Which Gun Should a Woman Buy?
Women should buy the gun that best fits their needs, their budget, their size and their preferences. There is no ideal gun to suit every woman. Comfort, including trigger pull, weight, grip and recoil are all considerations when a woman selects a gun. The user must feel comfortable using it and practicing with it frequently. If a woman wants to conceal-carry the gun she needs to consider where it will be carried. Carrying a gun in a purse is inconvenient and impractical emergency purposes. The most frequent site for women to conceal weapons is in the small of the back. In these cases consider both the length and the width of the gun to maximize comfort. Choose a gun that is simple to use and maintain. A simple, reliable and easy to use gun encourages frequent practice and regular gun cleaning. Practice and maintenance ensure good shooting skills and a well-functioning weapon. Select dependable, well-made ammunition to help prevent misfires, jams and double-feeds. A woman’s hand size is an important factor to consider when choosing a gun. Make sure the grip feels comfortable in the hand and that the shooter can control the weapon with reasonable accuracy. The best way to see if a gun is the right match for the hand is to try several weapons on a firing range. For target shooting, a .22 caliber handgun works well. The ammunition is affordable and the recoil is minimal. However, a .22 does not have the stopping power needed to be an effective defensive weapon. A caliber of at least.380 ACP is a better choice. Many women prefer a 9 mm gun. It uses affordable ammunition, comes in smaller frames, and is easy to conceal. The 9 mm can stop most threats and they do not have too much recoil. Cost, including the price of ammunition, is a significant consideration during a gun purchase. Most reliable and effective semi-automatic handguns with defense calibers cost $500 to $700, so comparison shop before committing to a purchase. Do not settle for inexpensive but unreliable weapons. Make sure to test several makes and styles of guns before purchasing. Do research and get recommendations from experienced shooters and then comparison shop. Spend time at a firing range that rents guns. Determine if the fit and grip are right, and whether the shooter can control the gun and fire it effectively. Many gun shops and firing ranges have trained instructors to assist with the test firing process. Ultimately, the buyer must select a gun that makes them feel confident in their shooting ability. If the owner is not happy with the gun they are not likely to practice with it or carry it every day.
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