Concealed Carry Guns for Women

The Best Concealed Carry Guns for Women

Written by Mark Buff, GunZee founder and CEO.

Women have special considerations when it comes to concealed carry. It’s stating the obvious, but women have different body shapes than men, and they often dress differently, which can affect their ability to carry and conceal a firearm. 

The average woman has smaller hands than the average man, meaning they need a pistol that’s sized differently. Finally, women may have less experience with firearms and can be more sensitive to recoil.

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Glock 42

S&W M&P Shield EZ

Sig Sauer P238

Ruger LCP II

Ruger LCR

Springfield XD-S

Walther CCP

Beretta Nano

Kahr CW380

Sig Sauer P365

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Some of the most common concerns women have while selecting a concealed carry firearm include the following:

  1. Concealability. Because women's clothing is often more form-fitting, concealing a firearm can be more challenging.
  2. Size and weight. On average, women have smaller frames and less upper body strength than men, so a gun that is too heavy or bulky can be difficult to handle.
  3. Recoil management. Because of point #2, women are often more sensitive to recoil.
  4. Hand size. Because women's hands are typically smaller than men's, a gun with an overly large grip can be difficult to hold and control.
  5. Ease of use. Women may have less experience with guns and often prefer a firearm that is simple to operate and maintain.
  6. Holster compatibility. Women often carry differently than men, due to differences in body shape and clothing fit. They may have specific holster needs that men don’t.
  7. Aesthetics. Women often prioritize style and appearance more than men, making them gravitate toward guns that offer customization options or meet specific style criteria.

Ultimately, the best CCW handgun for a woman is the one she’ll actually wear. As one redditor puts it, “I figure a gun I carry all the time (that is comfortable and easy to carry) will be a better self defense weapon than a gun I never carry because it’s harder to hide or just more work to conceal.” If it’s sitting in the gun safe because it’s too bulky or uncomfortable, it’s not going to protect you. 

With the above factors in mind, here are some of the most popular CCW guns among women. 

Glock 42

Glock 42

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If you're looking for a trusty sidearm for concealed carry, consider the Glock 42: a reliable partner in self-defense that's comfortable on the grip, but tough when it counts. The Glock 42 (G42) is like a guardian angel with a purpose, always prepared to protect and serve.

With its slim, single-stack design, the G42 is well-suited for those with smaller hands—making it an excellent option for women's concealed carry. Chambered in the manageable .380 Auto, this firearm provides modest recoil, allowing you to hold your ground without hesitation.

Weighing a mere 13.76 ounces, it's no heavier than a couple of apples in your purse. And with an overall length of 5.94 inches, the G42 is about as long as a dollar bill—easily slipping into a concealed carry holster or handbag like it belongs there.

But don't underestimate its petite size: the Glock 42's got the dependability and accuracy of its larger counterparts. Some may fault it’s lower capacity (6+1), but that’s the price you pay sometimes for compactness. 

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6+1 rounds
  • Weight: 13.76 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 5.94 in
  • Height: 4.13 in
  • Width: 0.94 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.25 in

42 Advantages

  • Compact and lightweight design 
  • Simple to operate and maintain
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Comfortable grip and good and trigger pull
  • High-quality materials and construction

42 Disadvantages

  • Low magazine capacity in comparison to other models
  • Limited customization options

42 History

The Glock 42 was released in 2014 as a smaller, lighter version of the popular Glock 43. It was made to be hidden, and it was designed for people with smaller frames who might have trouble carrying bigger guns. The 42 is the first Glock model to include a single-stack magazine, which contributes to the gun's slim profile and ease of concealment.

Other Relevant Details

The Glock 42 is built with the same high-quality materials and construction as other Glock firearms, such as a polymer frame and Tenifer coating on the slide and barrel for durability and corrosion resistance. Also included is Glock's Safe Action System, which is made up of three passive safety features that help stop accidental firing. 

