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To: Travis McGee; All
Is she a shooter already?

Yes, she came well-trained in firearms from her Dad (small caliber rifles mostly), but she doesn't get out to practice as much as I'd like her to. My plan is to get her to the range on a regular basis, get her a concealed carry license and something that is practical to carry.

Thanks for the input. I probably should take her to the range and rent some of these to see what she likes best. But this gives me some good ideas for starters.

But I must say, I would think a .44 would have way too much kick for her.

61 posted on 02/22/2003 10:28:51 PM PST by ConservativeLawyer (Gun control means keeping it on target until the magazine is empty.)
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To: ConservativeLawyer
Not .44 mag, .44 special, which has a nice soft non-jarring push.

If she would get into it enough to practice, let her handle various semis from 9mm and up, and let her find the one she likes best, the one that she "fits" will be the one she enjoys, and will therefore be more interested in practicing with, setting up a happy positive feedback loop.

If she's not interested enough to practice much, stick with a wheelgun.

68 posted on 02/22/2003 10:40:48 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: ConservativeLawyer
Key point is to let "her" decide if she can handle recoil. You'd be surprised at the little ladies I know that pack 1911A1's...... Your smart to go the range rental avenue first as she can try before she buys that way.

WARNING: BEWARE THE GUNSHOP COUNTER COMMANDO ! ......They "sell" more than they shoot or carry........

One more consideration is the weight. That is why I suggested the TiLite series "scadnium" snub nosed revolvers......she'll carry a comfortable firearm and leave a heavy one in her car purse, or worst yet .....at home. That barimi grips also make it easy to don and doff .

Conveinance is a big part of the choice. She has to be happy and confident in the selection or your just wasting yer time.

One more suggestion. Join IDPA and shoot some of the competition "games" that promote skills and practice while having some serious fun. It's the best practice a civilian can get IMHO.

Stay Safe !

69 posted on 02/22/2003 10:40:54 PM PST by Squantos (If the speed limit is 75 mph, why are vehicles made to go 76 mph or faster ?........:o)
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To: ConservativeLawyer
But I must say, I would think a .44 would have way too much kick for her.

I have a .44 Mag that I shoot both Mags and .44 specials in.  I also have a .45 wheel gun.  The .44 special is a sweet round.  Less kick than either the .44 Mag or .45.  In fact less kick than my sons .357.  I would say any woman who can handle a .38 can probably handle the .44 special.

All my guns are wheel guns but I mention the .45 being a wheel gun so it won't be confused with the .45 auto round.

I like the .44 special round better than the .44 mag round in most cases.  The 44 Mags are just to powerful in congested areas.  The .44 Mag is certainly effective but can cause collateral damage.  

WarHawk42  

106 posted on 02/23/2003 12:25:03 AM PST by WarHawk42
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