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<h2><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">HOW DO I CHOOSE A PERSONAL DEFENSE HANDGUN FOR MY WIFE?</span><br /><br /></strong></span></h2><p><span style="color: #000000;">As a personal defense professional I get asked this questions all too often. I always explain the most important thing to understand when choosing any personal defensive handgun is the fact there is no such thing as “knock down” power. <br /><br />A five year (1985 to 1990) research based study on real-world police shootings conducted by “Police Marksman Magazine” titled “Stopping Power” clearly documented this fact. The study focused on the following calibers: 45 ACP, .357 Magnum, 9 mm and .38 special. It validated the need to hit an attacker with an average of 3 to 5 shots to the torso, no matter which caliber was used, if you want to cause enough internal damage to stop the attacker. These finding were supported by FBI research titled “One Shot Drops, Surviving the Myth”. So, the large caliber handguns will have no greater chance of knocking down an attacker then a small caliber handgun.<br /><br /> The larger calibers also cause heavy recoil which make it harder for the shooter to get subsequent quick, accurate hits. FBI research also clearly documents 70% of all police shootings occur under 10 feet. At that distance, it will all be over in just a few seconds, so the shooter will have to fire very quickly. Another thing which will assist a shooter in getting quick multiple hits, is choosing a handgun that feels comfortable in your hand. The shooter should be able to focus their eye on a fixed spot or target, grip the handgun with one or both hands, bring the firearm up to eye level with their arm(s) fully extended, and the barrel as well as the sights should line up on your fixed spot or target.<br /><br /> This is what we call “point-ability”. It occurs when the ergonomics of the grip match the ergonomics of your hand. Not all handguns are made the same, so they don’t have the same ergonomics. This means you may need to have your wife check the “point-ability” of several handguns before she finds the right one.  Finally, any shooting will be under extreme duress. This will cause the shooter to lose all their fine motor skills, so a simple operating handgun will work best under those conditions. We refer to this type of firearm as a “point and shoot” gun. It has no safeties to flip off, no hammers to cock back, all you need to do is pull the firearm out, point it at the justified threat and pull the trigger multiple times. When you sum it all up, the shooter most choose a simple operating handgun which allows him or her to deliver quick, multiple, accurate hits on an attacker if they’re truly looking for the right personal defense handgun.</span></p><p><span style="color: #000000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color: #000000;">A co-worker emailed me with this question, and I believe our subsequent email discussions can prove useful for anyone dealing with the same concerns, so I will insert them into this article:</span></p><p><span style="color: #000000;"><em> </em></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Matt,</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Really enjoyed the conversations...I could sit around and soak up that sort of wisdom for hours and hours!!!  </em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>I've already talked to Annie, the wifey, about getting out your way sometime to do some shooting.  I'm going to look into a lighter caliber pistol for her, something she'd enjoy shooting (she shot my .38 revolver, but said it was just a bit more kick than she wanted).  She is a recent enthusiast for shooting, which is odd having been married to me for nearly 20 years!</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Please stay in touch and let me know if you have any really meaty shows coming up on your talk radio...if I can tune in over the web.</em></span></p></blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br /></em></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Dear Co-worker,</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>I enjoyed the conversations as well.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Check into a .380 semiautomatic for your wife. Glock has just come out with one. It is simple, reliable, concealable, has more rounds than a short barrel .38 special, and it is easier to control than a .38 revolver.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Those revolvers kick hard and are difficult to control for multiple accurate shots.  We see lots of women who hate them once they start shooting their ccw courses.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>If you want to stay with a revolver, remember there is no knock down power, so a .22 LR revolver will work. Ruger has one with 8 shots.  It is very easy to control for multiple accurate shots, its simple, light weight and very concealable.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Hope this helps, and we hope to see at our range.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Stay safe and may God continue to bless you and yours.</em><em><br /> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #0000ff;">Matt</span><br /></em></span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em>  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br /></em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Picked up a Glock 42 in .380 caliber yesterday.  I had been considering the Ruger LC in a variety of flavors and have always liked the XDS and the Sig P250, but I was thinking something in a .40.  You had a convincing argument about the knockdown power myth....brought that up with another customer who was looking for something "big enough to stop a guy..."  I told him how a few conversations changed 20+ years of thinking.  I like the .380, good shooting round.  My dad was issued the Beretta 92 in 9mm and the .380 as a backup and he always carried that .380; had it with him the night he and his partner were shot.  I always teased him about bringing a BB gun to a gun fight!!!  This is my first pistol in that caliber, for my own collection, and it sits really nice on the belt with the inside pants holster.  Very concealed and not as mousy as the pocket guns.  My wife loves it and its simplicity.</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>I hadn't considered the Glocks; I guess this one is a pretty new model.  I hadn't seen one that I liked.  It has a great medium-travel trigger on it with just enough pressure to make you certain you want to shoot.  Unlike some of the others in that category, they make the trigger so light that it could be a safety issue (finger on trigger when it doesn't need to be and get startled).  I'm betting there have been plenty of hallways and living rooms shot by jumpy shooters and light triggers!  Once you do put the pressure on it, it is very smooth and seamless throughout release of the firing pin.  It's probably one of the most consistent triggers of my pistols...you know that gradually increasing pressure until release, this gun doesn't have it.</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>She loves it and it hides well, that's what I was looking for.  We'll be out at my farm shooting it this week and I'll send back a review.  At the very least, we are scheduled to go shooting on Sunday.  I'll let you know how it shoots.</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Great advice, appreciate the point in that direction!</em><em> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Take care, stay safe....we're stronger from our knees, brother</em>!</span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Sure, Matt....no financial reason at all why you couldn't!  LOL</em></span></p></blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em>   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /><br /></em></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Dear Co-worker</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>I would like a follow up email on your wife's experience with the Glock .380. I will put it in next month's newsletter. With your OK.</em></span></p><p><span style="color: #000000;"><em><span style="color: #0000ff;">Thanks again,</span><br /> <br /> </em></span></p><p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Matt,</em></span></p><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>Sure thing, brother.  We'll send it this Sunday after shooting!</em></span><span style="color: #000000;"><em><br /><br /><br /></em></span></p></blockquote><p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #000000;">            </span><strong>Check out next month’s newsletter and get a woman’s hands-on review of the new Glock .380 semi-automatic handgun for personal defense. Until then, stay safe and as always keep training.</strong></p>

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