How do you select a firearm for a female shooter?
Recently more females in my immediate and extended family have shown more interest in not just purchasing a firearm that is right for them, but also carrying one on their person, in their purse or nearby. This is a completely different scenario versus a man carrying. Typically men can carry inside or outside the waistband on different location of their waist. Women’s waist are not straight like a mans and it can create challenges for carrying larger firearms.
The first and foremost objective is to identify a firearm that is comfortable in the hand of the shooter, and the balance. The next is how does the gun feel when firing the weapon and the recoil. This first step usually will determine the size of the cartridge or caliber of the gun. The next step is to determine a revolver (quite popular with the ladies) or a semi automatic pistol. These are also referred to as striker fired pistols. The best way to figure this out is to take your lady, sister, mom, grandma or whoever it is to the local gun range. Rent some different revolvers and pistols and put some brass through them. Some popular choices amongst females are the following:
Ruger LCR .38 special+P a lightweight and hammerless revolver. The revolver weighs 13.5 ounces and is made from an aluminum polymer mixture, it has been made specifically for concealed carry and can be carried around all day without any discomfort.
A .38 special Taurus Model 65 CIA protector which is also a hammerless revolver and is quite small in size, easy to grip and great for a pocket or purse.
The size of the gun usually is in correlation to the size of the caliber. A .357 can also shoot .38, .38 Special ronds as well, so that could very well be another option.
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As a small women I have small hands and finding a hand gun that fits is always a chore. But I have found two one is a five shot revolver. The S&W .38 Chiefs Special and the other is an automatic the Springfield Arms DMx 9mm with the smallest of the three backstraps in place. I have used .38 special and .38 special + P in the Chiefs Special to good effect. In the Dmx I am using Winchester Supreme Elite PDx1 9mm Luger. The same round that the FBI is now using.
So in the semi automatic pistol family there are a plethora of options. To try to cover them in a single post would be a bit lengthly but perhaps a series of posts on the topic would be in order. The popular choice among female shooters is the .380 auto caliber. It packs a punch, is low recoil and is easy to conceal and carry.
Selecting the perfect pistol is not the easiest task and can be daunting. There is also budget, training, holsters and practice that all require time and money. I’m currently in the process of helping my mom evaluate the perfect first handgun for carrying and training with, so as we work through this process I will add to either this post or a series. I’d be curious to know from both men and women what they look for and how they evaluate a pistol for ladies to carry. Maybe some women prefer a 1911 platform? 🙂
The next question would be how to carry. There are other people out there (women) who know this topic well. One particular has a fantastic youtube channel full of great holsters and carry techniques for females regardless of the outfit.
Please share your thoughts and comments for women starting out selecting and carrying firearms.