“Last month, I featured the Glock 19 in a piece I lovingly dedicated to lady shooters,” Jacki Billings writes at guns.com. “Not sure how it would be taken, I was surprised to find that our readership seemed to enjoy a girl’s take on the G19; so I’m back with my womanly perspective on another handgun.” Yes well . . .
Ms. Billings most excellent review of the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm (click here for TTAG Ralph’s assessment) dwells not at all on the “woman’s aspect” of the popular handgun. Because there isn’t one?
Once you get past the idea that women can’t handle recoil (they can), consider ergonomic issue (women are smaller than men!), ignore the whole women-buy-pink-guns “issue” (at that point, what difference does it make?), and recognize macho condescension towards female shooters as increasing rare (and plain old stupid). what’s woman-specific about firearms?
I guess you could say there’s a women’s perspective on firearms ownership. But then, maybe not. Don’t women own and use guns for the same reason as men — save protecting themselves against rape? And maybe even that.
The firearms industry is keen on the female market, because it’s growing. But again, what’s so different about women and guns that requires some kind of sales, training and journalistic carve-out?