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My wife has decided she is getting her Concealed Handgun Licence. She has been thinking about it for several years, but is now going to take the steps to complete the idea. When she was talking about it a while back, she asked me what she should buy for a pistol. I told her a Ruger LC9, based on my experience with the one I sometimes carry. We went to the LGS and she purchased an LC9. After shooting it, she decided that the recoil was too much for her. She latched onto my LCR-22 and has enjoyed shooting that at the range. I really dont want her carrying a 22, so I coaxed her to try my Sig P238, just to see how she handled the rack, and recoil. She was good with that, so then we try the Bersa Thunder 380. Nope, too much recoil. When Ruger announced the LC380, I knew that would be the pistol for her. I like the idea of the Double Action Only operation, for her. She has shot lots of 22 revolvers over the years, so the long trigger of the LC380 wont be an issue.

I cruise Armslist regularly, just for entertainment. I spotted an LC380 with 21 rounds fired, for sale with box and all accessories and a box of 50 Blazers for $350. I went this morning and purchased it, and got $10 off. So, $320 for the pistol, taking the $20 discount for the ammo. I took 150 rounds of Blazer Aluminum, and 50 rounds of Blazer Brass with me, and after the transaction, went to the range. I shot 250 rounds with no failures of any kind. The pistol locked open at the end of every magazine without fail. Accuracy is just like I expected, right on the money at 5 yards. This is another success for Ruger.

The pistol is easy to rack. Felt recoil to me wasnt as light as I expected, but certainly reasonable. I am not recoil sensitive, but I guess I expected it to feel like a 22, which it doesnt. I shot my LC9 along side today for comparison, and really didnt feel a HUGE difference. Yes, the LC380 has less recoil, but its not dramatic, IMHO. I then shot my Kel-Tec P32(32acp) and there is a substantial difference in felt recoil there. Then the FN FNX-45. That brings a smile to my face every time I shoot it. What an exceptional pistol that is.

My wifes birthday is the end of this month. Along with a few things I have picked up for her, including a Hydrangea tree that she has asked for, she will get the LC380. I need to hit Ebay for a Crimson Trace Laser for it, and she will be all set. Bottom picture is 5 yards, elbows rested. 3"x3" Post-It note



 

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She will love it .. I bought mine and I switch back between my lc9 and lc380. All I did was replace the guide rods to stainless both were $35..... I let mom shoot them both and she like the feel of the recoil a lot better in the .380. You did a good job she will be happy with her birthday present ...
 

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That is essentially the same process I went thru with my wife. She liked the size and style of my LC9, but didn't like the recoil.

She fell in love with her LC380 the first time she shot it. The only issue we have had has been the failure of the slide to lock back with an empty mag. I have found that a little oil behind the slide lock lever seems to fix that though.

I would rather not have to buy 2 types of ammo, but it is nice that any accessories or holsters I buy can be used by her as well. It makes it an easier sell when I can convince her it is like a 2 for 1 deal! :D

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My wife chose the LC380 because she could rack the slide. She started out to get the LCP, but that is a tough little bugger to pull the slide back. I think she will be a lot happier with the recoil of the LC380 compared to the LCP, also.
 

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Not to be a killjoy or spoilsport, but did anyone consider a small .38 revolver? Then ya got .38 and the option for .38+P ammo. An LCR is a nice little gun and you don't have to load magazines, check the chamber, etc.

Just curious, why or why not? :confused: Don't know that there is a right or wrong answer....
 

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At least in my wife's case, she just wanted a small semi-auto. She already has an SP101. Neither is she recoil shy, having won a shelf full of trophies with a 44mag in IHMSA competitions.
 

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Not to be a killjoy or spoilsport, but did anyone consider a small .38 revolver? Then ya got .38 and the option for .38+P ammo. An LCR is a nice little gun and you don't have to load magazines, check the chamber, etc.

Just curious, why or why not? :confused: Don't know that there is a right or wrong answer....
My wife has shot my KLCR(357) with medium power .38 and found the recoil unpleasant. She has limited strength in her hands due to age and disability. She cant control a heavy recoiling handgun. A revolver has nothing to soak up recoil. A locked breech autoloader soaks up some recoil with the slide reciprocating. She handles my P95 just fine, but cant handle the .38 revolver. An autoloader was the best choice for her.
 

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I'm an old revolver guy, but for self defense, I prefer a semi-auto pistol. It gives me more rounds and a quicker reload. Also you can get a slimmer gun in an auto. A revolver's cylinder is thick i comparison.
 
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