Top 5 Handguns for Women

This isn’t another one of those guns for women articles where some chauvinistic jack hole tries to convince you to buy a cute little small pistol because you’re a woman. If I read one more guns for women article where the author is telling you to go buy a .380 pocket gun, I’m going to puke. Here is the definitive list the Number 1 Top 5 Handguns for Women List On The Internet.

Top 5 Handguns for Women

1) Glock 19 or Glock 26

Hey it’s my freaking list. If I want to list 2 guns in the top position, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do. And notice there are zero revolvers on this list (don’t let anyone tell you racking the slide back is too hard…see video).

Glock 19 is just a superior gun that shoots 9mm bullets. It is a midsize gun and you will also see it described as a compact gun. Those 2 terms are often used interchangeably. This list is for concealed carry guns and the Glock 19 is just small enough to conceal comfortably. However, since this list is for women, and women tend to have smaller bodies than men, I have listed the Glock 26.

The Glock 26 is the sub-compact version of the Glock 19. It shoots 9mm bullets (which is the smallest round you should carry for concealed carry purposes). Chances are you will not have to fire more than a few rounds to save your life, but you never know what you might run into and the Glock 19 carries 15 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber (16+1), while the smaller Glock 26 carries (10+1).

Glock 19 Left, Glock 26 Right

Glock 19 Left, Glock 26 Right

2) Beretta Nano 9mm

I like the Nano because it is very Glock-ish. A lot of people are concerned about carrying a loaded gun around with one bullet in the chamber ready to fire. Both the Glock and the Nano have trigger safety mechanisms that prevent inadvertent discharge. The Beretta Nano differs from the Glock in one respect and that is that the Beretta Nano was designed specifically for concealed carry. The Glock 19 was just designed to be one of the worlds superior firearms, and that is exactly what it is. However, the Beretta Nano is small for ease of concealment, it has rounded edges to prevent snagging when you have to draw it in an emergency, and it only weighs 17 oz.. However the Beretta Nano only has a 6+1 bullet capacity. Four less than the Glock 26.

>>click here to see the Bereta Nano 9mm review<<

Glock 26 right, Nano left

Glock 26 left, Nano right

3) Ruger LC9

The Ruger LC9 is a beautiful gun that just plain works well as a concealed carry pistol. This is another firearm that was designed specifically for concealed carry. It has a 7+1 bullet capacity, which is better than the Nano, so you are probably wondering why I put this gun below the Nano. I rank the Nano above the Ruger LC9 because the Nano has the Glock-ish trigger safety mechanism, and the Ruger LC9 does not. Therefore, some people might be afraid to carry this weapon with a round chambered, since they don’t have the extra measure of safety. However, with the proper training, that is not an issue. There are some excellent Ruger LC9 holsters out there as well.

Ruger LC9

Ruger LC9

 

4) Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

M&P…as in Military & Police. Smith & Wesson is the real deal. A lot of people consider this a “good Glock alternative.” The M&P Shield has a great trigger pull. It is a single stack 9mm magazine. It has a side safety and comes with a 7 round magazine and an 8 round magazine that extends the grip a little bit. This pistol is only about 1″ thick, which makes it easily concealable on small body frames. If you carry the 8 round magazine, that’s 8+1 bullets (one in the chamber, 8 in the magazine) for a total of 9 rounds, which I love. I could go on and on about the gun’s reliability and quality control, but that’s really a given for any gun on this list. I think of all the guns on this list, this is the most comfortable to shoot for people with small hands. I think women will find this a very comfortable gun to grip and shoot. The Glock 26 is the same size as this gun, except this gun is significantly thinner than the Glock 26 (which is why the Glock 26 holds 11 bullets and this gun only holds 8 or 9 bullets).

Glock 26 left, MP Shield right

Glock 26 left, MP Shield right

5) Ruger LCR .357 Magnum Kel-Tec PF-9

I almost put the Ruger LCR .357 on this list. Seems like everyone wants to recommend a revolver to women because revolvers are easy to fire and mechanically simple. That’s stupid. What? Women can’t figure out how to use a semi-atuo pistol? That’s freaking dumb. Look, I’m not going to send you out into the world with only 5 bullets, which is what you will have in a concealed carry revolver. The Kel-Tec PF9 is the thinnest gun on this list and probably the most easy to conceal, and therefore, probably the most comfortable to conceal on a small body frame. That’s important.

A Few Things to Consider

Okay ladies, let’s just talk about a few things here. That’s a great list up there but we live in the real world so we have to look at a few realities. Ultimately, you need a few things out of a concealed carry gun. First you need reliability. All of these guns are equally reliable. Second, you need to be able to stop the threat, and stop the threat in as few rounds as possible. Third, you need to be comfortable actually wearing it on a daily basis.

