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10 Best Handguns for Women in 2023 [All Sizes & Calibers]

The ladies of Pew Pew Tactical have compiled a list of the best handguns for fellow lady shooters. Spoiler alert, no pink guns!

    If you’re a lady in the world of guns or considering becoming one, you’ve probably wondered which firearms are best for women.

    Unequivocally, women are capable of shooting the same guns as boys. But there are certain models that some women tend to prefer.

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    Is that a Sig in that pocket?

    And that’s the topic of today’s chat…What are the best handguns for women?

    Spoiler alert, they’re not all pink .22 LRs, the gun shop would have you think. (But if Barbie pink is your jam, there’s always Cerakote…)

    In this article, we’ll go over some things to consider when choosing a gun – stuff like handgun size and caliber.

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    YOU should be the one choosing your handgun, not your boyfriend.

    And remember, as well-meaning as your boyfriend, husband, or significant other is, you should always be the one to decide what handgun you buy. (And ideally, try one out at the range before purchasing.)

    Also worth mentioning, this is a list curated for the ladies by the ladies. Yep, the women of Pew Pew Tactical have had hands-on time with every gun on this list.

    So, with that said, let’s dive into our top pics!

    Summary of Our Top Picks

    1. Best CCW Glock

      Glock G19, Gen 5

      Most popular concealed carry pistols. Smaller than the G17.

    2. Editor's CCW Pick

      Sig Sauer P365

      Very compact yet has a high capacity - up to 15+1 rounds.

    3. Also Good

      Heckler & Koch VP9

      Easy to handle and has a high mag capacity.


      CZ P-01

      The perfect compact 9mm for CCW. Very reliable and rugged with low failure rate.


      Shadow Systems MR920

      Pricey but it's optics-ready, has external safety feature, and runs very smooth.

    6. BEST 1911 OPTION

      Ruger SR1911

      A full-size gun but still offer plenty of room to grip and control. Grip panels are swappable making it versatile for all hand sizes.


      Sig Sauer Legion P226

      A bit larger but offers wide variety of calibers - 9mm, .57 Sig, .40 SW.


      Sig Sauer P238

      Lightweight hammer-fired design. Has external safety so also good for CCW. Shoots very smooth.


      Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield

      Limited capacity but it's fairly lightweight and compact. Does have a snap when shooting.


      Smith and Wesson 642

      Lightweight and compact revolver but packs a punch when shooting. Might make your wrist a little sore.

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    Best Handguns for Women

    Without further ado, let’s take a look at more than a dozen handguns our female staff know, love, and wholeheartedly recommend.

    1. Glock 17/19/43X – 9mm

    We gotta start with the biggest name in the polymer game – Glock. Honestly, we wrestled over which model to throw in here, so we decided to mention three of our faves.

    Coming in with a full-size design, the Glock 17 was the OG.

    Glock G17 Gen 4
    Glock G17 Gen 4

    It offers a proven system that has outfitted police units across the world.

    Reliable and durable, The G17 also boasts a pretty simplistic design. Nothing fancy here, just the basics.

    Tried and True
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    Alternatively, the Glock 19 is recognized as one of the most popular concealed carry pistols of all time.

    Almost identical to the G17, outside of some smaller dimensions, the G19 brings a bare-bones approach to CCW.

    Glock G19 Gen 4
    Glock G19 Gen 4

    If you want a gun that just works, this is it.

    However, both the G19 and G17 are double-stacked pistols, meaning they’re a little bigger around the grip. Also, some women might not like the way these guns feel in hand.

    While I prefer the reliability of Glock, it doesn’t work the greatest with my hand, and I find myself overcompensating ever-so-slightly, which throws my shots to the left.

    Best CCW Glock
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    If you need something a tad slimmer, check out the Glock 43X.

    This single-stack brings a more compact look and feel but with the same reliability Glock is known for.

    Glock G43X
    Glock G43X

    Glocks do not come with an external safety, instead opting for its SAFE action system – a trio of independently operating mechanical safeties.

    The benefit to any Glock is that it comes with a large aftermarket, meaning you can fine-tune it to suit your wants and needs. I highly suggest grabbing a better pair of sights for your Glock, at the very least.

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    We have more Glock suggestions, if needed, in our Best Glocks article!

    2. Sig Sauer P365 – 9mm

    The Sig Sauer P365 revolutionized the concealed carry world, offering a double-stack design in a small, compact package.

