Don't restrict it to 9mm on her account, let her try something bigger as well. I shot a class two weekends ago, and one of the students was a *tiny* (and I mean 5' maybe 70lbs) woman shooting a full-size .45 ACP 5" 1911. Her shooting was fine, and recoil control was not a problem; the only issue was control manipulation. The teacher suggested she try an XD 45, because her main problem was with the thumb safety. Recoil is 90% mental.
Well both of those pistols fit her hand well, so that's why we're looking at those two. LOL I didn't expect to get hated on for asking this question. Also a 9mm is what she wants because she's able to handle it well and that is important or I would not hesitate to buy a sig 226 .40 with a .357 barrel to shoot both rounds as I personally love those round for handguns, but this isn't about me it's about my wife...
Please give me feedback on those two pistols or give me other suggestions on types of pistols to look into, so we can explore other avenues.
Right now we've looked at.
And so far none of those pistols fit her hands as well as the two mentioned.
Telling us she has already held them changes what I was going to say. You stated You researched them, not that she did also. I don't disagree with 9mm at all. That said I am going to vote Baby Eagle. I shot one a couple weeks ago and was VERY impressed. I shot it almost as good as I do my 92FS the first mag full. My only complaint was the trigger was bent to a sharper hook at the bottom than I am used to and it kept biting my finger. I am sure I could get used to that or have a smith rework the shape.
You keep calling her "The Little Lady" and you'll need a gun to defend yourself.
It's spelled "Walther" . . . not "Walter."
"Clips" are what girls wear in their hair. The thingie you put in the grip of a semi-auto is called a "magazine."
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Now . . .
You're looking at semi-autos with double stack magazines. That makes for a fat grip. Small hands and fat grips don't work well together.
I've always felt the "LadySmith" was a bit sexist. But you can get a Smith J-Frame in several configurations (mostly hammer options) in .357 magnum.
She can shoot .38 Spl light loads to heavy, and then .357 mag light loads to heavy when she's accustomed to shooting the gun and managing recoil.
I see small women shooting magnums, 1911's, etc all the time. The restriction on what they can manage is mostly grip size, not caliber. Double stack mags make for a FAT grip, and a long reach for the trigger.
. . . does she know you refer to her as "The Little Lady" ???
I (being a lady) have several guns and much rather have a revolver. I have a lady smith (hammerless) and not sure I like it. I love the size, and love that it fits in my purse (I have a CCP) but don't like how hard it is to pull the trigger. I have been told to have trigger work done to it, but not sure if that will fix the problem.
Is this going to be a carry gun or a "practice" gun? If not a cary, I like the S&W 38 revolver, my fav pistol to shoot.
I once bought a gun for my wife withougt consulting her about it. It was an older S&W Chief Special.
We went to the range, she to shoot the Chief and I to shoot my old S&W Model 15.
She shot the Model 15, a 4" .38 Spl with adjustable sights, and told me, "This is MINE NOW!."
Good thing I really like the old Chief.
(I get to clean the Model 15 when it needs it.)
FWIW, she can shoot the hell out of that old Smith - keeps it in a purse by the bed with 3 speedloaders.
Let her choose her own gun. She will be the one shooting it.
Just came across this topic. I know it's been going on for several months, but here is my $.02. When we moved to the country a couple years ago my wife decided she wanted a handgun for protection and to target shoot on the place. I had never own a handgun, just rifles and shotguns for hunting.
She did the research herself and went to a local dealer (I tagged along and listened.) She ended up buying a Glock 36 (.45 ACP) and used it for personal defense training as well as CC. She likes the gun and has since bought several revolvers as well.
By the way I have since bought my share of handguns and will probably buy more.