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    Suggestions on ccw piece for smaller woman?

    My wife is looking for a carry piece that will be easier to conceal. She would prefer either something for pocket carry or IWB holster carry. She carries a glock 19 in winter but in summer that isn't easy to conceal well.

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    Well, if she doesn't mind training with it, as it's tough to shoot at first (light weight + small size = large recoil) I love my LCP. The LC9 has much better sights, not to mention you get to stay with 9mm (as she has the G19). However, I doubt the size difference between the LC9 and the G19 is that much. I've carried the LCP with a supertuck deluxe and LITERALLY forgotten that I had it on even while driving.

    I will say that laser sights for it really are a must as the sights are a joke. If the LCP is too expensive then check out the Taurus one (can't remember the name). It has a mag that holds the bolt open on the final round, which is nice (the LCP doesn't) and it comes with a neat little holster. The KelTec P3AT is also a good choice. All three of those are basically the same.

    I would recommend checking which of them the crosbreed super tuck deluxe is available for as that holster is sweet! Or the mini tuck too.

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    My wife has a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380. It is very nice to shoot, has a laser built in and is small.

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    Are you in Southern Wisconsin? We could meet up sometime for her to shoot my LCP, or at least have her hold one.

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    When I was looking at CC I ran across the LCR by ruger:
    http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CA4Q8gIwAQ

    And this vid shows many ways women can conceal(many with the gun linked above):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogGBP...e_gdata_player

    Good luck.
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    LCP for pocket carry or IWB deep concealment. I've noticed women carry differently then men so I'm not sure if they can IWB a larger or smaller firearm then a similar sized man.

    The LC9 is a no-go for pocket carry, unless you got super baggy pants. I'm a big dude and my pants have big pockets but it still ain't happening. She may be-able to IWB carry comfortably it if shes use to the G19.

    I still vote for the LCP because I'd bet most people would be more apt to carry it instead of leaving it behind because a larger pistol is uncomfortable but, I've never met your wife so that might not apply to her.

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    The reason I suggested the LCR is because the girl in the vid was able to conceal in skin tight pants as well as several other areas. And that gun has very low recoil for being a revolver.

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    My daughter's mother carried a KelTec, first a .32 then a 9 mm. Fluffed and buffed, they were fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul@paul-fisher.com View Post
    My wife has a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380. It is very nice to shoot, has a laser built in and is small.
    Mrs. Plankton has this also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcice View Post
    The reason I suggested the LCR is because the girl in the vid was able to conceal in skin tight pants as well as several other areas. And that gun has very low recoil for being a revolver.
    My father had a LCR. I shot it a few times and the recoil was a bit much for me. The light weight frame does not absorb the recoil.
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    My wife carries a Lady Smith and Wesson in 357mag. It fits her had and it is easy to conceal. She handles the 357 easily.

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    The LCP has a thinner profile than the LCR. I suggest getting her to shoot whatever she think she will like before buying it. The LCP recoil is snappy, but it's not a range gun.

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    Sig P238 .380, or the Bersa Thunder CC .380

    The Sig is smaller, has better sights, shoots smoother, and is more expensive.

    The Bersa is a bit larger, has almost non existent sights, is DA/SA, and affordable.

    I strongly recommend letting her handle a variety of guns and letting her pick what feels best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyGuy View Post
    Are you in Southern Wisconsin? We could meet up sometime for her to shoot my LCP, or at least have her hold one.
    Yea we live in the west bend area. I think an LCP or LC9 could work. The LC9 does appear to be decently smaller than the 19. It's an inch shorter in length and half inch shorter in height. So far she hasn't been a fan of revolvers, so those might not be an option. But I think she should give the LCR a try. Also thought maybe the Kahr CM9? Sig P238 might be an option.


    So I guess we could look at:

    LCP
    LCR
    LC9
    Kahr CM9
    Sig P238


    If anyone in our area has any of these let me know if you'd be willing to meet up so she can try them out!
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    I'm not a little guy (5'11" 190#) but I found the Kahr CM9 and PW9 (or whatever) to be really difficult to rack the slide. I would imagine a generic woman (IDK your wife's build) would have an even harder time doing it.

    The LC9 has better sights, and you could keep using the 9mm round. I just didn't know if the size is that much different from the G19. I honestly DONT know. The LC9 wasn't out when I was looking. I do think the LCR is thicker than the LCP though due to the cylinder.

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    She should at least try the LCR 38spl. I have the 357/38 version, and that might be a little rough to handle if shooting the 357Mag, but the LCR 38spl. Or 38spl+P , especially with the Hogue Tamer Grips develops a lot less recoil. It's also very concealable, accurate, has a "sweet" trigger, and lightweight. Take care and good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyGuy View Post
    I'm not a little guy (5'11" 190#) but I found the Kahr CM9 and PW9 (or whatever) to be really difficult to rack the slide. I would imagine a generic woman (IDK your wife's build) would have an even harder time doing it.

    The LC9 has better sights, and you could keep using the 9mm round. I just didn't know if the size is that much different from the G19. I honestly DONT know. The LC9 wasn't out when I was looking. I do think the LCR is thicker than the LCP though due to the cylinder.
    The LC9 is almost an in shorter in length and a half inch shorter in height so it could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwguy11 View Post
    Yea we live in the west bend area. I think an LCP or LC9 could work. The LC9 does appear to be decently smaller than the 19. It's an inch shorter in length and half inch shorter in height. So far she hasn't been a fan of revolvers, so those might not be an option. But I think she should give the LCR a try. Also thought maybe the Kahr CM9? Sig P238 might be an option.


    So I guess we could look at:

    LCP
    LCR
    LC9
    Kahr CM9
    Sig P238


    If anyone in our area has any of these let me know if you'd be willing to meet up so she can try them out!
    If your gonna look at sigs the p220 is really nice too. and tiny. ad decently cheap for a sig.

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    look at the LC9 , I like it ,a number of others, men and women i have talked to looked at the options and went with it also
    when everything comes down to shape , ounces and fractions of an inch some thing 1/8 inch narrower 1/2 inch shorter and a 1/4 inch less in height with rounded edges can be all it takes to make it fit.

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    My wife is 5'2" and 100#'s. She has the Taurus PT740 Slim. If that is something that you would like to try, let me know.

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    Spent three months contemplating CM9, CW9, LC9, PF9 and PT709 for the Mrs, comparing size, weight, functions, and of course aesthetics.

    This week we picked up a Taurus PT709 Slim (bitone, NIB). Got it from a guy in MI via gunbroker.com for $299.

    Mrs loves it...Even feels decent in my big mitts. I'm contemplating getting one as a backup.

    My only two complaints are the stock sights leave much to be desired, and I should really de-burr this thing. My patches and towels are always catching on something.
    Last edited by pepsiaddict; 03-30-2012 at 09:34 PM.

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    Ruger LCR

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