The other day, in showing her how to use the new gun, we discovered she cannot, without great exertion, push down the slide release with her thumb on my new 1991. I'd say she's got average-size hands for a woman her age. We've had some wrestlemania sessions, and I can say that her overall muscle strength is probably above average for a female. I love the 1911 design, but how the US military issued these things to thousands of female soldiers for dozens of years baffles me. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!