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Colt562
08-01-2012, 10:03 PM
So I brought up today about me purchasing a gun for my not so fun loving girlfriend and she said that she would shoot it if I bought it for her. Now I don't want to spend a lot of money and I know its probably best to start her off with a 22lr. Anybody out there want to help me out and pick a rifle for her?

I was think a 10/22 with bipod and scope?

TripleThreat
08-01-2012, 10:07 PM
10/22 for the win.

Not sure if that makes me a fanboy, troll or pansy liberal in these parts, but that's what I'd go with.

Colt562
08-01-2012, 10:08 PM
Oh forgot to mention that its probably going to be more for me :D

socalpistolero
08-01-2012, 10:30 PM
My wife loves my 10/22 and so do I.

InGrAM
08-01-2012, 11:34 PM
I just bought my GF a Bersa Thunder .380. She likes it quite a bit and it will be perfect when she gets her LTC in a few months.

My suggestion, a 9mm 1911. I have never met a person that didn't like my 1911's and especially my 9mm 1911.

Sir Stunna Lot
08-01-2012, 11:35 PM
Ruger Mark III .22lr pistol. My gf loves it! After shooting a couple of thousand rounds, she was ready to move up to 9mm/.40.

Its a great starter gun to build foundation, technique and especially confidence.

Im suggesting pistol over rifle because most girls i know prefers my .22 pistols over my .22 rifles

MiddleKingdom
08-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Whatever you get make sure you make her shooting experience fun. If she grows to enjoy shooting you have one more thing other than shopping that you can do together. And if you end up getting married, play golf and pray that she hates it.

Seriously, make it fun for her.

Kokopelli
08-02-2012, 7:21 AM
Take HER to a gun shop to pick out one that SHE likes. She can shoulder several to find one that fits HER.

I took all the fun out, huh? ;)

Renaissance Redneck
08-02-2012, 7:45 AM
Another vote for the 10/22. Every arsenal needs one.

scottunit1
08-02-2012, 8:18 AM
i am actually going to look at some guns with my girlfriend today. she wants to buy her first and she is looking at some small frame revolvers.

Darto
08-02-2012, 8:25 AM
The Bearcat is cute little rig.

em9sredbeam
08-02-2012, 8:28 AM
10/22 is good if she just wants you to pick something up. I would recommend, unless she doesn't want to, that you take her to a shop to check some out for herself.

Colt562
08-02-2012, 8:29 AM
I'm thinking the 10/22 would be the right choose for her, now just have to find one somewhere for cheap

FamilyofShooters
08-02-2012, 8:30 AM
My wife loves the Sig P238 .380 I bought for her

BKinzey
08-02-2012, 8:31 AM
The 10/22 is a great rifle platform to start with.

voiceofreason
08-02-2012, 8:45 AM
Ruger 10/22 is good. Marlin 795 is a great choice if you plan on keeping it stock and not doing much modifying, maybe adding a scope.

Ruger Mark III or 22/45 is a great choice in a .22 handgun.

Definitely a .22 to start with, for price of ammo, fun, and learning curve.

After a while look into an M&P in 9mm, G17 & 19 are good as well.

Avoid small revolvers, as she will NOT enjoy shooting it and will NOT want to train with it in a formal course. Better to get a full size, practice, and possibly get a smaller, more concealable gun down the line.

Get a .22, or a full sized, (G19 is kind of a semi-compact) gun to start.

Small, concealable "do-it-all" one gun purchase...

that's the thinking of a newbie that will regret not following the advice of people that have been shooting and have owned multiple guns for years.

kel-tec-innovations
08-02-2012, 9:08 AM
if she has small hands Kahr 9mmhttp://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=603171

CBruce
08-02-2012, 10:29 AM
Oh forgot to mention that its probably going to be more for me :D

Get what you want and just engrave her name on it.

Colt562
08-02-2012, 11:36 AM
Should I take it to American guns and have Kurt engrave it?

spetsnaz
08-02-2012, 12:03 PM
cant go wrong wit ha ruger mkiii or a glock 26

CBruce
08-02-2012, 12:06 PM
Should I take it to American guns and have Kurt engrave it?

Only if it gets you on the show.

Kappy
08-02-2012, 12:06 PM
10/22 is great... My wife loves mine...

But consider a Savage bolt action in 17. Much nicer gun.

DVSmith
08-02-2012, 12:11 PM
Consider a lever action. A bunch of fun to shoot and stylish too. Get her Cowboy Boots and a hat to go along with it. She can provide her own Daisy Dukes... LOL

vorpar
08-02-2012, 12:37 PM
If you don't have one, I recommend an AR-style rifle. Minimal recoil, and there are a huge variety of accessories including a .22 upper.

mike22ca
08-02-2012, 12:51 PM
My gf really enjoys shooting the GSG5 FWIW

disturbed1
08-02-2012, 7:11 PM
Take her out to the range with a nice selection of rental guns and let HER choose. My lady loved my 1911 45acp and she's a tiny girl.

