For years the Mrs has been carrying and shooting Sub compact pistols (9mm) other than that pretty much just her .22 Beretta Neos. She has been a competent shooter but with a sub compact nothing to get excited about. After she for Christmas gave me a shiny new SR 1911, I suggested we look into getting her a full size pistol, she likes my XDM 5.25 so decided at our weekly range visit we rented her a XDm9 4.5. First 10 rds were fired at 8 yrds all within the 9 ring, she was thrilled! next moved her to the 20 yrd line all all rounds within the 8 ring, a few in the 9 and 2 in the 10! It will be a easy sale at our LGS as soon as pricing settles down. Think I will see her on the competition circuit soon!