I am not sure how many read the article you posted but I noticed what I consider to be a lot of standard rookie mistakes in her decision making process. And Popeye is right on you have to let her choose. Buying a gun for your wife is part of the learning process of basic gun ownership. I recommend a basic gun course for her to get started. Then she needs to understand the differences between guns and calibers. It is very important to learn to shoot properly. The gun you purchase for her is a very important factor in developing her skills. I recommend a 22 to start with and this will get her started in a good way so she is not flinching and will allow her to get use to handling a gun. Also with a 22 you will get some malfunctions and misfires, this is good for developing a basic understanding of the gun and how it functions. Once she has gotten use to the 22 and fire a few thousand rounds through it then you can purchase your defensive handgun buy going through a learning process again. In the article the lady talked about not making a mistake in buying the first handgun and buying a second as a mistake. True but buying a gun that will scare her and develop a flinch when she shoots it is not good either.Shopping for a Home Defense Handgun - Case Study by a Female Reporter
What other suggestions do you have?
Maybe suggest trying out a little larger gun. Those compacts and sub compacts have a heartier spring to deal with the lighter slide weight. Makes em harder to rack for folks with less arm and grip strength.My boss was having issues with this one. He and his wife went off gun shopping for her the other day, she REALLY liked the Kimber Solo, which is all fine n' good, however, she CANNOT rack the slide. Needless to say he didn't let her get it. The criteria for her gun: No plastic! Must be compact. Must be semi auto. Must be 9mm.
I said good luck lol.
Now you see that's exactly what I had suggested but she wouldn't have it lol, some people cannot be pleased.Maybe suggest trying out a little larger gun. Those compacts and sub compacts have a heartier spring to deal with the lighter slide weight. Makes em harder to rack for folks with less arm and grip strength.