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Old 01-04-2011, 12:21 AM
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Looking to buy my fiance a 9mm pistol but she has very small hands. What are the best options for a quality firearm? Thanks in advance!
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Looking to buy my fiance a 9mm pistol but she has very small hands. What are the best options for a quality firearm? Thanks in advance!
Believe it or not, for women, bigger guns are easier to shoot; There is less perceived recoil.

Women love my Glock 17. It's a full frame Glock that shoots the 9mm. If it's too big, there is always the 19.

Some don't like the ballistics of the 9mm, but it's killed everything I've shot it at.
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The HK P2000/USPc in 9mm has been good with the ladies in my experience
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Do yourself a favor and take her on a date to the local range. Rent an assortment of 9mm guns and see what she likes.
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I forgot to add...

When she finds a gun she likes, that's when you post here and ask us if it's a good gun.
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I can't stress this enough with guns and females - let her pick the gun based on her feel. Take her to a gun store with a large selection and let her handle them than as other have suggested a range date rent several. Talk to the guys behind the counter and work out a deal to try out several for a cheaper price. Believe me when she finds the right one that fits her hands and that she is comfortable with you with gain a shooting partner. The most important part with any handgun is does it fit your hand properly! Good luck and happy shooting
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all of the above...try the m&p 9, feels pretty good for all hands and has interchangeable back straps. enjoy
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My wife loves her Baby Eagle. All steel and very little felt recoil compared to some of the others I've shot.
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Try the M&P9 as suggested since it has several grip inserts. Or the Steyr M9-A1, it has smaller grip that is very comfortable:




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Looking to buy my fiance a 9mm pistol but she has very small hands. What are the best options for a quality firearm? Thanks in advance!
You might find some responses from the gals in the Ladies Forum. There are a few threads along the lines of your question.

Being a girl, I agree with the poster who suggested letting her try out a few different models before you put money down on a purchase. A lot of indoor ranges rent firearms.

Me, I prefer the 1911 frame. Have fun taking the guns for a test drive
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The HK P2000 has an amazingly compact grip for a double stack 9, even though you are limited to 10 rounds...and it does have interchangeable backstraps.....
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1911 in 9mm, or browning hipower
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Kahr CW9 or PM9
Ruger SR9 or SR9c
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I had taken my wife to the range to rent guns too. As well as getting her a training session where the instructor also brought a bunch of guns to try. I think that was the only way to get a good feel of a selection and how they shoot.
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1911 in 9mm, or browning hipower
+1 on this, took my daughter to the range tried XD, M&P, and 1911 in 9mm, she liked the feel of he 1911.
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Try out some single stack postols, like a S&W 3913 or Sig 239 and 225. Also, CZ-75s & Browning HiPowers are friendlier to smaller hands.
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Out of about 15 different rentals, my wife chose the M&P full size 9mm. She said it was the most comfortable and easiest to shoot. We bought it for her, and she still likes it 2 years later.
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I agree with taking your fiance to the range to find out which pistol fits her hand best. It is also very important to see if she understands the controls and can work the slide and change magazines easily

Congrats on looking after her by allowing her to defend herself adequately.
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M&P 9mm compact, great gun to shoot and easy to operate. It also comes with three different size back straps. Awesome gun, less recoil than Glock 26, but little bigger and heaver than Glock 26.
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If I had the coin, would suggest the Springfield EMP for the size and coolness factor.




However, as someone suggested earlier, a bigger gun is easier to shoot. Here is a Springfield 9mm next to a RIA Tactical .45 ACP.


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Try the M&P9 as suggested since it has several grip inserts. Or the Steyr M9-A1, it has smaller grip that is very comfortable:





