I'm sure there are P11s used for home protection. I have one but due to heavy trigger, light weight & short sight radius, I don't shoot it as well as PF9s or P3AT. Your wife probably needs to try the trigger and working the slide to chamber a round. If you both could shoot it first, even better. A good used 38 sp/357(loaded w/ 38s) revolver might work better for first handgun.