    This pistol brings various models to satisfy any concealed carrier. From red dot affixed variants to snag-proof to XL for a little more room – the P365 series has you covered.

    Sig Sauer P365
    Sig Sauer P365

    It boasts decent ergonomics that we find work for a variety of hands. Not to mention, it has a crisp, clean-breaking trigger.

    We like that you can pack 10+1, 12+1, or 15+1 rounds in such a concealable pistol. And the aftermarket options are pretty cool. (Check out some upgrades we’ve done in the past here.)

    Sig Sauer P365 Upgrades
    Tricker out Sig Sauer P365

    All in all, the Sig Sauer P365 stands as the industry’s newest fave concealed carry pistol, and we can see why.

    It perfectly blends concealment with capacity, making it a winner for CCW.

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    Go read our full review on the Sig Sauer P365 here.

    3. HK VP9 – 9mm & .40 SW

    Want to be one of the cool kids? Then you need an HK!

    At least, that’s what internet memes tell me.

    HK Meme

    The HK VP9 offers a striker-fired pistol chambered in either 9mm or .40 SW.

    It brings a magazine capacity of either 10-, 15, or 17-rounds.

    Heckler & Koch VP9
    Heckler & Koch VP9

    There are a few variants on the VP9 lineup, including an optics-ready model – so throw on a red dot if you must.

    I’ve shot the HK VP9 a few times, and ergonomically, I liked what it offered. It filled my hand without feeling too cumbersome.

    Controls were easy to access and manipulate, and it shoots pretty flat.

    My only complaint is that moving from a gun with a button-style mag release to the VP9 with a paddle release took some time to get accustomed to.

    But if you’re starting out, you likely won’t have this issue.

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    4. CZ 75 P-01 – 9mm

    CZ pistols have quite the cult following, and for good reason. These guns just work.

    And out of the many models available, one of our favorites is the CZ P-01. In fact, our editor Allison said she could wax poetic on this model all day long.

    CZ P01 with Sig Romeo 1 (2)
    CZ P-01 with Sig Sauer Romeo 1

    The CZ P-01 serves up a compact design chambered in 9mm. Though created for LE and military use, its smaller stature makes it a perfect 9mm for concealed carry.

    Equipped with a decocker, this hammer-fired pistol sports an integral 1913 Picatinny rail for accessories and a 14+1 capacity.

    Ask anyone with a CZ, these things are reliable and rugged, and the P-01 is no exception.

    In fact, during U.S. Army testing, the P-01 suffered an average of 7 stoppages per 15,000 rounds! (Basically, meaning it boasts a failure rate of 0.05%.)

    CZ P01 with Sig Romeo 1 (1)

    Yes, CZ pistols can sometimes run a little pricier than your stock Glock, but trust us, they’re worth the extra coin.

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    We went hands-on with the CZ P-01, so check out our review!

    5. Shadow Systems MR920 – 9mm

    If you like the Glock but want something a tad more boujee…check out the Shadow Systems MR920.

    This 9mm pistol adopts the basic polymer frame but jazzes it up a bit with an optics cut slide, tritium front sight, extended beavertail, and oversized mag release.

    Shadow Systems MR920

    Again, like a Glock, there’s no external safety, but the MR920 brings internal safety features that make for a solid pistol.

    I personally love Shadow System’s pistols. (I carry the older, now discontinued MR918 as my EDC.)

    They run clean right out of the box, shoot smooth, and that trigger…*chef’s kiss* is perfect. Downside is all the looks, and features do come at a price.

    Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19
    Shadow Systems MR920, left, and Glock G19, right.

    At close to $1K, this is a pistol you really gotta be committed to buying.

    That said, if you want an optics-ready pistol that can take on the most popular red dots on the market, go with the Shadow Systems MR920. You won’t be disappointed.

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    6. Ruger SR1911 — .45 ACP, 9mm, 10mm

    We’d be remiss not to include a tried-and-true 1911 in our list.

    While some naysayers might question women and 1911s, we say…well, it did win two World Wars, right?

    All kidding aside, the 1911 is a fine platform for women and even beginners.

    SR1911 Right

    With enough practice, you’ll be slinging lead like a pro.

    Chambered in .45 ACP, 9mm, or 10mm, the Ruger SR1911 offers a single-stack platform with smooth shooting performance. It’s a full-size gun, but those extra measurements offer plenty of room to grip and control.

