My Wife has a .38sp snubnose and a .32acp auto loader. She prefers the .32 because of the lack of recoil. It has limited muzzle climb, but having said that she is small, so she can fire 8 rounds starting at the crotch to head w/ muzzle climb in a couple seconds at 10 yards.
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