Women have issues.
Yes we do. No... not those.
We have some serious issues as gun owners.. Things that make it uniquely difficult for women to simply buy a gun and jump in to gun ownership. Here are a few of them. Perhaps you can relate or better yet - perhaps you can help.
The Fact: Women think and act differently than men.
The Problem: Boys are raised to play rough, to be tough and to grow up to be the provider and protector. Girls are raised to be gentle and sweet and to nurture their husbands and families. Women today, more than ever before have been placed in the position of being the protector. The protector of themselves, their families and their homes. More women are working out of the home, are single and are the heads of households.
The solution: Women must be given the information they need to begin to change their thinking. Its complicated for women, it's difficult to change the way they view their role in their personal protection and to get over the hurdles of fear. To effectively “assume” this new role, the men in our lives, instructors and gun dealers need to understand this and have the information we need as women and to communicate it effectively.
The Fact: Carrying a concealed gun is really hard to do as a woman.
The Problem: Women have curves - lot’s of them in lots of different places that create all sorts of issues. We also wear a variety of different clothing, most of which lack a belt or firm waistband.
The Solution: Women need holsters that are designed for all of those curves and the issues they create. As well as holsters that offer variety in the places where they can be carried. Holster manufacturers need to stay creative and let the curves dictate.
The Fact: Women need firepower that they can handle that will do the job.
The Problem: Women’s hands are smaller and have less strength than a mans. Finding a firearm that we can wrap our hands around, reach all of the controls, rack the slide (on a semi-auto) handle the recoil and shoot safely is tough without giving up stopping power.
The Solution: More higher caliber firearm options, with grips a woman can get her hands around, with manageable and reachable controls and minimal recoil.
You see, we have big problems as women shooters, which naturally require big solutions. More and more women are getting into the "business" of guns and accessories and I am seeing a greater desire to meet the needs of the female shooter from all sides of the industry, which is very encouraging.
Keep it up guys, your ladies are waiting.
Those other issues? Well, we will deal with them another day.