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: a shotgun is by far the most effective close range weapon that you could get. if you are thinking on getting a gun to perhaps get your girl interested in shooting, think twice before you buy a snubby. they bark and recoil something fierce for a novice shooter. i did the same for my wife and found this out the hard way. all it did was turn her off from shooting. my advice is that if you intend to have your wife shoot it and you are **** bent on a handgun, get a full size 357 and start her out with 38 specials and go from there. the full size of the gun (weight and barrel length) will make it more fun to shoot and if your real concern is home protection and you dont want to heed the shotgun advice, smaller aint better for a pillow gun. how the perception that a snubby makes for a good woman's gun got started is beyond me. good luck!
 

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My wife is on the petite side, she loves her S+W mod 60 3 inch barrel. She also outshoots a lot of men {including me sometimes} with tricked out guns when we go to the range. Stock gun except for Sile grips and some trigger polishing. 125gr jhp+P or 158gr lswchp +p and she is set. Only drawback is capacity, but thats what the Remington 870 is for.
 

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My wife really likes her Colt Detective Special in 38 spec. Hers has the underlug shroud on the barrel, and it has a bobbed hammer. This she carries or has by the bed. I don't think she could handle a 357 in a snubby as she doesn't like shooting mine in the larger frames.

She also has a 12ga with 19" barrel, a pistol grip, and a laser dot sight, hid away in the house. This I keep loaded with light trap loads.

I think her shotgun is her first choice if she has time to get it. She's wacked several critters at night with the 12 ga. that were getting into things around the place or bothering our animals.

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Larry,

I've got to agree with Myronman3. A shotgun is not only my first choice for my wife but for myself as well. I think a shotgun makes the most sense for those of us who have no formal training in handling a handgun in a crisis situation.

When it comes to learning how to shoot a handgun, I believe the good ole .22 is the place to begin. A standard size .357 using 38s is a nice next step.

Blessings!

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>A shotgun is not only my first choice for my
>wife but for myself as well.

Yea, I have to agree, if I have to step outside at night to see what the trouble is, I usually grab the old double barrel 12.

But for "carrying" I have given up my beloved revolvers and gone to a Ruger 9mm spray and pray. I like it because it is thinner. I got the one that doesn't have any saftey so in that sense it works like a revolver.

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You're on the right track, Larry but knowing women like I do, I think I would choose one that I wouldn't mind being shot with. :)
 

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even for those with formal training...

the person with a shotgun has a distinct advantage over someone with another weapon, especially a pistol. 3 years as a airborne ranger and in a close combat scenario, my first choice is a 12 gauge shotgun loaded with 00 buck. each pellet is equal to a 357 slug and with each shot you have about 12-15 pellets. multiply that by how ever many you have in the tube and you will see the beauty of the shotgun. now consider that you dont have to be very precise with your aiming and that pellets dont penetrate walls so good ( a big consideration if you have a family ). there are some situations where a handgun is more practical than a shotgun, but home protection isnt one of them. i also doubt very many people are going to out shoot anyone while using a snubby 38. say what you want, but i aint going to believe that until i see it in person.
 

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I would go with any good .38 revolver stoked with +p hollow points. The shot gun is a devistating weapon, but the average woman is afraid of the big thing. Also, the larger weapon would be easier to snatch away from her, especially if she is scared of it and holding it like it might bite her(which it dang well might!). That's why I have a nice S&W model 10 for my honey. She feels more comfortable with it and the recoil won't hurt her like my Winchester Defender 12 guage will. :D
 

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My wife has a 6 inch ruger 357, also a mossburg pump .410 with a spreader choke loaded with 6-3 inchers loaded with #6 shot. ever shot anybody?
 

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I'd have to agree with Paladin on the Mossy .410 pump gun, but I'd recommend stoking it with #4 shot if it will pattern it well.

For a handgun, Ruger's Security-Six or GP-100 series would be good candidates. The 6" variants would be preferable if she's not going to carry them as the longer barrel will help eat up some of the recoil. While I have never shot any through either of mine, they should both handle .38 Specials well. With full power loads (fun, he he), the GP is more pleasant to shoot, IMHO (mine is 6" full lug) than the Security-Six.

The truth of the matter, though, is that while revolvers are easy to use, some women just don't like them. They are loud (muzzle blast and blast from barrel/cylinder gap), DA trigger pull is often heavy, and capacity is limited. Automatics have better capacity, aren't as loud (usually, but .357 Sig is a good exception here), and can be fired a little faster by the average person if necessary. What you need to do is take your wife out and let her shoot a little of everything. Borrow guns from friends if you have to, rent them from the range if possible, and let her decide what she likes. Remember, she has to be comfortable with it because she is the one that is going to have to use it if/when the time comes. If it is not something she is comfortable with, she will not pick it up, or if she does, she will be less likely to use it if it is needed.

