Ladies let me ask you a question. What keeps you from carrying a firearm? Over the years I’ve heard responses such as being afraid of the gun going off in your purse or being taken away from you in a confrontation and even responses as simple as not knowing how they work. While these responses are definitely logical reasons to keep you from carrying a gun, do these reasons really outweigh the potential consequences of not carrying a firearm? I mean think about it! Being out after dark, walking through a parking garage or traveling and your car breaks down. These are all ideal situations for criminals to attack. Now, I hope nobody finds themselves in a situation like this, but wouldn’t it be better to be prepared if something were to happen? I heard a wise man tell me one time, “it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”. The same principle applies to firearms. Carrying a firearm is the equivalent to locking your car in sketchy parts of town or dead bolting your door at night. A firearm is nothing more than a tool made for a specific purpose – protection. Match this concept with education and practice and you will have the confidence to carry a firearm wherever the law permits.

So, now the question becomes what firearm is best for a typical woman? While this question is very broad and the answer includes many considerations, it is often asked by women or men looking for a gun for their wife, daughter or mother. Over the course of this post, we hope to provide enough recommendations for you to consider in order to make an informed and comfortable decision.

Can or Cannot?

To begin, the basic of firearms must be considered. More often than not, ageing women with weakening grip strength or arthritis cannot rack semiauto pistols (pulling the slide back and releasing which allows a bullet to be loaded). As a result, I would cut out any consideration of semiauto handguns (firearm on the left in the picture below) due to the inability to safely operate the firearm. If this is you, let me comfort you by saying you are NOT alone! We run into this scenario more times than not. A revolver (firearm on the right) is going to be the only other option if this is the case – which is fine! Revolvers are tried and true and great guns to have tucked away in the case of an emergency. If you can rack a semiauto, I would recommend a semiauto as they have the ability for a higher round (bullet) capacity. In other words, most revolvers will have either 5 or 6 shots while a small semiauto might have 7-10 depending on the model.

Comfort in Carrying

The next thing to consider is ability to carry comfortably. You want your firearm to be comfortable, otherwise you won’t carry it. This includes comfort in the hand of the operator as well as the ability to conceal it without any irritation. Most people find that a smaller handgun is their choice under this umbrella. Whether it is between your belt and body or in your purse, a smaller handgun has less surface area and requires less space which allows you to readjust or move completely more easily. Another reason women typically choose a smaller handgun is because women typically have smaller hands than a man. The ability to firmly grasp the firearm while still being able to properly operate the trigger is the basis that you need to build your choice off of. If you aren’t comfortable with your firearm, you’re not going to be confident – which brings up the last consideration…


The last (and considered by many gun experts to be the most important) thing to consider is the ability to carry the firearm confidently. For most women, the gun will be tucked away in your purse or handbag. This is where another very common question is asked; will it go off in my purse if the trigger gets bumped? Most gun manufactures take this into consideration when engineering their designs. As a result, many “pocket guns” (as smaller guns are known as) have heavy trigger pulls. What this means is that a simple “bump” of the trigger typically won’t make it go off. Instead, there is enough retention in the trigger than an intended pull is needed to make the firearm discharge. But one thing is for sure – no matter how well the gun is made or what all safety features it offers, nothing will replace your confidence in yourself to be able to operate the gun efficiently. This is only achieved through education of the firearm and practice. In fact, if you don’t remember anything else from this post, please remember to always practice, practice, practice with your firearm. Over time, gun movements will become second nature and if the chance arises where you need to use your firearm, you will have the upper hand because your gun will be one less thing that scares you.

Photo Credit: Shield Personal Safety Training


Now, let’s move on the actual guns themselves. First, let me make it clear that these options are not the only options. Take the guns presented in this article as guidelines for your choice, however, your ultimate decision will need to be based off your personal preference and confidence in the firearm.

Sig Sauer P365

To begin with, take a look at the Sig Sauer P365. The Sig P365, as referred to by most, is a 9mm semiauto handgun that took the firearm world by storm when it hit the market because of its remarkably small profile while still being able to house 10 rounds without an extension magazine. With an overall length of just under 6 inches, this gun fits great in smaller palms as well as small purses or handbags. Sig Sauer is a very reputable company and this gun has been received tremendously well by the public and often times stays in high demand. Sig also provides extended magazines for the P365 to boost round capacity up to 12 or even 15. As a result, if you are able to consistently rack a slide, definitely take a look at this pistol before making your final decision.

Glock 43

Another gun that falls within the semiauto profile is the Glock 43. Glock has one of the best reputations in the firearm industry when it comes to reliability and as a result, has a huge following throughout the world. The Glock 43 is Glock’s smallest 9mm handgun as it holds 6 rounds in the standard magazine. The Glock 43 is slightly longer than the Sig P365 as it measures at an overall length just over 6.25 inches. It needs to be noted that Glock offers no external safety, however, does have a 3-part internal safety that ensures the gun to not discharge unless the trigger is pulled. Regardless of the incomparable round capacity differences between the Glock 43 and Sig P365, the Glock 43 continues to be a top seller because of its reliability.

Smith & Wesson 638 Airweight

If semiauto handguns are out of the picture due to the inability to  safely rack the slide, the Smith & Wesson 638 Airweight is a handgun that should definitely be considered. This gun is a 5 shot revolver and is perfect for close quarter fighting. It is offered in a 38 special caliber which is a common caliber for revolvers. Many people (both men and women) choose to carry a revolver for every day carry (EDC). In fact, many men that are carrying a gun with less capacity (such as a Smith & Wesson Shield) will have a revolver fastened to ankle in case they get into a situation where they need additional rounds or if they are ever grappling with a criminal on the ground and cannot reach their primary weapon for some reason. No matter what the reason, the Smith & Wesson 638 Airweight is always a reliable choice when regarding handguns.

There you have it! Hopefully over the course of this blog you have learned a little and have seen some firearms that will help guide your choice for a handgun for a lady. Just remember to not over complicate it! Pick a firearm that makes you comfortable and shoot it until you’re confident!

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