In the past, a small caliber handgun like a .22 revolver or a .25 or .32 caliber automatic has generally been recommended as a choice of handgun for women. However, in the real world a small caliber handgun isn’t guaranteed to stop a large attacker who may also be high on amphetamines or some other drugs. This could result in angering the attacker more which could put the woman in greater danger. That said, a larger caliber of handgun for women is recommended.
One of the problems with larger caliber handguns for women is that they are generally larger and not convenient to carry around. The larger caliber handgun for women can be heavy or bulky and then discourages keeping it on you.
Another question that comes up; Is revolver or automatic a better choice for a handgun for women? From a woman’s perspective, automatics can jam and they have complicated safety catches, more technical to shoot, more difficult to load, and basically more difficult to operate.
This is why the best handgun for women is a small revolver with a larger caliber that has some power behind it.
The firearms industry has affirmed that the most popular handguns for women is a lightweight .38 caliber snub-nosed revolver with a 2 inch barrel. The short barrel means that the gun is a lot easier to carry in a purse or coat pocket and is why this is the most popular choice of handgun for women.
Some of the benefits are
- Not too bulky or large
- Powerful enough to stop an attacker
- Can be pointed and fired without the need to extract it from a coat or purse
- Easy to load
- Hard to take out or grab out of someones hand
- Easily manipulated for a short range or close quarters attacker
- Recoil is not too overwhelming or frightening
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Jeanie Almond, founder of Lipstick and Lead, General Manager and Director of Education at Elmfork Shooting Sports, has over 46 years of Shooting Sport teaching experience. She’s an advocate for women empowerment and education, especially related to self defense and gun use. She has been on various television programs, and has been sought out for expertise in the gun field by various group and entities.
For more information about “Mama Shotgun”, check out more of her blogs and posts at www.lipstickandlead.com.
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