My girl has expressed that she is considered starting to carry when she turns 21 in a couple months. (I am a horrible influence aren't I ) Anyways I was trying to figure a good first carry gun for her and talked to her a bit about what she likes and does not like, how she would carry it ect. Basically it would be carried in a purse (I guess it is harder for women to conceal on their body.) In a separate compartment. Or something along those lines. So here is a quick list of requirements. It should weigh roughly as much or less than my loaded j-frame or a browning hi-power. It should have an external safety, so no glock, xd, or j-frame (or anything else that relies on an internal safety, grip safety, double trigger safety or heavy ass trigger pull.) Shorter is better, but no longer than a hi-power. It should be a manageable round 9mm or maybe 45, nothing like a .357 mag, again she doesn't like my j-frame even with 38 spl. Preferably a semi-auto, revolvers would be fine too, but especially with a revolver no external hammer (internal decocking mechanism would be nice too.) Of my guns (well and one is hers) she likes, the marlin 336 in 30-30, the RIA 1911 in 45acp, the Browning Hi-power in 9mm and the heritage arms SA 22lr revolver. What brand is a reliable and as accurate as you need it to be for carry hi-power or hi-power clone? Cliff: Recommend a good carry gun that is not a j-frame and has an external safety mechanism.