Glock 42 User Reviews

One reviewer on Cabela’s was particularly impressed with the 42’s accuracy.

Glock 42 owner “Charlotte” reviewed the gun over on The Well Armed Woman website and loved the low recoil. Her “hand injury caused pain when practicing with other guns,” but the 42 was really manageable. 

Another reviewer, “Jami,” agreed. “Feels like it was custom made for my hand,” she noted, adding that “Racking the slide is very easy, especially with a little practice,” and “trigger pull is great! Not too long, but not too short.” She also praised the low recoil.

This redditor likes both the Shield (see below) and the Glock 42.

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Smith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ

When it comes to the Shield EZ, the first thing that jumps out is its compact design. It's easy to carry around without announcing its presence to the world.

We can't ignore the user-friendly slide operation. It's as if the folks at Smith & Wesson took inspiration from an easy-open jar lid, ensuring that even those with less hand strength can handle it without breaking a sweat.

The trigger pull is consistent and dependable, like that one friend who always shows up on time. With the M&P Shield EZ, you can trust your shots to be accurate when it matters most.

The choice of 9mm or .380 ACP gives options, though many women opt for the .380.. Women can appreciate the balance between stopping power and manageable recoil, making the M&P Shield EZ a comfortable and reliable companion.

And let's not forget the grip safety, an added layer of protection that ensures the gun only fires when it's supposed to.

  • Caliber: 9mm or .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 8+1 rounds
  • Weight: 18.5 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 6.7 in
  • Height: 4.8 in
  • Width: 1 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.675 in

Shield EZ Advantages

  • Easy to rack slide and load magazine
  • Comfortable grip
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Comfortable trigger pull and reset
  • High-visibility sights

Shield EZ Disadvantages

  • Larger size than some competitors, may be more difficult to conceal
  • Limited customization options

Shield EZ History

The Smith & Wesson Shield EZ, a variation of the popular M&P Shield line, was introduced in 2018. It was made to be easy to use and take care of, with features like a slide that is easy to rack, a loaded chamber indicator, and a simple way to take it apart. The M&P Shield EZ is designed for women and the elderly, who may have difficulty operating larger guns.

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Shield EZ has a polymer frame and a stainless steel slide. It also has an ambidextrous manual safety and a reversible magazine release for shooters who are left-handed. 

Shield EZ User Reviews

Generally, users commend the Shield EZ for its easy slide rack and how smooth it is to shoot.

User Debbie Whittenberg (over on The Well Armed Woman) prefers the 9mm version, but has high praise for the Shield EZ in general.

This YouTube commenter also vouches for the gun.

A vote for the Shield EZ .380 ACP.

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Sig Sauer P238

Sig Sauer P238

Sig Sauer P238. Image source:

The Sig Sauer P238 has become a top pick for women’s CCW. 

Starting with the basics, the P238's compactness is a key attribute. Like a well-crafted haiku, it's small yet powerful. This neat size works for petite hands and makes for easy concealment, whether nestled in a purse, veiled beneath an outfit, or snug in a concealed carry holster.

A noteworthy aspect of the P238 is its manageable recoil. Recoil can be a deal-breaker for newcomers to the world of firearms, as a fierce kick might lead to discomfort or loss of control. But the P238's recoil is more like a gentle nudge, making it easy for shooters to keep their aim without feeling too much pressure.

Reliability is another feather in the P238's cap. Sig Sauer is no stranger to crafting dependable firearms, and this pistol is no exception. Its single-action design delivers a clean, crisp trigger pull, and the P238 stands its ground in various conditions, giving users the confidence they need in crucial moments.

Despite these appealing factors, the P238 has a price that could be a hard pill to swallow for those on a tight budget. Also, the pistol's small capacity of 6+1 rounds falls well short of some of its competitors in the concealed carry field.

