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A friend of my wife wants to buy a handgun and get a carry permit. She has never fired a handgun in her life. She wants me to take her shooting and she knows she wants a Semi Auto. I was thinking of taking her to Surplus City so she can rent and shoot several different types of handguns. I know they have plenty of Glocks and some 1911's to rent. Dont know about revolvers. She has no shortage of cash so she can pretty much get any gun she wants. She is 5'5 and average build with medium-small hands. Recomendations? Recomendations on what she should do first? I know a gun safety/handling class is a must.
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I'd highly recommend something commonly available, reasonable in price, easy to maintain, lightweight, easy to shoot and reliable. A used Glock 19 in 9mm. Stay away from the 1911 for now, it's heavy, complicated and bulky. There's a reason a multitude of US LEO's have transitioned to the Glock over the old standby the revolver. If you look hard enough you can probably find a used G19 for around $400 and maybe less. They just don't wear out...
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