I've worked part time at local gun shop for seven years and I've heard the same conversation over and over again. Customer: I'm looking for a gun for my wife/girlfriend/daughter. Me: Bring her in and we can find the right gun for her. Customer: She's not interested in guns, just show me what's cheap. Me: If she's not interested in guns then why buy her one? Customer: So she can protect herself, so a 22 or 25 ought to do. Me: For 50 to 100 dollars more you could buy a decent pistol in a decent caliber. Customer: That's okay, she won't need it anyway. Me: If she won't need it, then why buy it? Customer: Because I want her to be able to protect herself. And it keeps going in circles. I love her enough to want her to be able to protect herself, but not enough to spend any real money on. Another employee actually had a good saying. "You don't buy your wife's shoes do you? Then how do you know this gun is the right fit until she tries it on for size." I always suggest they involve the significant other in the process. They always feel more comfortable and sometimes they find out that buying them a gun is the last thing they want.