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6+1 rounds
  • Weight: 15.2 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 5.5 in
  • Height: 3.9 in
  • Width: 1.1 in
  • Barrel Length: 2.7 in

P238 Advantages

  • Compact and lightweight design for easy concealment
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Comfortable grip and trigger pull
  • Available in a variety of finishes and styles
  • High-quality construction and materials

P238 Disadvantages

  • Low magazine capacity compared to other models
  • Higher recoil than larger models
  • Higher pricepoint than some competitors
  • Limited customization options

P238 History

In 2009, the Sig Sauer P238 was released as a smaller and lighter alternative to the popular Sig Sauer P938. It was made to be carried concealed and was designed for people with smaller frames who might have trouble concealing bigger guns.

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Sig Sauer P238 has a stainless steel slide and a lightweight alloy frame. It also comes with Sig Sauer's patented X-Ray night sights for easy targeting in low-light situations. 

P238 User Reviews

YouTuber and gun enthusiast Darlene Sutinen did a fantastic review of the P238 and especially praised its sleek appearance, easy slide rack, and smooth trigger pull.

Many users, such as this YouTube commenter, love the P238 as an everyday carry.

Ruger LCP II

The Ruger LCP II is another common women's CCW choice. 

When it comes to size, the LCP II is a real winner. Much like a trusty pocketknife, it's compact and easy to handle. This is a boon for folks with smaller hands and allows for effortless concealment, whether tucked away in a purse, discreetly hidden under clothing, or nestled in an IWB holster.

The LCP II has a manageable recoil. Reliability is another cornerstone of the LCP II's appeal. Ruger is a brand name that is always associated with quality and dependability. This pistol has a crisp, short, and audible reset trigger. 

However, the LCP II has a few drawbacks. Its sights, while serviceable, might be considered somewhat rudimentary by seasoned shooters. This simplicity could pose a challenge for some when aiming quickly and accurately. Additionally, the LCP II's 6+1 capacity is on the modest side compared to other concealed carry options.

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6+1 rounds
  • Weight: 10.6 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 5.17 in
  • Height: 3.71 in
  • Width: 0.91 in
  • Barrel Length: 2.75 in

LCP II Advantages

  • Extremely lightweight and easy to carry
  • Compact size for easy concealment
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Easy-to-use slide lock and magazine release
  • Affordable price point

LCP II Disadvantages

  • Limited customization options
  • Small size may be difficult to grip for some individuals
  • Low magazine capacity compared to other models

LCP II History

The Ruger LCP II, an update to the popular Ruger LCP line, was released in 2016. It was created to address some of the shortcomings of the original LCP, such as a difficult-to-use slide lock and a poor trigger pull. For improved control, the LCP II has a redesigned trigger system and slide lock, as well as an improved grip texture.

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Ruger LCP II has a hardened alloy steel slide and a glass-filled nylon frame. It also has a fixed front and rear sight for accurate targeting. 

LCP II User Reviews

This reviewer over on Well Armed Women loves how the LCP II “fits in the hold hand, grip is perfect, the trigger with safety is so simple to use,” and also how the “recoil is slight.” 

This Cabela's reviewer likes the LCP II for its accuracy.

Another user from Well Armed Women, Deborrah, says the LCP II is a “perfect fit for most women. I have small hands.” 

Ruger LCR

Ruger LCR

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The Ruger LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) is a snub-nosed wheelgun that has earned its place in discussions about women's CCW firearms. The LCR's compact design is perfect for discreet carry, much like a well-hidden ace up your sleeve. 

Its manageable recoil is ideal for those new to shooting or sensitive to harsher kicks. Ruger's reputation for reliability carries through to the LCR, ensuring confidence in self-defense situations.

However, the LCR's 5-round capacity might fall short for some, and its sights could pose challenges for quick target acquisition. Ultimately, the Ruger LCR's suitability as a woman's CCW firearm hinges on individual preferences and protection needs.

The LCR is chambered in various calibers such as .22 LR, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, and 9mm, though the .38 special is the most popular among female CCW enthusiasts.

