Infographic: Girls & Guns: The Rise of Women Carrying Concealed Weapons


There’s nothing this stats nerd loves more than a good infographic. It conveys tons of information quickly and in an entertaining manner, so while the bibliography rivals that of Bruce Kraft it doesn’t make me reach for the Mountain Dew to get through it. Today’s graphic comes to us from and synthesizes some of the information we’ve been seeing about the rise of firearms ownership among the female population, and specifically carrying concealed weapons. Take a peek after the jump (reposted by request)…


  1. avatar mikeb302000 says:

    Just glancing at the very bottom, does it sound right to you that there are 19 million female hunters and that they represent only 16%? My math skills aren’t that good, but I can recognize bullshit when I see it.

    1. avatar AK says:

      You must have a huge problem with mirrors then.

    2. avatar Nathan says:

      Hate to agree with Mike, but he’s right. Here’s a NSSF article from 2010 saying there are 21 million hunters in the US.

      1. avatar Dan says:

        That’s why I don’t like infographics like this. They never footnote their evidence, and don’t explain how they reach their numbers.

        I could imagine that they meant women took 19m animals, but that’s just speculation.

        @Infographic creator, [citation needed]

        1. avatar jkp says:

          Well, it was put together by an escort service.

          Perhaps their hands were full when they were trying to type?

        2. avatar Sanchanim says:

          Typing with one hand is always so hard lol

      2. avatar mikeb302000 says:

        Obviously you’re not the only one who hates to agree with me, Nathan. Not a peep out of any of ’em.

        What does this say about their honesty and lack-of-bias? Even you who said something felt the need to preface it with that stupid remark.

        Not only are the readers and writers on this blog biased and closed-minded, contentious and unreasonably argumentative, take Dan for instance, they are blinded to obvious false statements like that crap about the female hunters. As long as it’s pro-gun, they swallow it whole. If it’s from me they oppose it, or grudgingly admit it might be right.

        Some Armed Intelligentsia.

        1. avatar Mike S says:

          You’re so classy, Mike.

          For you to call ANYONE’S intellectual honesty into question is truly laughable.

          I (and MANY others on MANY occasions) have directly challenged comments you have made in the past, expecting discussion. You then disappear, only to rear your head somewhere else, repeat the same inane argument, and POOF! Gone again! Repeat.

          Now you sneak back in here 3 days later to make a sweeping, insulting remark like that, knowing that most of the regulars will never see it.

          You are a coward.

        2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

          You’re way behind the times. Accusing me of the hit-and-run thing is very passe’.

          And it was pretty much bullshit when Robert popularized it a couple months ago.

        3. avatar Dan says:

          Hey Mike, look 3 posts and 3 days up.

          “That’s why I don’t like infographics like this. They never footnote their evidence, and don’t explain how they reach their numbers.

          I could imagine that they meant women took 19m animals, but that’s just speculation.

          @Infographic creator, [citation needed]”

          I called the Infographic out in the same way I call you out. Because I don’t like bullshit no matter how sweet it tastes.

          Given that the number is right in line with the total number of hunters in 2009 (as derived from other sources), I’m willing to attribute it to a typo.

          You don’t produce any numbers to flub, so I guess you’re just immune to that kind of typo.

        4. avatar Dan says:

          “Accusing me of the hit-and-run thing is very passe”

          8 Days later.

          It’s not an accusation, it’s pointing out something that you do.

        5. avatar mikeb302000 says:

          Tell Robert I’m sorry I don’t spend all day every day on his blog. I do what I can. Even so, the claim is exaggerated.

        6. avatar Mike S says:

          Okay for some reason I can only reply to the original comment- hopefully this will nest correctly.

          Mike, I, and likely Robert, do not expect you to “spend all day on his blog”.
          However, if you ever want to be regarded as anything more than a troll, you need to, at least occasionally, substantiate and defend an argument.

          For you to call bullshit here, with your track record of making outrageous declarations with absolutely no discernible factual bases borders on the ridiculous.

          I’m sure that for you, just pasting “bullshit” or “myth” onto someone’s point means that you can happily flutter away, secure in your superiority. For the rest of us, this isn’t going to be enough.

