I've had my concealed carry permit since last summer, and have been carrying for a few months. It has certainly become much more second nature for me and it's been a great experience. My wife, however, was not a fan of firearms in general.
Early in our relationship, she took a few shots on a .22 rifle, and she wasn't excited about it and hasn't fired one since, but she secretly had no interest until recently. Be it that she has become more comfortable because I have had them, that she found out her aunt carries, or that her friend has been encouraged by her boyfriend to get something for defense to get her thinking.
We talked a bit about what she wanted in a firearm (the color was quite important at the time) and she got to look and hold a lot of them yesterday. Afterward, we went to the range and she shot a few revolvers and my 9mm. After limp-wristing it and having to actuate the slide, she decided she wasn't a big fan of that.
Today we got her hands on some revolvers and she liked them and ended up settling on a Ruger LCR .357. Though she wasn't able to get a "girly" looking gun, she did end up getting some glasses and a pink case to make up for it, and ultimately it was the firearm she chose, not one she was pushed into.
I have to say, that I'm quite impressed with this little thing! I was able to squeeze off a few rounds at the range today (she had to go to a birthday party and missed out) and I could shoot .38's out of this all day, and the trigger is amazing compared to my SP-101. .357's out of this... not as fun, but glad to have the capability.
I want to thank the DC group as a whole for all the open discussions that they host it certainly was helpful for both myself and for her to see a lot of the discussions! Thanks!