Originally Posted by IDVague
Thanks for the help, everyone. The lady in question is the wife of a friend, so I'm going on his reports, but the word is that both his .380 and .22 Magnum are more that she can or will get used to shooting without flinching terribly. Neither he nor I have any experience with the .17, so we don't know if the recoil would be significantly different from the .22 or not. She can shoot a small frame .22 fairly well, so that might be the best that he can do for her. I know I would rather have a .22 than nothing, and in some cases I might prefer it over something larger.
Not everyone is cut-out for gun carrying/shooting. She just may be one of those people. She mat be better off with pepper spray or something similar.