We took the new M&P 22 out to the range and put it through the paces. Good news is my wife actually LIKES it! Within a few minutes of shooting it she was loading her own mags (never did that before!) and was actually having fun.
Just goes to show you that having a good gun for beginners is the way to go. And like you said Nail, start 'em off with a 22.
"If it ain't cocked and loaded it don't shoot." Rooster Cogburn