The Best Handguns Available for Women

by admin on July 17, 2013

[contextazon id='16']It is advisable for women to take matters of their own security with the weight they deserve. It is a matter to be prioritized since statistics show that women are the closest candidates for violent crime at any point in their lives. Consequently, when a woman’s self-defense is likely to be compromised, the most prudent action to take is to defend herself. In that respect, it is important for women to have the necessary arms handy in case of threats to their safety.

Firearms for women’s self-defense

Firearms are the most effective arms, but they come with a great deal of training on proper usage. Training involves not only ways of basic use of the respective firearms, but also specialized training on how to use them for self-defense. The most common firearm to women is the handgun. The decision between a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol will be based on the specific needs, physical needs as well as one’s likes and dislikes. They both have their negatives and positives.

Revolvers and Semi-autos

“The revolver is the simplest and most reliable” (Pros).

A revolver is the simplest and most reliable of the handguns. The firing process will be straightforward and nothing wrong is likely to happen. It is the best choice for women defense, especially for the beginners. The revolver does not require that meticulous cleaning due to its simplicity, although guns require thorough and regular cleaning. Women are always advised to start with the revolver and then graduate to the semi-automatic pistols, though critics argue that this advice is rather chauvinistic. Revolvers also have a long and hard trigger which is hard to fire accidentally. This acts as a safety feature.

“The revolver is heavier and bulkier” (Cons).

On the dark side of the revolver, it is heavier and bulkier than the pistol. This is a feature which will definitely put off many women who have a natural liking on anything which will be easy to carry around. It also holds fewer rounds than the pistol. This can be suicidal if the victim happens to misfire severally. Its safety feature, the hard trigger, can also work against the user since it won’t be easy to shoot, especially when in fright.

“The semi-automatic pistols are compact and slimmer shape” (Pros).

The semi-automatic pistols have a magazine which can hold a larger number of rounds. Unlike the revolver, they have an easy to pull trigger and therefore it won’t be a failure when shooting in fright. It also has a more compact and slimmer shape and they can shoot multiple rounds quickly.

“The semi-automatic pistols call for a greater deal of training on proper use” (Cons).

Semi-automatic pistols require regular and thorough cleaning if proper functioning is anything to go by. They are also not as simple as the revolver and therefore it calls for a greater deal of training on proper use. Although it has the ability to execute multiple shots, their semi-automatic action is dependent on the first round firing successfully so the next round is fed into the chamber. This may result to cases of misfiring.

The best models for women’s self-defense

The best handguns for women are models that are light in weight, yet extremely powerful. These handguns provide an accurate weapon that is easy to shoot. They are small enough for anyone to handle and are incredibly precise. Women are sure to benefit when they try some of the following guns for their use.


Although revolvers hold fewer rounds and are wider than the semi-autos and therefore not easy to conceal, they have a brighter side in that they require less maintenance, they are easier to clean and they hold a slim likelihood of jamming when shooting. The best revolver brands today are the Smith & Wesson and the Ruger in that order although we also have the Taurus, Charter Arms and Rossi.

The Smith & Wesson model 60 .357 Magnum is an all-steel .357 Magnum version of the Smith & Wesson’s pocket sized ‘J’ frame revolver. Unlike Model 36, it is not a deep conceal but it has a diminutive exposed hammer, a 3” barrel, a narrow smooth trigger and adjustable sights. It has a heavy double-action trigger (12 pounds) but this is dissolved by the smoothness of the trigger.

The Ruger new model single six is a single-action rim-fire revolver which is an improvement of the traditional Ruger single six. It is a traditional-looking western style revolver but it has a modernized mechanism. It has an enhanced transfer mechanism as a safety measure which enables one to carry the gun even when all the six chambers are loaded. The transfer bar allows the gun to shoot only when the trigger has been pulled. Both stainless and blued steel versions are available and the model is chambered in .17HMR, .22LR and .22 WMR.

Ruger Single Six

Semi-automatic pistols

Semi-automatic short-guns are highly preferred by shooters and women can take advantage of their more rounds and concealed carry. The best pistol for personal defense is very personal in the sense that people will always have varied interest on the specifications of the different pistols on offer. Nevertheless, the most popular brands of the semi-autos are the Glock and Beretta.