Let her pick out her handgun, find a good pump or semi-auto shotgun that she can handle well (youth model if she is petite), then get her to practice with both until she is comfortable with either. Then get her in the state of mind that the shotgun is the preferred weapon and that the handgun is only if nothing else is immediately on hand. Adding some sort of a rifle or carbine (M1 Carbine, Ruger Mini-14, or Ruger PC4/9) to the mix may help. If she decides on a 9mm or .40 S&W Ruger, a PC9 or PC4 would be ideal because they use the same magazines as the Ruger pistols.
 

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You have to go with what she is comfortable with. If she, like some of the other ladies, is comfortable with a short barreled handgun, and she can be taught properly, especially with good hearing protection and light loads, then head in that direction.

Shotguns don't come problem free. The muzzle blast and recoil are fearsome, even with light birdshot loads, for a small woman. Another thing most people forget about is that you have to be pretty accurate with a shotgun. Most I have shot out to 15-20 yards or so retain fairly tight patterns, not the 'spray' that most folks expect from a scattergun.

I've seen my hunting buddies miss turkeys, while going for head/neck shots, at 20 yards because their patterns were too tight or, they didn't know how tight the pattersn were.

The truth is that no weapon you purchase for your wife for home defense will be the only answer. She, and you by her side, have to practice with whatever it is until she is both comfortable and confident with it.

Believe it or not, something like a snubbie, with grips that fit her hand, and light loads like wadcutters, may be a great introduction to firearms for her and start her in the right direction. My wife went through the shotgun business (too loud and too much recoil), to the 357 (too much bark) to the 38 snubbie (loved it with wadcutters) to her Beretta 21A (with which she could skip cans). I have always felt that a gal who can skip cans with a 22 is better off than one who cannot hit with a 38. And since someone bent on harm does not consider bore size as a deterrent, hot lead is all that talks and the more they get the less likey they will be to continue with their current choice of occupation. Here is where 7 rounds of 22 solid into the body mass does better than 6 rounds of 38 through the wall.

Just my 2 cents worth. Mikey.
 

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I hear a lot of support for the shotgun but I think many people forget that you are most likely taking shots within the confines of a room, generally 12' or less. Have you ever patterned any shotgun at 12 feet. It is definatly devistating because of the tight pattern but in that situation is probably no more accurate than a handgun. I also think that women are more reluctant to shoot than most men thus allowing an assailant closer and a better opportunity to disarm them, especially with a longer weapon such as a shotgun. On the plus side the shotgun can have a psycological advantage on an assailant over a handgun but I question how significant that is. Though a shotgun is a short range weapon I don't necessarily agree that it is a tight quarters weapon. As far as fire power........ revolver-5-6 rnds, semi auto 7-18 rnds, shotgun 5-8 rnds.
 

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:D I think a lot of us kinda miss the point of women in general. We have this testosterone that tells us that we be stronger than them. Any of us ever witn an argument with one. Nuff said on that point. As fer a shotgun fer females,it is the best that any of us can have in a CQB type situation A side by side is the best because it is the simplest to teach one that is unfamiliar with firearms to use. Open bbl,insert two rounds,close bbl,take off saftey,point and shoot. Well,maybe a single shot is easierbut then again it is only one round,and they might need two. We kinda ferget,that a shotgun does not have one projectile. I dont recommend buckshot fer a residential protection type arm that is used inside of a residence,but do recommend #4 shot. It is devastating out to about 15 yards,but we are talking an average of 5 yards. At five yards,the spread with average 5 inches regardless of shot used. That is out of an 18.5 inch bbl shotgun. One round will give an average of 150 #4 shot into that five inch cyrcle. Two shots would give roughly 300 of them little critters goin into the bad guy. There aint a handgun around that can match that my friends. That shot harge will stay together and go almost all the way through a bad guy at that range. The other thing is that she is going to probalby be so scared she wont even know the gun went off untill the bad guy hits the ground,or wall,or wall,cealing,floor,,,etc. The other thing that some may miss that if a female has been targeted,it will be a planned situation on the acters part most of the time. The psych effect of a two holler at that distance make for a very one sided conversation. The one with the gun,is the only one talking. I cheap two holer is geat insurance. Teach em to put the butt stock under thier arm,and tight to thier side.,left hand guide the barrel to target location,and the right hand triggers the round. The should also be taught that there is a point of no return. Once the bad guy is over that line,he is to be shot,center of mass,twice. Reload right away,and repeat if necessary with another acter. I always taught if they are at the bedroom door,that is the point of no return ,and that distance is an average of 2 to 4 yards....If they cant get close,they cant get the gun away. A handgun under the pillow is ok,but,she will have to have far more training in order to act properly. And she will react,providing that she has benn trained Im a little over 6 feet,and weigh in around 270.I also was a power lifter for 16 years,so im kinda not a small individual. I have been around a long time and know that size has its advantages,but,not all the time. When I have trouble,the first thing I grab is my pump shotgun with 12 rounds,then my glock,then my flashlight to see what the dogs are raising **** about. We should not ever underestimate a female becasue of her gender in her ability to handle a firearm,but they do have to be trained,just like us testosterone type guys do, ya know....Also at the first sign of something going wrong,dont ferget to dial 911,and dont hang up the phone. It is real usefull in court if the bad guy had a friend that said he was not where he was shot at. Her screaming dont come in here,and he does,is good insurance that she shot in the protection of her own life. Also that load of #4 shot will most likely not go into the next room after going through a wallto kill or injure one of the kids that might be there. The might get a couple owies,but not a 158gr one. Stay safe King. Also run her through a drill dooing this seerl times. And have her play it ovver in her head also. Then she will react the way she has learned. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: King
 

