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    Reading reviews might put you in the right directions, but honestly it has to do with the fit and your comfort shooting. You might be able to narrow your list down to 3-5 by reading our posts, but you need to try them out. Some guns have excellent reviews, but simply didn't feel good in my hands.
    I prefer my S&W revolver for concealed carry, a 9mm revolver for shooting a whole bunch at the range (easy recoil, cheaper ammunition), but if I didn't have 3 kids and was worried about the bulk, I'd carry a 40/45 since I like the power and accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmuahx View Post
    I am in the market for a new gun, and am signed up for my carry permit and am just interested on some opinions on the type of gun that would best fit me to carry. any opinions?
    I'm no expert, but I'm stuck at home & bored and this is just my .02 cents.
    This can be a somewhat difficult question because every person is built differently and everyone has their own personal preferences.
    Most smaller sized folks would probably prefer to carry something like a; 380 acp or maybe a small framed 5 shot snub nosed 38 special.
    Most medium sized folks would probably prefer to carry something like a medium framed pistol such as; larger framed .38 special, 9mm auto or 40 s&w auto.
    Most larger sized individuals would probably prefer to carry a full sized weapon like a 1911 45 acp or full framed 9mm, 40 s&w or maybe even a 357 magnum -w- 4"-6" barrel etc.
    Just for example; The fictional movie character, Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) was able to effectively conceal carry a very large framed 44 magnum -w- a 6" barrel! But he is/was a larger sized individual.
    Most smaller-average sized folks could never carry something like that comfortably i.m.o.
    At the end of the day it all depends on 'you' and what works best for 'you'. But the most important question should be; "Will it be 'comfortable enough' for me to "conceal carry everyday?"
    If it's too big & bulky to be comfortable and you end up not carrying it, then what's the point?
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    My wife carries and shoots a colt combat commander stainless 45 same as me with no effort, 5'4" 120 lbs. What is issue, if she is confortable and able to handle the weapon no issue. This is also her carry gun.

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    I am a 40'something female and own a Taurus Ultralite .38 with the snub nose. I love shooting it!!

  6. Find the fit

    Try to shoot as many different kinds as you can and get the one that feels and shoots best for you.

  7. My wife has very small hands a wrists. Like small as in 4 1/2 ring size. We tried a lot of guns and she struggled with jacking the slide and finding a small grip. Well its not a knock down smoke wagon but she fell in love with the walther p22. That's her carry. Easy to shoot. Reliable. Easy to conceal. I'm waiting for the kel-tec 22 nag pistol to become more accessible for her to try. At least it will have a bit more pop. Hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewoufan View Post
    My wife has very small hands a wrists. Like small as in 4 1/2 ring size. We tried a lot of guns and she struggled with jacking the slide and finding a small grip. Well its not a knock down smoke wagon but she fell in love with the walther p22. That's her carry. Easy to shoot. Reliable. Easy to conceal. I'm waiting for the kel-tec 22 nag pistol to become more accessible for her to try. At least it will have a bit more pop. Hope it helps.
    My wife and step daughter have tiny hands as well, to add to this my wife has had carpal tunnel release surgery to both wrists and has no strength to speak of in her hands. Yet she and the step daughter both manipulate and shoot the S&W M&P9c. It's all about technique not strength. Further .22lr ammunition is known for its high rate of misfires, not something I'd be comfortable with one of my loved ones relying on for self defense.

    Just something to consider. Best of luck with the Mrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ulatek View Post
    All good info, as Sfe said make sure you can handle racking the slide and loading the magazine on whatever you think is an option. My wife can only rack the slide easily on the Walther PK380 we bought for her, she had trouble with most other. Same with the magazines, the ones with stiffer springs were too hard for her to load. We almost went to a revolver but settled on the Walther. Best to go rent several at the range t find one that fits your hand best, and that you can work easily. Take everything in to account - racking the slide, loading the magazine, the weight and whether you will carry it if it's too heavy, the size and whether it fits with your dress and ability to carry. Better to have a smaller caliber pistol you will carry than a bigger one you will not.

    Chuck
    The other micro-.380 with a really easy slide to rack is the SIG P238. It's the only semi auto my wife can confidently do the manual of arms with. She can load, unload, and clear the gun of jams, double feeds, stovepipes, the works. She's 70 years old and has very weak hands.

    I've not found anybody that thought the P238 was anything but pleasant to shoot.

    Fitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenaxdsc View Post
    Seems to me the best gun for anyone is one that the person can shoot
    accurately, can train hard with, and will carry reliably.

    That said, it should fit your hand,
    feel good in your hand,
    and the caliber should be one that you can handle practicing
    with (think about 50-100 rounds per training session with the recoil),
    and it shouldn't be so big and heavy that you aren't comfortable
    wearing it all the time.

    It might take more than one gun purchase to find that perfect gun, but
    do take everyone's advice and go to a range that lets you rent lots of
    guns. Try as many as can before shelling out the bucks. But then don't
    be surprised if after a year, you decide you need a different gun.
    That's just the way it goes. (Yea, I'm talking from experience.)
    Agree 100% with this post. I would add do not, DO NOT skimp on the holster. On the subject if ccw, you will prolly never know how good the gun is for you in that role, till you've worn it all day! I've been through 3 or 4 guns and have just found something that's works for me. Oh and don't ask how many holsters I've been through!
    Also after its all said and done don't be surprised if you have a safe full of guns and 2 drawers full of holsters!
    Happy shooting!!

  11. Best gun?

    When my wife went to get her first gun, she was convinced that she wanted a cute little pink small frame revolver in .38 special. Ten minutes into looking, she'd completely changed her mind and bought a Ruger GP100. Just goes to show. Try a bunch see what you like. You might surprise yourself.

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