    This hammer-fired gun does come with an external thumb safety and a bonus grip safety. You might initially find the grips too thick, but they easily swap out for slimmer grip panels.

    The Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander in 9mm is a solid pistol that fits a variety of hand sizes.
    The Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander in 9mm is a solid pistol that fits a variety of hand sizes.

    And that brings us to why 1911s are so versatile for female shooters. Those swappable grip panels give you greater latitude to thicken up or slim down.  

    While all models of the SR1911 work great, I love a classic .45 ACP 1911 model.

    BEST 1911 OPTION
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    7. Sig Sauer P226 Legion – 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 SW

    Offering a little variety in the way of calibers, the Sig Sauer P226 Legion is a full-size semi-auto, double-action/single-action pistol.

    What we dig about the P226 Legion are its sweet features. It offers a kickass trigger, contoured beavertail, aggressive front strap checkering, and an X-Five undercut on the trigger guard.

    If you’re looking for a hammer-fired pistol and/or a double-action/single-action, check out the SIG P226 Legion. It’s an awesomely precise gun.
    If you’re looking for a hammer-fired pistol and/or a double-action/single-action, check out the Sig P226 Legion.

    Oh, and it also sports a decocker. The decocker and slide catch lever – Sig’s words, not ours – bring a low-profile design that reduces snagging while carrying.

    And yeah, we’ll admit, the P226 is mighty large. Maybe too large for concealed carry on some body types. But under a winter coat or during open carry, it does the trick.

    Playing card drill, anyone? The SIG P226 Legion produced this beautiful ten-round playing card drill the first magazine through the gun.
    Playing card drill, anyone?

    We also like the fact that you can go with 9mm or shake things up and get a .357 Sig or .40 S&W model. (Though those calibers tend to stray a bit northwards price-wise.)

    All in all, if you want the safety features of a 1911 without an actual 1911, then the Sig Sauer Legion P226 delivers a nice compromise.

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    To read more on the Sig Sauer P226, check out our review here!

    8. Sig Sauer P238 – .380 ACP

    The Sig Sauer P238 is one of my favorite micro-compact handguns.

    It is my go-to in a dress or skirt where I’m using a non-traditional holster set-up like a belly band or thigh holster.

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    The Sig in a thigh holster. See more holster methods in the Best Way to Concealed Carry for Women.

    This Sig comes chambered in .380 ACP, so it can easily work as a backup gun, too, if you like to double up.

    Its lightweight hammer-fired design is easy to carry and use. And it sports an external safety, so if that’s a must-have on your carry gun, you’re covered.

    Handgun Grip Women Sig Sauer P238
    Sig Sauer P238

    On the range, this gun brings a smooth shooting experience and is a great little plinker.

    If you want the look and feel of the P238, but in a slightly large caliber. Take a look at the Sig Sauer P938. It’s very similar but boasts a 9mm chambering.

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    9. Smith & Wesson Shield – 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, & .380 ACP

    The Smith & Wesson Shield is my go-to when a Glock 19 or Shadow Systems just won’t do. Slim and trim, this gun tucks nicely into a belly band or works alongside tighter CCW outfits.

    Controls are easy to reach and use, which is great! No fumbling required.

    Handgun Women SW Shield 9
    S&W Shield 9

    The single-stack design limits capacity to 7+1 or 8+1 depending on caliber, so you might want to stock up on spare magazines. 

    It’s fairly lightweight and compact, but the tradeoff is a little snap while shooting. It’s not terrible — definitely controllable — but something to be mindful of.

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    Smith & Wesson Shield in an IWB holster.

    I also like that you have some options in terms of models. There’s the standard Shield that comes in 9mm or .40 S&W and is your bare-bones model.

    The Shield M2.0 adds .45 ACP into the mix as a potential caliber. It also comes in an optics-ready variant.

    If you struggle with arthritis or hand strength issues due to injury, the Shield EZ is a great option! It features an easy to rack slide and a grip safety.

    S&W M&P Shield EZ .380
    S&W M&P Shield EZ .380

    There are a lot of choices, and we like when a company brings some options to its lineup.

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    Read up on the Shield M2.0 with our review here!

    10. Smith & Wesson 642 — .38 SPL

    The Smith & Wesson 642 is one of those models that you either love or hate. Some people find it uncomfortable to shoot, while others, like me, think it fits the hand pretty darn well.

    Regardless, the 642 is a decent little snubbie for when you want something lightweight and concealable.