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How many of you guys have shot at a simulated wall with a shotgun? We found out that a trap load will penetrate 6( SIX) Interior home walls.The walls were a single layer of gypsum board on each side of a 2"x4" frame set 10 feet apart in a straight line.Yes, the pattern got larger as the distance increased.The shot may have been # 6 ,not 8's ,CRS ya know. I'd still rather my wife used a shotgun instead of a pistol for home defense.
Imagine the effect that sound of racking in a shell has on the bad guy!
might even have to clean the rug :oops: jh
 

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House Gun for a woman.....or even a macho man

I would recommend a Smith & Wesson hammerless revolver.
Check out the Model 642LS (Ladysmith) and then load it with .38 (+p) hollowpoints.
Low maintenance, snag free, simple to operate, and always ready to go.

Macho "house guys" can go with the regular S&W Model 642.

These guns are easy to shoot and are accurate.

Additionally, both models make great carry guns for those with permits.
 

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King, great post above. Thanks for the insite.
 

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well, i would say revolver, but not an automatic, because of simplicity, but that is for a pistol, and if the woman can hit the target, i would say shotgun as long as she can handle the recoil, it will be hard to miss
 

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I hope your wife never has to use a gun for protection .If the need should arise though,I think King has the best idea.He and I must think alike cause when tha dog starts to bark I get ready too myself. I reload a lots and shoot a lots of handgun and rifle but when things might go wrong I will take a shotgun any day over any kind of weapon. The destruction capacity for a shot gun with the right charge is unmatched.I have done a lot more than most to come to this conclusion. I have shot junk autos,trucks,and unoccupied houses on the farm just to see what to expect and what kind of damage it will do. I don't know of anything thats legal that can compare.Besides, when the bad guy looks down those barrels he don't see a tomb stone.That guy will see a whole graveyard and she might not have to use it. These are just my thoughts,nothing written in stone! I wish for everyone to stay safe. I am CAL....... :D
 

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actualty i was at my local range today and there was a ton of women there shooting .357's, .45 glocks, .22 match pistols, everything and they were hitting the mark
 

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:D Dragthewaters: What you have to realize is that if you are shooting at a range,that is a controlled situation. When you wake up in the night due to ..whatever..it is not a controlled situation. It is something that needs little thought at the original stage. This is where training comes in.. No training,no proper reaction. Anyone can stand on thier hand legs and hit a target with a handgun a close range. Gender is not relivant to it. But.,having something jump up(situation) without any prior knowledge of it going to occure is to be set up for failure. in ref to that situation. I always taught that you ,in order to react without thought,is tp practice a draw with an unloaded weapon at the least amount in the order of 3000 attempts. When you get to that number a little item comes into play called " muscle memory",and an external stimulus will cause that to come into playvertually instantly without concsious thought. That is where you want to be. Now,back to the weapon. When a stress situation occures,the less actions that you have to do to put yourself in to a high protection or repel of threat mode,the better. A side by side,tucked into the armpit has vetually no recoil. As a mater of information. The shootings that I have direct knowledge of where there was a shooting by a homeowner inside of thier residence with the highest take out of the bad guy involved a shotgun. Not a handgun. I can name two or three in the last four years where a handgun saved the day,but the scale will always point to a shotgun for terminating a close range threat situation.,where the badguy did not get any closer that 10 feet to the shooter. If he is inside of that ten foot range,and a handgun is used,there is probably going to be some physical contact with the shooter and the acter. We do not want any contact between the two of a physical nature. Last year an older lady punched the ticket onna badguy that entered into her bedroom,and she had had physical contact with him,and a handgun was used that inturn killed the badguy,she fired five or six times,with four making contact with the shortly to be deceased rapist. But,I know of more,where the homeowner was properly trained with that two holer that really shortened the confrontation. I would have the shotgun next to the bed,and the handgun under the pillow,but the shotun is always going to be first. And you have to remember. I was a cop for 32 years,and a firearms instructer,which means somewhere there probably is some practical knowledge instead of not ,involved in the why and what of things. Stay safe...king
 
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