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Old 05-01-2011, 07:44 PM
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I am a left handed female, and am not really strong. My boyfriend and I recently purchased a Baretta PX4 semi-automatic 9MM handgun. Problem is the spring action is too hard to me to be able to cock the gun. I need to find a gun that I have the strength to use. Being left handed is also an issue as I need to cock the gun with my right hand and can easily get pinched in the side chamber. I dont want a revolver, any advice or ideas of ones with an easier spring action ?
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one of my daughters is petite..she settled on the walther PK380...larger size frame even though it's only a 380..but that lets her shot better than most mouse guns in that caliber.

the design of the gun makes for a very easy rack..almost feels like a toy...not the highest quality pistol, but I've got to say, it eats even the cheap range ammo without a hiccup, is more accurate than the average shooter and answers the strength issue nicely.
I've worked with her on the range with that gun for 200 rds at a time...she did not get tired shooting it, and the gun did not fail to feed or fire.
I'm pretty sure it was ambi on the safety so should work for a lefty.
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walther ppk......lol no im sorry that was a joke... lets see.... assuming you wanna stay in the 9mm the xdm springfields are pret-ty smooth /easy to cock, and accurate as all hell.
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Take a second look at a revolver..... Most cops I know carry a revolver as a back up.

No cocking, can shoot it with one hand, your off hand, while injured...etc....

If you do not shoot alot, a revolver is a great idea, just aim and pull the trigger. No muss, no fuss, no mistakes.
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No advice other than to say - smart girl! Pick something you enjoy shooting then practice, practice.
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A lot of indoor gun ranges allow you to rent guns to try them out; and nothing beats actually handling them yourself.

I don't mean to pick on you, but maybe you should develop a little more strength in your hands/forearms.
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Revolvers are only 6 rounds and loading one at a time. In an emergency situation, i'd prefer a clip. Plus staying 9mm is important as we are trying to keep the same ammo to use for multiple weapons. I will do the best i can to strengthen my hands, and no, you're not picking on me! I take it all as advice! Thank you
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A woman with a revolver is more than likely defensive only. Less than 6 feet and in a panic. A revolver is a great weapon for a smaller woman. .22 revolvers.

This 22 mangnum is a beautiful weapon.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...layErrorView_Y

Oh and just an fyi I am a rather robust male and I carry a revolver 5 shot often. Its smaller and easier to carry and I have no intention of getting into a situation were I need more than one or two rounds. The semi auto is nice but to bulky and quite a bit heavier loaded.

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Revolvers are only 6 rounds and loading one at a time. In an emergency situation, i'd prefer a clip. Plus staying 9mm is important as we are trying to keep the same ammo to use for multiple weapons. I will do the best i can to strengthen my hands, and no, you're not picking on me! I take it all as advice! Thank you


These are cheap to buy and they work quite well. A small handle revolver would be an advantage to someone with a weak grip.
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My mom has weak hands as well, and the slide on a Springfield XD9 is difficult for her. She picked up a friends Keltec PF9 and had no trouble at all with working the action on it.
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Another vote for the Springfield XD! I have a XDM 40 and the girlfriend can operate it just fine. She is a smaller girl and has no problems. I would at least take a look at the XD or XDM 9mm.
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I would say Smith and Wesson “AirLite”

Model 337, Airlite TI, .38 Spl+P

would be an excellent choice for you.
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Patriot101,try the little trick of hooking the rear sight on your pants pocket,belt,etc, and push down on the grip to operate the slide. This is taught by some experts as a means of still being able to get the gun in action,even when the weak hand is immobilized for injury,etc. If it works for you,great,but don't let it take the place of building up the strength in your hands.
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Grip the slide with your left hand and push forward with your right instead of pulling the slide back.
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I have a weak left hand and shoot right handed. I got a Sig Sauer P250SC, 9mm, (subcompact) 12 shoot. It is so easy to handle. Cock it once and fire all 12 shots.
Drop the empty and put in another magazine and you're good to go.
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A lot of the time when females have this problem it is just because they are doing it wrong. I'm not saying that is the case with you. Many guns will loosen up over time so you should consider that as well.
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This method worked for women and children that I've known.

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Patriot101,try the little trick of hooking the rear sight on your pants pocket,belt,etc, and push down on the grip to operate the slide. This is taught by some experts as a means of still being able to get the gun in action,even when the weak hand is immobilized for injury,etc. If it works for you,great,but don't let it take the place of building up the strength in your hands.
bad advice! this one is reserved for a situation because of injury etc where you cant manupulate the slide, but as an everyday aide for cocking dont do it! bad ,bad advice! do i really need to explain why?
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If you are young and without a health issue, some physical training should
enable you to pull back most 9mm slides. Beretta used to make a .380
that had a tip-up barrel that could be loaded without having to pull back
the slide.
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just wondering patriot.......have they sold you on the 22 revolver yet? lol
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