If you're a gun owner who appreciates the security that comes with owning a firearm, you might wish to think about buying a firearm for your wife, too. This is especially true if she spends a lot of time out on her own, whether she works a late shift and has to walk through a dark parking lot, or uses the subway at night. Provided that your state has laws that will allow your wife to carry the weapon in a concealed manner, she'll be able to feel safer when she's alone with the right sidearm and the right training. Here are some things to think about when you shop for this firearm:
There's a reason that many gun manufacturers produce pistols and revolvers designed for women — many women prefer a smaller gun in their hands. Women often have smaller hands and weight less than their male counterparts, which means that a bulky gun that fires a heavy round might not be suitable. For example, the woman may struggle to steady the weapon and may be unable to keep it under control due to its recoil, in the event that she has to fire it. Look for a smaller-sized firearm that is more in alignment with the size of your wife's hands.
Small Capacity Is OK
Just as you want the gun's size to be manageable for your wife, you also want it to fit with ease in a holster or in her purse. One of the ways that this is possible is if the gun has a small capacity. You might be tempted to get a gun with a magazine that holds 10 or more rounds, but it's highly unlikely that your wife would be in a situation in which she'd need to pull the trigger this many times. A small-capacity revolver, such as one that holds six rounds, will be more than adequate.
Don't Always Think Pink
Guns that are geared toward women are often pink, which can make them appear a little friendlier to a degree, which belies their deadliness. Even if your wife likes the idea of a pink firearm, you don't necessarily have to go this route. Pink weapons will stand out more, which means that it may be more evident in your wife's purse or elsewhere on her body when compared to a flat black firearm. It's easy to get caught up by the fun pink color, but you shouldn't limit your shopping to these models.
Contact your local gun store for more information and assistance.