The Best Small Handguns Recommended for Women

by admin on March 18, 2012

[contextazon id='15']Small handguns for women have been quite popular with the fairer sex for many years, and because these precarious times are fraught with unknown dangers potentially lurking around every corner, any sensible lady should consider having a small handgun. If you’re looking for a great discreet sidearm, then here are the top five best small handguns for any women:

1) The Ruger LCP Pistol

This semi-auto is one of the best choices for any woman, and is great for both civilian and law enforcement use. Made from lightweight glass filled nylon and polymer and added soft frame, it’s just large enough to fit the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough to hold its own with .380 ACP ammunition. At six rounds, this point-and-shoot gun is perfect for very tight situations where sudden action is more necessary than taking careful aim.

2) The NAA Guardian Pistol

Designed by the North American Arms Company and offers an elite line of small handguns, with varying calibers and models that are discreet, fast and effective self-defense weapons – good for any situation. While small in size, the NAA Guardian packs a killer wallop with its range of .32 to .320 caliber pocket pistols, available in either the default revolvers or the more popular automatic varieties. Their line of small handguns are discreet enough to be slipped into a purse or even the pocket of a coat, without being noticeable or bulky – perfect for catching would-be attackers off guard.


3) The Ruger LCR Revolver

This one is rugged and old-school variety of small handguns that are ideal for women. Weighing in at an unbelievable 13.5 ounces, this 5 round gun boasts a cross of lightweight polymer materials and aerospace grade aluminum make this little baby the tough cookie of mouse guns. At 6.5 inches, this tiny powerhouse packs a punch with its specialized .38 +P caliber bullets. If you plan on purchasing heavy-duty small handgun for a woman – this is your best bet!

Ruger LCR Revolver

4) The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard Revolver

This handgun is first of a varied line of pocket pistols with integrated laser sights, and feels more like a spy’s weapon than a ladies pocket pistol. Engineered from lightweight one-piece aluminum alloy and bolstered with a stainless steel barrel and frame, the Bodyguard boasts an ambidextrous feature that allows both lefties and righties to use the gun with the maximum of ease. The Bodyguard is the most state-of-the-art ladies’ pocket pistol out today.

5) The Smith & Wesson 642 Revolver

This machine is one of the most durable, reliable, and absolutely lethal sidearm. Big doesn’t always equal deadly, and with the 642 line of revolvers from Smith & Wesson, even small handguns attain emancipation. With its specialized J-frame, you can pick a winner with calibers ranging from the .22 LR, .22 Magnum, the special .38 +P ammo, and even the more powerful .357 Magnum! If you’re looking for a ladies’ pocket pistol that has class and gravitas, the S&W 642 will serve you in well.

Try these handguns and choose the one that suits you best and makes you feel secured, whether it’s a pistol or a revolver. Good luck!

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Kayla Whitbeck August 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

I have the second best gun for a woman. The Ruger LCP 380 and I absolutely love this pistol. My husband bought it as my first gun for valentines and I will also be using it for my concealed permit when my birthday rolls around I am so excited and really recommend this gun for any first timer or any experienced woman. The gun is very light and fits most anywhere you want to store it and has a smaller kickback than most guns. xoxox great gun!


Beverly November 26, 2012 at 1:34 am

I just wanna say how awesome it is that your husband bought you a gun for Valentine’s, lol. That’s so cool. You’re a lucky woman.


penny lopez October 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I also got the ruger lcp 380 for my anniversary. Love it as-well!!!


Christine December 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I have the Ruger LCR .38. It is small and concealable, feels great to hold, but kicks back enough to really hurt my hand. It may be because I have small hands. I really love this weapon other than the issue with pain! I think the 380 might be better for me. Can anyone compare the two for me?


Ron December 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Christine, if you shoot the bad guy with a .380 at a fair distance, the bad guy may get mad at you. If you hit him at the same distance with a .38, he won’t bother you anymore.
The issue with the pain–get a competent and knowledgeable shooting instructor for help with this. Note: this experienced instructor probably is not your husband or boyfriend. Nor is it the guy behind the counter who wants to sell you a gun.

good luck…


Mike December 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I carry a Ruger LCP and love it. My wife has arthritis in her thumbs and can’t rack the slide.
I bought a Ruger LCR, shot one cylinder and sold it. Kicked like a mule. No way my wife would want to shoot this gun.
I don’t want a gun I can’t practice with.
I weigh 220 pounds and wear a medium large cadet golf glove.
I also have a Taurus 709 slim and love it. I can shoot this 9mm and my LCP all day.
Go to a range and rent before you buy.


Debbi August 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Just last winter I purchased a Ruger LCR .38 and love it. I’m 5’4″ and about 140 lbs. This is my first experience with any gun. Yes, it had a little kick in the beginning. I soon figured out I was positioning it wrong in my hands. Corrected the error and now no problem. I love it! I just taught my almost 11 year old granddaughter who is small framed and had never shot any gun other than a bb gun (lol). She did very good and at 7 yds, was hitting the bulleye with it. I would say keep practicing.


Bonnie December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

How would you rate the Ruger LC-9 compared to these others? Pros/cons/comparisons?


