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Forget expensive jewelry and shoes; invest in these bad boys instead. These are the best guns for women to use and protect themselves with!

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Self-Defense Handguns for Women

Women must have something to defend themselves with, especially if they're living alone. Since threats are always lurking around the corner, there are instances when a stun gun or an airsoft gun may not be enough.

It's good to know there are firearms that women can easily work with. Check out the best female gun reviews below and decide what's best for your lady shooter.


1. Springfield Armory 1911

If you are looking for a gun for home defense purposes, the Springfield Armory 1911 can be one of your best picks. Power, accuracy, and convenience—this weapon has it all.

Plus, the weight is manageable, making it easier for women to shoot with precision.

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2. Nighthawk Lady Hawk

9 mm caliber, reduced overall frame circumference, well-contoured magazine—these are only some of the features that make Nighthawk Lady Hawk the best gun for women. In fact, it was designed with great consideration for what women want and need.

So if you are creating a wish list, you may want to include this.

3. Kel-Tec P3AT

This semi-automatic, lock-bridged pistol is so easy to carry around, you won’t have problems trying to hide it under your clothes. While it may be small at first glance, you will definitely find it easy to manipulate, especially with its laser feature.

The Kel-Tec P3AT is definitely one of the best small handguns for women to conceal.

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4. Ruger SR9c

One of the main reasons why this is a top pick for women is its weight of just around 24 ounces. Likewise, the grip is really slim, making it convenient for any woman to use.

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5. Ruger LCP

If you want to start with the basics, you can buy a Ruger LCP, which is commonly known as a small pistol. While a lot of people consider this gun ideal for self-defense because of its .380 ammunition, you can increase its stopping power by buying special self-defense rounds.

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6. Kel-Tec PMR-30

If you are looking for a gun that is both accurate and lightweight, the Kel-Tec PMR-30 won’t let you down. While it may be difficult for some women to pull a trigger, this gun can absolutely help you shoot accurately even if you are a newbie.

7. Charter Arms Pink Lady Undercover Lite

It may look like a bad product and a cliché to find a pink gun on the list of the best weapons for women, but if you want to maintain that femininity while making sure you are protected, this gun is perfect. This .38 special only weighs 12 ounces, and you will definitely fall in love with its precision.

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8. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

If for you, a strong stopping power combined with a manageable recoil are the components of a perfect lady gun, you’ll surely love the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. This Smith and Wesson women's gun is only 6 inches and about 19 ounces in weight.


Would you like to see more of the best guns for females? Check out this video about the best concealed carry guns for women courtesy of Green Light Shooting:

When it comes to choosing the best gun, it all depends on how comfortable you are with the weapon. The weight and the fit of the gun are all distinguishing factors that can help you decide whether or not that particular gun is perfect for you.

Buying a gun is like buying a piece of clothing—you only buy what best fits you in the most comfortable way. Regardless of gender, choosing the perfect gun for you would be a no-brainer if you already know what you are looking for.

Which gun do you think will be suitable for your lady friend? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  3. SFF900

    May 15, 2021 at 1:01 AM

    I don’t know who came up with this list but it is more like the 8 worst guns for new shooters. Including female’s living alone. I’ll justify that assumption with experienced people don’t need this article to choose their firearm. If you are a new shooter male or female please seek professional training and/or someone you know and trust who is experienced in firearms. The advice in this article is terrible and contradicts itself.

  4. taunya54

    January 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM

    It was also cocked..not good.

  5. Jay Fleisher

    January 14, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    The FNS 9mm is a great gun. Beats the Shield and the baby block. 31/2 inch Barrel makes it the most accurate small handgun I have ever shot

  6. mario romani

    January 9, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Regarding the picture of the Pink Lady from Charter Arms. The way the gun is held guarantees a very painful injury as the hot gases hit the tip of the finger that’s over the cylinder-to-barrel gap. You can actually lose the tip of your finger! Anyone who shoots a revolver should be aware of this danger BEFORE it happens to them. I suggest they do this: (1) fold a paper towel in half; (2) put the “tent” over the gun leaving the muzzle clear; (3) with all fingers safely away from the cylinder-to-barrel gap, fire the gun in a safe direction. The paper towel will literally explode into small pieces! Be safe…not sorry.

  7. Ken Cooley

    December 9, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Most of the women I know prefer a revolver vs a automatic. Simply because the slides are sometimes more difficult to cock for most women. For those who don’t have good strength in their hands it’s easier to pick up a revolver, and pull the trigger. For me as a male, I have over 12 handguns with 90 % of them being automatics.

  8. wiredog

    December 8, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    This list is ridiculous, not just for women but for any home defense purpose. Seven out of 8 are semi-autos?!?! Who in their right mind thinks any semi-auto is the right choice when your life is on the line and you may only get one chance to pull the trigger? A double action revolver is the only sensible self defense handgun for the emotionally charged emergency situation when it has to be done right the first time and failure is not an option. No wondering if a round is in the chamber, no pulling the slide just to be sure, no feed jam or ejection snag. Sure, if you are a marksmen(woman?) that hits the range weekly and can disassemble and reassemble your semi-auto blindfolded, load a mag and chamber a round in less than a second and take remedial action in a jam without freezing you’re set with any of the great weapons in this article. If you’re a novice that just wants to protect yourself, your family and your property you need a point and shoot weapon that’s going to fire when you click off the safety and pull the trigger.

