I've been checking out the local gunshops for several months looking for a S&W LadySmith auto, a gun I thought my daughter might like due to her small hands, and today I came across a S&W 3913. It's almost identical to the LadySmith, but without the emblem. The grip is much smaller than my double-stacks, so I thought it might fit my daughter's hands better.
I mentioned that to the counter guy, and he immediately said, "Bring her in and let her try it." That reminded me of the many times I've heard so many here offer advice to let a wife pick out her gun instead of the hubby choosing for her. Sounded like good advice to me. My wife may not like guns, but my daughter isn't opposed and is getting comfortable being around my guns so much.
So I picked her up from school and made a detour to the gunshop. She held the 3913, and it was good. It fit her hand well, her finger reached the trigger at the right spot, and the trigger pull was acceptable to her. Then I selected a Walther 9mm for her to compare. It was very thin with a small grip also. But she liked the S&W the best.
So as I began to probe her likes and dislikes, and asked her what else interested her, she immediately turned to the revolver counter and pointed out a large .357. Now for those who will say it's too much gun for her, let me tell you about the first gun she fired.
I did it all wrong I suppose, by not letting her shoot a .22 and working her way up. We went shooting with a friend and his dad, and his dad pulled out a big .357. He said it was loaded with .38's so it shouldn't kick much. She wanted to try it first rather than the autos, so I figured "Why not?" She put 6 shots in the target all in a fairly straight up-and-down line, although the total group was perhaps 18" or more tall.
Still, not bad for the first time and with limited training. Then we unloaded it and found out it had .357's instead of .38's. Then we shot several autos of different sizes, but she has never forgotten the big revolver and how much she liked it.
So I guess I'll be getting her large revolver at some point. I've made a small revolver and a subcompact auto available to her now for home defense (and later if she wants), but it looks like I'll be buying her a larger revolver for when she moves out, to go along with the smaller one I've already reserved for her.
I'm surprised she likes the revolvers so much, but I'm just happy she's interested. I reminded her that her Great-Grandma carried a revolver for decades, and so did her Grandpa (I guess I'm the oddball with the autos). Now if I can just convince her of the wisdom of BikerRN's concept of carrying 3 revolvers at once.