When shopping for a firearm, there are many factors that come to play. As a woman, I have a few more things to consider. One of the points I like to emphasize is when purchasing a firearm, don’t let anyone tell you what they “think” fits you best. A lot of times when women go to buy their first gun, they get persuaded into something that the store clerk thinks is best, of course with goo intentions. It is usually based off of what other women are purchasing or what manufactures are marketing for women. That is usually something compact or with a small frame and a generally smaller caliber. That’s fine if that’s what you want. But just because it’s smaller, doesn’t mean it’s always better.
The only way to know if you like something is to try it. If you have the opportunity to try a firearm out before purchasing it I highly suggest doing so. Research online is great as far as reviews on function, pricing, and customizing but don’t let that be your only deciding factor. Make sure the gun is comfortable in your hands. Most guns come with different options for grip sizes. Try each one out. You’re spending a good amount of money on something, you want to make sure you like it.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where there are ranges with rentals, try some out when you are in the market for a new gun. This is the best way to get a feel for a new gun. If you do not have that option, you can also ask your shooting buddies to try out theirs. The most important thing I’ve come to learn is to physically put the gun in your hands before you buy it. Although women have smaller hands and palms, smaller guns are not always the best for us, especially if you’re a novice shooter. Smaller frames tend to be more difficult to control as opposed to a full size pistol. So for a novice, a full size may be a better option to learn and become comfortable with.
Weight has also been brought up. I have heard women who were told to purchase certain firearms solely based on weight. Yes, we tend to have lower body strength as opposed to upper body strength, but if you are taught and instructed properly, it may not be an issue if you are comfortable with the firearm. Physical training is also a factor. For some women the weight of a firearm wouldn’t be an issue. Each person is different and so is his or her preference and capabilities.
The main thing is to not be intimidated. We were all there at some point in our lives. I’ve learned the shooting community is one of the friendliest, helpful groups of people. Most people would jump at the opportunity to help you out. Just remember, go with what makes you most comfortable. If you have the opportunity to shoot it before you buy it, go for it. And do your research! Knowledge is always our greatest super power.