    Smith and Wesson 642 (5)
    S&W Model 642

    Chambered in .38 SPL, the 642 boasts a stainless-steel frame paired with a synthetic grip. What it has going for it is that it can handle +P loads.

    So, if you want a little extra oomph, this wheelgun can handle it. Loading with +P rounds, though, might make your wrist a little sore.

    Smith and Wesson 642 (3)
    The cylinder release of the Smith and Wesson Model 642 Airweight is textured to improve use.

    While I don’t recommend plinking at the range with this one – gotta watch out for that snappy recoil on this snub-nosed revolver – it would work well as a backup gun or if you just prefer to carry a revolver.

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    Want to know more? See our review here!

    Choosing the Right Caliber

    Though, yes, some of us started on .22 LRs, that doesn’t mean that every woman automatically needs to start there.

    If you feel comfortable with the idea of a .22 LR, rock on, sister! Just don’t feel beholden to that particular round.

    .22LR Round
    .22 LR Round

    Same goes for .380 ACP.

    9mm is not a terrible round to start on. It offers mild recoil, especially when paired with a full-size or mid-size gun.

    Also, if that is the round you intend to carry later on, no time like the present to start training with it.

    9mm 147 Federal Hydrashok HST
    9mm 147 Federal Hydrashok HST

    At the end of the day, decide where your comfort level lies. If .22 LR or .380 ACP seems less intimidating to start, go that route. No judgment.

    If you want to start with something a little larger, like a 9mm or even a .45 ACP, that’s cool too.

    My only word of warning: stay away from BIG calibers in small guns. .45 Long Colt out of a pocket pistol…take it from me, that takes some getting used to. 

    45 Colt Ammo
    These bad boys out of a pocket pistol…hard pass.

    For a complete breakdown of calibers, check out our Caliber Guide.

    Get a Grip…Handgun Grip That Is

    Size matters…when it comes to fit of a handgun, that is.

    Choosing a gun relies on much more than just what it looks like in the case. First, you need to take into consideration your body.

    More importantly, your hand size and shape play a major factor in whether a gun feels comfortable when shooting.

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    If you can’t get a good grip, you’re less likely to shoot the gun or carry it.

    For instance, my palms are slightly smaller than the average males, BUT I have very long fingers.

    So, a gun sporting wider grips across don’t work for me. That said, more girth front to back, I can work with.

    Handgun Women Sig Sauer P238
    Small palms, long fingers…that’s me.

    A gun that is too big for your hands will require constant adjustment, while a gun that is too small can feel uncomfortable. So, you really want to evaluate your hands and match them with the right gun. 

    So how do you do this?

    By trying out various guns, of course!

    Gripping Your Gun

    When you pick up a handgun, the palm of your hand should have full contact with the backstrap.

    More importantly, your wrist and arms should be aligned with the gun’s frame when in a firing grip. This helps manage recoil and improves control.

    Handgun Grip Women Shadow Systems MR920
    The palm should have full contact with the backstrap.

    If you find yourself canting to one side or at an upward/downward angle, your firing grip is off. Most likely, you’re compensating for the gun.

    To learn more about achieving a proper grip, check out our guide on How To Grip a Pistol.

    Trigger Reach

    Also, consider where your trigger finger falls.

    You really want a consistent trigger press, and to achieve this, I try to center the pad of my trigger finger on the trigger.

    Handgun Women Trigger MR920
    The trigger is centered on the first pad of my trigger finger…not the joint.

    This allows me to apply nice, even pressure and prevents any jerking to one side, throwing off shots.

    So, as you’re testing out new guns, be aware of where your trigger falls.

    If you find you can only get a fingernail on the trigger, the gun is too big for your hands. If the middle part of the trigger finger wraps around the trigger, the gun might be too small.

    Like Goldilocks, we need it just right.


    To work on your technique, check out our tips here!


    Finally, when gripping the gun, all controls should be within reach without any major adjustments to your grip.

    I’m talking safety, decocker (if your gun has one), and mag release.

    Make sure all controls are easy to access and use.

    Shifting your grip to work any of these controls ultimately reduces your accuracy and speed.

    Busting Gun Myths: Small Guns & Revolvers

    I’ve been a gun owner for well over a decade now. It never fails that when I walk into certain gun stores, I am immediately ushered over to the teeny-tiny guns.

    Unfortunately, this is a bad habit among some dealers and even well-meaning boyfriends.

