I started my wife out on a .38 special revolver. Then Glock 9mm. auto, Now she moves to a Colt gold cup .45ACP 1911 and nails the target. It took her a while to get the hang of the recoil, but she got it. At 30ft she puts all 7 rounds in a bright orange stick on 6 inch target!! She is ft 2 and 110 lb school teacher and can handle the 1911 like a pro and not afraid to take care of business if needed. Kinda proud of her!!