k..... lemme see where to start:
She is, and I quote "SO over wheel guns. I was over them the last time i shot them."
I'm not encouraging any one round. if she wants a glock 9mm, I'm cool. if she wants a desert eagle, fine. but like LL said, I told her it has to "feel" right. what feels right is what she'll enjoy shooting. and what she enjoys shooting she'll get better with.
It was the Glcok 26 she shot, glad you caught that.
I encouraged her to shoot different brands and whatnot because like Steve said, she needs to put rounds downrange through different weapons before laying down quid for one. and she agrees, it was half her idea half mine. I love the ideas, keep them coming.
has to be semi-auto. she doesn't like wheel-guns. no, I really don't know why.
has to "feel right". subjective, i know, but with you guys tosing me brands and models, I can sugest other weapons to try. I'd like to see her soot 8-10 weapons before buying one. maybe I'm being unrealistic, but buying a pistol isn't "cheap" and if you're going to pick a weapon to stake your life on, better do it right the first time (in terms of when it matters. Chop- yup, it probably WON'T be her last. hehehehe)
round isn't important, but she seems to favor smaller rounds over larger because with her size, she finds it easier to put more of them between her and the target. i.e., she liked .45 ACP, but liked 9mm more. I think I'll try 40 S&W next for comparison.
I'll show her the thread and see what she thinks, but I love the input, keep it coming.
getting her to go to the range isn't hard, her eyes lit up when i suggested it the first time, and to be honest, i think it makes her..... well...... you know. "excited".
:) yee-haw. thanks for the help, let's hear some more.
edit: The criteria are all HERS. my only input on this (by design, of course) is to help her by telling her what to look for, i.e. fit and feel in her hands, ease of use, safety features she wants, if any, things like that. I actually showed up a little late on purpose so she'd look around and pick up a few on her own - I really want her to pick what SHE wants.