    Ruger LCR
    Without fail, I get handed one of these.

    Smaller does not mean more comfortable to shot. Even further, smaller guns with certain calibers are actually more difficult to shoot.

    Pocket pistols tend to introduce far more muzzle rise than their full-size counterparts.

    Straight up, I shoot a full size 1911 much better than I do a pocket pistol in 9mm.

    MantisX on 1911
    A heavier gun often mitigates recoil better than a tiny gun.

    Doesn’t mean you can’t shoot pocket pistols, just be aware of that going in.

    Also, some dealers like to force revolvers on women, touting them as “foolproof” and simple. While, yeah, revolvers feature fewer moving parts than semi-autos, a Glock is pretty simplistic and just as easy to learn.

    The reality is any gun can fail at any time. Nothing is foolproof.

    45 Colt Revolvers and Ammo
    Yes, even these run afoul every once in awhile.

    So, choose the gun that speaks to you and don’t feel pressured into one that’s “perfect for the ladies.”


    Finding the right gun is a lot like finding the right bra – you have to try a few before you land on the one that fits just right.

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    Some days you’re testing bras…some days you’re testing guns…and some days you’re doing both.

    Our suggestion? Find a local range that rents guns and test some out. You’ll quickly figure out what works and what doesn’t. 

    While this list is not exhaustive, and there are plenty of other suitable guns for the ladies, we hope we’ve given you a starting point in your pistol purchasing journey. 

    Variety of Handguns
    Variety of Handguns

    Ladies, what’s your go-to handgun? Let us know in the comments below. Also, if you’re looking for tips on CCW, check out the Best Way to Concealed Carry for Women or head to our Women’s Category to see all our female-centric articles.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      Ken Butler

      You didn’t check out a Walther PPS or PDP F-Series. Both are 9mm and women love them.

      July 23, 2023 7:29 pm
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      Patricia Krzeminski

      Loved the articles here. Not a weakling and can wrack ok. My problem is pulling back and locking. If I want to do it and can't on first try, my hands and muscles get weaker. I have a kahr cw9. It is tight. It's also hard to tear apart for cleaning. But I would like to be able to wrack and lock it open. Advice? I practice but after 2 or 3 pulls I'm done for the day.

      July 17, 2023 2:38 pm
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      Jennifer craig

      Browning 1911 .380
      So easy and natural to work the action. Just feels good in your hand . Great ladies pistol.

      July 6, 2023 7:58 pm
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      Is there one single place to test and experience?
      The local gun range is limited on tryouts.
      In SoCal not familiar with ranges with wide variety of handguns.

      June 28, 2023 4:32 am
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        Check out Evan's Gun World in Orange, CA if you're in So Cal, they've got a great selection of rental guns and it's only $10 fir the first and $5 for any after that.

        August 25, 2023 5:41 pm
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      Heather Edmonds

      Any recommendations on a small reliable, cost efficient concealed firearm for women?

      June 9, 2023 11:54 am
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        Jacki Billings

        Define small...My favorite all-around CCW pistol is either the Sig Sauer P365 or Walther PDP-F, but if you're looking for a micro-compact then I would investigate the Springfield Armory Hellcat or Smith & Wesson Shield. They're snappy but super small. If you need smaller than that and want to step down to .380 ACP, the Sig P238 is another good option.

        June 14, 2023 10:34 am
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        38 special is good; both for home and concealed

        September 6, 2023 2:36 pm
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      I have very small hands. Small fingers Ring size 4.5 ring and I wear small women’s or cadet golf gloves. Any tips on handguns for small hands or should I go the concealed gun route. Thanks missy

      January 13, 2023 5:40 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Hey Missy! You're in the right spot. I wear a size 4 ring so I totally get how difficult it is to find a gun that works. I would center your search on compacts and microcompacts. Some of my personal favorites are the Sig P365, Springfield Hellcat, and Shadow Systems MR920 (if you want a slightly larger gun). Hope that helps!

        January 23, 2023 7:59 am
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      Brenda Christeson

      My EDC is a Staccato 2011 C2 with a Holosun optic. This gun shoots almost perfectly flat, has an amazing trigger and fits in all my glock 19 holsters! I am 63 years old and have been shooting for 4 years now and this is my favorite hand gun.

