Why Women Should Shoot Full-Size Guns

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Concealed carry numbers are skyrocketing. Many people are buying their first handguns, getting the proper licenses, and wearing the gun each and every time you leave the house. This is fantastic! But not without problems.

In an effort to get their wives or girlfriends involved in concealed carry many well-meaning husband’s saddles up their women with a tiny pocket rocket of a gun that is hard to shoot and not nearly as lethal enough to get the job done. Don’t settle for this!

Women should carry and shoot full-size guns just like men, it is not only a more effective means of protection, it is easier to shoot and carry in the long run.

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What is Full-Size?

For the purposes of this article let’s assume the full-size means carrying a substantial caliber with a substantial number of rounds. This means anything from 9 mm, and up, and at least 8 to 10 rounds. There are many guns that have been on the market for years that meet these requirements without being too heavy or bulky.

On the contrary, many guns coming out these days are getting smaller and smaller, being chambered in sub calibers, with extraordinarily lightweight designs that are difficult to shoot. The truth is, few people possess the skill to effectively fight with one of these guns. They are just too small and don’t handle recoil well at all, on top of having few rounds of a diminutive caliber. This is the majority of pockets style .380 ACP guns to come out in the past few years.

An excellent example would be anything from a Smith & Wesson shield and larger. The smaller .380 ACP guns like the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard, Glock 42, or any rimfire pistol or snub-nosed revolver that have been a stable of female concealed carriers need to be dispensed with.

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Weight is largely an enemy to concealed carry. This is absolutely true, no matter who you are. You can’t shirk physics and a larger more substantial gun is going to way more. More rounds in a magazine are going to weigh the gun down. This isn’t necessarily a problem. In fact, I got about 20 ounces is about as lightweight as the typical novice wants to go.

The extra weight from the larger construction and greater number of rounds soak up recoil and makes shooting more pleasant and more accurate. Not to mention allowing for fast follow-up shots. Even a sub caliber like .380 ACP recoils hard in a tiny pocket pistol. The lightweight of these guns that women are known to carry work against them.

It doesn’t take a drastic change in a lady’s dress to learn how to carry a medium weight pistol. All that really needs to be adopted is a belt and effective holster. Many men are fond of the tactical style heavy belts, made of nylon with a metal cobra buckle. Many women see these and want to run for the hills!

A tactical style belt is not needed, but most fashion style belts women wear won’t work for a holster method. Instead look for a specifically designed gun belts that will work with the majority of your outfits and opt for a low-profile kind X or Taco Bell leather holster. That will evenly distribute the weight on your hip so that you won’t notice the gun.


The width of a handgun is important to take into consideration. Both when it comes to concealment and shooting. When you have to conceal a very wide handgun it digs into your skin as well as prints and causes disturbances on your shirt or jacket. It’s very easy to give away your concealment when you have to conceal a very large gun, along with a bulky holster, under a thin shirt or jacket because you didn’t plan ahead.

If you plan ahead and buy a slimline holster you can get away with a double stack semi-automatic pistol or a revolver with a full-size grip. This is important because many of the problems women have control recoil come from the sharp snap of shooting a micro-sized pistol. If you take the effort to conceal a weapon with a decent grip you won’t only enjoy less perceived recoil but a more secure grip on the gun, and increased accuracy.

Of course, if your hands are tiny you’ll want the correct size gun for your hands. Make sure you shoot the gun before you plan on carrying it because many guns that feel very large and woman’s hand while just standing in the showroom, feel great once they start shooting the gun. A tiny grip is a nightmare to hold on to during rapid shooting.

Plan ahead and attempt to carry the widest gun that you can wrap your hands around. For most women, this will mean a double stack semi-automatic pistol or revolver with a full-size grip. Don’t settle for a man or woman who tells you have to carry a reduced size gun. The width of the pistol, along with the weight, are two of the most important factors for how the gun will perform in your hand while you’re shooting it.

Especially if you’re looking for a pistol for hunting or outdoor use, the extra width is going to go a long way to making it easier handle the larger, more powerful cartridges used in the woods. For more information on outdoor uses of firearms and equipment check out https://outdoorempire.com/

To anyone who has been shooting guns for a long period of time, the idea of giving a beginner, or novice shooter a sub caliber pistol and a hard to shoot gun seems odd. Especially when you consider the fact that many concealed carry holders will at some point in their life be saved by the firearm.

If you are a woman looking for a new gun, consider all the guns that men would try. Many companies may produce scripts or reduced reach triggers specifically for people with smaller hands and many women have found that with these reduced dimension guns they can shoot and carry the exact same firearms that their husbands or boyfriends can carry.

Don’t be intimidated and don’t settle for a sub-caliber pistol or tiny five-shot snub-nosed revolver. You deserve a full-size gun that you can trust your life too.

By: Brandon Cox from the StayHunting blog.


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