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Old November 30, 2012, 01:32 PM   #14
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Based off of your criteria, I would recommend a XD subcompact. My wife is about the same size (5'3", #105) and has petite hands as well. She absolutely loves the XD subcompact wit the pearce grip extension. It meets basically all of your criteria:

It has a small grip circumfrence with a relatively short trigger reach
Tall slide easy to get a firm grip on to rack the slide
Relatively light trigger, 5.5 lbs
13+1 rounds of 9mm
Usually polymer guns have smaller grips than steel framed guns due to not having grip panels
It does have a grip saftey, so without a proper grip on it, the gun wont fire.
Lastly, it has a loaded chamber indicator, so she will know when its loaded.
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