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Old 12-02-2019, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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need help picking a pistol for my wife's Christmas present

I had an M&P22 on the way, only to find it had a threaded barrel=no go in california.

So since that fell through, I need some help. I was trying to find a 22lr since its cheap and fun, but open to other mainstream calibers. She has her own kimbers and enjoys them, I don't really like the cost of .45.

I am trying to stay under $500.
I have the ability to legally get around the california pistol list, but it can't be classified as an assualt weapon (threaded barrel, shroud, mag in front of the grip).
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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https://www.browning.com/products/fi.../1911-380.html

https://waltherarms.com/pk380/

https://www.ruger.com/products/markI...rd/models.html



depends on what she likes, but my old lady is short with small hands and doesn't care to shoot much besides .380 and .22lr for any duration. the ruger mark/high standard frames are as big as she cares to go, and likely only because they are 22lr.

Does she enjoy revolvers? 22lr revolvers are a good time.

I don't know if the above are on the unconstitutional handgun roster or not
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My old lady has the M&P Shield, thing is quite small and any round we’ve ever put through it has been no issue with FTF, FTE, FTL. She really likes it as a range gun and her carry.
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My old lady has the M&P Shield, thing is quite small and any round we’ve ever put through it has been no issue with FTF, FTE, FTL. She really likes it as a range gun and her carry.


X2 on this. Wife and I both have one. They eat anything. Under $300 is really common. We ordered our through Palmetto State


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Old 12-02-2019, 09:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A bit over $500, but not much, check out a Smith & Wesson 317 revolver. I have one with a 3" barrel, it's super fun, and weighs about a pound.

22lr 8 shot double action revolver with adjustable sights.
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last I looked aim had some police tradein smith model 10s for a decent price, and every one of that age I've ever handled has had an amazing trigger
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I have this and really like it fro plinking.

https://ruger.com/products/sr22Pistol/models.html
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ruger sr22 is semi auto, small grip and lots of fun.
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I have this and really like it fro plinking.

https://ruger.com/products/sr22Pistol/models.html
I believe that it also has a "threaded" barrel though.
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I believe that it also has a "threaded" barrel though.

Mine isn't. Looks like it is available both ways.
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I believe that it also has a "threaded" barrel though.
you can get the threaded model or non. lots of options and colors.
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the help.
I have an SR22, great little gun (highly recommend it).

I have seen a few Kimbers on GB for right above $500, but not sure if she would like it.

How are the GSG 1911's or the GSG 16's? Those look like fun little plinkers.
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My old lady has the M&P Shield, thing is quite small and any round we’ve ever put through it has been no issue with FTF, FTE, FTL. She really likes it as a range gun and her carry.
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X2 on this. Wife and I both have one. They eat anything. Under $300 is really common. We ordered our through Palmetto State


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Again this.

The shield is my EDC (2.0 not the 1.0) and I love it, have over 3000 rounds thru it now, and never a problem. The thing eats every type of round I have fed it with zero problems. Match that with a under $300 price tag, the fact it IS on the CA roster, 8+1 (so under the magic 10 for CA). All around a great gun.
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I should have added, we have a shield. It is a another great gun.
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If you already have a shield then why doesn't she just continue to use that? I was going to post up another recommendation for the shield since it's on sale again at Palmetto and with a $50 rebate making it $199 for a nice 9mm EDC pistol

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Thank you all for the help.
I have an SR22, great little gun (highly recommend it).

How are the GSG 1911's? Those look like fun little plinkers.
X2. Absolutely great gun

Gsg 1911-22 has a threaded barrel too. But a blast to shoot. and as identical as a real deal it gets.


How about a Ruger new model .22 revolver? You can get it in .22 and .22 mag. Got one for wifey last year and she loves it. Not to mention, I got her a cowboy holster that finishes the look.
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Stay away from the Sig Mosquito. Only gun I have sold due to reliability issues.

I have a Stoeger Cougar in 40. It's heavy, but helps soak up the recoil.
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Also, what's wrong with a Ruger MK series .22? Those are great guns and you can get them from mild to wild.
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Does she "REALLY" want a pistol. My ex kept telling me she wanted to get into shooting, and really thought a shotgun would be good, as she worked from home often and was home alone.

I bought her one for Xmas... turns out she did not want me to buy her one... was not pretty. Long story short I got to buy a shot gun twice and now own the most expensive cheap shotgun ever... that I still have never fired.

Just a random thought.
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Bought my wife a springfield XDM 10mm for christmas. She refuses to shoot a 22.
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If you already have a shield then why doesn't she just continue to use that? I was going to post up another recommendation for the shield since it's on sale again at Palmetto and with a $50 rebate making it $199 for a nice 9mm EDC pistol

Shield
ive mentioned it before, i bought one of these things several years ago, the same price deal from palmetto. i think all in and out the door was about $190.

i feel like I overpayed. by at least $100.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:28 AM   #24 (permalink)
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so what's the point of this pistol?

to train with for her other pistols?
target shooting?
random backyard plinking?

a ruger mkII is the defacto target/plinker.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:16 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Let her pick the gun. She won’t shoot the fucking thing if she doesn’t like how it feels in her hands.
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