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Thanks for all the replies and info on the previous thread. there are so many options... I have been reading a lot and what do y'all think of a 38 special (probably lightweight) or H&R 327 (again probably lightweight), shooting wadcutters. Low recoil and still good stopping power. She can shoot a full size revolver, but trigger pull would be a little limited, hence the single action hammer. Also, to get her to carry it consistently, I would like it to be as light weight as possible. She will probably be getting a ccw and carrying in a fanny pack, even when hiking. Thanks for the input.
 

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.38 spl is a good choice. So is the.327 very good stopping power.
You may consider the Ruger LCR. The trigger is very smooth and very light. There is a variety of styles to chose in bbl length. Some with hammer, some without.
The 4” bbl for carry is super light. Change the grips for better comfort and grip since she has small hands.
She’ll like the light weight and smooth trigger.
 

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My wife has a couple different pistols, a 380 Auto, 9mm and 38 Special. She prefers the 38 Special from Charter Arms called the Lavender Lady. They have another in the same line called the Pink Lady. There may be more in the line I'm not sure. I forget the price and I don't have my logs in front of me, but for entry level it is a dead shot, all fixed sights.
 

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Seems to me that the first thing to be looked into is the issue of weak hands. I understand the problem because I have arthritis in both of my 80 year old hands. Five years ago I went from 9mm to 380 ACP because racking the 9mm was hard and painful. Then the 380 started to be a problem. I started to think about 22LR. A hand therapist suggested that I was going backwards. Every time is step down the problem gets worse. The solution was to do hand exercises to strengthen my then weak hands. She gave me a number of hand exercises to do ever day. In a couple months the 380 was manageable. In a few more months the 9mm was manageable. I now carry 9mm and I sold the 380. This is exactly what the therapist said to me: “if you do not strength the weak hand by exercise, they will continue to get worse, eventually you won’t be able to shoot any gun.” That woke me up.
 

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Moparfreak,
My son just picked up a Ruger LCR in .357 magnum.

The LCR is very light, small and can hide anywhere. The trigger is light, smooth and has a short travel. Unlike the triggers Ruger is commonly known for.
This is meant to be carried a lot, such as a CCW and discharged little. It is definitely NOT a range gun.

Carry with confidence and consistently as your daily ware. You and your wife would be pleased with your choice. You make the choice, you may carry .38 SPL, .38 +P or .357 mag.
For the qualifying of a CCW, use the .38 SPL.

The .22 magnum and the .327 magnum are also available in the LCR.
Another good choice as mentioned above is the .380 semiautomatic. Some, such as the Bersa thunder has an exposed hammer 7 to 10 rounds capacity.
 

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My wife's go to is her SR22 no matter how hard I try and step her up to a .380. It's just what she's comfortable with even though I'd like her to have something with a little more punch behind it I'm good with the fact she's very comfortable and capable with that .22LR
 

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My wife's go to is her SR22 no matter how hard I try and step her up to a .380. It's just what she's comfortable with even though I'd like her to have something with a little more punch behind it I'm good with the fact she's very comfortable and capable with that .22LR
Do not underestimate the potential of a .22lr round. Better to have good, solid hits with the .22 than good solid misses with a bigger caliber.
 
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