I'm doing research into a first pistol for my fiancé. I know a little bit about what I am looking for and hope some of you can guide me to some suggestions. She likes the grip feel of a 1911 (who doesn't), and I know nothing about them. She would like something rather compact. (3.5" barrel?). Lightweight. She likes the weight of my PPQ, but understands there may be some extra weight, minimal is better). This seems to be the biggest thing, Lightweight recoil spring. Working the action of a semi-auto is rather difficult for her. (I recommended a revolver, but at this point she's not interested in one). i was thinking 9mm, due to the size she is looking for, plus wanting a lighter recoil spring. But open to consider all ideas. Looking for 1911 or non 1911 suggestions. -She has held, looked at the sig 938 and found that to be too small, hopefully that helps a bit as well. Thanks for your help all. I have come across the Sig EMP or Dan Wesson ECO and will look into them.