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looking for first gun

My mom is looking for a gun. After looking around, she thinks she wants one of the following:

Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact .40
Smith & Wesson Ladysmith .38
S&W Bodyguard .38
S&W M638 Stainless
Ruger LCR .38 Special
Glock .40

Anyone got one that they may want to pass along?
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Let her pick out the pistol she wants. Also, what will she be using it for?
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Let her pick out the pistol she wants. Also, what will she be using it for?
Agreed, when she holds the guns on that list or perhaps whatever she looks into she will know immediately.

If it's for home protection you could alway have your mom look at side by side shotguns and just go in the garage and do a little chop job. LOL

She won't miss that's for sure. I would freak out if I was a bad guy and a mother came down the stairs with a sawed off shotgun.
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A sawed off shottie will get you 10 years in the pokey (unless you do an AOW or SBS) but that is a whole other story. I'm 5'10" 210 and due to a medical problem, I cannot handle a shotgun. Some women may find themselves in the same boat. Biden was wrong, lol!

Seriously, more info would be great. Fwiw all the weapons you listed are fine. The Glock in .40 is a great buy because for $109 you can pick up a 9mm barrel from Lone Wolf and have two guns in one. I have seen and used 9mm rounds used in a .40 cal magazine, but IMHO it's fine for the range or backyard shooting, but for concealed carry or home defense, I would use 9mm mags.

Also if she works in certain fields (LEO, paramedic, some forms of transportation), she can buy a Glock for much less than retail, and it comes with a third magazine.

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Have her look at guns that she can cock with ease and feel good in her hand. The ladysmith line is designed for that reason.
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Meh, she can blow your ass away with any of the above. Buy the cheapest.


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If she's in town, head up to Milton to Thunder Shooting. They had a decent selection the last time I was up there (month or so ago). Dam Road in Delavan has some deals on compacts. Still not fond of Addies here in town. They still have that "fudd attitude" even with a new owner. Definately avoid Beloit Sports Center. How that place stays open IDK.

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The firearms you listed for your mom will all do just fine. My questions are

What kind of experience and interest does she have in shooting?
Is the gun for carry or just home defense?
Has she herself held or fired any of these listed?

As a instructor and someone who has used a firearm in defense I would recommend to use the firearm that feels best to her after shooting it.

The Glock is a easy and reliable gun to use in 9,40 but size will matter if used to carry. Meaning G17 or 19, G22 or 23 or maybe a baby Glock?

The LCR is a great gun easy to use but is snappy with nothing to help with recoil

I find that 380 isn't fun to bang away with meaning not fun to shoot means you won't practice

BTW nothing is better for home defense than a pump 12ga

I have many of the firearms you listed in stock, if I can help let me know
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I would steer her toward a wheel gun. If you short stroke a pump action shotgun, you're screwed, newbie's and semi-auto pistol usually are not a good mix. 38+P ammo has the same knock down power as a 9MM.

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I agree to a point. I will stress to you again your mom must train with the firearm she chooses as her life may depend on it. Short carry style wheel guns are not the most fun to shoot even in 38 wad cutter. 38 +P is a hand full for new shooters. The newbie and semi-auto comment does not hold a lot of water though. Law Enforcement and the military trains all newbies on semi-auto pistols. Remember the the 6 Ps, proper planning prevents piss poor performance!
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I agree to a point. I will stress to you again your mom must train with the firearm she chooses as her life may depend on it. Short carry style wheel guns are not the most fun to shoot even in 38 wad cutter. 38 +P is a hand full for new shooters. The newbie and semi-auto comment does not hold a lot of water though. Law Enforcement and the military trains all newbies on semi-auto pistols. Remember the the 6 Ps, proper planning prevents piss poor performance!
Thought this was home defense, not carry. No reason to get short barreled wheel gun for home protection.

As for the military training all newbies on semi-autos, I wouldn't trust half of ten with a butter knife. And since when does military purchase anything based on practicality? Lol
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It would be nice if the OP would chime in. And I'm amazed no one asked for pictures of the mom, lol!
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It would be nice if the OP would chime in. And I'm amazed no one asked for pictures of the mom, lol!
Sorry; hadn't been on CLSB since I posted.

I think she's a great woman, but I think you'd prefer the pit paddock picture thread.

And thanks, all, for the info. I appreciate it.


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The firearms you listed for your mom will all do just fine. My questions are

What kind of experience and interest does she have in shooting?
Is the gun for carry or just home defense?
Has she herself held or fired any of these listed?

As a instructor and someone who has used a firearm in defense I would recommend to use the firearm that feels best to her after shooting it.

The Glock is a easy and reliable gun to use in 9,40 but size will matter if used to carry. Meaning G17 or 19, G22 or 23 or maybe a baby Glock?

The LCR is a great gun easy to use but is snappy with nothing to help with recoil

I find that 380 isn't fun to bang away with meaning not fun to shoot means you won't practice

BTW nothing is better for home defense than a pump 12ga

I have many of the firearms you listed in stock, if I can help let me know
Thank you for the info about the guns. I'll pass that along.

Mom was part of a group safety presentation by a local officer who included guns as part of the discussion and also let them shoot it. She liked it. She was kind of a tomboy growing up.

The gun would be kept at home and taken to the range; I don't see her concealed carrying.

She has gone to a lot of stores and held various guns to come up with the list above. She has not fired them. I'm unedumacated about this kind of stuff; how would she go about testriding them?
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Call your local range, and see if they rent guns. If they do, make a list of the ones you want to try. One LGS has a program that if you rent a gun, or a few, then buy a gun the same day, all the rental fees to toward the purchase. Ask your shop that rents if they will do that.
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