          The criticism is not in the least bit exaggerated. You deserve it entirely.

        7. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

          That comment is a bullshit myth.

          You must be mistaking me for someone who cares what you think of me or for someone who wants to convince you of something.

          The fact is, I’m logically concluding, there are many readers here who realize there is something to my ideas in spite of the near-unanimous disparagement by the frequent commenters. They, the silent reasonable ones, agree with me that proper gun control could improve the gun violence situation in the US without interfering with your “rights.” Being open-minded as well as intelligent, unlike my frequent attackers who are only intelligent, they see that my way, everybody wins. They aren’t biased to the point of blindness like you.

        8. avatar Ing says:

          Or…maybe the silent people just don’t want to get sucked into an argument with a guy who clearly has nothing better to do than argue endlessly on the internet. (I should be more like them…starting now.)

        9. avatar Mike S says:

          Do you really think those silent viewers don’t see exactly what I do?

          You make outrageous claims, and then when you find yourself cornered, you disappear, or resort to childish ad-hominem attacks.

          Honestly…you couldn’t possibly be doing those who oppose you a greater service than to continue with what you are doing.

          If you don’t care what I think….why are you bothering to tell me how wrong I am?

          Tell yourself whatever you need to, Mike.

    3. avatar RuffRidr says:

      Was wondering how long it would take Baghdad Bob to show up and comment on this thread.

    4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Can we call it a typo? I think the 19,445,000 number is total hunters in 2009 — men and women combined. And the breakdown was that 16% of those hunters were women. So 16% of 19,445,000 == 3,111,200. Thus 3,111,200 hunters were women in 2009.

      1. avatar Dan says:

        That makes sense given that there were 21m in 2010.

      2. avatar pastubbs says:

        Yeah that’s what I figured the problem with info graphics VS pure stats is info graphics are harder to correct then pure stats. IE everyone makes a typo every now and then.

      3. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

        Sure just a little typo.

        How about a totally misleading bullshit campaign to normalize guns by pushing the tired and false idea that “more women are into guns.”

        1. avatar Dan says:

          Here you go. The NSSF reports a 73% increase in female gun store clientele and an 83% increase in women buying guns for self defense.

          These numbers stand unless you can provide numbers to contradict them or evidence that the NSSF has faked them in some way. Not wild claims of bias; Evidence.

          This stuff:

        2. avatar Dan says:

          By the way, any numbers you provide will stand until someone else provides better supported ones to contradict them. That’s how it works.

  2. avatar AaronW says:

    Why on earth is a site called “nyasianoutcall” hosting a graphic like this?

    1. avatar jkp says:

      If you go to….it’s an escort service. (I didn’t stick around long enough to see if it is NSFW.)

      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        God works in mysterious ways.

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Haha, I had the same question. I didn’t even have to go to the site to know that asian + outcall was going to be an interesting combo. I checked just to make sure I was right before posting this. How does one find this infographic on their site, anyway?

      1. avatar Robert Farago says:

        They emailed it to us.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Well, there’s a population segment that I wouldn’t have predicted as readers of this blog.

          “The more you know…”

        2. avatar Jake says:

          Self defense is in everyone’s interest, whether they realize/accept it or not. Many do not, some tragically to their own peril.

    3. avatar Bill says:

      Wouldn’t be surprised if this line of work encouraged personal defense carry.

      1. avatar Bill says:

        … and how many of the men reading this DIDN’T click through to the site? 🙂

  3. avatar ST says:

    Perhaps this is an experience unique to me,but the women seem to have their stuff together regarding firearms in a way 90% of the guys don’t.Women don’t get caught up in macho trends or shoot calibers and guns that don’t work for them on account of ego.Im no feminist,but the best shot I’ve seen at my local range was a hot Blonde shooting her Glock 19.I’m willing to bet that in households where men and women shoot the girls are the better shots.

    1. avatar Levi B says:

      Women generally learn to shoot faster than men, because a lot of men let their egos get in the way–I’m a manly man, so clearly I can do something manly like shooting without instruction from this guy.

