Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: What Handgun Caliber Size Do You Suggest For New Women Shooters?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: What caliber do you think I should get for the wife or any female CPL holder? A .22, .380, 9mm, or whatever she can handle?

A: The goal for any user of a firearm - male or female - is not to exceed his/her ability to shoot it safely and accurately. However, at the same time the caliber must be big enough to be effective at "stopping" threats. My default caliber suggestion is 9mm. If the person is older or has a physical issue, then I would go lower with either a .380 or a 38SPL. Otherwise, the user should go for the largest controllable caliber, such as .40 or .45 - for both stopping power effectiveness and additional over-penetration protection.

You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.74

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