  9. Safety First

    November 29, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    Regarding the picture of the lady holding a gun at the top of the page: for Pete’s sake ma’am, please keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Thank you.

  10. A. G. T. Jr.

    November 16, 2017 at 12:09 AM

    The 1911-type pistols are okay especially for ladies with short fingers. The trigger of the 1911s is not too forward. My wife handles well the S&W Lady Smith and as an alternative choice and back-up gun, she likes another S&W revolver. The .32 caliber.

  11. BarbedStar

    November 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    As a little, 70 year ‘ol lady, gramma, mule rider…not ready for blue hair and polyester pants.. I have to add my 2 bits. I have carried the Ruger SP101 357 stainless revolver since it came out…the stubby. It has saved my life from men and bears with the self defense rounds…in city double breakin at Moms home and my woodland home with lots of bears. Great hand fit, sturdy, not hard to shoot, easy care and simple to use. Have both the stubby and the newer 4.2 barrel. Am never without one of them…even at night the stubby sleeps with me.

  12. OldProfessor

    November 15, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    I don’t know many older women that can handle a 45 or 10mm gun. The only choice for me ( a 91 year old man) is the Kimber Micro Carry 380, with self defense ammo. I used to shoot a lot but my wrists are weaker now

  13. Vilkus

    November 15, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    I am a fan of the Sig SP2022 in 9mm.
    Also I would think a basic carbine like a Hi-Point 995TS would be a good choice and easy to use.

  14. JE Jeffries

    May 24, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    I think that these compact handguns for “women” are totally inappropriate for most. Yes, they are easy to carry. Yes they are horrible for recoil or control with any decently powerful round. If they are uncomfortable to shoot, most women will never put in the time with these guns to become proficient.

    The thing is, most women don’t need a compact gun to conceal – that is more of a man problem. You can almost hide a shotgun in some women’s purses. I’ve carried a model 686 and a full sized 10mm with no problems concealing. Both of these are normally considered cannons, but neither recoil near as badly as a compact 9mm+.

    • David T.

      November 15, 2017 at 1:18 PM

      If a person (male or female) doesn’t want to deal with the hassles of taking apart a semi auto gun to clean, they can always get a snub nose .38 or .32. It will still do the trick and not be overpowering when in use. Easy to clean. No real recoil to worry about, either.

  15. yokosuka finegold

    May 16, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    never buy a keltek or ruger lcp
    take somthing good like glock 43 or beretta m9a3 or some sig
    you dont want to stand against a terorist or criminal with a broken gun

    • David T.

      November 15, 2017 at 9:43 AM

      As a guy, I am very pleased with my Glock 43. Reliable and my 115 grain Gold Dot hollow points will do the trick. I do have a Ruger, but it is a GP100 revolver.

    • Leslie

      November 16, 2017 at 7:44 AM

      I have two glocks – one a glock 22 and one glock 17 and both are great guns but I also own a keltec 3AT and a Ruger LCP and both of them are great as well. I carry my LCP daily and my 3AT on occasion. I have put several boxes of ammo thru these two and have never had a problem. Just because a firearm is inexpensive does not mean it is cheap.

  16. Bevin Chu

    April 28, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    Pretty good recommendations.
    I would add the Glock 43, an excellent subcompact 9mm pistol.

  17. Jim

    October 14, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Sorry but I cannot recommend these firearms with the exception of the revolver and I believe that there are much better choices for that than a Charter Arms!
    Unless the lady practices often than I cannot recommend a Semi-auto. If she does and is or becomes a dedicated shooter then the M&P is a good choice as is the XDs both in 9mm. Otherwise I am a huge fan of a lady using a revolver such as a S&W in 357 cal. and also she can use .38 Spl. for practice. A Taurus Judge loaded with 410ga is also a hard hitting firearm. I would also highly recommend that her firearm have a laser installed. Not only does it help her aim, but also it is a hell of an intimidation factor against the bad guy.

  18. garyjeffbiker

    September 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    LC9, with a “Crimson Trace”, IS, the way to go.!

  19. garyjeffbiker

    September 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    SCREW the GLOCK…. There are so many Good, if not Better, than an Unsafe Glock, in a Beginners life. Too much advertisement. I’ll take my Beretta, or, even my Ruger, Over it.

  20. Barantos of ReCon

    August 30, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Not a single glock on here or XD. I have my doubts on the selection process of these.

  21. QJay

    August 25, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    The author’s name is Aileen, and my wife happens to be a fan of several of those guns. The 1911 is her favorite for fit, and her preference for home defense. I’d say the lady who wrote this article has a lot correct; I wouldn’t agree with every choice as “the best” but these are all solid choices.

    • Elizabeth Mcpherson

      October 14, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      I am a small woman w/ small hands ….I absolutely love my Walther PK380…with hollow points, of course….check it out, Ladies…feels great…not too heavy …just right. I for one do not like lasers, they scream “here I am”!

  22. carpkiller

    August 7, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    If a woman did not write this also than it can not be all true.

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