I know it sounds sexist, but it really isn’t. Women don’t know what they want, in a handgun I mean. But it’s no surprise because men don’t either.
They think they want to carry a gun to protect themselves but have no idea what to buy. So they head down to the first gun store they see and start looking. A lot of the time, the clerk has an idea what he, or she, wants to sell. Many of them don’t even know what questions to ask their potential customer. Most of the time the customer also doesn’t know what questions to ask.
Sometimes it depends on the look of the lady; how tall is she, how big are her hands, does she look like a Lady or a Woman ( to some people there is a difference), petite or not so much.
A woman will frequently bring a man to the gun store with her. Being a man he should know of these things, right? Really, lots of men haven’t the first notion of what they are doing around guns, but will they admit it?
What Is The Best Gun For A Woman?
The best hand guns for women is a question with the same answer as for men. The best gun is the one you are comfortable with. There are a lot of factors in that comfortability. Here I will try to list some of the factors for you. Before you buy, do some looking.
Probably the first answer to settle on is what your purpose for having it will be.
- Why do you want a gun? What will you use it for? Target practice? Home protection? Personal Defense? All of these answers will have a direct impact on your purchase decision.
- What size gun do you want? Do you want a hand cannon? Or just a pea shooter?
- What Fits In Your Hand? What size gun will fit your hands? Can you actually lift and hold the gun you wish to purchase?
- What Can You Handle? Will you be able to handle the recoil, weight, and pressure of the gun you choose?
- How Will You Carry Your Gun? This is where the women separate from the men.There are ways for a woman to carry a gun that just don’t work for men. But a woman can carry a gun the same ways any man can.
The Right Gun for a Woman, According to A Woman
Here is an anonymous quote I got from a magazine I read some time ago.
“For some reason, men think women are too stupid to maintain a pistol. They all insist on the .38 special revolver. When I finished school, that is what my brother decided I should have. And I never liked it. I have had it now for 28 years and I actually sold it today. Today when I got up, I just decided that I no longer want it. It is bulky. It is heavy. I cannot conceal it. I want a pistol and that is what I am going to buy. A pistol with a bra holster. Stuff all the men. A gun is like a pair of shoes. Another person cannot choose it for you and decide that it would be a comfortable fit. It is something you have to choose yourself”.
In this instance, the woman, referring to a pistol, is wanting a semi-automatic handgun. Autoloaders are commonly called pistols in today’s firearms world, as opposed to revolvers. Small guns for the “petite, little lady” are not the norm. Women want the same as men do; the best gun to get the job done. Some women like the pistols or revolvers with pink grips, or pastel colored slides, but when it comes down to the real use of the weapon, it’s firepower and fit.
The End Result
There is very little difference between what a woman wants in a handgun and what a man wants. The main concern is what the gun can and will do for them in a time of need. A good resource for this subject would be the US Concealed Carry Association.
Beth Alcazar is one of the writers for their magazine. She is also a working mother and a firearms instructor. Her insights have inspired many women to be better with their weapons and protect themselves and their children; and husbands.
If I have inspired you a little to be interested in self-defense with a firearm, I would like to know. Please leave your comments in the section below. My email address is; [email protected] if that would be your preference. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I have.
Harry….with Sherry and our friends, Ranger, and Sierra
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