2 Biggest Mistakes Woman Make in Buying Their First Firearm
Between working in a retail gun shop and talking with friends who are looking to buy, I've noticed two major mistakes that woman make when buying their first firearm.
1. Buying purely on aesthetics
This is a terrible mistake and one I see far too frequently. The usual reasoning behind this victim, is "it's so cute and small" or "I love the color of that one!". Ladies, this is a gun.. it is meant to protect you and your loved ones not match with your outfit or fit perfectly in your purse. Now, this is not to say that I condone a woman who wants get a custom holster with a print or bright color or even cerakote it pink but you should never EVER base your decision on buying a firearm because of how it looks. The real questions is, will it fire when you need and will you be able to shoot your target if necessary. Unfortunately what I see many woman not realize is that these guns, especially the small sub compact guns are really hard to handle especially for the untrained shooter. This often results in a new shooter developing bad responsive shooting habits such as flinching or even just general fear of the gun firing --- both dangerous behaviors to develop if you will be using this same weapon to protect your life.
This brings me to the 2nd most common mistake:
2. Buying without trying
Always, ladies ALWAYS, shoot a few different guns before deciding which one works best for you. Everyone's hands are different in shape, size, and definitely strength. Meaning no gun feels the same for two people, a gun that feels good for your friend may not be a good fit for you no matter how much they recommend it. So how do you try multiple different guns if don't own any and don't have friends who can loan you a number of different things to try...? What I'd suggest, call your local indoor range and ask if they have a ladies day. Most ranges, at least the ones I've visited have one day per week dedicated to the ladies (woohoo!), on this day ladies pay zero range fees and yes zero for gun rentals! Visit the range on this day and try two or three guns out. Don't be disheartened if you don't find something right away, sometime it's just a matter of getting the proper grip and adjusting the sound and feel of the gun firing that can change your opinion of a gun. The moral, try before you buy and don't rush to get something just to have it.