Over the years the firearms market has begun attempting to appeal to a more diverse crowd, including women and children. This has resulted in things like Crickett’s “My First Rifle” and Walther’s horrendously ugly pink P22’s, and don’t even get me started on the pink Hello Kitty AR-15’s. Through all of this I can’t help but feel it’s a bit sexist. To assume girls want to throw aside all of the tactical advantage that a camouflaged firearm is to sport a gun that’d fit better in a Gucci catalog is, well, dumb. Sure, there are plenty of ladies out there who love their goofy looking pink and purple firearms, but in my personal point of view I want my lady to be tactical right alongside me, her sexuality aside. When it comes to the ten yard line and you need someone to watch your back practicality trumps cuteness by leaps and bounds. With that being noted, I’m not going to throw a bunch of typical weakling guns out there. If you’re a well trained lady you should be able to handle most calibers that burly Mountain Men can handle too. That being said, there is still something to say for the naturally increased muscle mass of a man. So I will go for a good in between that minimizes recoil while maximizing knockdown power, something even men would find plausible to carry and shoot.
Enter the Glock
The Glock 19 is the 9MM little sister of the Glock 17. It’s a perfect package for women who’s hands are more petite than average men but not children’s hands. A bit smaller than the full sized Glock, but still big enough to get a good grip on to minimize recoil, the 19 is the perfect package for well trained women. There is a caveat about Glocks though, since they have no external safety they are undeniably less safe to keep with a round chambered than pistols with a safety. Good training can trump this issue and turn it into an actual advantage. Ladies shouldn’t be shooting if they aren’t well trained anyways, neither should men.
The Perfect Home Defense Package
The 20 Gauge Mossberg 500 is easy to use, break down, and a forgiving weapon to shoot. While most women should be able to handle a 12 GA just fine with proper body positioning, there’s no denying the 20 still packs a good punch and is easier on the shoulder. This factor is beneficial in a home defense situation where you may not even have time to shoulder the weapon and need something with less risk of over penetration.
The Art of War
If you don’t trust an AR 15 in the hands of a lady it’s time to retrain your lady. The M4 is a favorite among female soldiers in the military because it’s a hard hitting, accurate weapon in a smaller package. It can accommodate shorter arms with its collapsible butt stock while staying light on recoil. It can be laser accurate up to and past 300 meters, and it has these convenient little attachments called thirty round magazines. It’s also the perfect gun to accessorize! Everyone’s AR is individual in its own way, from optics and rails to grips and stocks. It is truly a go-to for ladies and men alike.
Smith And Wesson
The M&P is an affordable, lightweight, comfortable pistol. With a choice of different calibers, sizes, and accessories the M&P is a great alternative to Glock for those who want a boxy framed, comfortable pistol but feel the need to have a flip safety. With a smooth trigger and quick access paddle safety, as well as an integrated rail for attachments of lights and lasers, the Smith And Wesson is a serious contender on the market for people who enjoy some aspects of Glocks but other aspects of manufacturers like Sig.
The Bad Ole Days
Before the Glock and Sig dominated the police market the iconic image of a mustached officer sporting a cowboy hat and shiny revolver was the main image people had in mind when they thought of cop drama police. A simple .38 snub nose is easily concealable and goes bang every time you pull the trigger. With options like cocking it for single action or keeping it uncocked for double action it gives the shooter the ability to tailor their carry to their needs. Also, the .38 is a very controllable and widely available cartridge. The best part of a revolver is that they’re built like a brickhouse, they will fire and cycle very reliably, and they are often more affordable than automatic pistols.
In the end it all really boils down to the shooter and her preference. Most women can handle any firearm they are handed with proper training, and so it doesn’t always have to be a game of “keeping it small”. However, due to more restrictive clothing options and society’s expectation for women to be lithe and not have big lumps poking out of their clothing, often times smaller seems to be the option most sought after. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with a good old simple hip holster. In the end, there are thousands of options available to women who want to carry in style while ensuring they can defend themselves and their families should it come down to it.
“Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum” –Tommy