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The Top Ten Guns Women Buy

What guns are women buying? Well, we know that each woman can only know which is the right one for her, but here are the top 10 choices women are making when purchasing a handgun which can help to narrow the field of options for you. Remember, what is right for one woman may not be right for another, so when making your choice it is important to consider all of the variables that may be unique to you such as, hand size, recoil sensitivity, location and reach of the controls and their ease of operation. Get to a gun store and get your hands on numerous models and if possible, rent or try these models on the range. Trust me, you will know the right one when you find it. 

I find a number of things very interesting in this list. One, women are primarily buying semi-automatic handguns with a slight majority of them choosing a 9mm. The other fascinating thing is that 3 of the top 10 guns women are choosing are Glocks, which historically has not been known as a woman's favorite brand. These clear preferences help put to rest such myths as; a woman needs a smaller caliber, she should have a revolver or she should have... fill in the blank. You can see by the variety below, that there is NO ONE RIGHT GUN for a woman or any one feature that makes a gun a "woman's gun". Now, I am not nixing revolvers, as both number eleven and twelve came in as revolvers. Many women prefer them and they are the better choice if one's primary mode of carry is in a concealed carry purse. But clearly, women are breaking some of the stereotypes usually placed on them. 

This list was compiled from data collected from  The Well Armed Woman holster sales for 2015.

1. Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm


2. Sig Sauer P238 - .380

3. Glock 43 - 9mm


4. Glock 42 - .380

5. Springfield XDs - 9mm



6. Ruger LCP - .380



7. Ruger LC9s - 9mm


8. Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380

9. Glock 26 - 9mm

10. Sig Sauer P938 - 9mm

Other Top Selling Guns Women Are Choosing

11. Ruger LCR

12. Smith &Wesson J-Frame

13. Bersa Thunder

14. Beretta Nano

15. Ruger SR 22

16. Smith &Wesson Bodyguard .38

17. Walther CCP

18. Ruger SR9C

19. Kahr PM 9mm

20. Smith & Wesson M&P 9


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