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There are two things that are suspicious about her statement. My gut feeling tells me her staff had her buy one as a symbol of her Blue Doggedness and move to the center. A sop, as it were, to the Republican side of the aisle. They brought her to a shooting range, carefully propped the gun on a stand and had her shoot at a target 10 feet away. After hitting it three times in a row, she could then say she was "a pretty good shot" and they left the building, never to return.
For starters, a Glock 9 is the Chevrolet of hand guns. Reliable, cheap, functional, used by the majority of police and crooks alike. It just strikes me that a fancy-dancy Congresscritter would want something nicer than a Chevrolet.
Also, Giffords is a normal, slight woman, and a 9mm is way too heavy for her. That's why a .38 is called a "lady's gun" -- so they can lift the damn thing in the first place to shoot it.
My feeling with Democrats, when they suddenly embrace a conservative value, is be suspicious first -- and be pleasantly surprised later if it turns out you were wrong. I'd certainly like to feel Giffords believes in guns, but a cheap, heavy Glock 9 seems more symbolic than anything else.
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A 9mm Glock is an excellent weapon. Many people of small stature handle it very well.
I belong to a shooting group with a lot of women in it. It's cowboy shooting and some of the women use .45 and .44 revolvers. It's true that our club members tend to load at the low end. But my experience is that a smallish person or a woman can handle a 9mm or .38 very readily. A lot of 9mm loads are actually lower power than a lot of .38 loads. The US military issues 9mm Berettas as the standard sidearm.
Rep Giffords may have shot a couple of times for image, as you said, but a liberal can also be a shooter. I acknowledge there are very few Obama stickers at our gun club, though.
Heavy? 9mm too much? Make up your mind. Heavier pistols have less recoil.
Without more info these are meaingless statements. A Glock 17, 19, o 26? The 17 is pretty large which means felt recoil is less. The 17C model has a front compensator so there is no muzzle-flip - makes it a very mld pistol to shoot.
I shoot with a friend who has a compact .40 Glock 23 - muzzle flip and recoil are just nasty.
I have no idea how big and strong a woman she is. My wife is fairly small but is perfectly comfortable with a full-sized Beretta 9mm.
Glock has succeeded wildly because it is (especially the original 17 in 9mm) simple, reliable, adaptable, and capacious. A wide variety of shooters of all sizes and experience levels find it to be quite pointable and accurate as well. I know quite a few women who quickly become decent shots after a short introduction to the Glock 17 in size 9.
Rep. Giffords is in Arizona, where lots of people of all backgrounds and beliefs have personal experience with handguns. Her husband is an astronaut, with military training associated with that field.
My former state representative, a dainty feminist, enjoys shooting her husband's Glock, while she does not like his Model 1911 45 at all. And she has been a member of the Democratic National Committee on and off for years.
Cilla ... And not when you are supposed to be in a meeting with civilized constituents whose concerns you want to promote.
If I were to get a carry permit, which I probably won't because my hands are no longer strong enough to fire a 9 mm accurately. I would choose to carry something like a .38, the "lady's gun" mentioned above. Or my Taurus the Judge, which fires shotgun shells. Can't hardly miss with those.
As it is, my shaky hands can still carry a paintball gun, but they won't give me a carry permit for one of those. So I guess I will have to undefended when I'm out on the streets -- except by "the kindness of strangers."