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Are you currently in the market for the best home defense guns for women? It is important for a woman to know a thing or two about self-defense. You can’t predict what will happen in the future, so it’s best to prepare yourself to fight for survival in case you come across a dangerous intruder.
It also helps to learn something about the best martial arts for self-defense so you can use such skills to save yourself. But if it’s not possible, make sure you’re also fully prepared by investing in the best beginner self-defense gun that is safe and friendly for women. When searching for a good self-defense gun, one thing you have to look for is a powerful cartridge.
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The handgun should be chambered in a powerful cartridge that will stop an assailant, provided you place the shot properly. It should also have a comfortable fit. A proper and comfortable fit is important as this can minimize recoil and ensure that you will have an easier time shooting your target.
With a comfortable fit, you’ll be more motivated to practice using it, eventually improving your proficiency. It’s also advisable to choose a reliable beginner self-defense gun that is easy to operate. Ensure that it does not malfunction all of a sudden.
Now that you know the key characteristics to look for in a self-defense gun, it is time to start your research. Some of the best beginner self-defense guns for women that meet the criteria include the following:
Glock 43- 9mm
One of the best choices for self-defense guns that suit the needs of women is the Glock 43. It is small, compact, and lightweight, making it truly appropriate for women. It has a low magazine capacity and a smaller frame. Both of these qualities improve the flexibility of the gun, meaning it’s easier to use in various situations. It also works well for concealed carry, which is great for women who are uncomfortable with open carry.
The Glock 43 is also popular for its accuracy. Shooting is comfortable because it has a small frame that perfectly fits feminine hands. It gives you full control when shooting, thereby preventing you from missing your target. Furthermore, the smaller slide and frame of this gun ensures that you can easily feel all the 9-mm rounds charge.
SIG Sauer P238
The SIG Sauer P238 is a famous concealed carry firearm for women. It is equipped with a slide made of stainless steel. One advantage of this firearm is that it is small and compact, making it comfortable to use and completely manageable. With its single-action operation, it functions with the least recoil. The fact that it is small and compact is also a big advantage as this makes it easier to conceal.
The SIG Sauer P238 is lightweight. Women who have problems racking the slide or those whose grip is not that strong will also love the P238 because it is easy to maneuver and manipulate. It comes with several upgraded options, like the removable night sights and the adjustable windage.
Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard
The Bodyguard from Smith & Wesson is also another self-defense gear that a woman should consider investing in. This firearm comes with a synthetic grip, which promotes ease in holding it and significantly reduces recoil. It is equipped with an ambidextrous cylinder release.
It also has a Crimson Trace laser sight, which offers a psychological edge during stressful situations, provided you use it properly. This laser light also promotes ease in aiming for your target even in low-lighting or reduced lighting conditions. It is lightweight because it weighs only around 14 ounces, so women will never have a difficult time operating it.
The Ruger LC9 is also one of those high-quality and reliable handguns that women can use for self-defense purposes. It utilizes a single-stack 7-round magazine, which contributes a lot to its compact and slim profile. This profile makes the LC9 suitable for those who wish to carry the gun in a concealed manner. It also suits shooters with a smaller frame.
It is a reliable and highly accurate self-defense gun. The fact that it is easy to maneuver and control also makes it really suitable for beginners and inexperienced shooters. It is chambered in a powerful self-defense cartridge, the 9-mm Luger. This cartridge is powerful enough to deal with most threats. It also boasts of its manageable recoil.
Springfield Armory XDS
This firearm also deserves a spot in this article because it is unique and boasts of its high capacity. One impressive quality of the Springfield XDS with 9-mm capacity is the aggressive grip texturing. This specific quality is beneficial because it results in a no-slip and solid grip.
The narrow frame of this firearm also helps you conceal it with ease. This single-action handgun takes pride in its steel barrel and slide and polymer frame. It also promotes rapid sight alignment even in areas with low light because of its front sights. Furthermore, you can easily find a compatible holster for the Springfield Armory XDS.
Every woman who wants to invest in a self-defense gun should spend time experimenting with various choices before making the final purchase. Find out which one fits your hand comfortably. Also, experiment by manipulating the controls of the handguns you are planning to buy. Compare the way they shoot individually. This can help you in figuring out which one is suitable enough for you and can guarantee your safety when dealing with a threat.
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Lori K Oliver says
My Smith & Wesson .38 special works for me. My hands are no good for racking the slide on a 9mm.
Man writes in that every time Biden mentions gun control, he went out and bought something gun related.
