Re: pistol suggestions
for small hands try "I" frame S&W or colt type
38S&W much like a 38 spl is to a 357.
colts are a 6 shooter with smooth triggers--police positive
downside is the guns are pre 1940 & ammo is $30/50.
a bit pricey so get John to reload for you.
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experience will teach you the exceptions.