my daughter is inexperienced with firearms. she's not afraid of them (she was raised in my house); but she never had a great interest in them, either. she now has reason to be.
she understands she will need training. but as a professional woman who will be having a baby this year, training/extensive practice will likely not be as expansive as either of us would like.
in my mind, she needs a SIMPLE, effective, LIGHTWEIGHT revolver to practice with/carry.
What does the brain trust here recommend?
btw...she's a pipsqueak (5'3").
Oooh...define "EFFECTIVE." A .22 is better than nothing, but obviously very weak for self-defense. .22 Magnum will hit a bit harder and be louder and scarier than .22 LR (on both sides of the gun) but very controllable. If you want the lightest, look for the S&W Airlight series.
If she might be comfortable with an autoloader, it would be hard to get smaller and lighter than the KelTec P32 in .32 ACP.