Originally Posted by Just1More
Don't get a semi-automatic for someone who doesn't know anything about guns. Get a revolver.
^ This is 100% the RIGHT answer if your not willing to train and learn you have no business with a semi auto..That said it seems from the OP statement she wants to learn and go to the range..so if she is willing to learn and train(failure type drills in case it jams up for some reason) if go with a smaller 9m ..how about a LC9 or a PPS they have a slim profile and decent(smaller) size grips for a bit smaller hands id really look at those 2.
the LC9 is $389 give or take
The LCR about the same I think maybe $10 more so both less than $400
If money is real tight the Kel Tec PF9 is also a decent deal at around $250