i love the way that gun looks
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you might want to look into the smith and wesson M&P they have interchangeable back-straps so they can almost fir any hand size
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Look for not just the feel of the gun in her hand but if her finger can reach andbe placedproperly on the trigger.The gun can feel great in her hand, but put the trigger out of reach. Proper finger placement on the trigger will help with her with shot placement. Too little finger on the trigger is the biggest offender. The guns recommended so far give a fair shot at a short trigger reach and a reasonable grip circumference.
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Look for not just the feel of the gun in her hand but if her finger can reach andbe placedproperly on the trigger.The gun can feel great in her hand, but put the trigger out of reach. Proper finger placement on the trigger will help with her with shot placement. Too little finger on the trigger is the biggest offender. The guns recommended so far give a fair shot at a short trigger reach and a reasonable grip circumference.
Rent, shoot, evaluate, reshoot then buy. In this economy...none of us can afford a $600 mistake. If you can afford that, I'm available for adoption :-)
The situation isn't quite that dire. If you don't like the gun, sell it. You lose maybe $50 on the value, plus tax and DROS. You'll get 80% back.
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Try out the Ruger SR9C its a small framed gun and has a light felt recoil!!
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You guys/gals rule! Thanks for all the great input. I agree that a trip to the indoor range is probably the best bet to get her some grip time on a few different rental guns. She was not raised around guns of any kind and I took her on her first shooting trip last year which appeared, at first, to be a complete disaster. All the gunfire overwhelmed her and she got really upset (scared) early on. But, by the end of the trip she had shot all the guns I had brought out and she fell in love with my SIG Mosquito and shot that most of the day (because of the small grip and no recoil). Wish SIG made a 9mm on a Mosquito size frame, that would be perfect. I'll keep you posted and thanks again!
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check out Sig P225 or Sig P6; will fit small and large hands.
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I thought the Mosquito was suppose to be a mock of the Sig P226?
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If you guys were in the N. LA area and paid for a box of ammo, I'd let you & her shoot my Sig P239, P6, and CZ-75.
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Glocktalk9 the mosquito is sized down a bit from the 226.

OP, was she able to try an m&p9 compact with the small backstrap? My wife was in the same shoes and that was what felt best to her. Ended up with a GLOCK 19 though.
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My wife loved my 1911, then she picked up my 4" XD40 when I brought it home. Her exact words were 'Ohhhh, that feels good. So what are you gonna get?"
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Looking to buy my fiance a 9mm pistol but she has very small hands. What are the best options for a quality firearm? Thanks in advance!
This... A Kahr P9...




Or the excellent Glock 19
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Glock 19, 26 or the Sig P239.

Side note- When she picks up the P239, she might think the grip was custom made for her hand. It just feels that way.

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Once the LC9 from ruger is available you should try it, seems awfull small.
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all of the above...try the m&p 9, feels pretty good for all hands and has interchangeable back straps. enjoy
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The 1911 has a thin frame that fits small hands well, and Sprinfield has two that are on the approved roster.

Springfield 1911 Loaded 9mm
Springfield 1911 EMP

The issue with Glocks is they have a large grip surface area and for people with small hands, myself included, some readjusting of the hand is needed to work all the controls with one hand. However, as you get more training it starts to become aparent that using the support side hand is faster and smarter for that stuff anyway (regardless of the size of the grip). No readusting and you keep the gun in a "usable" condition for a greater period of time. It is still important to train doing things one handed, and with the opposite hand, but when both hands are available it is best to take full advantage of that fact. So while my first recommendation is always a Glock, a 1911 is always my second. Regardless of what you buy, a professional training course is an absolute must. Affordable 1 day courses are out there, see the COMPETITION & TRAINING SECTION here on Calguns.net.

Another option that I would love to get some more range time on before coming to any conclusions on is the new Walther PPS 9mm. It has a very thin frame that is ideal for small hands. I just do not know enough about the action to know if I like it or not.

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You guys/gals rule! Thanks for all the great input. I agree that a trip to the indoor range is probably the best bet to get her some grip time on a few different rental guns. She was not raised around guns of any kind and I took her on her first shooting trip last year which appeared, at first, to be a complete disaster. All the gunfire overwhelmed her and she got really upset (scared) early on. But, by the end of the trip she had shot all the guns I had brought out and she fell in love with my SIG Mosquito and shot that most of the day (because of the small grip and no recoil). Wish SIG made a 9mm on a Mosquito size frame, that would be perfect. I'll keep you posted and thanks again!
If she likes your Sig Mosquito, then definitely let her try a P226. The P226 is larger, but ergos are similar. It is also very soft shooting for a 9mm. The added weight and barrel length will cut down on the felt recoil.

If the P226 is too big, then try a P225/P6. It's smaller and some have said it has the perfect ergos for smaller hands. But the felt recoil of a P225/P6 will be higher than a P226 due to less weight and shorter barrel.
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