I finally was able to get some hands-on experience with the EAA Witness Pavona. The Pavona is a "girl" version of the EAA Witness. The pistol is overall smaller, with larger groves on the slide to aid in manipulating the slide, and a lighter recoil. Unfortunately, EAA did not have the original Witness on the line for me to handle both side by side. However, the Pavona did fit wonderfully in my hand. The slide was easy to grab and rack. While shooting, the trigger pull was easy and had a nice, short reset. The recoil was barely noticeable and my follow thru made it very easy to call my shots and to be consistent between shots. This year's Industry Day was a bit chilly with high winds, and my hands did not hurt after shooting it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this pistol. With a MSRP of about $400, this is a reasonable pistol for any lady to carry. It comes in three calibers: .380, 9 mm and .40. EAA also has a line of concealed carry purses with holsers that were designed for these pistols. They also have a purse insert that will turn any purse into a concealed carry purse. My only reservation about the pistol is the color options. It has five color options: black, sapphire (blue), imperial (purple), fandango (pink), and charcoal. While that does not seem extreme and may even seem reasonable, they all have glitter. All have silver glitter, but the black option has a a choice of silver or gold glitter. I personally am not a fan of the looks of the pistol, but it functions better than most pistols that actually feel comfortable in my hands.