I have noticed a lot of queries on the forums relating to women and handguns lately.
A common question is - which gun(s) may fit small and delicate hands well?
I believe there are a few specifications that help determine the fit for women's hands:
1. Overall perimeter of the grip
2. Grip width
3. Grip depth
4. Often ignored, but very important - "reach" or trigger to backstrap distance.
The latter may be the MOST important for short fingered women, because even if the grip feels good, if the reach is too long (or too short) trigger control will suffer, and as result so will accuracy and comfort.
A good example of this…
All "pocket carry" guns fall into "small" category for (1.) through (3.) above, but (4.) is often not considered at all, and even when it is the answer is often very surprising.
The Beretta Tomcat and the AMT Backup have a very long reach, yet the Jiminez and Cobras are very short.
In fact, at first thought the Tomcat would seem to be a great sized gun for a woman. It is small in size and caliber (and cute), but - big surprise, it has a very long reach, in fact one of longest! [Don't get me wrong here I know many of the ladies can handle and even prefer larger caliber guns, and can outshoot the guys! Just saying overall size and grip size isn't the whole story.]
And the biggest surprise for me is - the Kahr series (even the .45) is among the shortest!
This is the latest version of my "Pocket Gun" chart in which I have added a blue line that indicates a 2.25" reach. Hopefully this will help to graphically portray a good comparison between the guns on the chart.
And beyond pocket guns, surprisingly, some of the larger “standard size” guns have a shorter reach than some of the “mouse” and “rat” size guns. The S&W M&P9 Compact with the small grip insert is a good example.
Just something to consider when gun shopping - especially for women.
As always... just my opinion.