First of all, this is a question for my girlfriend, not me. I'm 6'2" and 215lbs so an itty bitty spring isn't stopping me ;) She, on the other hand, is 5'4" (and a half, she claims) and of fairly small build. Secondly, I'm reasonably certain I put this in the correct forum, but feel free to move it, slap me around a bit, and call me Shirley if I was mistaken!
I took her shooting a few weeks ago, as she had never shot a handgun, and was blown away (drum riff) at how well she controlled both my XD9 and Kimber, putting darn near every round just where I directed her to put it. The only concern is, she can't quite rack the slide all the way yet.
As she is very interested in getting her CHL (yep, she's a keeper!) and has already claimed my next purchase (Kahr PM9) I've got her practicing racking the slide of my XD whenever she is here. If, for some reason, she is unable to reliably rack the slide on a particular firearm, what are our options? I recall the slide on my father's PM9 being a bit stiffer than most, and as tight a gun as that is, I would hesitate to replace any of the springs for fear of fouling up the near perfection that Kahr seems to have with this particular firearm.
In short, other than practice, practice, practice, what are her options?