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Old 08-30-2013, 8:43 AM
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thinking between the Ruger LCR .22 or .38 spl .. anyone here own one and how do they like it? thanks. any input is greatly appreciated.
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If your wife is very firearm savvy and just wants a gun for fun shooting then I would say the .22 is fine.
If she wants a gun for home defence or her own safety and is not firearm savvy then a revolver with a bigger bore is in my opinion the better gun to buy.
A double action revolver is pretty idiot proof and there isn't as much to think about in a stressful situation such as a home defense senario.
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My wife is very recoil sensitive. The only thing bigger than a 22 that she likes is my 1911 in 9mm. I just bought an LCR in 38 hoping that she would be able to shoot it......negetive! The gun is so light it causes quite a kick. If recoil doesn't bother her, get the 38 otherwise stick to a 22
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Take her and let her decide.
Additionally, make sure she shoots many different types/models/calibers. You'll be surprised what she finds comfortable. My wife ended up with a 1911 when I was thinking 380 for her. She shoots it better than any of my 9s.
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range trip with both guns available to rent, if not there then something similar in same calibers
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My wife likes to shoot my 629 .44 mag. I had to buy her a 686 .357/.38spl to get it back.
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Do you pick her undies out for her? Let her pick out her own gun.
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I have never met your wife but I can tell you the absolute best gun for her is the one that SHE wants to shoot. If she likes her gun she will want to shoot, shooting = practice, and practice = skill. Men and women are 2 completely different creatures when it comes to learning; guidance and support will achieve your goal much faster than direct decision making on her behalf. If her 1st gun makes shooting a great experience she will tell you when she is ready to "move up." I suggest going out to Oaktree and renting the Ruger SR22. It is a great little gun and fun to shoot. The downside to that is the gun is now off roster so you would need to find one locally if it is "right" for her. The Oaktree pistol rental fee covers all guns in their large rental inventory and you can swap out as many times as you wish - kinda like test-driving at Carmax. If she wants a chick's inside view to shooting she can read my website http://www.Hell-In-Heels.com.
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Madstyle1,

Welcome and thanks for posting! It's a little tricky for us to make good recommendations since we don't know your wife, her skill with firearms, her comfort level or her needs.

A really great idea is to take her to a range to find the gun that best suits her. Rent a few and see which ones she likes. What a man might think is a great small pistol may have a awful grip or too much recoil for his wife. She may prefer a different brand or even a different caliber.

Picking one out and just giving it to her is a poor idea. She may hate what you chose. So, take her to the range and make a date of it!

Good luck and please let us know what she ended up choosing!

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my wife, who is 5-4, 125 lbs likes my S&W .357 686 7 shot revolver, with 4 inch barrel. It is heavy enough to absorb the recoil of .38 special ammo.

She doen't particularly like guns, & this is the model she can tolerate shooting. She complains my smaller pistols are too harsh, recoil-wise.
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thinking between the Ruger LCR .22 or .38 spl .. anyone here own one and how do they like it? thanks. any input is greatly appreciated.
I own the Ruger LCR in 9 mm. Great little gun and you can out a laser sight in it. Never had a jam with it either with many different ammo types. I highly recommend it!


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I get the whole take her to the range thing. What i wanted this to mean were more opinions. I will take her to the range asap thanks for all the help i will definitely let you guys know what she decides to get.
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I love my SR22 , just got a Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm, that I will be trying out this weekend . I picked out my 22 and my husband suggested the Beretta due to my arthritis/ tendinitis in my hands . Since I wanted a 9 mm
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If she's new to it, I again suggest the 686. Revolvers are pretty much idiot proof, you can use lite load .38 special for plinking, and save the .357 for business or serious target practice. No jams, no loading magazines, no wondering if it's cocked or not - just plain simple. And, it's ALWAYS something that will sell if need be.

