A while back I was considering getting a handgun. I wanted it to be easy to handle for both myself and my girlfriend. I decided on the Beretta 92FS. Actually, the box tells me that it’s a Beretta M9, the same thing with different markings.
I was a little disappointed because although the Springfield XD9 is very sexy, the grip is too large for my dainty woman’s hands. No matter, the Beretta is a fine handgun.
For your pleasure, here’s some links and research I did in buying the gun…
* Charlotte talked with a very nice female cop, she recommended Glock47, Glock 27, Glock 26. And to check the website for Kahr arms …..LC action drop down menus on weapons….. Weapons for women…..
* Beretta 92FS. $575 The official handgun of the US Armed Forces
* Beretta 92FS Vertec site reads “good for small handed shooters”(?)
* Springfield XD9 4″ $500 grip safety but no thumb safety. Inexpensive, comes with case, 2 magazines. Green bi-tone is pretty.
* Springfield 1911-A1 9 MM. Model PI9134L Thumb safety, grip safety, more expensive, single stack
* Smith & Wesson 3913 recommended by http://www.womenandguns.com/wfn/somany.html
* Browning HiPower recommended by http://www.womenandguns.com/wfn/somany.html
At Jackson Arms, Monday night is Ladies Night (1/2 price for Ladies). They have Berretta 92 and Springfield XD9 but they’re both broken :-(. Call back in a few weeks.
Use http://gunbroker.com to figure street price
Maybe buy a gun from On Target Guns & Accessories in Ukiah CA 707-462-8513
Maybe buy a gun bag from http://Tommysgunpack.com. They are often at local gun shows
Maybe call these ranges looking to rent handguns or to shoot at
http://www.corneredcat.com – A great site with info like how to rack a pistol if you aren’t strong and how to dry fire and such. And it’s pink!
http://www.pistolprowess.com/Choosing_a_Pistol.htm Double-action / Single-Action (like on the Beretta 92FS) is bad: “With a DA/SA gun not one but two different trigger pulls must be learned. Novice shooters often pull their first shot low as a result of the heavy DA trigger”
“Typically “single stack”, designs such as the 1911 models work well for shooters with small hands”
http://www.womenandguns.com A good site, check out the forums too.
http://www.sightm1911.com The M9, Beretta 92 F, has the smoothest slide and the lightest recoil spring of any major caliber pistol I know
Good for small hands ParaOrdnance 18-9 (according to: http://womenandguns.servertalk.in/womenandguns-ftopic850-0-asc-15.html)
To reduce recoil, don’t get porting; it’s louder and has more flash, which could temporarily blind you consider getting Shok-Buff (http://www.wilsoncombat.com/a_shokbuff.asp) instead