Most times I hear women tell me that they want a small, light gun for concealed carry! And most of them turn to the latest small guns that the firearms industry has put out do to the demand for them. I sound like a broken record most times when I explain that smaller and lighter do not always make a good gun choice. The gun pictured above is a RUGER LCP in .380 caliber(LCP stands for Light Carry Pistol or Light Compact Pistol depending on how you choose to go) Our Top Gun record holder shot the concealed carry qualification course with the LCP and demolished the bullseye so thoroughly that his record still stands. Our original Top Gun was a young woman named Sarah and she did it with a .380acp Bersa Thunder (a very good gun).
The lighter a handgun is, means more felt recoil and muzzle climb the shooter will experience. If you put more mass in your hand, the energy released from the fired cartridge has more resistance. That means more energy is absorbed trying to move the heavier mass and less effect on your hand and body is felt. Some petite males and females will tell me that they are too small for a big gun and they need something smaller in order to conceal it on their bodies. This can be true, but there are guns that are just a little bigger than the LCP that can be concealed even on a smaller framed individual. There are many options when it comes to concealed carry weapon placement.
The RUGER LCP and the TAURUS TCP are very similar and some people even confuse them with one another. Kel Tec makes an affordable small polymer framed pistol that fits in the same size catagory in a .380acp chambering as well. Actually, there are quite a few small guns out these days from .22lr all the way to 9mm. The choices for self defense though start at the .32acp chambering on up. Price wise it's hard to beat what you get with the RUGER LCP. It is a name brand that has a solid reputation for excellent firearms.
Personally, I prefer the Bersa and my all time NEW favorite .380acp gun.... the Walther PK380. Both guns are high quality, but the Bersa is more affordable coming in at about $275. The Walther has a more ergonomic grip and more control over felt recoil. I find myself recommending it to my women customers over any other gun. I have shot quite a few of them and I would carry one myself. In fact, it is what I would like my wife to carry when she gets her concealed carry permit. Both the Bersa and the Walther are a hair smaller than what I would call a mid-sized gun and are the next size up from the LCP and the TCP. The weight of either of them is still considered light and I have never had a student complain about them being heavy even when fully loaded.
I agree with you on this. I have spoken to several women at the Gun Shows that have not had a lot of experience with guns and not knowing what kind of gun to purchase . I notice that most of the women
would pick up the smaller coated guns on the table . They liked that the Bersa was light weight and small and felt great in their hand. I too like the 380 Bersa for the same reasons and it is a great gun just like the Ruger lcp. Being a woman and a owner of a 380 Bersa, which I purchased my 380 for conceal carry am very happy with the gun. For me it is the perfect size for conceal carry. It's a great gun and I recomend it.
Today I went to the range. I Have a Bersa 380 which was cryoed and coated by On Target. Having my gun cryoed makes it more accurate and now is one solid gun . My gun was coated and now it looks awesome. John did an exellent job. I tore up the bulls eye with my Bersa. I got some practice and I had a blast while doing so. To all of the women out there Bersa is a great gun for Conceal Carry and I just wanted to let you know that On Target has a lot to offer::: One on One time at the range, Conceal Carry, Advance Level One and
Two classes ,Womens self defense class:: And for your Gun (TLC) -Cryoing your gun, Coatings,Restoring,Gun Cleaning . John does an Exellent job with everthing at On Target ! He puts his heart and soul into this company to give the customers exactly what they want and then some. If your going to go with a company go with On Target the Best of the Best! Remember Ladies you can protect you and your family just like I can thanks to John , with On Target!
I love the Walther PPS. As you said, excellent ergonomics and recoil absorption. All leading to greater out-of-the-box accuracy. It's a very comfortable gun to shoot. It's on my wish-list. I've yet to shoot a PPK, but I don't like the idea of carrying an exposed hammer. It just seems like one more thing that could catch on a shirt. Also, does anyone know where I can find a Serpa CQC or dupe for anything other than the Walther P99?