I recently purchased a kimber classic stainless. Love this pistol! I just got back from the range and want to go back tomorrow! The problem I have is that my wife and I decided that we should each have a handgun so that I can have something on the road with me when I go out of town to race and she can have something at home. So, I got a kimber. I took her to a range that rents guns and she tried my smith 2206 .22 pistol and a rented 38 revolver. She had no problem with the 38 round. All the 9mm they had to rent were glocks and she didn't feel comfortable with the big grips so she didn't shoot any of them.
We then went to the local dealers and had narrowed her choices down to a taurus titanium 38, a smith airlite 38, and a taurus millenium 9mm auto. She said she liked how the auto felt and really liked the sights. So we went with that.
We went to the range tonight with our new pistols for the first time. She aimed her new taurus and carefully squeezed the trigger for the first time, fired it once, and put it down. It scared her. The muzzle flip surprised her a lot, she fired one round and did not want to fire another. She's scared of the gun now, and doesn't want it.
What did I do wrong? Should I have fired it first so she could see what it would do? Does this 9mm have that much more force than a .38 revolver would? Can I fix this with different loads than the 115gr. ball that we used?
I was hoping, and so was she, that this would be something we could do together and now she's upset because she feels like she wasted our money and I'm upset because I think I let her down in helping her pick the wrong gun. I am a complete novice at this, but thought I knew enough to go in the right direction.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.