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Old 01-18-2018, 9:29 PM
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My softest shooting semi is the Beretta M9 (92FS) Its a pu$$sycat, just the easiest, and accurate, too.
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:03 PM
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Izzy43--- I have a 4" Ruger GP100 and a 6" S&W 686; my best shooter.
.38Spcl in either of them is quite mild, as both guns are quite hefty.
I haven't yet shot a Ruger SP101, but I REALLY like the way it feels in my hand.
A little lighter than the GP100, so it'll have a bit more recoil, but I doubt it would be bad.

Good luck!
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by 559BearDown View Post
A Ruger GP 100 will make shooting .38 special a piece of cake.
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As an older guy myself I have come to really appreciate older K frame S&W revolvers. A 4 or 6 inch barrel helps with recoil. You can load them light as you need, or load them heavy for defense. A Model 10, 13, 14, 15 or 19 would be perfect.
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My softest shooting semi is the Beretta M9 (92FS) Its a pu$$sycat, just the easiest, and accurate, too.
For a revolver, a .357 frame with .38 special loads is probably your best bet. My wife has arthritis in her hands and has trouble racking the slide on most of my semi auto pistols. She shoots my .357 Model 66 with no issues.

The only semi auto that she enjoys shooting is my Beretta 92F in 9mm. It’s a heavy steel frame and the springs aren’t as stiff as my Glock 19, or my S&W M&P pistols.

The .380 round in most pistols is much snappier than most 9mm rounds because most .380 pistols are smaller. I have fired .380 thru a CZ that wasn’t too bad.

OP, find a range that rents revolvers in .38/.357 and give them a try with .38 loads and see how you like them. There are some excellent .38 loads for home defense out there. Also, try out a Beretta 92 pistol. Very reliable pistol and easier to manipulate than a lot of the new striker fire pistols. I’m not familiar enough to comment on the CZ pistols in 9mm.

Maybe you can link up with a CalGunner nearby for assistance also.

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Old 01-18-2018, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by 559BearDown View Post
A Ruger GP 100 will make shooting .38 special a piece of cake.
Yep.. and the weight will help with recoil.. and it will last forever.. lol
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Old 01-19-2018, 2:49 AM
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I have a LCR-X 3" and shoot my brothers GP100 quite often. I would go with a Smith and Wesson with 8 rounds of 38 special. I would spend the extra cash for 2-3 more round capacity. LCR model line is great for carrying but 5 rounds is not enough for home defense. GP100 is a brick and not worth it for light loads.

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If that is to much I would just go with a rock island M206.
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Old 01-19-2018, 7:55 AM
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As many have said, a .357mag like the Ruger GP100 shooting .38spec is probably the lightest. However, if you want a pistol, the Sig P238 is good as well.

The downside to the GP100 is the gun's weight.

Rent a couple or borrow from friends.
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Old 01-19-2018, 8:01 AM
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Originally Posted by MyOdessa View Post
You may want to look at Ruger SP101 .327 Fed Magnum (05773). From what you are describing, this may work for you just fine as range toy/self defense gun with low recoil. it is on the roster.

I was going to suggest this as well. You can shoot 32 H&R ammo in it or even .32 acp but you have to eject the cases one at a time with a dowel or pencil.
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Old 01-19-2018, 9:51 AM
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Not sure I'd buy a 327 considering the ammo issues. Seems to me 38 special is a no brainer from the standpoint of ammo availability.

I have several 38 cal revolvers.
4" GP100
5" 627PC
4"(?) 19-3
2" 442 j frame

While I love my smiths, the ruger gets the most action. Chews up whatever you feed it and recoils the lightest. It's also kind of in a "beater" category compared to the others so I don't mind as much carrying it around in a holster and giving it "character."
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:02 AM
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If you live in LA, I can take you to a range (that I'm a member at) with a wide range of rental guns. I also have several Glocks you could try.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Ora Serrata View Post
HK USP. Hammer fired, can be bought in 9mm or .45, and has a recoil reduction system utilizing a buffer. Lot's a deals in the CG marketplace for nice condition used ones.

+1 on the Sig P238. The thing has little recoil and is a great carry gun!
I was going to suggest a full-sized H&K USP in 9mm as well if you are worried about recoil and want a hammer fired autoloader (.45 USP has light recoil as well, with just a bit more compared to a 9mm). The USP 9mm is the lightest recoil gun that I personally own. I would probably look into full-sized steel framed 9mm as well.

I'm not a revolver guy and have extremely limited experience with them so others can recommend there.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:01 AM
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357, 45 and even the 9mm. Why even consider these if you are recoil sensitive? Since you indicate a fondness for a revolver and it will be for range play and nightstand duty I'd suggest the heaviest gun you can handle OR a 22cal pistol. I think it is S&W that makes a nice looking 10? round revolver. IMHO using the 22. you'll be able to put more lead into the bad guy in the middle of the night than you will with the 357. Plus you won't be blind from the flash of the 357 and have blood running out of your ears from the 1 boooom! Not a revolver but easy and fun is the Browning Buckmark 22. OK let the naysayers begin
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Old 01-20-2018, 9:29 AM
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Originally Posted by 559BearDown View Post
A Ruger GP 100 will make shooting .38 special a piece of cake.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:06 PM
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If you want to go with a revolver, choose one you can rent, and make sure the double action trigger pull isn't a problem for you. When my Dad handed me his S&W 637 for the first time my reaction was "what the hell is wrong with this thing?" And I'm not 70. No such issues with any DA/SA pistols on the long and heave first trigger pull.

If you don't like recoil, want a revolver, (and don't mind spending $$& on ammo) maybe a 327 federal magnum would be a good choice?
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