Women are coming in at a sizable slice of the shooting culture. Guns don’t discriminate, and shooting is a great equalizer in the playing field. I had always searched for smaller frames on guns to accommodate a lack of choice for women over the years.
I have favored Smith and Wesson .38 Specials. I would choose the smaller J-Frame over the larger K-Frame or L-Frames, leaving the same grips, one of 3 types of hammer designs, and not limiting load size. The Smith & Wesson J-Frame will shoot .22 LR, .38 S&W Special, .22 or the punishing .357 Magnum loads. This seemed to work well for me.
Finally gun companies are starting to acknowledge the female shooter and her different needs in size and form of a quality firearm. A smaller stature in build, strength and hand size is being noted in new designs without resorting to lower powered pistols or souped up youth models.
Her needs are the same as a male firearm owner: recreational, sport, hunting or for home and self defense. While many companies now have brightly colored firearms, or those with highly fashionable finishes adequate fire power is still number one above flair.
A huntress still needs the ability to effectively kill her prey and in a self defense position, power is still needed over comfort or fashion.
Manufacturers have stepped up to this design need in the current market and are starting to respond with some nicely full powered firearms by smaller grip sizes and thickly padded stocks for absorption of recoil.
While some address a real need for female-friendly models in the firearm market, some are angling to the younger generation by appealing to family friendly outings by including daughters as well as sons in what used to be a father-son only activity.
The Remington 870 Express Jr. Pink Laminate 20-Gauge Pump Shotgun actually has a laser engraved "Shoot like a girl… if you can!" in its cute pink laminate stock.
The 2006 survey taken by U.S. Fish & Wildlife reported 46% of birders were women and a 9% overall number of hunters were women with the 2011 results showing the same numbers.
So ladies are keeping their foothold in the firearm market.
"Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the bulls-eye of success." Annie Oakley (1860-1926)
Mon, April 9, 2012
by Dyann Callahan filed under