      You may be right about not getting caught up in tactical stuff, but pink stuff sure seems to fly off the shelves at local gun stores…

  4. avatar Philthegardener says:

    My wife DEFINITELY shoots better than me. (I have bad eyes, my hand shakes, I’m a lefty, I’m tired from work, the moon affected my shot yada yada yada) and my two shooting buds likewise have wives who have proven to be more accurate on the range after only minimal training. I have seen far too many examples of dead-shot women to think that this is just an anomaly unique to my neck of the woods.

  5. avatar girlswithguns says:

    I recently applied for a CCW where I live (still pending), where violent crime is much higher than the CA average, i.e., higher than Los Angeles but lower than Oakland. The clerk said it’s very unusual to see females applying for CCW’s here, which I find odd. All things considered, I would think that they would have seen a recent increase.

    No point, just an anecdote.

    1. avatar ST says:

      That makes sense.

      Oddly enough ive met more men that are hoplophobic than women. Even a girl I knew with a gigantic OBAMA 2012 poster on her bedroom wall was cool with my CCW and firearm. On the other hand, ive heard all kinds of dumb crap from guys who find out I have a permit.

      ” Why do ya need a gun?”
      “I don’t need a gun to win a fight”
      “I know MMA/Martial Arts/Fencing/etc, so I don’t need a gun and actually can kill someone with a gun using a very contrived situation which won’t happen in real life.”
      “Why do ya need a gun?”

      1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

        The correct answer to the “Why do you need a gun?” question is as follows:

        “We do not have a ‘bill of needs’.”

  6. avatar CtheHammer says:

    I would suspect that they also mean that women have bought 1 MILLION out of 8 million guns sold through dealers, not 1 [single gun] out of 8 million guns sold. The first stat is meaningful, the second is not. 😛

  7. avatar Aharon says:

    The site that the info was taken from has this link to visit its gallery of pictures. It’s nothing most men haven’t seen before sans probably mikeb.

  8. avatar Jamie in ND says:

    Scope mount is on backaswards, I hate that!

  9. avatar Down&OutInCA says:

    Perfect timing for this infographic. Yesterday was a good day, my mom purchased her first firearm: M&P9C. She’s really excited and working towards a CCW and more training and classes. Thinking of maybe a Streamlight TLR-4 or some TruGlo TFOs for her as a congratulations gift after the 10 day wait is up. I feel proud in introducing her to and educating her on firearms; it was pretty cool to see her pass the HSC (very easy, but she never studied as it was an impulse buy; only had what she learned from me) and fill out the 4473, she had a Cheshire cat smile the whole time. As she put it, “[Self-defense]It is a great responsibility, but defending yourself is a responsibility that too many slough off on others, especially when so many lawmakers try to take that right/responsibility away from the individual.” I couldn’t be prouder.

  10. avatar Wiebelhaus says:

    Good, If they can keep their emotions in check (which most can) I don’t see why they can’t be armed, rapists and others seeking easy prey with unarmed females may have a harder time if the ladies are arming themselves.

  11. avatar Charlie says:

    “The Rise of Women Carrying Concealed Weapons…”

    Lola lo-lo-lo-lo Lola!

    1. avatar girlswithguns says:


  12. avatar dave says:

    The HK P2000 is the #2 most popular choice for ladies? No wonder why Germany’s economy is doing so much better than their neighbors…

    1. avatar Chris says:

      I’m surprised most of the Top 5 are so large-ish. Would have expected them all to be of the LCP variety or Airweight-type revolvers. I’m probably guilty of stereotyping, I suppose.

      1. avatar LarryArnold says:

        The very small, very light handguns are good for one thing; carrying. They’re hard to hold, hard to aim, and kick hard enough to hurt your hand.
        Someone who owns only one handgun needs something that’s easier to learn and practice with.

  13. avatar Josh says:

    That Graphic is from an Asian Escort Service website. Goodness….
    I was going to write a release and include some of the information from the graphic because it was so nicely put together. Then I went to the source. Good Lord. I about fell out of my chair.

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