November 22, 2016 at 12:51 am #10828SimplythewildParticipant
I can not seem to get a handle on the gun for me. I’ve read and watched most the articles and videos on here about choosing the right gun.
>husband is in law enforcement
>i’m uncomfortable around guns (in my hand)
>i don’t want to hassle with cleaning
>worried about mishaps/jams if ever in the situation where i need my gun
>racking my husbands S&W is tough for me
>the recoil from shooting his S&W was too much
>i have two young boys at home (6 & 8).
>i’m worried about CC 1.not being concealed enough 2.it firing on its own (yes, i know guns dont just fire on their own 😉
>will mostly be for home defense but i know there will be times (hiking alone with my kids) where i will want to take it with me
I wasn’t ready to ever get a gun, but i am now, even though i’m still uncomfortable with it. I just need to get one, practice using it, and get good at shooting and I know i’ll feel better about it. Thanks girls! Looking forward to hearing from you.
November 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm #10830katherine catheyParticipant
Have you researched Revolvers instead of Semi Auto’s? Revolvers have many of your requirements. The best way to become comfortable is to go to the gun range & often. You did not say what Caliber your husbands gun was. I started out with .22 Revolver & as I became comfortable with a firearm I went to Full Sized 9mm. I actually bought both a 9mm Semi & a full sized .22 Revolver. I joined the Well Armed Women, A Girl & a Gun, & I go to “Ladies Night” @least 3x a month to practice, practice, practice. I am now much more confident with my firearms & now going to work on Rifles too. I do not feel comfortable with a CC so maybe after a year of practicing I will. There is no rush for you to dive in & get a gun. Have fun at different ranges & trying different weapons.
November 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm #10840SimplythewildParticipant
Thanks katherine. I actually have been looking at revolvers just because they seem to be low maintenance and reliable.
My husbands gun i shot was a 40 caliber.
I might not CC often, only when going to places alone where i feel the need. it won’t be an every day carry. Mainly a home defense and those times i’m out places i feel uncomfortable. But i feel like i need to get a gun rather soon and then practice with it. We had a scary innocent happen at our house which tipped my scale into being ready for a firearm. I have plans on going to a shooting range, we just don’t have any near us that rent guns 🙁
November 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm #10841katherine catheyParticipant
So this may seem like too much but you might want to look into 2 different firearms. 1 for CC & 1 for home defense. When I decided to carry it will not be my Home Defense weapon. My Home Defense is my Full Sized Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. This firearm has much less recoil than a 40 caliber you fired. I felt I needed a full grip & full size to really get comfortable with a gun. I do know that CC guns tend to be much smaller & so the recoil feels so much greater.
If you have no shooting ranges nearby then maybe with your husband in Law Enforcement you have a County range. Possibly some of his fellow Officers, wives etc…. might have a variety of weapons to fire.
November 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm #10844LinnParticipant
I agree with Katherine, that two guns may be your ultimate choice.. for cc and home defense. I have tried revolvers several times and find them uncomfortable… but one of my sisters went that route. My “first gun” decisions were based initially on reviews, then “fit testing” at the guns shops. Ex: did the grip fit well in two handed grip, did it feel good, balanced in my hand, could I reach the trigger in the center of my index finger tip, could I rack it & manipulate the mag release easily. Then I went to a “rental” range and tested my top choices. By that time you may just find one sweeter to shoot, one that has less recoil, is reliable for you, accurate & easy to manipulate. Regarding jams, you can pretty much avoid them by getting a reliable gun that fits you, and by practicing. (Get some instruction 🙂 Cleaning, yeah, you have to do it…but maybe less often if you get a “bore snake” to pull through the bore after shooting. And cleaning is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. (U-tube:)
My favorite for CC is the Sig p238 (380 mm), which is a breeze to rack & manipulate, has a thumb safety (if an issue for your boys), hardly any recoil (unlike some of the smaller cc guns) and is very accurate, & eats all brands ammo.. For home defense, if you go semi-auto, you might consider the Springfield XD mod2, the Smith and Wesson M&P9c, Walther PPQ, or a HK VP9…these all seem user friendly to me.. (All the double stack Glocks have grips/ergonomics that are too clunky for me, but are really popular too). I would stick to a 9 mm for home defense.
Have fun in the journey…take your time, find a range where you can practice. Lots of nice people in shooting sports. (I liked practicing with snap caps initially; I felt more comfortable in the learning process than using live ammo..)
November 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm #10850AlfrettaParticipant
I started out with a revolver a 38 special and my husband now uses it. I wasnt strong enough to rack a semi auto back then. The 38 does have kick but not as bad as a 40. My husband then got me a Ruger SR22 semi auto pistol and I loved it! It has a safety so no going off when that is on. It is heavy enough to do the job as a CC daily carry pistol. It is very easy to rack and almost NO kick at all! I shot both the 38 and the 22 weekly for a good six months before I was ready for my big gun. In September my hubby got me a Glock 19! I can now easily rack this gun and yes it does kick still not as bad as a 40 but it has the power if I need it at home as well as for CC.
As a member of TWAW (The Well Armed Woman) when we meet I always have my 22 with me and I often let new people who have not shot try it out. They often get over their fear because the pistol is so easy to rack and no recoil so they can relax and concentrate on the target. Many after using it a couple times have then gone out and found they can handle a 9mm and buy their first gun with confidence!
Keep in mind that there are 380 pistols that basically shoot a short 9mm bullet. Being a short bullet it is less powerful but will do the job a little better than a 22 does. I dont know where you live but it would be well worth talking to the gals in the local TWAW and get their opinions. They may even let you try their guns at the range which is the only way to know for sure what you can handle and feel comfortable with!
There is no rush you can take some time and find your ideal conceal carry weapon!
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