handgun for recoil sensitive fiancee
I'm looking for something for my fiancee to use when I am not around. I feel she should carry whether I am there or not but she doesn't. I'll work on that later. However, she has said she'll let me buy her a handgun as well as to take some classes and possibly get her CCW. She is very recoil sensitive so something like a .40 S&W or .45ACP will most likely be out of the question. She has shot my M&P 40 and while she liked the feel/weight of the gun as well as a friends Ruger P90 (this was too heavy), she did not like the recoil at all. Additionally she is just getting back into shooting after not having shot for over 15 yrs so she would prefer something easy to shoot, at least initially. She has a .38 Special revolver that was inherited, however, she's said that she does not really want to carry a revolver if/when she does.
What I need help with is what to have her look at initially? I won't have any say in the purchase other than handing over the cash to do so, therefore these are just my initial thoughts on what she might like. I realize that the smaller the gun the more felt recoil, but due to her small frame, I know she wouldn't be comfortable carrying a full size. Hence my suggestions below...
Some of what I was thinking were:
M&P Bodyguard 380
Sig P250 Compact 9mm
Opinions on these for a recoil sensitive shooter? Any other suggestions? Most of these I can rent from a LGS, so she will definitely be trying before buying. I'd like to keep it around $500 give or take but will end up buying what SHE wants no matter the cost...LOL Reliability is probably most important for me. Safety, recoil, and then comfort in hand most important for her.
Re: handgun for recoil sensitive fiancee
I agree with Steve, on most of what he has said. I would like to add I've seen people that thought they were recoil shy be cured by putting a set of ear plugs under a set of ear muffs, turned out they had a problem anticipating the sound.