The shooting sports world has quickly responded to the rising tide of female shooters. Women are now the fastest growing demographic in both the hunting and shooting markets. Whereas before, in earlier times, manufacturers did not spend a great deal of time designing guns for women, this is no longer the case. There are now so many quality women’s self-defense handguns on the market, that a lady looking to purchase a gun to defend herself with could easily be overwhelmed. While this is a good problem to have, we wanted to take the time to point out a few solid go-to guns that are time-tested and will get the job done. Here are our top 3 picks for the best women’s self-defense gun.
Taurus 605B2 Revolver (.357/.38)
When it comes to self-defense in general, you just can’t go wrong with a revolver. It won’t ever jam on you, and most are heavy enough to use as a blunt-force weapon if need be. The Taurus 605B2, chambered in .357, makes our list for these reasons and more. Among the many things that make this gun a great self-defense pistol for women, are the rounded grips that allow for more comfortable and aggressive draw, as well as the versatility it possesses. While the .357 round is enough medicine to stop even the most determined threat, it can be a bit much for some female shooters with a petite frame. Such a lady could load the Taurus 605B2 with .38s and still have a great self-defense weapon.
Kahr CW9 (9mm)
The CW9 makes our list for women’s self-defense guns because of its size and simple design. This is one of the first pistols specifically manufactured for concealed carry, and its slim profile is deceptive when you think of the 9mm it fires. Most guns this slim are .380s, but the CW9 gives ladies a thin little handgun with all the benefits of a more powerful bullet. This gun is ideal for ladies with small hands. The other great thing about this pistol is that it is a single stack magazine, making it less prone to jams. The CW9’s best selling point is actually the price. It is an incredibly high-quality weapon for the MSRP of $400.
Glock 19 (9mm)
We’d be remiss not to choose the Glock 19 as an ideal women’s self-defense pistol. While the Glock 19 is a compact handgun, meaning it was not designed to be a true concealed-carry weapon, it is still an excellent choice for shooters with smaller hands. The Gen 4 models have a dual recoil spring system that tames recoil, and they are easily modified to fit left-handed shooters. While it is not as easily concealable as the Kahr CW9, or a Ruger LCP, this gun has many advantages that make it worth taking into consideration. The Glock 19 comes with a standard 17-round clip, which is enough ammunition to deal with any oncoming threat. It is also as tough as they come, and its no-nonsense simplicity makes cleaning it a breeze, even for someone unaccustomed to firearms maintenance.