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Old December 6, 2012, 12:49 AM   #33
Join Date: September 14, 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 15
I had the same question a few months ago and this forum helped me find an appropriate gun.

With that being said, I don't think that many people understand what it's like to be a truly petite female in the gun market. I am almost exactly the same size as your wife and have tiny hands (I wear a size 4 shoe, if that's any indication). Most guns are too large for me to shoot, including the XD9 subcompact and full size 1911s.

You need to look for a gun with a narrow grip AND a short distance between the backstop and the trigger. Not many guns offer that.

I ended up purchasing a Springfield 1911 EMP because that's the only gun I could find that was small enough for me to handle, but heavy enough to absorb recoil. I LOVE it! I can rack the slide much more easily than any other gun I've tried and I can reach the trigger just fine. Recoil is mild, accuracy is high. And it's a good-looking gun, which helps. It's expensive, though.

Size-wise, I also liked some of the Kahrs, like the T9.
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