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I don't want a subcompact like a G42, that's a little too small for my wife. (Which kills me because I'm a Glock fanboy and would like an excuse to add another to the collection.)

So a little bigger than that, something that won't easily slide bite or hammer bite. It won't be concealed or carried so that's not a big concern, just needs to be big enough to get a good solid grip without being too heavy.

She can shoot my 9mms OK, but I think a .380 in a decent size would be nice and soft and allow her to shoot more, and have a gun that's "hers"

She has no problem with me owning them, and encourages me to carry at all times, but she doesn't want to carry herself. I think something tame that she can call her own will ease her into being more comfortable shooting and protecting herself

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How about the very new S&W M&P 380 Shield EZ? There are a few reviews on YouTube and it gets favorable marks for ease of use.

It is available with and without the safety.

https://www.smith-wesson.com/f...-manual-thumb-safety
 
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A Colt Government 380 would be excellent – if you can find one. Locked breech design, so nice soft recoil.

I wish SIG would make a P238 with a 3-1/4” barrel.




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If the G42 is too small, then consider a Beretta Cheetah;they come in single stack and double stack. The 84fs is my favorite. Then look at the Walther P380. Others might give you slide-bite or hammer bite but are excellent choices, such as the Sig P230/232 or the Walther Pp/ppks.
 
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Blowback 380s do not have soft recoil; they feel much like a 9mm. Look for a locked breech design, which does reduce felt recoil.
 
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Bersa Thunder .380?

https://bersa.eagleimportsinc....earms/thunder-series





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Sig P250 .380 Compact?

Discontinued, but still available on the secondary market.
 
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Blowback 380s do not have soft recoil; they feel much like a 9mm. Look for a locked breech design, which does reduce felt recoil.


That's a fact. My PPK and Sig P230 are both pretty unpleasant to shoot compared to my G42 or even my LCP.




 
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It may be sacrilegious to mention Remington, but I've seen favorable reviews of the RM380 (design bought from rohrbaugh). The Bersa is a decent pistol. Otherwise I would recommend the lcp-night and day compared to my NAA guardian (snappy as heck). Always carry..never tell.

Rm380 a la hickok45
https://youtu.be/8U4Cu_SJTBo

 
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Beretta 86 Cheetah? They're still around in the market.
 
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I have always been a fan of the SIG P230/232.


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Beretta 86 Cheetah? They're still around in the market.

The 86 solves the hard-to-rack problem of the 84/85, but it's still a bit snappy. I'm surprised she finds the G42 too large. There isn't much in a larger .380 until you get to 1911 platforms.

The Browning 1911 .380 is a possibility if she's OK with SAO. I personally don't like the idea of a 1911 with a polymer frame, but that's just my curmudgeonly prejudice.
 
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just picked up the Smith Shield EZ .380 this morning. I got one with a manual thumb safety.I handled a couple in the local shops over the last couple weeks and finally thought i would give one a try just as kind of a plinker, light defense piece if i needed something with a manual safety. I put 100 rounds thru it and it functioned perfect. Very comfortable to shoot, accurate and light. Fits the hand like a glove.
My wife has had her permit for several years but never owned a pistol. I doubt she would ever carry, but does shoot with me on occasion. Next time we go, i will have her shoot this one and if she ever decides to own a pistol some day this would be a real good choice.
Not sure if its "medium" but its certainly not small. It is very light.
I think it would be a great choice for a medium size .380 and really should be a hit for the market for which it was designed.
 
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just picked up the Smith Shield EZ .380 this morning. I got one with a manual thumb safety.


If I may ask, how much is the retail price on those?

I see MSRP is $399.


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Originally posted by Chris Orndorff:
I have always been a fan of the SIG P230/232.


Same here. Love the P232 with Hogues.


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I find that the blowback design of the P232 makes it a hard recoiling little .380.


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I just bought the wife a M&P EZ 380 acp. All the LGS's had the same price $379.00.
 
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Browning 1911 ish in .380

http://www.browning.com/produc...istols/1911-380.html

Haven't officially tried one yet, but they look interesting.
 
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How do you like it AVG?


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Is that a grip safety AVG?


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