Never A Victim

Stop the Threat

I’ve included only nine millimeter guns here because, you want to carry the largest bullet you can in order to have the most man stopping ability. You can find smaller guns than the ones listed here. You can find guns that are easier and more comfortable to conceal than the ones listed here. But I’m not (in good conscious) going to recommend a gun that shoots a smaller bullet than the 9mm bullet.

Will You Actually Wear It?

Look, I love Glocks, that’s why they are number one on the list. But in all honesty, if you are a small body frame, you will probably prefer the Kel-Tec PF9 and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. While the other guns on this list are also small, the Kel-Tec PF9 and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield are not only small, but also thin. Width is the critical dimension when it comes to how comfortable a gun is to wear and conceal on a daily basis and these two guns are really freaking thin.

And if you don’t wear the gun on a daily basis, then what’s the dang point? Can you “guess” when you are going to be confronted by a rapist? Can you guess on what day you are going to be confronted by a kidnapper? Can you guess on what day you will be right in the middle of an active shooter scenario at the grocery store? If you have those kind of psychic powers, then go ahead and buy a gun that is not very comfortable, since you only have to carry it on the day that you know you will be kidnapped. If you don’t have Cleo the Psychic on speed dial, then you need to buy a gun that is comfortable to wear and conceal, because you need to have it on your person every day. And the thinner the gun, the more comfortable it is to carry concealed.

How Many Bullets Do You Need?

You need as many bullets as you can get. The statistics say that you will not need to fire more than 3 shots and that your gunfight will only last less than 3 seconds. One bullet might not kill a rapist, but it will certainly convince him to go find a weaker target. I have never actually been in a gunfight. My guess is that just showing your gun will deter the attacker and you will not have to fire even one bullet. Unless you are confronted by a really motivated and committed attacker, one shot will convince him to run away and find someone to attack who doesn’t have a concealed handgun on her person. BUT…you just never know. How about if some jack hole in body armor busts into the emergency exit of the theater where you are watching a movie? You are going to need as many bullets as possible to get out of that theater alive. You will probably not be able to make a head shot, but you might be able to shoot and move, or keep his head down long enough for you and your family to get to safety. That’s a little reality check for you.

None of These Guns Are Perfect

So you have to train, and train, and train to overcome their short comings. These guns are small. That’s good because you can conceal them easily. That’s bad because small guns are hard to shoot accurately. So you need to train to shoot them accurately.

Since these guns are small, it’s easy to do something stupid like accidentally hit the magazine release with your fingers. Then your gun has a problem right in the middle of a life or death situation. So you need to train, and train, so that when the crap hits the fan, operating your gun is an involuntary function.

I wish I could snap my fingers and give you the perfect concealed carry gun. And I mean perfect. I’m talking ten times better than Glock perfect. I wish I could say…

“Hello woman, your life depends on this gun. You will only have to use it when your life is on the line. And if this gun works the way it’s intended, then that means either you don’t get raped, or you don’t get kidnapped, or you don’t get killed, and you make it back to your family tonight in one piece, and because that is the case BAM here is the PERFECT gun.”

But even if I could do that, that PERFECT gun would be completely useless if you didn’t train to use it. And what I’m saying is, you need to train to use it like your life depends on it.

Before You Buy Your First Handgun

Get on Google and do a search for firing ranges in your area. Call them up and ask if they have any of these guns that you can rent and shoot for an hour. You will need to try these gun out before buying. All of these guns are equally reliable, so it’s just a matter of comfort. How comfortable is it for you to hold? How comfortable would it be to conceal on your person every day? How comfortable are you shooting the gun? Good Luck

Educate Yourself

Firearm Weight Unloaded Barrel Length Overall Length # of Bullets Cost
Beretta Nano 9mm 19.97 oz 3.07″ 5.63″ 6+1 $475
Kel Tec PF-9 9mm 12.7 oz 3.1″ 5.85″ 7+1 $400
Ruger LC9 9mm 17.1 oz 3.12″ 6.0″ 7+1 $450
S&W M&P Shield 9mm 19 oz 3.1″ 6.1″ 7+1 or 8+1 $450
Glock 26 9mm 19.75 oz 1.26″ 6.29″ 10+1 $530
Glock 19 9mm 20.99 oz 4.02″ 6.85″ 15+1 $530

 

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Handguns for Women

  1. Ginger

    Thank you for a really good article! Have been looking for a new gun and my husband wisely reminds me time and again that much as the gun store salesmen want me to buy a revolver – it is only good for 5 shots before reloading. I will definitely go looking for the Glock 26 and the 9mm MP. Have heard of problems with the 40 cal MP though.
    Also, you are “spot on” with your advice to train. I had the problem of popping the magazine on my LC9. Changing my grip and training, training, training. Thanks
    g

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    1. dustin aaron Post author

      NO problem Ginger. I think you will love the M&P Shield in 9mm. Let me know how it goes and check out my book, Never A Victim for more info training.

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