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Best Concealed Carry Handguns for Women With Small Hands

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Tips for Choosing the Best Handguns for Women

In most respects, choosing handguns for women involves the same process as choosing handguns for men.

The primary consideration should be why you are buying the gun. Some people buy handguns as a collectible, or just as an investment, on the assumption that the value will only go up. In this instance, whether the purchaser is a man or woman will be of no importance.

Research into the historical trends of each specific make or model is the only way to ensure a proper choice. Because handguns are seldom the weapon of choice when selecting a firearm for hunting, those parameters are not discussed here.

According to a recent Gallup poll, in the period from 2009 to 2011, gun ownership by women increased roughly by 10%. Now over 40% of all women are gun owners.

As this number increases, more women are expected to be buying guns. Before a woman purchases any firearm for the first time, she should take a firearms training course to familiarize her with the handling and safe operation of a firearm. Many of the firearm ranges, which provide safety courses, also rent guns.

Before buying a gun, it is extremely important to have a general idea what it feels like to fire a similar gun of the same caliber. Some people prefer revolvers, other people prefer automatics, and some preferences are difficult to quantify.

Recoil, loading, simplicity of operation, and other factors may make one gun preferable over another. Once a woman is trained and has a basic familiarization with firearms, she is better prepared to make an informed decision on which handgun is right for her.

One very important factor in choosing handguns for women is in selecting one which fits comfortably into her hand. A gun that is either too large or too small will be harder to handle. Before deciding against any gun based on the feel, consider the option of custom grips and a gun holster designed for women

If the primary purpose of purchasing a pistol is for target shooting, then a .22 caliber gun is the best choice because the ammunition is cheaper and will save a considerable amount of money over time. Generally speaking, pistols with a 6 inch barrel provide sufficient accuracy for most shooters.

The most common reason women buy handguns is for self defense. If the gun is going to be for personal protection in public, compact size is a primary consideration. An equally important consideration is the caliber of the gun. Small caliber guns are unsuitable for self defense because they may only wound, and not stop an attacker. Large caliber weapons have too much recoil for small framed guns. The optimal choice is a compromise–something like a .38 caliber or 9 mm pistol. Guns with a 2 inch barrel are preferred because at close quarters, there is nothing for the attacker to grab. In an attack in close quarters, the old police adage of “point and shoot” is all the aiming that is required.

Larry Pomykalski is an NRA certified pistol instructor and a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, as well as a former police officer, former military firearms instructor and lifelong student of the martial arts. He also felt that he had something of value to share with the firearms community, and wondered which gunzines he should approach with the above essay. The problem was that he was dealing in ideas and concepts, and virtually all of the present gunzines only want articles about products and services so that their advertising department can sell space and everyone can make money. This is the American way. This is his first published work.

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  1. […] 3. Concealed weapon handgun. The purpose of carrying a concealed weapon is self defense. Smaller weapons are obviously easier to conceal, and a shorter barrel is harder for an attacker to grab. Over 75 percent of the time, just brandishing a gun will fend off an attacker, but if you must shoot you want the maximum number of rounds with reasonable stopping power. A .380 or 9 mm automatic with a 2 inch barrel would be the best handgun for this purpose. […]

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