Colt562
08-02-2012, 7:31 PM
Do they rent 10/22's?

mexicancolt1
08-02-2012, 8:33 PM
Pick something you like, in a small caliber. That way if things don't work out between you guys, you'll have something you'll use. Stay away from letting her pick a weapon. She'll select something PINK and expensive (Guaranteed!)

Arkangel
08-02-2012, 8:36 PM
Do they rent 10/22's?

DGM in Santee does... I have no idea if you're in SD or not, just thought I should mention it :)

Colt562
08-02-2012, 8:47 PM
Pick something you like, in a small caliber. That way if things don't work out between you guys, you'll have something you'll use. Stay away from letting her pick a weapon. She'll select something PINK and expensive (Guaranteed!)

We'll ur right on the on the pink part, but she wants a pink cheetah or zebra print....and I want a 10/22, I just want a cheap paper buster at 100 yards plus everyone who shoots needs a 10/22

SocomM4
08-02-2012, 10:22 PM
M&P15-22, or M&P sport and a .22 conversion. That way she can graduate to a rifle caliber with the same gun.

DeanW66
08-02-2012, 11:26 PM
Yeah, 10/22 is a great choice for both "intro" and "all-around-plinker." It can be customzied to all heck-and-back too.

For a handgun, others mentioned Ruger MKIII but another good option is Browning Buckmark.

Kappy
08-02-2012, 11:34 PM
I should clarify my earlier post...

1. You should let her choose from an array of guns.
2. Where will she be shooting? If rifle, are we talking bench shooting? That's why I recommended the Savage bolt action.
3. Are we definitely shopping for a rifle? Does she want a pistol?

If you were up here near YC, I'd loan you my 10/22... but you're pretty far south.

iBkickinit
08-03-2012, 9:30 AM
Ruger 10/22 is good. Marlin 795 is a great choice if you plan on keeping it stock and not doing much modifying, maybe adding a scope.

Ruger Mark III or 22/45 is a great choice in a .22 handgun.

Definitely a .22 to start with, for price of ammo, fun, and learning curve.

After a while look into an M&P in 9mm, G17 & 19 are good as well.

Avoid small revolvers, as she will NOT enjoy shooting it and will NOT want to train with it in a formal course. Better to get a full size, practice, and possibly get a smaller, more concealable gun down the line.

Get a .22, or a full sized, (G19 is kind of a semi-compact) gun to start.

Small, concealable "do-it-all" one gun purchase...

that's the thinking of a newbie that will regret not following the advice of people that have been shooting and have owned multiple guns for years.

This basically sums up what I was about to post. I would say though, once the novelty of the .22 wears off, she may want to move up in size, and I'd recommend the Ruger LC9 or LCR, something she could train with and carry.

Synergy
08-03-2012, 11:41 PM
Pick something you like, in a small caliber. That way if things don't work out between you guys, you'll have something you'll use. Stay away from letting her pick a weapon. She'll select something PINK and expensive (Guaranteed!)

I disagree: I just asked my girl what is her favorite gun to shoot.
Her answer: 1911 There is a reason why I love her!:p She also likes the AR and 10/22 and she likes the XD9 sc... Wow I guess she likes my guns! :D

tbhracing
08-03-2012, 11:50 PM
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sharxbyte
08-03-2012, 11:52 PM
definitely +1000 on a 10/22. Good first gun for anyone. Good any gun for anyone. light recoil, reliable, accurate, cheap to feed, small, light, fun. Get the auto bolt release (something like $12, makes it easier to release the bolt from the locked-back position).

My GF bought her own :)

fabguy
08-04-2012, 7:18 AM
I bought a 50 beowulf and took my wife shooting, now she claims its hers :( . That's 2 so far that she says belong to her: XD9 and now my beowulf. What sold her was watching a large watermelon get destroyed by one shot.

Colt562
08-04-2012, 11:09 AM
I bought a 50 beowulf and took my wife shooting, now she claims its hers :( . That's 2 so far that she says belong to her: XD9 and now my beowulf. What sold her was watching a large watermelon get destroyed by one shot.

i think going straight to the 50 beowolf would scare her, i want to start with small caliber.

Colt562
08-04-2012, 11:12 AM
I should clarify my earlier post...

1. You should let her choose from an array of guns.
2. Where will she be shooting? If rifle, are we talking bench shooting? That's why I recommended the Savage bolt action.
3. Are we definitely shopping for a rifle? Does she want a pistol?

If you were up here near YC, I'd loan you my 10/22... but you're pretty far south.

yeah she would be shooting from a bench, and yes definently a rifle, no pistols for now. I might get the Savage arms 93R17FV .17hmr heavy barrel. its on sale at turners for 229.98