A 4" 686 6-shot is about as sweet as they get for beginners or pros.
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as a woman the 686 while a sweet gun is too big for my hand.
as stated above, the best gun is the one that fits HER hand and the one that when she fires it is comfortable in her hand.
my experience was that 90% of the guns that were comfortable in my hand in the gun shop were uncomfortable when I fired them.
again, for it to be her gun make sure she has the opportunity to fire as many pistols as possible. $100 in rental fees is inexpensive compared to $300 for a pistol that sits in a drawer and is never used.
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as a woman the 686 while a sweet gun is too big for my hand.
as stated above, the best gun is the one that fits HER hand and the one that when she fires it is comfortable in her hand.
my experience was that 90% of the guns that were comfortable in my hand in the gun shop were uncomfortable when I fired them.
again, for it to be her gun make sure she has the opportunity to fire as many pistols as possible. $100 in rental fees is inexpensive compared to $300 for a pistol that sits in a drawer and is never used.
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My wife likes to shoot my 629 .44 mag. I had to buy her a 686 .357/.38spl to get it back.
I hope you got her a 686+!!!!
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There are quite a few Ruger revolvers like the gp100 that have a nice heavier frame to absorb the recoil. 357 or 327 federal. You can use 38s in the 357 and 32s in the 327. Both have some very manageable low recoil hd loads and are great on ammo availability. I can still get ammo for my 327 and never had a problem getting it through the panic buy.

The good rubbery ergo grip also helps with people who feel like the gun is jumping out of their hands. 4" is the perfect size barrel.

Added bonus of scaling up to a maximum load if needed.
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With respect to the sticky posts in this forum and IMHO...

Don't be misled by the "simplicity" of smaller calibers and revolvers. I started out my gun ownership based on some of those stereotypes, and eventually got a large caliber, good fitting firearm that I enjoy shooting and do not fear!

I would take your wife to an indoor range where she can try out (rent) as many handguns (all types and sizes) as possible. This may take a few trips and a few dollars, but it is so worth it.

Go to the range during their less busy hours to avoid the distraction of others. She can then take her time and handle different firearms and get comfortable with them and then shoot them.

By process of elimination, she can decide what "fits" her. After handling them and shooting them, her mind will remember what fits her hand and eye best. If she finds the right fit, then have her shoot it, shoot it, shoot it! Then, buy it! She will "want" to own it and shoot it!

This is the best method because she will get overwhelmed with gun purchasing advice on particular types and brands and it will defeat the purpose of being a happy and healthy gun owner/user.
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I hope you got her a 686+!!!!
Nope. They had to weaken the cylinder to squeeze in the extra round (the + weighs less than the standard.) Not worth it to me for one extra trigger pull.
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again, too big for my hand was the ruger gp100.
the sp101 was a bit bulky as well but a change of grips might have taken care of that..........
the rugers are built like tanks.
however, at the end of the day I am a smith and Wesson woman when it comes to revolvers.
do not discount a 3 inch barrel........

and if you do it right this will be a First Gun.....this doesn't have to be the one and forever pistol! it is a starter pistol and she can end up saying, "hey, I want something with more power" on her very own. the real trick is learning to love shooting and then graduating!

seriously, have your wife check out chick's website: http://www.hell-in-heels.com/home.html. she is a grand new shooter this year and has learned lots and is passing her learning experience on to other women for free! you and your wife should both read it.

another resource is http://www.corneredcat.com/

i'm betting most did not learn to ride a bike w/o first having had training wheels. again, this hopefully is the first of many pistols because your wife will enjoy it so much she'll be wanting a higher caliber and another pistol.

I think sometimes guys take this way to serious when it should also be fun.
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Right on guys and gals.. I really appreciated the opinions..
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....and if you do it right this will be a First Gun.....this doesn't have to be the one and forever pistol!
Every gun my wife has laid hands on has become a 'forever' gun!!
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every gun I've laid my hands on has become a "forever" gun as well, loop. my point is that the OP doesn't have to approach this "first" gun as a one and only........
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Case and point: took my hubby out Friday for his first time ever are the range. Had the 22lr revolver, the 357 mag revolver and my 1911 .45. He hated the 22 and 45 fell in love with the DA 357. Just goes to show you that everyone is different. I love my 45, you will have to pry that gun out of my cold hands before ever taking it away from me.

Take her to the range let her try them all out and let her decide. If you are trying to surprise her. Take a picture of a gun with a note that states any gun you chooses is yours. Wrap it up nice a pretty then take her to the range that day.
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