Katrina January 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I am interested in buying a gun. I am a 28 year old woman business owner and would like something small that provides protection. I have absolutely no knowledge of guns, how to shoot one, and even don’t know what things I need to do to be legal in Connecticut to buy and carry a handgun with me. I also don’t know where to start and am concerned to just go to a store and be taken advantage of. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to start this process? I’ve planned to go to the local range as a start and do think that a course about guns may be in my best interest.
So, basically I am asking for advise or suggestions on what type of handgun is appropriate for a young woman with no experience and what type of place is best to buy it from.


Matt Howe January 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm

When I started to take running seriously I puchased my shoes from the local running store, not the local Meijers or Wal-Mart! That said, your local gun range and the NRA are two great places to start. Do not be afraid to ask questions, a quality gun shop will take the time to listen to you and answer your questions. The right firearm is the one you feel comfortable with.


Sandy March 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hi, I like you want more information on buying a hand gun. I am 60 years old woman and I just would like to get a hand gun. I have no ideal just where to start to get information and safe training. I am in Maryland.


Jerry Janci January 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

Check the .25 cal Baretta model 21-A fits my pocket and is very accurate at 15 yards….true it’s not a .38 but , after 6-7 hits. It should stop anything


Pam Coley January 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I am a single lady and I live car was broken into last night and the idiots removed my ignition switch, police officer thinks whoever was trying to steal the vehicle. He strongly suggested as he tapped his gun 2 or 3 times that I take classes and get a gun.. I have no idea where to start or what kind of gun to get. I don’t want something big and bulky or gonna kick my butt when firing. Any suggestions?


Ed Hays January 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Jerry Jancy’s comment is bunk. If your target is naked the .25 may have some effect. No alcohol or drugs influincing the target. The drugged or drunk person may not even feel the bullets no matter what you shoot with . You have to shock the system so badly that the target goes down fast wether they feel antthing or not. Most of the time there is no pain untill after the incident.
A person can buy low velocity .38 specials for target shooting that will not recoil much at all. Then you can buy High-Shock ammo for protection. They still will not kick hard compaired to the damage they will inflict on the target no matter how big or how many clothes they are wearing. Winter anybody? 98 pounds or 440 pounds of muscle??
It sounds like you should take some classes from the pro’s that most gun ranges/stores provide. The cost is way less than the gun you purchase and they will save your life and or legal problems after the incident. I have been shooting for 50 years and the world is full of gun B.S. Find a pro.


CAROL February 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My home was broken into last week and I would like to purchase a small gun. I am 67 years old, live alone and feel I need protection. Is there a light weight gun that would be perfect for me. I have already applied for a gun permit. I live in Pennsylvania.
Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.


Cat March 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

My husband is in the military so i am home alone majority of the time. I am an extremely small female and had a bad break to my right humerous (go figure i am a right hand shooter)
I wanted a gun that would do serious damage if needed but wouldnt kick my ass in the process, i ended up with a smith and wesson .40 m&p
This sucker packs a punch for sure but it doesnt hurt me in the least, definitely something i can shoot on a regular without feeling it afterward.
I would say if you are looking for home defense (which i was) something similar to a .40 would do you just fine:)
Aything less than a .40 cal like many said will just piss off an intruder and not likely protect you.


Walter Abernathy December 13, 2013 at 4:16 am

For home defense consider a 22 simiauto rifle. I am not an expert and my ex girlfriend had never shot a gun befor. Her next foor neighbor was murdered. I took her to a rifle range and with about 1/2 hour praticus she could pick up a Riminging nylon 77 and put three round in a 6 inch circle at 7 yards in 3 or 4 seconds. A face is about 6 inches across, three 22 bullets in a person face will stop most people. The guy next to us was shooting a 9mm glock gansture stile ( holding it sidesays ) he was missing the tarket sheet, about the sige of newspapper.
And I did not have to wory about her sticking it in her purse the next time she sent to see her dauter.


Retired LEO February 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

For the ladies.
Please, Please research classes in your area on the internet, then take one from one of the top two or three rated. You can and should ask your local patrol officers regarding their opinion. They will most likely not endorse anyone, but you should be able to get a good idea what they are thinking of your choices.

A good class will teach you how to handle a weapon, some, some basic law, and should provide range time and a chance to try different weapons. I know several women who shoot better than I do with my forty five. A lot has to do with training and proper grip. Spend the $100 to $200 to go to a good class. Then make a buying decision. You will thank me if you ever have to use your weapon.
Been there done that.


Al Green March 24, 2014 at 12:17 am

My wife and I went to the gun show today looking for a handgun. She had a .38 special (Taurus) snub nose, but always had trouble pulling the trigger. I have a .380 Bursa (Semi-Auto) and she also had trouble pulling back the slide. We looked at the LCR’s but she still had a problem pulling the trigger! Luckily, we found the right weapon for her…. A Smith & Wesson Bodyguard!
The trigger on this .38 is a lot easier, plus it includes a built in Red-Dot Laser… Not to mention it will shoot “Plus P” rounds!
Cost… $439.00…Well worth it!


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