  • Caliber: .22 LR, .38 Special,  or .357 Magnum
  • Capacity: 5 rounds
  • Weight: 13.5 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 6.5 in
  • Height: 4.5 in
  • Width: 1.28 in
  • Barrel Length: 1.87 in

LCR Advantages

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Compact size for easy concealment
  • Simple and reliable design
  • Easy-to-use and clean
  • Available in a variety of finishes and styles

LCR Disadvantages

  • Limited ammunition capacity compared to competitors
  • May be more difficult to shoot accurately for some individuals
  • Limited customization options

LCR History

The Ruger LCR revolver came out in 2009 as a small, lightweight gun that was made to be carried in a pocket. It has a polymer frame and a special cam system that reduces friction, makes the trigger pull better, and reduces recoil. The Ruger LCR has received widespread acclaim for its dependability and simplicity.

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Ruger LCR has a polymer frame and a stainless steel cylinder. A fiber-optic front sight is also included for easy targeting in low-light conditions. 

LCR User Reviews

One reviewer from Well Armed Women loves how ambidextrous the gun is but dinged the .38 special model for having a bit too much recoil. Admittedly, she has a medical condition that makes her more sensitive than the average female shooter, so there’s that.

Youtube channel Sootch00 reviewed the LCR and loved its easy reload feature. 

Springfield Armory XD-S

The Springfield XD-S is a popular single-stack CCW pistol. Its slender design is tailor-made for discreet carry. Its grip safety and fiber-optic front sight promote confident handling and quick target acquisition. Springfield Armory's legacy of crafting dependable firearms extends to the XD-S, providing assurance in self-defense situations.

On the flip side, some may find the XD-S's recoil to be slightly more pronounced, which could be a concern for inexperienced or recoil-sensitive shooters. Additionally, its capacity—7+1 for the 9mm version—may be limiting for those seeking higher round counts. 

The XD-S is available in several calibers, including 9mm,.40 S&W, and.45 ACP, with the 9mm version being the most popular with female shooters.

  • Caliber: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP
  • Capacity: 7 or 9 rounds (depending on magazine)
  • Weight: 21.5 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 6.5 in
  • Height: 4.4 in
  • Width: 0.9 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.3 in

XD-S Advantages

  • Slim and lightweight design for easy concealment
  • Available in two popular calibers
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Multiple safety features, including grip safety and loaded chamber indicator
  • Good grip texture for better control

XD-S Disadvantages

  • Not available in .380 ACP
  • Higher recoil than many .380 caliber competitors
  • Limited customization options
  • Higher price point compared to other guns

XD-S History

The Springfield Armory XD-S was introduced in 2012 as a slimmer and lighter version of the popular XD pistol line. It was created to address some of the shortcomings of the original XD line, such as its bulky size, which made it difficult to conceal. For added security, the XD-S has a unique grip safety and a loaded chamber indicator.

Other Relevant Details

A fiber optic front sight and a low-profile rear sight are also included for easy targeting. 

XD-S User Reviews

Lacee from Well Armed Women enjoys how well the XD-S fits in her hand. She can use the mag release without losing her grip.

Another WAW user, Carol, loves the XD-S for its accuracy.

Walther CCP

The Walther CCP (Concealed Carry Pistol) is a semi-automatic pistol that is small and light. With a slim and ergonomic design, the CCP is well-suited for discreet carry. 

Walther's renowned reputation for quality firearms is evident in the CCP. Its Softcoil gas-delayed blowback system reduces recoil by a lot, making it easier for new shooters or people who are sensitive to recoil to use. The Softcoil system captures gas pressure from the fired cartridge, delaying the rearward motion of the slide and reducing felt recoil. 

