my wife LOVES my p226, and she is very tiny. the first range trip was all 22 with exception of one try with a cz p07 duty (i do not recommend this gun). the p07 had too much muzzle flip for her and scared her. the next trip, i handed her a p226 with short reset trigger (she has tiny hands). she was a natural. loved it. the heavier steel gun had much less muzzle rise, and the recoil was far more manageable than on the poly gun. plus, she is so weak, that she has trouble racking many slides, so compacts or shorter (height) slide steel guns like cz 75b are too hard for her. she can just barely rack a p226 if she cocks the hammer first.
Favorite range gun for the money - CZ 75B or STI Spartan V 9mm
Go-to carry setup - Walther PPS or PPQ in FIST kydex holster 1AK
Favorite semi-auto design - HK P7
"A Sig is like a lightsaber - not as clumsy or random as a Glock."