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Well, I'm trying to find a good carry pistol for my younger sister, she just turned 21, and she goes to College out of state.

She walks most places and recently she had a shady looking guy ,driving a ghetto mobile, approach her as she was walking home from church at night, thank God he didn't harm her but she felt very alarmed, he actually stopped his car and started walking towards her making comments trying to attract her. She just ingnored him and walked away, but after hearing this story I convinced her to get her CCW permit, now I'm trying to find a good gun for her. I'm considering the S&W 642, 38 Special, or maybe the Ruger LCP, what do you guys think? Any input would be very helpful.
 

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I vote for the 642. I own and carry one religioulsy. it disappears with an uncle mik's IWB holster with jeans and a t-shirt. They are readuly available and can be had relatively inexpensively. Just my opinion
 

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If she's going to be able to learn to use it, then she's gotta shoot it often and have confidence that she can hit with it.

Smith J's and the LCP are for folks that are experianced and motivated.

I would suggest a 3" Model 10 or 64 and start her off with standard loads until she's ready to progress to more effective +P's.
 

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If she's going to be able to learn to use it, then she's gotta shoot it often and have confidence that she can hit with it.

Smith J's and the LCP are for folks that are experianced and motivated.

I would suggest a 3" Model 10 or 64 and start her off with standard loads until she's ready to progress to more effective +P's.
Thanks for the advice guys, a model 10 or 64 I will look into those thanks!
 

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Sadly most people will not carry the handgun they should.It would be more than a NorthAmerican mini gun,and as stated - unless they are doing real range time [ at least monthly - after a lot of time at first],the Ruger mini .380 is still too small for inexperienced shooters.I would hope for her sake that she carrys a S&W 442 or its ilk ,with LOTS of live fire,followed by dry firing and DRAWING weekly.Then shoot monthly.A 3' barreled S&W or Ruger is a great choice and that would be even better than a snub,but women get hinky if there are 'bulges' on their clothing,and a purse carry is silly,first thing taken FAST with force is the purse.
 

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Hey Miz Wendy would you like to peddle that Smith? :) bobw
Sorry, Bob. Once I get a firearm it stays with me. ;)

That 60-10 is a great shooter, though.
 

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ps do you suppose tha guy that started this thread ever got his sister traded off on a new carry gun? :?:
 

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She has to be willing to practice diligently with the arm, and to be willing to stick it in the creep's face, and pull the trigger, if need be.

If she can't, or won't, do that, then she needs a good-sized, armed, escort or boyfriend to accompany her on any late-night sojourns.

I did that with my wife at selected late-night college classes nearly fifty years ago. I always carried a concealed, good-sized bladed weapon, probably not legal, but effective at close range.

I am heavier now, but in those days, I was six feet, 188 lbs, and a boxer and wrestler. Another point: we were never hassled because in those days I looked like a guy who was ready to fight hard.

I have had others tell me that in many circumstances, appearance -- I gave off the aura that I might be a very violent guy -- often is a lot of the solution.

I don't know. I am now a grandfather in my late sixties. But I usually go armed in some fashion.

Bill
 

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Well Wendy can't fault you for that :) I believe in buying Smiths and not selling them either. Was that one of those Horton Specials? any suggestions on where to find one and if you would what is the going rate on them these days? bobw ps do you suppose tha guy that started this thread ever got his sister traded off on a new carry gun? :?:
Hi, Bob. That isn't a Lew Horton, just a everyday Smith 60 in .357. I think I gave $350 for mine a number of years ago. No box or anything, but still it looks like new and shoots like a dream.
 

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She has to be willing to practice diligently with the arm, and to be willing to stick it in the creep's face, and pull the trigger, if need be.

Bill
That is very true, Bill. Practice! And know beforehand that you will be willing to kill if need be. I have so enjoyed my life too much to allow it to end without a fight and especially not to the criminals that are prowling this country.
 

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A gun for self defense is fine but she must also learn basics just for the fact that if she is in college on campus or going to or from campus or living on campus she can not be carrying a gun legally. Having good street smarts can usually keep you out of situations. Being able to physically get away if she has to is more important than trying to shoot a target for preparing to shoot someone. Travel with someone, take different routes, let people know where you are going. There are a lot of self defense classes available for women, I would suggest that first and the gun later. A gun is just a tool, not a fix all. Be safe out there, James.
 

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I have the S&W 642. It disapears in a pocket carry holster. Slides nicly in a coat pocket ( run all five rounds through your coat pocket if need to, no hammer no problem). Works great as a back up gun in an ankle holster.
642 would fit nicely in a purse. Point & shoot weapon, real simple shooter. No way I'd want to be down range of a .38
Be my recomendation to a man/woman for ccw.
 

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I think that she should enroll in a Karate class. I did while in college in Boston. Only took it for 6 months.......but it has paid off big time for all of my life. You carry yourself with confidence....all of the time. Predators pick up on it, and won't bother you. I never had to use it...though I was in tough areas in Boston, Hartford, and Springfield. i don't think my naturally good looks....had anything to do with it.

Now that I'm old and disabled, I carry a 36 with me. Just can't handle those young punks, anymore!!!!
BTW.....make sure she legal to carry.....before she buys a gun. I think that a small .380 Ruger LCP should do the trick. Bob
 

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My wife likes her Walther PPS for easy lightweight concealed carry. She picked it out because of it's smaller frame and ease of use. The point more than any is she needs to pick out one that she will carry and use if the need arises. The one she won't carry won't do her a bit of good if it's kept in the nightstand drawer. If you can take her to a range with a small group of pistols and smaller revolvers and then let her decide which she feels will best suit her needs.
If I had my choice, my wife would carry full load .45 ACP self defense ammo in my XD-45, but it's a bit big and it would be unrealistic for me to expect her to carry it all the time.
So she got to pick her own handgun for just such reasoning.
Good luck and you are on the right path for sure.
 

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That's real good advice!!! If the gun is heavy and larger.....she won't carry it! It won't do any good back at home!!!!! A small, lightweight, easy to conceal, semi-auto .380 pistol is perfect. It's not a .357 or .45.....but it won't be left at home, either. Bob
 
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