It has been decided that my wife would like a defensive pistol, the original plan was to go to one of the local ranges that rent guns and rent just about everything chambered in 9mm and .38spl and work from there. After a brief discussion with a family member of hers who I often shoot with. He mentioned that he had quite a collection of those chamberings and offered to bring them all to the range and let her try them out.
The first gun she tried with as Browning High Power- It was decided that it still had a little too much recoil for her and the angle of shell ejection was really wrong for her.
She then tried a S&W 5906- Better but still not what she was looking for
It was then suggested that she try the Colt Trooper in .357 with .38spl loads in it. Perfect recoil but the grips were unmanageable for her.
However a J-frame fits her hand very nicely and the .38spl recoil was no issue.
While this is pretty stereotypical to suggest a snub nose .38 for a female shooter I was glad that she arrived at the decision by trying lots of different options and arriving at that one.
So we decided to trek down to the local gun store and at least look at J-frame options. My original idea was to suggest a LCR in .357 so she could at least have that option even if .38spl was what saw the most use in it. Well after handling a ton of revolvers of all shapes and sizes she picked one out. (exact model to be shown on the blog once we have it in our hands).
So now comes the fun part of gun sales, the paperwork. The gun geek inside me was excited just to try Cabela’s new electronic 4473 computers since I have never done it that way. When I suggested that I fill out the paperwork since Washington has a dumb
waiting period paperwork processing time, if you don’t have a CHL. My wife has not gotten her CHL yet so I figured it would save us a trip back down to Cabela’s. The counter person saw what was going on and made it clear that it couldn’t happen that way. In his words, yea only the government is allowed to look the other way on straw sales. We all had a fast and furious laugh and she started filling out the paperwork.
All in all this is good because it allowed my wife to experience the stupid that is an ATF form 4473, she joked about why would anybody say yes to “are you a fugitive from justice” among other questions. We again had a good laugh and left with a bunch of other goodies from Cabela’s but no gun yet. I did joke with sales guy about how she could have purchased an AR-15 and 100 pmags and walked out the door without a hitch but the single J-frame is just do dangerous for an instant background check.
Needless to say I think my wifes timetable for getting her CHL has been sped up.
All in all I guess this Washington law is an economic incentive because no we get to spend more gas to go back to Cabela’s and frankly the chance of my wife walking out of Cabela’s without some branded clothing is pretty rare.