The year my wife and I moved in together, for Christmas I bought her a pistol. It was her Beretta 92 EL, which we’ve dubbed “Beauty” for obvious reasons.
In subsequent years, I bought her jewelry. It didn’t take long for her to make it clear that anything so personal as jewelry needed to be selected by her, not by me. And really, the same should have applied to the gun, because the standard Beretta double-column grip is just a little too big for her to execute a smooth double-action first shot without shifting her grip for the follow-up shots.
Well, I had a solution for that problem: the single-stack Compact version of the Beretta 92, the “Type M.” A single column of 9mm is pretty darn slim, and makes for a much smaller grip. (Click to embiggen — if you look close, you can see Lincoln in the memorial!)
For someone with smaller hands, this pistol is great! And yes, I know there are .45s out there that are almost as thin, but 9′s fine with us. The gun fits her hands much more comfortably, and she doesn’t have to shift her grip whether firing double-action or single-action. And as you can see, it’s not a whole lot bigger than my 9mm J-frame snubby.
All in all, it’s one of the best gun purchases I’ve ever made. They’re hard to find; if you run across one, check it out — you might like it a lot!