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Old March 20th, 2017, 04:44 PM #1
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my wife and the 22

People have always told me when your introducing your wife or daughter or any woman whose brand new to shooting that you allow them to shoot a variety and then allow them to choose what they are comfortable with.

The only thing is my wife chose the 22 which is the weakest of all the calibers and im stuck on should I just over ride what she's comfortable with and get her a 9mm or just buy the fricking 22LR pistol?

What would you do?
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Old March 20th, 2017, 04:45 PM #2
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Happy wife, happy life.

Just be glad she'll go shooting.
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I wouldn't want to be shot with a .22, it would deter me....
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Agreed.

A .22 she is comfortable shooting is a gun she is more likely to use if she needs to defend herself. Forcing her to shoot a 9 or 45 now isn't going to make her want to shoot anything. The shock tramua guy said 2 holes of any size decreased the recipient's chances of survival


The question itself generally proves you are both new. Get her the .22 now, keep shooting and having fun. She might find something larger she likes later.
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I say if she is happy shooting the .22 good enough. I project that eventually she will want to try another gun. That is what my wife did. Now she prefers my 1911.
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Go with what wifey wants. A .22 is what she wants now. Once she likes it, there's always a chance she'll want more gun.

Turn her off with something she's not ready for, and it'll be a long time before she touches another gun.
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On the one hand, you can get her a .22 which she'll love and is fun to shoot, meaning she'll practice more and get used to the noise, and maybe eventually want to move up on her own, after she gains confidence.

Or...

You can get her a caliber she doesn't like to shoot, so she won't practice, won't enjoy it, and will get discouraged about shooting.

Seems like a clear choice!
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I just figured a 22 would only be sufficient coming out of a rifle vs a short barrel pistol.

Point well made about wanting to shoot and defend herself though.
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I really think it's the noise of the bigger calibers even though she won't admit it.

She hasn't shot the 380 yet, that's my last hope next time we go out. Though she's pretty hell bent on the 22.
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Is she leaning revolver or semi auto? A ruger wheel gun would be plenty. 38 special will do the job.
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.380?
Almost all .380's are blowback and lighter framed than 9mm's and have significantly GREATER recoil.

The .380 advantage is concealment, not low recoil.
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Semi automatic. She doesn't like the feel of the revolver at all, took one shot and never touched it again.
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Get her the .22. She'l love it and shoot more, and when she gets really good with it, you won't worry when your out or town for a day or two. And a .22 bullet in the bread basket is a bad thing and ruins a felons night.
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Let her try and then buy what she wants.

She's going to be a whole lot better off with a .22 she's familiar with, likes, and shoots all the time, than she'll ever be with a 9 or a 45 that spends its life in her nightstand drawer.

She'll move up in caliber, if and when she wants to. And if she does, she'll shoot her new choice more often also.

It's more about "want to". There isn't a chambering on the market that can replace that mental and self determination piece.
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Semi automatic. She doesn't like the feel of the revolver at all, took one shot and never touched it again.
If you go .22, then a revolver is the way to go. The iffy rimfire priming is the weak point of the .22. With a semi-auto a fail to fire means having to rack in a really big hurry. With a revolver, just pull the trigger again. Way easier and faster.
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I guess you guys are right, a 22 is better than something she's going to be scared to use but damn I never heard of anybody having a self defense pistol in 22, but I'll get over it even though im not all that comfortable with it.
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What is pupose of weapon? Just plinking...22. If self defense, well it will get job done if accurate shot but most would agree better options. Some good 9' s in terms of recoil if that is concern.

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Judah7. Where are you located? Take her to a range that rents small framed guns. I was at continental today and they had a lot more small guns. Have her try them. My wife got to shoot a g43, thank to a gentleman next lane over. I think he wanted to make sure the sights were right. Keltec pmr30 is a good option.
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If you go .22, then a revolver is the way to go. The iffy rimfire priming is the weak point of the .22. With a semi-auto a fail to fire means having to rack in a really big hurry. With a revolver, just pull the trigger again. Way easier and faster.
Just another reason for me to be iffy on the 22, I'll have to look around and see if there are some reliable 22 semi automatics since the revolver isn't a option in this case.


   
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