Small handguns suck. There’s less mass to soak-up recoil. There’s less surface area for a secure grip. They tend to shoot smaller bullets, which create smaller wound channels, delivering less [potential] “stopping power.” In short, no. Don’t choose a small gun for everyday carry. Unless you’re an average woman . . .
It would be great if all women seeking to protect themselves, their family and their community carried a “proper” gun: a GLOCK 19, GLOCK 19-a-like semiautomatic handgun or a similarly sized revolver. With a few not-so-notable exceptions, they’re easy to shoot accurately, as reliable as a Swiss train and provide plenty of capacity. Mazeltov.
But most women can’t carry a GLOCK 19-sized handgun. Not all the time. It’s a wardrobe thing.
Unless they share the XY set’s penchant for wearing pants and a shirt every day of their lives, a woman’s clothing choices won’t always accommodate a full-size or even most compact-sized handguns.
Have you ever tried hiding a big ‘ole handgun wearing yoga pants or a skirt and a tight top? I’m not saying I have, but if I had I’d have been tempted to carry that gun in a handbag. (Trying conjugating those verbs in French.)
I’ve got one word for the off-body answer to the women’s concealed carry question. NON! Actually, a few more . . .
Off-body carry risks a too-late-oops-you’re-dead (and/or raped) non-presentation. And theft. Not to mention the possibility that a child could sneak into your bag, grab your gat and wreak ballistic havoc on themselves, you or innocent bystanders.
Off-body carry. Don’t do it for the children!
Which leaves aspiring female firearm schleppers where? In need of a small gun. A firearm that can be strapped to a thigh or ankle holster, slipped into a belly band, stashed in a tiny pocket, carried in their crotch, something. Anything. Every day. And that’s the key.
The above video shows a young lady packing a variety of guns into a variety of outfits. It highlights a simple fact: some women’s clothing choices accommodate a larger gun, some don’t.
Here’s the thing: very few women buy handguns like they buy shoes (e.g., different guns for different outfits). Even less are willing to change and restrict their clothing choices to suit a GLOCK 19-sized carry piece. I reckon you can round the percentage of women willing to do either down to zero.
So, if we adhere to the adage that having a gun is the first rule of a gunfight, women are well advised to buy a handgun they’re likely to be able to carry easily and comfortably every day, no matter what they wear. A small gun.
Of course there’s always open carry, in which case this whole article is more-or-less meaningless. But if we’re talking ONE GUN for women’s concealed carry, size matters. Smaller is better.