I have messed around with the keltec 380, kinda low budget and not super durable, but they do work and are reliable, and will hold up nicely to the ocassional practice sessions. The side belt clip makes for handy front pocket carry. All in all good to have guns.
226 is a terrible gun for most women. Its shortcomings were the source of most of my female students problems. Most of whom had to qualify with one, and there inability to do so combined with male geared instruction was why they came to see me. Sigs best features are its ability to win government contracts. Now I am not talking the whole line, they make good stuff, its just the double stack service pistols don't fit women well.
Sig 226 as a large square grip that doesnt fit smaller hands. It also has a long back strap to trigger span. BAsically smaller hands and shorter fingers have a harder time reaching the trigger, on over extended trigger finger causes lots of trigger torque and lots of low and left bullet holes. Another drawback and why you don't see them much in action type pistol competitions is the high bore axis. IE the gun recoil flips up instead of straight back, making follow up shots difficult and slower. This tendency also causes it to be suseptable to limpwristing. While this almost never happens with male shooters, women need to learn propper grip to avoid it. Ever bounce a basketball on soft ground ? It doesnt bounce up. Autoloading pistols can do this when not firmly held, the slide doenst come forward and the gun fails to eject or feed. IE jams. The lighter the gun or the more muzzel flip it has, the more likely this is going to be a problem. One of the reasons Glocks are so popular with women and competition shooters. The hand is very high so most of the recoil is straight back.
Last edited by Joe4d; 12-23-2012 at 01:23 PM.