My wife, a crack shot who's been riding the fence about a personal sidearm for several years, finally decided to take the plunge.
Yesterday, we visited the Sportsman's Warehouse*. At the gun counter, A. Friendly Clerk brought several different models to us, so she could try each one for size and grip.
We started with the Ruger LC9s, and while we know its reliability and performance (Older Daughter has a 1st generation model), she didn't care for the short grip. It isn't quite long enough for her to get all four fingers around it, even with the drop-down extension on the magazine.
Ultimately, she decided on the Smith &Wesson M&P9 Shield, a fairly compact 9mm with an 8-round magazine.
It just felt better in her hands, and that was that.
We also opted for the model without a thumb safety (it's available, at a slightly higher price). Her experience has been almost exclusively with a revolver, so this is new to her.
Years ago, I owned a Charter Arms Pathfinder in .22 WMR, which she enjoyed immensely. She regularly embarrassed both her brother and me in target practice, too. She's one of those people who can pick up a rifle after not shooting for 20 years, and blow the center out of a target at just about any reasonable distance. Pistols, too.
So this will be a new thing for her to learn, which she's looking forward to. She has no bad habits to unlearn, either, so it'll be fun to turn her loose, after some initial instruction at the range. More "thug life gnome" targets will have their centers perforated, in short order.
* I've already been asked, "But you guys have Cabela's AND Bass Pro Shops - why didn't you go there?" Because Sportsman's Warehouse was cheaper; enough so that I was able to throw in two boxes of ammo for the same price as the pistol cost at the competitors.