He said not 6 months into Biden’s administration, this is getting prohibitively expensive.
A reply to that was this:
So you had to hire a contractor to add on another room to hold all that stuff?
Hi, about the self defense techniques. Martial arts takes years to master. If what you Seeking is to survive in hand-to-hand combat. You need to learn the “Krav Maga” is an Israeli hand-to-hand combat technique. As an example, a pencil becomes a weapon in the hands of a person trained in this technique
Sister initially went with the cheaper Taurus option but hated the bulky 9 mm and terrible trigger.
Couldn’t recoup the initial investment because that pistol has such a terrible reputation especially for resale. Ended up going with the Glock 42 . Unfortunately it turned into a jam-a-matic.
Got zero support from the factory . Very disappointed with Glock at the moment. Was thinking the 43 might be a little bit more reliable with the heavier 9mm round although at the moment dear sister is not interested in buying a third gun.
As a woman if you are going to carry a concealed pistol it needs to be in a purse made for it with a holster pocket not just thrown in it any purse. The gun needs to be secure and presented so it can be drawn and use with out fumbling and digging through things. My mother any liked a 4 inch Python .357 magnum that she loaded with 125 Silvertip HP’s so you could see the HP’s in the cylinders if she pointed it at you. I know that is a bit larger than the guns listed but that is what she carried for years.
I would add that I would use Glaser Safety Slugs as my carry ammo if your state allowed it. Way to costly to use a practice ammo. But top of the line carry ammo.
Why a semi automatic at all? A Ruger LCR .38 special is a hammerless 5 round pistol that does not require “racking” to fire. No safety. With segmented hollow point rounds, it would be formidable. Fluff be damned. A wheel gun will fire every time.
you forgot the bersa 380…great little pistol built like a tank
A handgun kept in a purse or pocket is subject to all manner of foreign objects including lint fluff dust hairpins and numerous other odds and sods it must operate first time every time and if there is a failure the instinct of the human mind is to pull the trigger again without thought there is only one type of weapon that will enable a person who is on the edge of panic to overcome a failed round without man handling the weapon and that ladies is a revolver if a round does not fire pull the trigger again and the next round will be presented and fire you can do that 5 or 6 times depending on how many rounds your pistol holds there is no need to cock the weapon to make it ready to fire. The Taurus ultralight has a lock on the back of the hammer that is operated by a special key so when children are around and could possibly mess with your purse the only danger that locked pistol presents is if it is thrown at someone or dropped on a foot when locked the gun cannot even be unloaded it becomes a paper weight unlocked it is a weapon that will operate on time every time without any preparation of the weapon most exchange of fire incidents happen close so remember you have a short barrel any sideways movement can endanger someone near the target if there are people behind the target you cannot fire.
And most importantly of all real life is not like Hollywood if you have that weapon in your hand it is because you are about to engage a target your finger should be on the trigger not beside the gun you cannot use the gun as a warning devise if you are not going to fire it you should not have it in your hand unless you have a damned good attorney or have a fondness for jail cuisine
The only problem I see with these recommendation is that they seem to be for younger, stronger women. We seniors, it seems, have NO option but the S&W M&P EZ 2.0. I cannot rack the slide on any of those you have recommended, nor on any other I’ve tried so far. Any recommendations?
I wanted a 9mm, but seems am going to have to be happy with the EZ .380. I have a Lady Smith .38 but it is too big for concealed carry. I’ve just tried to add pepper gel to my repertoire however, the same things apply in that it is difficult to find one that is accessible while being safe in/on my purse. Either the spray lock is too easy to move meaning I can’t carry in my purse or on other types there is no clip on with a holster in the gel to attach it to the purse for easy access.
I would like to see you (and others) address the concerns/limitations of senior women who live and travel alone. Thanks.
Ray M says
Hmmmm…. Looks like someone likes to spend money. What’s wrong with Taurus or Bersa? My wife and I have used them very effectively for years and believe me if you’re talking about a gun for a woman, my wife will make a believer out of you in a heartbeat. You don’t need a high dollar gun to be effective. We don’t defend ourselves with a name. We do it with skill and a good well maintained firearm. Seems like every time you ask about a gun or anything else for that matter everyone immediately goes for the big names. The only thing a big name gets you is a big price. Don’t fall for it. Do your own research. I’m 70 years old and believe me, I know from whence I speak.
My wife Carry’s a bodyguard in a CC purse because it doesn’t have a hammer and can be fired right through the purse if needed but also has a bersa if she doesn’t want to carry the purse. Very easy to chamber a load which is why we bought it.