Too often I hear guys shopping with their wives for guns, making statements like “if you can’t get them in 5 rounds you might as well give up”, or “all you need to do is point and shoot”….as they are working hard to convince their wives to buy a revolver over a semi-automatic. Sometimes I hear women say the same lines and I ask them “who told you that?”. The typical answer?…”My husband”. Interesting enough when I ask the husband what they carry its somehing like a Springfield with 19 round capacity or a Glock with 15 rounds. The second problem here is when I ask them why they are pushing their wives toward a revolver, the common answer is their buddy told them what they should buy, or they are simple to use.
So lets put some logic around gun selection. First, your wife doesn’t need a revolver. Maybe you need her to have one, but I am pretty sure she may have a differing viewpoint once she learns more about firearms. In fact, once she does learn, she may not appreciate the decision you made For her, and you may be the proud owner of a new revolver..that you wont use…and it will sit in the closet untouched for years.
When you tell her “all you need to do is point and shoot”, the reality of that statement is you are saying that you dont have the confidence that she is smart enough, or capable enough to learn to shoot what You yourself shoot….and (it gets worse guys)…you are not going to insure she gets the proper training to do more than just “point and shoot.
Reality check…shooting a semi-automatic is not that more complicated than shooting a revolver, and Yes, your wife is smart enough to learn how…probably better than you if you provide her the training. Very often we see women surpass their husbands on the range after proper training.
Lets deal with the complication issue:
Revolver…load it in the morning, put it in your holster..when a bad guy attacks, pull it out and shoot the bad guy.
Semi Automatic…load it in the morning, put it in your holster..when a bad guy attacks, pull it out and shoot the bad guy.
Now lets deal with the classic reason “but revolvers don’t jam”:
Semi Automatic: A semi automatic will jam if you are holding it too loosely, or you dont clean it after you shoot it a lot, or you use bad ammo. Solution…learn to hold your gun properly, clean it when it gets dirty, use quality ammo. And if it does jam, it is very quick to correct, with only a little training…not a big deal.
Revolver: You may think they can’t jam, but its probably because you havent had to use them much. I have had to repair many revolvers, and the typical cause is corrosion of the internal mechanisms. They look great on the outside, but more like an old farm tool in a barn on the inside, causing parts to break or seize. The latest was a Lady Smith hammerless stainless .38….the woman”s “Dream Gun” according to some guys.
The concealed carry revolver tends to be more difficult to shoot accurately given the long heavy trigger pull and the rudimentary sights, especially for a new shooter or someone with limited hand strength
Semi automatic handguns come in version with very light and easy to use slides, easy triggers, and minimal recoil. It is much easier to shoot a semi automatically more accurately than a revolver.
Now some people shoot revolvers quite well, however for the majority of defensive shooters, a semi automatic is a more direct path to success. There are many female friendly guns that have come onto the market lately worth checking out.
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