Originally Posted by navis128
I wouldn't dismiss a .45...
Just pull and push at the same time to rack it.
Keep it close to your chest and push both ways to engage the slide lock
I think it's about "English" an not so much strength.
I believe you are right not about strength as much as technique. As mentioned above, Ruger, Taurus, Smith and Wesson all good quality guns to begin with. Also mentioned above, If yu don't like the feel of the gun from first grip you may never like it.