The CCP is chambered in 9mm and .380 ACP.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 8 rounds
  • Weight: 22.3 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 6.4 in
  • Height: 5.12 in
  • Width: 1.18 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.54 in

CCP Advantages

  • Lightweight and compact design for easy concealment
  • Softcoil gas technology reduces recoil for easier shooting
  • Ergonomic grip for comfortable handling
  • Adjustable rear sight for personalized targeting
  • Low profile slide release and takedown lever for easy use

CCP Disadvantages

  • Limited aftermarket customization options
  • Higher price point compared to some competitors
  • Limited capacity compared to some guns

CCP History

The Walther CCP is made by renowned German firearms manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen. Walther has been producing innovative and high-quality firearms since its inception in 1886. The CCP was introduced to the market in 2014 to offer a compact, easy-to-conceal, and user-friendly option for personal protection.

The CCP's most distinguishing feature is its Softcoil gas-delayed blowback system, which is derived from the Heckler & Koch P7 design, which also uses gas-delayed blowback to manage recoil. This allows for improved control and more comfortable shooting, even for those who are sensitive to recoil.

Over the years, the CCP has undergone refinements to address customer feedback and improve performance. In 2018, Walther introduced the CCP M2, which features an enhanced tool-less takedown method, making disassembly and maintenance easier.

Other Relevant Details

The Walther CCP has a low-profile slide release and takedown lever for convenience. While there are few aftermarket customization options, the CCP is well-suited for personal defense.

CCP User Reviews

Liz, a member of the Well Armed Women community, is a big fan of the CCP’s grip and fit. 

Barbara, a reviewer for Women’s Outdoor News, likes how "the pistol's slide is easier to retract than the majority of other 9mm semi-auto guns out there" due to the lighter recoil spring. She also praised how the grip texture is “not overly aggressive.”

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Beretta Nano

The Beretta Nano is a striker-fired 9mm semiauto with a slender profile. It is designed for easy concealment, making it an appealing choice for those seeking discretion. Its snag-free design eliminates potential obstacles during draw.

The Nano's manageable recoil offers a comfortable shooting experience. This attribute is particularly valuable for those who are new to firearms or sensitive to more vigorous recoil. As a product of Beretta, a well-known Italian gunmaker with a long history, the Nano gives you a lot of trust and reliability when you need to defend yourself.

Customization is a strong suit of the Nano. The modular design lets users swap out frames to make the fit more comfortable and to fit different hand sizes and grip preferences. This adaptability is an attractive feature for women, as it lets you set up for a secure and comfortable hold.

The Nano's 6+1 capacity might be a limitation for some, and its sights could be considered somewhat basic. 

The Nano has a double-action trigger system for a smooth and consistent trigger pull. 

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 6 or 8 rounds (depending on magazine)
  • Weight: 17.67 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 5.63 in
  • Height: 4.17 in
  • Width: 0.9 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.07 in

Nano Advantages

  • Small and lightweight design for easy concealment
  • Striker-fired action for consistent trigger pull
  • Modular design allows for customizable grips
  • Durable construction with stainless steel slide and polymer frame
  • Good accuracy and reliability
  • Double-action trigger system for a smooth and consistent trigger pull

Nano Disadvantages

  • Limited capacity compared to some competitors (6+1)
  • Trigger may be too long for some individuals
  • Not as comfortable to shoot as other models
  • Limited aftermarket customization options

Nano History

The Beretta Nano was introduced in 2011 and discontinued in 2019. It was Beretta's first striker-fired pistol, with a modular design that allowed for customizable grips. 

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Beretta Nano has a stainless steel slide and a polymer frame. It also has a low-profile, snag-free design that makes it easy to conceal.

Nano User Reviews

A Well Armed Women reviewer raved about the grip, sighting, and ease of breakdown. "Fits perfect in my hand. The trigger pull is very long and tight, but there is no safety, so it was made to be this way. This gun is not going to fire unless you intend it to. I like the 3 dot sights. I have no difficulty racking the slide. Gun is easy to disassemble and clean."

YouTuber FateofDestinee appreciates the Nano’s black nitride coating and concealability under the tight clothes that she wears. 

Here’s a female customer who loves the Nano for its accuracy, slide, and size.

