Originally Posted by Bighead
If you do decide to go with a smaller gun, spend some money on ammo and shoot the gun. The smaller & lighter the gun, usually the harder it is to shoot well. While you may only need it at arms length, you would be surprised the number of misses in gunfights at arms length.
This is why she needs a gun that is going to hold up. She's going to need alot of practice with whatever she chooses. Its important that she will enjoy shooting whatever gun she chooses so that she will continue to practice with it.
You can break it down into three main points we are considering.
1. How does it feel in her hand? This is where things like aftermarket grips and such come into play.
2. How will it hold up? If she can't shoot it all the time and get comfortable with it, there is no point in her having it.
3. How much will it cost? I think i can speak for her (I do most of the time
) when I say she doesn't want to spend a ton of money. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $4-500. That is not to say she won't go higher than that. Just what she would prefer.
Thank you all for the input. It seems like most everyone is very friendly here.