      November 17, 2022 9:18 pm
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      So, the title of the article made me really stop and think. I've never thought to classify women by size and caliber, but it kinda works. My wife is 'fun size' and very high caliber, so I'm thinking S&W M&P .45 Shield Performance Center. But she's a Sig Gal and partial to Legions so may disagree, but this is my daydream, so...

      November 13, 2022 4:43 pm
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      Sig Sauer P365XL with a modified magazine so it holds 14+1 instead of 12+1.

      September 25, 2022 9:52 am
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      My lady friend has a Sig Sauer .380, which she really likes. Problem is that it takes more strength than she has, to pull back the slide to get the first bullet into the chamber. Can anyone suggest a more suitable pistol?

      September 18, 2022 5:18 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Smith & Wesson has the Shield EZ, which is a little bit easier to manage for people who struggle with a traditional slide.

        September 19, 2022 5:24 am
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          also look at 80x and Walther pdp f-series

          February 11, 2023 2:36 am
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        Brenda Christeson

        I have the ladies I teach change the way they rack the slide. Bring the firearm in close to the body where you have core strength, hold the slide firmly with the support hand and push the firearm forward with your firing (strong) hand. Let your strong hand and arm strength do the work instead of trying to make your weaker hand do the hard part. BTW, I am a 63 yr. old female who is 110 lbs.

        October 9, 2022 4:44 pm
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          That's a good point! I'm 59. Very strong. Athlete. Electrician too I have massive hands for a tiny gal at 5ft 3 on a good day, 133lbs rock solid. Hands don't comply. I have issues racking autos and prefer to carry my AHA .22 Mag or LR Interchange. However at 4in. It measures 9 from tip to tail since I changed the grip from birds head to regular, bc of large hands. A gun dealer is bringing some by to shoot on my property as I have 10 acres to see what I like. I will definitely take your advice on attempting to rack that way. As I really want to hide the pistol and mine is near impossible to do so.

          January 20, 2023 10:46 am
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          American Heritage Arms 22 cal interchangeable revolver. I've had 2 of them. The one I pack is 4in the other was 6. Both are hard to conceal but foolproof. Nothing is better than buying American. I'm looking at a .45 and maybe .357 I like the EZ Shields revies also. Seems to be easier to operate. In Florida it's hard to carry bc of lack of clothing and hot weather. I'm considering carrying under the bust im not very big and I may sweat there. I usually carry at appendix and pack that long barrel down my leg inside my pants
          Not everyone can afford a $1000 carry piece.

          January 20, 2023 10:50 am
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          Excellent advice! I've struggled with finding enough hand strength to rack the slide on my Sig P365 until someone instructed me on your suggestion of holding my gun closer to my chest (pointing to my left), then holding the slide tightly at the end and only moving the gun forward and CLICK, it works! I'm 70 and (wish I was 110lbs, more like 150) find it hard to open alot of jars & other lids because I don't feel 'hand strength' as I use to but this technique really worked for me!!

          March 16, 2023 5:55 am
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      I gave my Ruger LC 380 to my daughter when she moved to another city 7 hours away after she graduated college. As for myself I j by I love my fathers old Beretta model 70 puma and that is what I carry

      September 11, 2022 11:28 pm
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      What? Most of these are huge. Best CC for female is a Ruger .380. Rackable, small for hands, small to carry, and small for recoil. Should have been on the list over G17. LCP any of them. Reliable, easy to operate, and most importantly easy to use so you will enjoy training with it. Training with it is everything.

      September 9, 2022 11:04 am
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        Mike, did you read what the author said at the beginning of the article: "Also worth mentioning that this is a list curated for the ladies by the ladies. Yep, the women of Pew Pew Tactical have had hands-on time with every gun on this list."

        So in fact, even though you consider most of these guns "huge", they have all been put on the list by ladies, based on their actual experience with these guns.

        "Best CC for female is ..." -- You just did what women often complain about: tell women what gun is best for a woman, rather than letting a woman decide for herself.

        December 25, 2022 4:40 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Hey Mike, common misconception is that tiny .380s and .22s are best for women...often times they aren't. This list was created by the women of PPT who come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, I'm very petite at 5'2" and around 100lbs. All of these guns were comfortable for me to shoot. But like you said training really is everything and with the right instruction any woman can master these guns. Thanks for reading!

        December 27, 2022 6:44 am
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      Lorryn M

      Loved your article, especially since I'm in the market for my fourth handgun. I currently have a Smith & Wesson .40, H&K VP9 and Ruger MKIV .22. I have to say my H&K is hands down my favorite!

