I took two women shooting, recently...
The ladies couldn't reliability pull the trigger of the double action revolvers. A compact, polymer 9mm proved to be too harsh, all steel 9mm was better, but nothing either wanted to shoot much.
The best solution for the two I took to the range was a heavy .380 like Bersa Thunder .380, which is the ladies liked, or the Sig P232, which they also shot well. One had previous shot a .380 PPK and liked the Bersa and Sig much better.
I have no idea why the PPK has such a harsh recoil for it's caliber. I owned one for a while and had the same opinion. (Maybe not the greatest design?) One thing about the PPK, the recoil spring seems a lot heavier than some other blowbacks, that much weight moving forward has to upset your aim.
Last edited by testuser; February 3, 2013 at 08:49 PM.