she knows it’s for you. Then you’ll have your answer.


43 posted on 12/08/2011 4:03:58 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: RightOnline

I’d suggest the FN Five-Seven
20+1 5.7mm x 28mm USG

A very smooth firing, futuristic weapon with excellent stopping power.


44 posted on 12/08/2011 4:09:24 PM PST by Teflonic
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My daughter is 21 and lives alone. We want to get her a gun for protection (and teach her to use it of course).

Can you buy a gun for someone else? How does that work exactly?


45 posted on 12/08/2011 4:13:35 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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That’s actually an excellent question that I’ve wondered about myself in all this. Now, I don’t have a CCW but I did buy three gun licenses from the Sheriff’s Department when I was going to buy my first handgun not too long ago (that Ruger .357 magnum heavy-barrel I mentioned above). So legally I can buy 2 more no problem.....and she can have as many as she wishes (including my gift) since she’s a CCW holder (it’s a carte blanche, in a way). In your case for your daughter, not sure; I’m sure it varies state by state.

Still, a great question you asked here.


46 posted on 12/08/2011 4:20:05 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: radioone

That........is one awesome gun.


47 posted on 12/08/2011 4:46:29 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Raebie
The back of the Form 4473 has the following on the back, under "Instruction #1" (someone chime in, please, if a more recent version has changed this):

For purposes of this form, you are the actual buyer if you are purchasing the firearm for yourself or otherwise acquiring the firearm for yourself (for example, redeeming the firearm from pawn/retrieving it from consignment). You are also the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm as a legitimate gift for a third party.
ACTUAL BUYER EXAMPLES: Mr. Smith asks Mr. Jones to purchase a firearm for Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith gives Mr. Jones the money for the firearm. Mr. Jones is NOT the actual buyer of the firearm and must answer “no “ to question 12a. The licensee may not transfer the firearm to Mr. Jones. However, if Mr. Brown goes to buy a firearm with his own money to give to Mr. Black as a present, Mr. Brown is the actual buyer of the firearm and should answer “yes” to question 12a.

Just be sure to check the state and local laws for any conflicts where your daughter lives. If the state allows concealed carry, call an instructor in her area and ask.

48 posted on 12/08/2011 4:48:57 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: papertyger
"Don’t compete with her own choices; buy her a back-up piece."

Point well taken....so your recommendation for a good back-up piece?

49 posted on 12/08/2011 4:54:18 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

I’d recommend one of the “Under-Nines.”

If you wish to impress her with name brands...Kimber Solo,or Sig 290. Otherwise, a good “meat and potatoes” choice like the Ruger LC9, or the Keltec PF9.


50 posted on 12/08/2011 5:02:09 PM PST by papertyger (What has islam ever accomplished that treacherous, opportunistic, brutality couldn't do on its own?)
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