Do you have any guesses about the fastest-growing demographic for gun sales? Women!
With all of the dangerous crimes in the news lately, ladies are more likely than ever to be proactive about their personal defense. One of the best ways that females are finding to stay safe is to find a handgun that fits their unique needs and take a concealed carry class.
These short courses teach gun safety and are very empowering for the individuals who go through the class. While a concealed carry class doesn’t teach you everything that you need to know, they are required before you obtain a permit. Once you’ve taken the safety and training classes that you need, it’s time to see which firearms are the best for women’s self-defense.
Minimal Weight and Recoil
Most women are every bit as handy as men with a weapon with a little practice, but there are specific weapons that are easier for women to handle. Handguns can offer a significant recoil, and may have a grip that is larger than women find comfortable. Women may choose handguns that are a smaller caliber, such as a .22 or a .380, because they are often lighter both to hold and to shoot — especially if you are holding it at arm’s length in front of you for any period of time. That said, you need to be sure that you have a weapon that has plenty of stopping power — the first time.
Ideal Handguns for Women
Smaller handguns are easier for women to conceal, reliable and easy to operate. In a challenging or stressful situation, you may find that your motor skills may not work as well as you would like, so having a weapon that can be stored conveniently close to hand is of the utmost importance.
Here are some of the best options on the market to keep you safe:
Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard: This .38 Special is an excellent quality and comes with a Crimson Trace laser sight included, which provides exceptional visibility in low light situations. Plus, the lightweight handgun has a reasonable recoil even when you’re using special defense loads.
Sig Sauer P320: The sleek, sexy design of this weapon is only one of the reasons that it appeals to women. The most important selling point for this model is the different grip modules in a variety of sizes, and the ability to change calibers for your needs.
Glock 26: Known as a “Baby Glock”, the Glock 26 has a grip that fits well in your hand and is sized appropriately for women. It’s relatively light at just over 20 ounces and holds 11 rounds total in a 9mm size.
Ruger LC9s: The reasonably-priced Ruger is quite compact and slim, making it reliable and generally easy to control. The 9mm cartridges are durable enough for self-defense but don’t create a massive recoil.
Purchasing the ideal handgun for personal protection is a critical first step for your safety. Learning how to accurately wield the weapon, store it safely and keep it clean so it is ready for action are equally important steps for women and men alike.
~ Ready to Fire News