Re: Looking to buy a 45 handgun
There are a few things you should know based on what you have told us so far:
Steel guns (or at least aluminum frame/steel slide guns) will out last any plastic gun. We are talking 50 to over 100 years and beyond.
45ACP is a pretty hard recoiling gun for a woman. Don't get me wrong, that does not apply to all women. One time a bunch of us at work went to a range during our lunch brake. One of the programmers, a tall willowy good looking young woman, pulls out a 1911 in 45ACP and starts shooting. There was no intimidation at all. She shot well. On the other hand my friend (who is heavy into 22 and air gun competition, and has elephant hands, feet, and overall size and is extremely naturally strong) bought a used 1911 and developed the world's worst flinch. He eventually sold the gun because he just could not shoot it without flinching. Anyway, recoil and gun weight should be considered if you intend to have your wife shoot it.
I have several 45's: A CZ97B, a EAA CZ97B clone, a Sig P220, and a 1911. The CZ97B and the EAA clone are BIG guns. The Sig is lighter, fits my smaller hands better, and a very nice gun. The 1911 (from almost any manufacturer but mine is a Rock Island) is the most versatile as there are a ton of aftermarket parts for them to make them into anything you want. Mine has all after market internals, thinner grips, and a bullseye rib on the slide with good bullseye sights. I also have a Colt 1911 in 10mm that is an excellent gun too. Neither of the 1911's is as light as the Sig P220.