By: Teresa Mull
Guns and shooting have long been considered a “man’s world,” but a growing market of lady shooters (female concealed carry holders have skyrocketed by 200 percent in the past decade!) has caught the attention of firearm companies, and today there are plenty of guns and accessories to accommodate the fairer sex.
Even still, if you're still stumped about what to get the gun-toting girl in your life - and it's getting down to the wire! - read on for some advice from a gun girl who knows what ladies like.
Sam Vitullo, manager of Belding & Mull in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, told Gunpowder Magazine revolvers are a popular choice for women at his store, namely, the Smith and Wesson J Frame, Ruger LCR, and Charter Arms products, the latter of which are offered in a variety of colors and with stylish accents.
Vitullo says it’s advisable to buy the lucky lady in your life a gift certificate to a gun store, so she can handle the firearm in person and choose the best fit, caliber, style, etc. that suits her. Otherwise, you may lose a lot of money if she decides to return the gun – which is technically “used” as soon as it leaves the store, unlike other merchandise you can return for a full refund.
If the woman on your list already owns a gun, consider one of the following items to bring her some Christmas cheer:
Concealed Carry Purse
A girl can never have too many handbags. Belding and Mull stocks “Pistol Packin’ Mama” and “Roma” brand concealed carry purses. Other brands include: “Gun Tote’n Mamas” and “Emperia.” Retailers such as Cabela’s also sell various brands.
Concealed Carry Clothing
Carrying concealed can be a challenge for women, but a handful of companies do cater to the female form by offering a variety of under garments and exercise wear that has built-in compartments for a handgun. For tank tops, leggings, etc., check out: UnderTech Undercover, Can Can Concealment, and Alexo Athletica.
Bravo Concealment sent me a holster to test with my Glock 43 that I’ll be posting a review of soon. It’s a sturdy, handy Kydex holster that isn’t too bulky.
TheWellArmedWoman.com and GunGoddess.com also sell a variety of holster and belt options.
Time at the Range, Training Classes
The lady in your life may be interested in taking a defensive gun training course, or some lessons on how to shoot trap, skeet, etc. “Experience” presents can be an imaginative way to learn, grow, and spend time together.
For the outdoorswoman, consider some shooting-specific attire she wouldn’t splurge to buy for herself.
KevinsCatalog.com, Orvis.com, and 511tactical.com offer shooting and hunting shirts and vests for the female shooter and huntress.
Quality Gun Case
Storing a gun in a cheap, Wal-Mart gun case is OK, but a beautiful firearm deserves beautiful storage.
Duluthpack.com handcrafts beautiful and classic gun cases, in addition to ammo bags and other shooting accessories.
Bullets are a girl’s best friend. And what gun-loving girl doesn’t love expressing her support for the Second Amendment in gold and jewels?
Check out BulletDesigns.com, GunGoddess.com, Etsy.com, and Jectz.com for all your bullet-themed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.