My friend L wants to get a handgun. She has two problems. First: not much money. Second: bad hands. You saw her poor, misshapen paws in a blog post two years ago (scroll down for the closeup). Unfortunately, her trigger finger is in worse shape than any other.
She knows how to shoot and recently took a brush-up course. She and I and she and the instructor talked about her needs. It boils down to: inexpensive (but not cheap, if you know what I mean), reliable, medium grips, something probably in the 9mm, .357, .380, .38 range, and above all something with a trigger that she can dependably operate. The weight of the gun isn’t a problem; she took a hefty 9mm Ruger to the class and did fine with it, and I think a substantial gun is good for her because of the lighter recoil. But she’s very concerned that, as her hands get older and more painful, she’ll have trouble with a heavy or otherwise difficult trigger action.
She’s quite clear that she doesn’t just want “something to wave around,” but something she can plug a bad guy with if she has to.
She won’t have money for a lot of customization, so something that’s going to work for her right out of the box is good.
Oh yeah, and she hates pink. But might really go for purple. ;-)
So … recommendations?