My mother has a Smith & Wesson Shield that she liked until she got it home and started trying to use it. Soon after she got it, she injured her shoulder, and now has a very hard time racking the dern thing. On top of that, the stubby safety lever is sharp and difficult for her to activate or deactivate with her thumb. I have a Walther CCP that she can rack and switch the safety, but it’s just a little too large for her.
Her needs in a firearm are unfortunately rather exacting, and I’m having trouble finding one that will meet her needs, so I thought I’d ask for advice here.
Smallish gun is necessary. S&W Shield is just the right size.
External safety is necessary. She often has to hold small children in her lap, and refuses to consider a weapon without a safety.
She needs a controllable gun. She is a small person and doesn’t think she can control a cannon.
9mm is strongly preferred, but she is willing to consider a .380.
Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you.