Top 10 Guns Women Buy for Concealed Carry – 2018 Edition
In a women’s self-defense scenario, having the right concealed carry gun can be the difference between life and death. In the movies, self-defense scenes are often portrayed as a damsel in distress with plenty of time to dig through her purse, retrieve a pistol, and fire off a well-executed shot. This theatricalism is a great way to sell movie tickets, but we live in the real world, and potential assailants lurk everywhere, showing up when least expected. In a real-world self-defense scenario, there’s no time to think, and most reactions come straight from the fight-or-flight response. Quick retrieval of a gun is imperative, and the defensive pistol must fire a round or two without fail. The CCW a woman carries must be lightweight, reliable, small enough to conceal, and comfortable while still producing enough knockdown power to stop an assailant in a stressful situation. Also, the weapon must fit these criteria along with the personal preference of the woman carrying it. Here’s the ultimate online guide to the best concealed carry guns for women, most often bought by women, that achieve these concealed carry goals and give females the ability to stand in their power against any adversary.
10. Glock 26 Gen 5
Once again Glock delivers 9mm power in an easy to conceal pistol with this next generation G26. What’s new and most appealing for some women shooters is the increased accuracy of the new Marksman Barrel and the capability to accept Glock 17/19 magazines. It’s a meatier gun in weight at 26.07 ounces loaded, but its 6.42inch overall length still lends to excellent concealability. When you purchase one from Omaha Outdoors, you’ll get cleaning supplies, lock, magazine loader, and backstraps, all at a reasonable price, which makes this little black Glock a whole lotta gun wrapped up in an affordable package.
9. Sig Sauer P365
This hot new 9mm pistol might be the next all-time favorite for concealed carry as it is capable of housing more rounds at less overall weight than its competitors. It’s a micro-compact that comes with two magazines, a 10 round flush mag and a 10-round extended mag. Do the math, and you’ll realize this little pistol can hold 11 rounds and still be easily concealed, something that gives it bragging rights. Its overall dimensions are 5.8 inches long by 4.3 inches tall, and it weighs in at 17.8 ounces. Plus, it’s topped off by the XRAY3 Day/Night Sight which is a nice addition to this bad-boy in black.
8. Keltec P-3AT
This little beauty cloaked in the elegant shades of gray and black is 5.2 inches long, and only 8.3 ounces unloaded. For women, it’s a .380 that can easily fit in a concealed carry purse or for that matter, strapped in an ankle holster. It’s small, pretty, reasonably priced, and has no external safety to get in the way. The safety mechanism on the Kel-Tec P-3AT is essentially its stiff trigger pull, as the trigger must be pulled its full travel to fire off a round. Some women prefer this type of trigger because, in the heat of an attack, it’s one less thing to think about. If the simplicity of plain black doesn’t jive with a woman’s sense of style, the P-3AT available in the classically alluring gray and black finish might fit the bill.
7. Ruger LCR Revolver
Revolver fans, here’s one that will get you running to the computer, jumping online, and shopping at gun dealers like Omaha Outdoors. This lightweight revolver is hammerless, making it super slick to pocket and draw when needed. For women, especially those new to concealed carry, it’s easy to load, and there’s no fumbling with a safety or slide. The recoil is manageable for its featherlight weight and kicks into the hand instead of upward, so maintaining control is intact. What’s most exciting is the chambering options. The 7000 series is available as a .38 spl+P, .22 LR or .22 WMR and the 400 series options are .357 Mag, .9mm Luger or just hot off the press, the .327 Federal Magnum. Anyone, male or female that is allured by the sight of an all-black revolver will thoroughly enjoy this Ruger.
6. Beretta Nano
Small in stature but still packing a big punch, this 9mm has a smooth design that won’t get hung up when withdrawn from concealment which is ideal for stressful self-defense scenarios. It can be fired right or left-handed, easily disassembles, and the grip can be conveniently modified. With a weight of 19.8 ounces and a length of 5.63 inches, it’s perfect for concealment, even against the skin. Most importantly, if the first shot misses, the Nano’s ample eight-round magazine offers incredible back-up. In a classic shade of all black, the Nano is the “little black dress” of handguns that is the hit of any party involving an assailant.
5. Sig Sauer P238
With its micro-compact frame and 15.2ounce weight, the P238 is one of the most popular .380 caliber pistols women buy for a CCW. It has minimal recoil and a slide that is easy to rack. With its 7 plus 1-round magazine and an overall length of 5.5 inches, it’s easily concealed and packs enough rounds to stop an attacker dead in his tracks. It comes in many other colors besides plain-Jane black and Omaha Outdoors carries the P238 PSP model in hard to find Purple PVD with Pearlite Grips, for those who want to make a fashion statement with their side-arm accessory.
4. Springfield Armory XD-S
Here is a pistol that offers big handgun benefits in a concealed carry package. Available in 9mm, .40 SW, and .45 ACP calibers with the option of extendable magazines, this is a point and shoot CCW that is known to be reliable in any conditions. The safety mechanisms on this sub-compact consist of a loaded chamber indicator, firing pin block, and a grip safety that prevents accidental firing when dropped. Its easy on the hands after many rounds of fire and has a manageable recoil even for petite ladies. Omaha Outdoors carries the XD-S in a Victoria Pink cerakote with distressed Battle Born treatment that will be the envy of everyone at the range.
3. Ruger LCP II
Improvements on this latest LCP make it even more suited for a woman’s concealed carry pistol. Super-compact at 10.6 ounces and 5.17 inches long by 3.71 inches tall, it’s a little .380 caliber that looks too small to be useful, but in this case, with the 6 plus 1 capacity, looks are deceiving. The new design boasts robust machined sights, improved textured grip, crisper trigger action, and an easy to rack slide engineered to hold open after ejecting the last round. Its power is pretty in Victoria Pink cerakote with a Satin Aluminum slide that’s easy on the eyes.
2. Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38
For the woman who prefers the uncomplicated and easy to shoot action of a revolver, this .38-caliber beauty dressed in black is just that. With a length of 6.6 inches and a weight of 14.4 ounces, it is both concealable and powerful, and the ambidextrous cylinder release makes it an excellent gun for left-handed gals. It’s optional integrated Crimson Trace laser sights offer extra security in dimly lit environments and might overt an attack altogether, as a perpetrator will think twice when they see a glowing red dot on their chest.
1. Glock 43
There’s a good reason Glock is on the list. As a 9mm option, the G43 is perfect for female-friendly concealed carry. It’s reliable, tough, and easily concealed (at 6.26 inches long,) with more than adequate knockdown power in a self-defense scenario. The slim profile and 17.95ounce weight combined with smooth trigger action and drop safety (Safe Action,) make this an exceptional choice for women. Omaha Outdoors offers the Glock 43 in a chic shade of Vera Blue (aka Tiffany Blue) with a Satin Aluminum cerakote slide so that women can arm themselves with both firepower and style.
If you are aiming to purchase the perfect concealed carry pistol that is “female friendly,” be assured that a woman armed with one of these top defensive pistols, and possessing knowledge and training in firearm self-defense, is a force no assailant wants to contend with.
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