If you've spent any time reading female shooters online, every single one has their own war stories about dealing with jerks at the range and gun store. What is the most common complaint? A female is shoved towards revolvers and only revolvers when she enters her local Merchant of Death looking for a firearm for self defense. The sales staff doesn't bother making any inquiry as to her abilities and comfort level. Some salesmen have even be patronizing and condescending when she asks to look at the semi-autos. "That's too complicated for ya little lady." There is quite a bit of justified anger promoting a rabid backlash by the residents of the gun boards to insist that a revolver for a first time shooter is wrong. End of discussion.
As a 5'3" female shooter, I need to state that there is NOTHING wrong with a revolver for a first time gun owner, male or female, as long as you are educated about your choices and why you're making this purchase. Yes, there are tons of women who are comfortable with a semi-auto for their first firearm purchase or for their first gun for self-defense.
I was not one of them.
I had experienced malfunctions with multiple semi-autos when learning to shoot and I still lacked the strength and technique to rack a slide. The thought of trying to clear a gun while being attacked wasn't something I wanted to think about and I needed a gun yesterday. Now, I can handle clearing a gun quickly and without much thought to it but 3 years ago right after my house was broken into, that wasn't an additional stress I wanted or needed to deal with. I also insisted that we get a range membership and shoot EVERY week. What point is there to having a gun if you're too afraid to use it? Now, we shoot every week because I like it and it often is the highlight of my week, not because I need to stop closing my eyes when I pull the trigger.
I carry a Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum with but with .38+P personal defense ammo. It has Crimson Trace grips because I found them more comfortable than the factory grips. It took me about a month of practice to learn to stage the 12 lb trigger. I don't need my sights or the laser to shoot this gun at self defense distances as we have spent a lot of quality time together. I mainly carry in my GUN TOTE'N MAMAS™ Raven Pouch or Urban Shoulder Bag but am moving to on-body carry. Hopefully on Saturday, my new Remora holsters will be here for me to try out. I am also considering getting an LCR though so I can start carrying on my person with a Flashbang holster. I'm sure I will find a semi-auto I want to carry but so far, it hasn't happened yet. Maybe the Sig P938.
There is no "one" magical ladies gun. No amount of pink paint and glitter is going to change that. It really depends on what feels good in her hand and that taste may change with time. Different guns have different purposes too. My primary range gun is my buckmark because ammo is cheap. I know that I improve my skills shooting it and I see a difference in my ability when I do pick up my other guns. I swear I heard angels sing the first time I picked up my SP101 after trying out a bunch of different .38 and .357 revolvers that day. I have an unnatural love for my RIA Tactical 1911 and just taking it out of its case at the range makes me smile and feel content. Its primary purpose in life is to make me happy. It is also my open carry gun and additional nightstand gun when my husband is out of town.
After about 500 hours at the range in the past 3 years, there aren't too many guns that I won't shoot yet I still carry my SP101 for self defense. It is reliable, accurate, and I am confident in my abilities to shoot it which is exactly what I want in a gun for self defense.
The victims of gun control, that is.
Over two million people in the United States use a firearm to defend themselves from violent predators every year yet the whining hoplophobes of the gun ban movement continue to push their repulsive agenda. The Sarah Bradys and Joan Petersons of the world want this boy unarmed in the face of four violent home invaders. They want this widow and her infant son dead rather than their attacker. We, the legally armed, dissent.
January 8th, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the shooting of a Congresswoman, a Federal judge and seventeen others by a deranged maniac in Tucson, AZ. Rather than protest the actions of the Pima County Sherriff for failing to investigate the many reports of disturbing and illegal behavior of Jared Loughner, the usual gun ban advocates want to further disarm the law abiding public.
They have organized the usual useful fools in a candlelight vigil for the victims of so-called "gun violence", a term that they themselves have made up in order to disguise their gun-grabbing agenda. This they do rather than something useful, like push for an end to the revolving door of the criminal justice system that regularly puts violent felons back on the street.
We, the legally armed, have a better answer. While we mourn the victims of all violence, especially those victims that have been disarmed by the state, we also refuse to submit. We will not be forced into the slaughter. We posses the tools to stop violence. We will resist.
So here is my contribution to the candlelight vigil, along with the Rock Island 1911SC .45ACP and the Ruger LCR .357 Magnum that accompany me when I leave the house.
When Mrs. Knitebane takes to the streets, this Ruger SP101 DAO .357 Magnum goes with her.
H/T to Weerd Beard who thought of this.
Update: Thanks to reader Hellga who pointed out my typo. That is indeed an LCR, not the LCP. See Ruger? I told you it was too confusing.
I've wanted another Ruger Security Six for a long time. Everyone has their story about kicking themselves for selling something and regretting it and this one is mine.
As a youngster I picked up a stainless Security Six with a six inch barrel. It had been sent off to a fledgling company called Mag-na-port and returned with two holes cut in the sides of the barrel, a red ramp front sight and a white outline rear sight. I replaced the factory wooden grips with Pachmyar Presentation grips. It was a fantastic target shooter. The weight helped manage the recoil and the Mag-na-port wiped out the muzzle flip.
Then, being young and stupid, I decided that I needed something else worse and sold it. Feel that? Yes, that's my regret. Yes, you can feel it from there.
A .357 Magnum target pistol hasn't really been high on the list of needs even if it's been high on the list of wants, so I've held off picking one up on Gunbroker. A functional 12 gauge shotgun for home defense, a battle rifle, a sniper deer rifle, all of these have been higher on the need list.
So while I've pined for one, I haven't been able to justify spending money on a nice-to-have when there are still slots in the need-to-have that remain unfilled.
Apparently Mrs. Knitebane didn't see it that way. The week before Christmas she spotted a Sec Six at our Merchant of Death in Wendell, NC and drove up there and bought it.
You see, Mrs. Knitebane is of Russian descent. She understands regret. So she took the decision out of my hands.