You might think girls and guns a bad mix but considering a concealed carry gun for women is essential than most people know.
In this article:
- A Must for Her to Learn Self-Defense
- The Right Handgun
- Considering a Revolver
- The Appropriate Caliber
Concealed Carry Gun for Women | Why Is It Important
A Must for Her to Learn Self-Defense
Buying a concealed carry gun for the ladies in our lives is an important task. We love our wives too much to let them become the next victim of mindless crime.
And, I have to admit that even though I’ve been around guns for a long time, I don’t know the first thing about buying a concealed carry gun for a woman.
So one day, I asked for help. It was the day after my wife looked at the television in awe as people were getting beaten near the point of death just because they held different views or their skin was a different color.
In my own humble opinion, people should not be beaten to a bloody pulp just because they are different. But that isn’t the point of this article.
The point is she was now ready to learn how to defend herself with a gun. Clearly, I’m not a subject matter expert because I’m not a woman.
However, during my process to find a weapon for her, I spoke to several ladies who are experts in firearms. Each one works in the firearms industry in one form or another.
While each lady had a slightly different take on what was needed, they all agreed on a few very important points. The following text is a summary of what they said, in my own words:
The Right Handgun
Under no circumstances should you ever buy a gun for your wife, unless you want to keep it for yourself. Chances are good that she will just turn around and go buy one that she does like later on.
Generally speaking, hands that belong to the better-looking half of the human species are smaller in frame size. They need a gun that is properly sized.
So, instead of going to the store and buying her a gun, take her to the store with you to try them on. She’ll want to see how each one feels in her hand to make sure it is comfortable.
If the store you’re at has a range that allows you to shoot any guns before purchase, this is even better.
Make sure she is able to run the gun through the functions. If it is a semi-auto pistol, make sure she can pull the slide back, deactivate the manual safety (if so equipped), and line up the sights.
Considering a Revolver
A first-time shooter usually has an easier time with a revolver. However, mastering one can be more difficult than a semi-auto.
Either way, make sure she has plenty of range time with whatever gun she decides to buy so she becomes proficient with it as quickly as possible.
As a side rant, nothing perks my anger quite like someone who buys a gun and never brings it to the range. How do you even know if the thing goes bang when you squeeze the trigger?
Anyway, I digress…
Generally speaking, it is also a good idea to know which features you want the gun to have. For example, does she need a gun with a safety on it?
Revolvers don’t usually have a mechanical safety, per se. But, they do have a mile-long trigger pull that helps keep the gun honest when you go to re-holster it.
The Appropriate Caliber
Truth be told, the best size projectile to choose is one you can safely hit your target with more than once.
In other words, having a .45 ACP is great, but if you miss your first shot, you’ll likely miss the consecutive ones as well because of the snappy recoil.
The best bet in choosing caliber size is to try a few different ones out, and see which one she is the most comfortable with. If all she can safely handle is a .32 H&R Magnum, it’s better than nothing.
Most bad guys (though definitely not all) will take a look at the gun your wife brandishes and run like crazy regardless of the caliber. The simple fact remains, getting shot is not on anyone’s bucket list.
Watch this video from God, Family, and Guns as they share their top picks for women’s concealed carry gun:
The main takeaway from this is we need to have the lady in our life pick out her own gun. If they (God forbid) choose the pink Chic Lady from Charter Arms, so be it.
All that’s important is she’s capable of defending herself should that need ever arise.
What do you think about buying a concealed carry gun for women? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.