You wouldn’t buy a pair of ski boots for a day at the beach, would you? So why are you buying snubbie revolvers for new shooters? I don’t understand.
Like shoes, different guns are for different purposes. And like shoes, some guns are good for more situations than others. My sneakers and boots that I wear almost every day: to work, to matches, for errands; they’re not much to look at but they work when I need them and they get the job done – those are my M&P and my SR9c and my revolvers. The stilettos I only pull out for certain occasions, that serve one purpose well (even if it is just making me look good) and are really great for that purpose – those are my race guns.
Like shoes, I would never presume to buy someone else a gun. I don’t know what their exact purpose is, I don’t know what will fit them well and I don’t know what they will like. Nor would I ever try and tell someone what fits them well. I would let them go into a store and try on 15 pairs of shoes just as I’d let them go to the range and run the gamut of rental guns. If you are going to press that airweight snubbie on her stop for a minute and think about her pressing a pair of size 9 brown penny loafers on you.
For those of you who would argue that “the little lady” can’t rack the slide, why are you buying her a pair of cowboy boots because she doesn’t know how to tie sneakers? It’s not difficult, you just need to teach her the correct way to do it.
Please stop trying to tell people exactly what guns to buy, it’s about as ridiculous as dragging out one particular shoe box in a shoe store and saying “you need these, you should ignore these thousands of other boxes”.