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When The "Little Lady" Wants A Handgun . . .
When a man who is inexperienced with weapons decides to purchase a handgun for possible self defense purposes he is given all knowing advice from nearly every Weapons Enthusiast out there. The latest model of the newest brand, the tried and true that's been around half a century or more, concealability, magazine capacity, caliber . . .
Caliber . . . I have very large hands so any revolver not considered large framed tends to disappear in my paw. Most .357's, .41's and .44's make a good fit for me and I can shoot reasonably well with them. Many self proclaimed authorities on self protection would tell me "Nothing less than a .38 special or a 9mm will be adequate for home defense." Interesting . . .
A female friend recently told me one of these "self proclaimed authorities" I had recommended she talk to gave her the,"Darlin' could I interest you in this two shoot .22 derringer, or maybe this little 'Zapper' .32acp?"
WTF? If it's gonna take "minimum .38 special or 9mm" for me, a 6'3" 240lb man to defend himself, how is a 5'2" 94lb woman gonna do the same with one of those little poppers? I mean, heck no, I don't want to be staring at the business end of one of them but give me a break!
Okay, the line of reasoning here (I'm guessing) is recoil/weight/hand size. Is that reason enough to have them place their trust in a weapon most men would consider inadequate? No. Hell no.
Revolvers chambered in .38/.357, .44 Special and others can be found in small frame configuration. Semi-auto's in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45acp, often found in large framed guns with double stack magazines can also be found in a reduced size suitable for smaller hands.
And recoil? Unmanageable recoil is a matter of letting the gun control you instead of you controlling the gun. When my daughter was 12 she wanted to try shooting the .44 mag. After going over shooting technique I handed the gun to her, expecting to pick it up after it sailed from her hands. The first shot found her with back arched back and gun pointing straight up over her head. Expecting at least a whimper, instead she said,"Well that wasn't so bad!" She proceeded to shoot up the box of full house factory loads. Maybe I need to learn her technique.
An effort is being made by some gun manufacturers and after-market suppliers to make weapons more appealling to women by incorporating color(s). Bad idea. We already have toy manufacturers placing red plugs on the muzzle end so law enforcement can identify a toy from a real gun. Don't put pink weapons out there to confuse things.
In closing I will say I do not recommend or endorse firearms purchase for anyone, male or female, nor do I discourage it. This is a freedom we share, but cannot demand of each other.
Your thoughts on this are welcome . . .