I am looking to buy a pistol to use for home defense and to compete in IDPA and USPSA events at the local club. For home defense it's not so much an issue, but for competing, quick mag reloads are part of the game. I have small hands and I can't reach the mag release with my thumb unless I turn the gun in my hand. Now I have considered a couple of ideas. First, there may be guns better suited for smaller hands, let me hear any suggestions you may know of. Also considering that I could hit the release with my support hand or on firearms with ambidextrous or reversible release buttons, using my index finger to release the mags. I don't know if either of these are against competition rules. Would like to hear from others, especially if you have competitive shooting experience.