      March 20, 2022 4:34 pm
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      I loved your article. The only observation I have is with the Ruger LCP 380. Even though this gun is small, I need to use more hand force for racking the slide than what I use for VP9, Glock 19 or even Walther PPQ. Recently and after visiting my brother-in-law, he showed me his LCP and the racking was difficult. I don’t know if is because I use my firearms more often than him is CCW, but I was surprised by that.

      January 23, 2022 5:38 pm
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      Any thoughts on cz? I current have the cz75 B and love it. Fits my small hands beautifully. Unfortunately, I do not see many reviews of cz incorporated into lists like this.

      January 6, 2022 3:03 pm
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        Jacki Billings, Editor

        Thanks for reading. CZ is a great brand and many of our staff love it! We can't include every gun on the list so unfortunately not every model makes the cut. I'm glad to hear the CZ75B works for you, though! It's a solid gun for sure.

        January 7, 2022 6:56 am
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      Love the so called Guns for women article as my wife carries a SW 380 Ez and loves it . I showed her the article as she scrolled down and came across that pic with the dead coyote that was it, she said they didn't to shown that, unless it was in a self defense situation.

      December 3, 2021 7:13 am
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      Ken Hart

      Your article is well presented. I have a problem though with your choice of weapons. Do you have something against Bersa or Taurus? Taurus has some nice compact 9mm models, but it seems no one includes them in their comparisons.

      July 1, 2021 3:11 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Not at all! We just have limited space and have to narrow the field down. I have a Bersa and a Taurus and like them both.

        January 23, 2023 8:01 am
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      Somebody with access to multiple handguns needs to do an article on the amount of strength needed to work the slide of some of these semi autos. In my wife’s case the only one she could handle was the S&W 9EZ.
      Problem is, due to her small stature she finds it hard to carry concealed.
      Would love to find something smaller, even in 380 that she could handle.

      May 7, 2021 2:26 pm
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        David, PPT Editor

        S&W makes a 380 EZ that is very easy to work the slide and slightly smaller than the 9mm. You might try to find that in stock somewhere she can give it a try.

        May 7, 2021 2:36 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        I find the issue usually doesn’t fall on the gun but rather the technique. If she’s just pulling the slide while keeping the gun in place, that makes it harder. But if she’s pushing the frame forward while she pulls the slide, that’s easier. Also using a full hand over the slide instead of two or three fingers also helps. :)

        May 8, 2021 9:33 am
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        Jacki Billings

        I also should add, I’m 5’2” and 100lbs. Very petite in stature. I’ve shot every one of these guns and racked the slide with no issues on every gun listed here.

        May 8, 2021 9:37 am
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        Ken Hart

        I have arthritis, and I bought a Walther CCP. It is easy to rack and is 9mm. Give a look at it.

        July 1, 2021 3:13 pm
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      I have been carrying the Springfield XDS 3.3 in 9mm for 3 years now and I love it. Single stack, 9+1 rounds and goes bang every time! I have average size hands and the grip is textured nicely. Recoil is definately manageable.

      May 7, 2021 6:58 am
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      Greg Edwards

      I didn't see a review of the Torus 2C

      May 4, 2021 8:22 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Hi Greg, you can find a review of the Taurus 2C here: https://www.pewpewtactical.com/taurus-g2c-review/

        May 5, 2021 6:56 am
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      I live in California and tried to have my daughter who is of average size, try my Gen 3 Glock 19. She could not get a proper fit on the gun. We went to a high end gun range and she was taught by a professional and tried many different firearms. She ended up liking the Beretta PX4. Interchangeable grips made it fit her hands comfortably and the rotation of the action reduced recoil. Rock solid company, adjustable grips for smaller hands, reduced recoil.

      March 23, 2021 9:22 pm
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        I also bought the px4 as my first gun. Very comfortable to shoot though the first trigger pull is kinda hard because the double/single action

        May 6, 2021 6:01 am
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      Matthew Mcdurfee

      Objectivity vs personal bias is important for a writer. Never base judgement on what "You prefer" over a know winner for most woman. The S&W EZ is a 100 percent better choice than a full size 1911 in 45 ACP, or even most CZ's due to the very strong slide spring. Also a .38? Maybe with a longer barrel (not 2 inch). That double action squeeze on a revolver can cause serious accuracy issues for a new shooter.

      March 8, 2021 1:00 pm