When resolving all the critical issues favorably, the Glock 19 is a good compromise. It has a size which is easily concealable but big enough to shoot on a 20-25 yard range. Although it has been faulted for lack of an external safety feature, it is relatively safe when the user has undergone requisite training on handling and use. It is highly reliable and easy to clean.

Glock 19

Beretta guns are gas operated and they are all based on the 391 action. They relish the combination of good looks and reliability. They have a cross-bolt safety in front of the trigger which is easier to use than when it is behind the trigger. Some of their models include the Beretta BU9 Nano 9X19 parabellum and the Beretta 3032 Tomcat.

In conclusion, the best handguns for women’s self-defense are the revolvers and the semi-automatic pistols but different stores have various models on offer. Therefore, women have countless options on the handgun which will surely secure their safety. No matter the arm selected, it is important to get proper training and practice on proper handling of the firearm and proper handling and maintenance.

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Anthroterra November 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

As a woman shooter who carries concealed, I somewhat disagree with this list. Of this list, I have fired the Glock 19, the LCP, and the H&K. None of them were comfortable at all because I have rather tiny hands. Yes, the H&K and a couple of the newer Glocks have adjustable grips, but they adjust the length only. Both are still rather think and blocky, making it difficult to get a good grip. On handling the Kahr, it was a bit thick as well. I prefer the Sprinfield XDM for it’s thin, adjustable grip and comfrotable curves. I have a full size 9mm, and it fits my hands perfectly. The trigger is very easy to squeeze. My Springfield EMP is by far my favorite, however, and I am more accurate with its short barrel than my full size XDM but it is a tad too expensive for most. The Ruger LCP is a great weapon and easy to hold. It’s recoil isn’t too bad for its size and weight, but it was still hard for me to fire accurately. It would be great if you need a very short range, highly concealable weapon.


Bryanska January 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

The grip on a Glock 19 is big for someone with small hands. I wouldn’t consider it a “good gun for women” in general.


Roy November 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

Good Advice for concealed carry. I would like some recommendations for a low recoiling home defense handgun for my daughter who has relatively small hands and has trouble managing (so far) a Glock 23 .40 cal, and a S&W Bodyguard .38 Special. I’m considering having her try one of the many .380′s or possibly a Ruger SP101 in .327 Federal.

Oh and by the way, The Ruger LCP is a Pistol, Not a revolver…that would be the LCR.

Many thanks!


myung December 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

how much these gun cost?


myung December 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

I in Ohio


myung December 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

anyone answer please? Need quickly vital information.


myung January 3, 2013 at 3:06 am

bought glock 19 as suggested. 575 dollars buds. Is good price?


stacy May 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

sig 250 in 9mm compact . my wife loves it


Barbatra May 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

My concealed carry is a Springfield XD. Great little gun and I highly recommend it.


Jeff June 11, 2013 at 1:13 am

I bought my wife the springfield XDS 45. The problem she has is having the strength to pull the slide back. Are there any other smaller semi autos that have an easier slide pull?


joe November 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

Jeff, I am far from an expert, but the rugers and sigs seem to have easier pull backs. I had my wife try a few models, and though she really didn’t have an issue with any of them, the blocks and Springfield armories seemed to not be quit as easy. To the poster of this write up, please feel free to take some writing lessons and provide some useful information. I will not argue opinions, but your conclusion was not supported by your write up, and your inform was highly opinionated without supporting evidence.


dee April 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

I’m an older woman and have lost strength in both hands and wrists. I’ve owned a Walther PK380 and it’s very easy to rack the slide on this gun. I now own a Sig P238 and the slide is easy to rack on this gun also, but not as easily as on the Walther. A lot of how you go about racking the slide determines the ease or difficulty. Pointing an unloaded gun in a safe direction bring it close to your upper body. Then with your support hand over the back part of the slide with 4 fingers wrapped over the top of the slide and the heel of your hand on the slide hold it firmly, while pushing forward with your strong hand. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. You’ll be able to rack any slide.


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