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My daughter and I are looking to buy our first handgun(s). They'll be primarily for home defense. We may want to carry, but that'd be a secondary consideration. So far we've looked at:

Sig Sauer P320-M18

Beretta 92FS

Kimber Micro 9 Rapide Black Ice

We've been told that they are each solid choices, with the Kimber being better for concealed carry.

What's the THT braintrust think?

Thanks
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Huge beretta fan, but haven't met a normal size female yet that shoots a model 92 well due to the large grip size. On mine I have the mag release reversed, as my thumb can't reach it, and I have far from small hands.

Personally, I would add glock to the mix, and wheel guns.
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^^^ Wheel gun.
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If you are going to look at a Sig 320 also try out a Sig P365.
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For a first pistol, I would recommend a semiauto .22, learn to shoot it and become proficient than think about a larger caliber. My favorites for this are the Ruger Mark series and the browning whisper. Both are available with threaded barrels to fit suppressors for added shooting comfort.
for home defense, forget the pistol, get a pump shotgun instead. I use a Remington 870, 12 gauge, I bought my daughter 20 gauge Mossberg Pump with a pistol grip. Leave it “cruiser ready”’ magazine full, safety off, all you need to do is pump and the bad guy runs away. Nothing strikes fear in the heart of the ungodly inside someone else’s house as the crack of a round being fed into the chamber. I load three rounds of number 4’s , followed by two rounds of 00 buck. 4’s won’t go then the walls and hit an innocent. Cruiser ready is safe because little kids don’t know how to work the pump release.
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my girlfriend has a Kimber micro 9. love it.
easy to take down, easy to shoot and shoots well.
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Much more interested in revolvers for my 1st but open to suggestions
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Need to find a range that rents pistols. Go rent as many as you can and find something you feel comfortable with.
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Originally Posted by Ianl931 View Post
Need to find a range that rents pistols. Go rent as many as you can and find something you feel comfortable with.
Ianl931 - Yep, that's the plan for this weekend. We've found a range that'll let us rent handguns to try.
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FN 5.7 we bought for the same reason. Light weight, flat and fast, low low recoil. We also have a Sig 226 Tac Op .40. There are a lot of great gunshot there. As mentioned below a .22 is a good starting place.
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Originally Posted by Ianl931 View Post
Need to find a range that rents pistols. Go rent as many as you can and find something you feel comfortable with.
This is good advice. After trying Glocks, the S&W Shield, a couple of Rugers, and other 9mm compacts, I ended up with a Walther PPS M2 (LE edition) - because was the most comfortable to hold and shoot. No regrets.
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Pick one from this group that fits well and you'll be fine. In no particular order: FN Herstal, HK, Glock, Sig Sauer, CZ, Walther.
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Originally Posted by Hjudge49 View Post
For a first pistol, I would recommend a semiauto .22, learn to shoot it and become proficient than think about a larger caliber. My favorites for this are the Ruger Mark series and the browning whisper. Both are available with threaded barrels to fit suppressors for added shooting comfort.
for home defense, forget the pistol, get a pump shotgun instead. I use a Remington 870, 12 gauge, I bought my daughter 20 gauge Mossberg Pump with a pistol grip. Leave it “cruiser ready”’ magazine full, safety off, all you need to do is pump and the bad guy runs away. Nothing strikes fear in the heart of the ungodly inside someone else’s house as the crack of a round being fed into the chamber. I load three rounds of number 4’s , followed by two rounds of 00 buck. 4’s won’t go then the walls and hit an innocent. Cruiser ready is safe because little kids don’t know how to work the pump release.
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Ditto this!
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I have a 96FS Brig Inox. 40cal and don’t like the trigger pull. I would definitely have her try it out. Not for everybody.
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Good grief, can we get at least on of these threads without the BS suggestion that chambering a round in a pump shotgun scares the boogey man? This one even came with the ill advised concept that it's kid friendly / safe to store without a round chambered.

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Originally Posted by bjm9818 View Post
I have a 96FS Brig Inox. 40cal and don’t like the trigger pull. I would definitely have her try it out. Not for everybody.
Put a set of Wolfe springs in it. Will drop the DA pull down to about 8lbs.
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Sig P365


Please don't by a damn shotgun good grief.
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My wife has a Beretta 92fs as her first handgun. She's petite 5'1" 110 lbs and she loves it. It's larger and heavy so recoil is reduced compared to a snappy compact or subcompact. Very easy for her to rack as well. I just picked up a CZp10c. Similar size to a G19 but it fits my hand perfectly and I can't shoot glocks worth shit. As others said rent some firearms as see what fits best. It's about personal preference when choosing a handgun. There is no one size fits all. For home defense I prefer full size handguns as they are much easier for new shooters.
For the record shotgun would be last on my list for home defense. AR well before a shotgun.
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Rent some hand guns, shoot some hand guns. Get the one that meets your needs and "feels right"...comfortable in your hand, sights line up, you can hit things with it.
Shot placement is most important--if you can't hit anything it isn't the right weapon.

Example--I am a reasonable shot with my .45 and my Sig P365 but I can't hit much of anything with a revolver, just doesn't "do right" in my hand.
Then--practice, practice so you are familiar with the operation--visualize you will just be waking up, startled by a noise in the dark--you don't need to be fumbling around, how do I work this damn thing.

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