I took my girlfriend to the gun range for the first time today, and it was her first time firing a pistol. She's shot my 77/22 a good bit but never a pistol until today. I started her with my Browning Buckmark and let her get the hang of it, then let her try my M&P9C. She loved the Browning and didn't care for the 9mm at all. I've promised to buy her a nightstand pistol for her birthday coming up, along with a women-only class at the local range. She's dead set on getting a 22lr after today, and unfortunately I can't really sway her, and don't want to get her something she's scared of using if she needs to. I figure that for now a 22 is better than nothing, and will hopefully make her confident enough to try a more powerful weapon as she becomes more comfortable.
As I said, she liked the Buckmark, but said she would prefer something smaller and lighter. I know some of the smaller 22's on the market have reliability issues, I'm just looking for ideas on what I should look into for her (it will ultimately be her decision, but since I'm footing the bill, I won't get her anything that will give her issues)
The only small 22 I can think of offhand is the Walther P22, has anyone had any experience with this gun or others of similar size? Thanks guys