I know, I know... you should never buy a gun for your wife, right? Too personal an item. But listen... My wife has been shooting pistol with me several times over the past 6 months. After several years of acting detached, she's really starting to show an interest (like a lot of people lately). I started her with a Glock 19, and she handles the 9mm really well. The last few times she's been shooting my Kimber Tactical Entry II (40 oz.) and while admitting that it kicks a little harder than the G19, she handles it well and shoots it accurately. Lately she's been dropping a lot of hints that she wants a pistol of her own. She even went shooting w/out me recently and TOOK MY KIMBER! aranoid: So now I'm shopping Kimbers for her. She really wants a "stainless" gun... she likes the bling and thinks the black plastic guns are boring. I'm down to two options that are both available locally: Kimber Stainless Pro Carry II (4" barrel, aluminum frame, 28 oz.) - $1,000 with Night Sites at an independent dealer that I really like and have used before. Kimber Stainless Pro Carry HD II (4" barrel, steal frame, 35 oz.) - $1,200 with Night Sites at a chain dealer that is known for higher prices. I'm very torn. I'd love to save $200. Also, the lighter gun would be better in case we decide to use it for CCW in the future (no immediate plans for that). Also, I think the fact that it's $200 cheaper and a better CCW piece makes it an easier resale in case she doesn't like it. But I'm concerned the lighter, aluminum frame in .45 Auto will be tougher for my wife to handle (she's 5'8" 140 lbs.). I've never shot an aluminum frame either so I don't even know myself what to expect, but I have to imagine that shooting a 4" 28 oz. 1911 feels very different than a 5" 40 oz. 1911 . This has me favoring the HD model with steal frame to better absorb the kick. Any inputs from you guys & especially the gals (if there are any out there) would be greatly appreciated.