Thank you for your quick reply and your reccomendations. I hadn't heard too much about the Kahrs other than they being suited well for smaller hands, and I'm glad to hear that the smaller Springfield 1911's chambered for 9mm are reliable too. I've had her handle my Glock 23 because it's the smallest framed pistol that I have, as compared to my Glock 21sf that I always carry, and the 23 is kind of the "spare" that I have here at the house incase she needs it while I'm at work. I keep it loaded with 165 grain Speer Gold Dots.
I've wanted her to find something that she was comfortable with carrying and practice at the range and would be effective for SD, mostly because her job has her dealing with the severely mentally deficient and the criminally insane, and unfortunately some of these people carry grudges when they get released and I am worried about her safety at times. We also don't live in the greatest neighborhood. I'm not always by her side, so I'd like to make sure that she's able to fend for herself if the unfortunate instance occurs and it's ablsolutely needed.
She asked me about CZ earlier, but I didn't have any information about them. I think that between the Kahr and the 1911 though she'll find something that she likes. The only thing with the 1911 is that I told her that if she gets one, I get one too. I think that's fair.
Again, many thanks! I hope to one day be able to take one (or more) of your classes too!