Hey Jeff. Been down that path myself when my wife decided that she wanted to carry. She is familiar with firearms and is a dang good shot at combat range(21 ft.) She had a choice...her choice between her Bersa Thunder CC in .380 and one of my S&W snubbies was the Model 31-1 in .32s&w. I know it's only a .32 but she is dead on accurate with it and feels very comfy when she carries it. She understands that shot placement is everything.You're on the right track with all of the posts give here but remember it's her choice. Here's a pic of the model 31-1. Best regards Dick
that is a nice looking pistol im gonna be shopping on my next day off and hopefully i can drag her along with me
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I definitely 2nd the revolver idea. If possible, I say a good S&W or a Ruger. Preferred caliber, for me, is one in .357 Magnum. This is because you will have the added versatility of being able to shoot .38 Specials in it.
If you get a heavier frame, it will absorb some of the recoil. Throw on some Pachmayer or Hogue rubber grips and that'll make it really comfortable to shoot, especially when shooting 38s outta it.
I love my wheel gun. As does my wife. We both agree more are in our future, probably a .22 in the near future.
Here's my S&W 66-2 with Pachmayer grips, just for kicks and giggles. The wood grips are the originals which I took off (but still have, of course). And a gratuitous target shot.