Alrighty guys, so the GF wants to really get into shooting as well as carrying on her own. And in full support of it and to get her into it i offered to pick her up her first pistol, or at least pay for a good chunk of it. Her biggest issues are size and MUZZLE FLIP not recoil. She like shooting a 1911 full size 45 (who doesnt? lol) but she doesnt like shooting a 9mm or similar due to the flip on the barrel. She likes a 45 because of the push vs flip type of recoil. She is interested in a 380 caliber, she really liked the Walther PK380, and was all set to get it until she realized how goofy (in her mind) the thumb safey was. its just to akward for her to have it push up to fire rather then a normal 1911 style thumb safety.
That being said, shed doesnt like the micro pistols like the bersa and kel tec. She liked the pk380 again mostly due to the size, and the ease of racking the slide. I've tried to get her to look at revolvers but she just doesnt seem to care for them. So this being said i'm sort of at a loss of where to go from here. The other thing is due to our budget constraints somewhere around $450 is the max. I've thought about an M&P compact in a 9mm with a ported barrell to reduce the flip but it goes out of the price range with the $175 barrell. lol. Thanks for the help!
How about a Ruger LCP .380?