Guys that can shoot or know a lot about guns like to think they can shoot or know a lot about guns. Especially, when it comes to women. They want to the the MAN and show them how to shoot them and help them pick what they need to shoot.
Well, you might buy naughty nighties for a woman and she might wear them, but she is probably only doing it for you. (How would you feel with a strip of lace up your butt crack?)
My point is, (And I think Gunsite instructor Il Ling will agree.) a handgun is a very personal thing, if you don’t think so, send me some cash and I’ll pick your next one for you. Conventional wisdom has always been to get a J-frame or compact revolver for a woman because they are safe and easy to shoot.
Today on the range we had snubby revolvers, compact 380s and 1911s in 9mm. The following observations from seven women of various shooting skill levels were:
38 Snub nose revolvers kick to hard.
Revolver triggers are too hard to pull.
Compact 380s are nice, especially the 1911 clones like the SIG and Colt (Colt may reintroduce the Mustang by the way – This focus group will surely impact that decision.)
1911 9mm handguns are easy to shoot and have great triggers. (Specifically the Colt Defender.)
Easy to see front sights are a good thing. (Specifically XS Big Dots)
NONE OF THIS SHOULD COME AS A SURPRISE, JEFF COOPER BELIEVED A GUN NEEDED TO HAVE SIGHTS YOU COULD SEE AND A TRIGGER YOU COULD OPERATE.
So, if you are thinking about getting a gun for your significant other, don’t just go buy one and surprise her, best let here shoot some guns and let her decide what she can handle.
Oh, and, for all those police administrators and shooters that think a 1911 is too complicated or maybe unsafe for a woman or a new shooter…We did not have a single accident on the range today.
Today, one of the things that really stood out to me with the women shooters was they were much more interested in how well they could operate and shoot the gun than they were with what it said on the side, or what someone else told them about it.
That’s a neat concept that maybe guys could learn from. Find something that works for YOU.