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    Default Wife has trouble shooting G19

    My wife is a petite lady and has trouble shooting a Glock 19. If she holds it really firmly she can get it to function without jamming, but the brass is being ejected straight back into her face. Does anyone have a recommendation on modifications to a G19 that might help with the ejected brass problem? Or is there a different 9mm pistol with a slimmer grip that might work better for her? Maybe a good quality double stack 9mm pistol with a smaller grip than the G19 and a little heavier to help with the recoil and to help with any limp wristing issues?

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    Has she tried an M&P? I have both...I steered my wife to the M&P. Although, if she wants a G19, I always have one she can shoot.

    I was going to suggest a Sig' or a CZ, but metal guns tend to be heavy and a petite woman might not like the weight. There's also the DA/SA issue to consider with those. I love to shoot DA/SA, but not everyone takes to it.


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    My girlfriend is tiny, with tiny elf hands. She doesn't like shooting Gen 3 19s at all. She can do it, but it's mega-uncomfortable for her and she hates it.

    I've had her shoot a ton of guns, and she seems to like the 43 the best. She also did OK with a Gen 4 19 with no backstrap, but probably wouldn't buy that one.

    I'm guessing her first handgun will be a 43.
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    Go to an indoor range and rent a Glock 43. See how she performs with it and go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Payne View Post
    Go to an indoor range and rent a Glock 43. See how she performs with it and go from there.
    +1 on the 43.

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    Mom is small, geriatric, and arthritic. After initial training on my G-19 she opted for the FNX in 9mm and it worked pretty well for her
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomB7777 View Post
    My wife is a petite lady and has trouble shooting a Glock 19. If she holds it really firmly she can get it to function without jamming, but the brass is being ejected straight back into her face. Does anyone have a recommendation on modifications to a G19 that might help with the ejected brass problem? Or is there a different 9mm pistol with a slimmer grip that might work better for her? Maybe a good quality double stack 9mm pistol with a smaller grip than the G19 and a little heavier to help with the recoil and to help with any limp wristing issues?
    The G43 might be a good choice, though because of the lower weight it might be harder to control the recoil. Another great option to consider is the Sig P320. The easily changeable grip modules make it a nice option.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. We're going to the indoor range this week and I will have her try the different models suggested.

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    I have done a little shooting with the Sig 320 Subcompact.

    Basically, it's a G19 with a much smaller grip.

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    The recoil of my 43 is a bit more snappy than the 19. My wife and adult daughter are petite and cannot comfortably manage my 19 or 43. They settled on 42s. Wife can somewhat manage my 17 but too large for her to conceal.
    Last edited by Duck52; 11-06-2017 at 04:59 PM.

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