If you were to purchase or suggest a pistol for your wife or girlfriend to carry, what would you recommend and why?
If it was a gun she intended to carry I would, and did, recommend a .38 Special snubbie. My wife carries a Smith and Wesson .38 that has the Crimson Trace laser grips. She bought it herself after I pointed one out to her. There is one big reason. Pull gun out, pull trigger. Pull trigger again and again and again and again if needed. No safeties to manipulate. No slide to rack or bouncing around in the hand. The gun is inherently safe unless the trigger is pulled. Gotta love a double action revolver for that.
Keep it simple, especially for someone that isn't "into" guns.
Hah! my wife told me she'd kick my *** across the room if I ever bought her a pink gun .Ya, either that or the Kahr P380.... cuz its also available in pink.
A 2 inch gun is no more or less accurate than a 4 inch gun at gun fight distance. The shooters ability to have the skills to shoot is the number one factor. A 38 revolver can be fired as fast as any semi-auto. I think there is a few good Youtube vids of the world record revolver speed shooter. A revolver is slower to reload for most, but again the world speed shooter would show you something. The point is ease of operation not gender. There are many men who would be better served with a revolver too. Most people do not shoot enough rounds a year to keep sharp. And most, like myself, have many pistol that operate differently. So the idea of being able to perform at your best in a very high stress situation, could only be helped with a pistol of the most basic operation.Keep in mind that while a 2 inch revolver may be easy to operate, it's not easy to shoot accurately, quickly, or reload. This is why I never recommend one for concealed carry. Especially for inexperienced shooters! Also keep in mind that just because she is a women doesn't mean she can't figure out how to operate a slide or other controls on a semi auto. Whatever she ends up with, proper and continuing instruction should be the most important consideration.