Kahr CW380

The Kahr CW380 is a reliable semi-automatic pistol chambered in .380 ACP. 

The CW380's petite dimensions make it an excellent choice for discreet carry. One of its notable features is its smooth, consistent double-action trigger pull. This can be advantageous for those who appreciate it; however, the long trigger pull can require a bit of acclimation and some don’t prefer it.

The CW380's compact size, smooth trigger, and reputable manufacturer are strong selling points, while its caliber, capacity, and long trigger pull may sway the decision for some.

  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Capacity: 6 rounds
  • Weight: 10.2 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 4.96 in
  • Height: 3.9 in
  • Width: 0.75 in
  • Barrel Length: 2.58 in

CW380 Advantages

  • Small and lightweight design for easy concealment
  • Low profile and snag-free design for easy draw
  • Smooth double action only trigger
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Good quality

CW380 Disadvantages

  • Lower capacity than other microcompacts
  • Trigger pull may be too long for some individuals
  • Limited aftermarket customization options

CW380 History

Justin Moon founded Kahr Arms back in 1995. This American firearms manufacturer has honed the art of crafting slim, single-stack handguns. Born in 2013, the CW380 joined Kahr's value series. With a design that makes it easy to carry and reliable to use, the CW380 has made its mark in the growing number of CCW options.

Other Relevant Details

The Kahr CW380 has a stainless steel slide and a black polymer frame. It also has a smooth double-action trigger as well as a low-profile, snag-free design for easy carry and drawing. Even though the CW380's capacity is small, its small size and light weight make it a great choice for people who want to carry a gun quietly and comfortably.

CW380 User Reviews

According to an NRA Women's review, "the CW380 is one of the better pocket-sized options for two reasons. This pistol’s action is of the locked-breech variety, which slows the movement of the slide to help manage recoil.”

This redditor gives the CW380 high marks as a pocket carry.

Sig Sauer P365

The Sig Sauer P365 is a striker-fired, double-stack semiauto. Its discreet size makes for easy concealment, while its impressive 10+1 capacity in 9mm offers ample firepower. The P365's manageable recoil and ergonomic grip design cater to a variety of hand sizes.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10+1 (standard) or 12+1 (extended)
  • Weight: 17.8 oz (unloaded)
  • Length: 5.8 in
  • Height: 4.3 in
  • Width: 1.0 in
  • Barrel Length: 3.1 in

P365 Advantages

  • High capacity magazine for a gun of its size
  • Lightweight and compact design for easy carry and concealment
  • Accurate and reliable performance
  • Comfortable grip and good ergonomics
  • Good trigger 

P365 Disadvantages

  • Slightly more expensive than some other options
  • Limited customization options
  • Much stiffer slide than competitors
  • Double-stack design makes it slightly thicker than some single-stack competitors

P365 History

The Sig Sauer P365 was introduced in 2018. It quickly became popular in the CCW community for its performance and high capacity. Sig Sauer followed the 365 in 2019 with the 365XL, an extended version with an extended grip frame, increased 12+1 capacity, and a longer slide with an optic-ready cut for red dot sights.

Other Relevant Details

For durability and corrosion resistance, the Sig Sauer P365 has a polymer frame and a stainless steel slide. It also has a responsive trigger and a comfortable grip for easy handling and shooting. 

P365 User Reviews

Over on Pew Pew Tactical, commenter Jacki Billings recommends the P365 (along with the  Hellcat) as a top pick for ladies with small hands.

On the same thread, another user recommends the following technique for racking the P365’s slide, which is much stiffer than competitors like the Shield EZ: hold the pistol close to the chest by its slide, then push the gun forward (instead of pulling the slide back).

Best Concealed Carry for Women of all Body Types

Concealed carry can be difficult for anyone, regardless of body type. Finding the right concealed carry method that is both comfortable and effective can be especially difficult for women. Women come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from thin to average to heavy, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for concealed carry.

We’ve given some tips for women of all body types to feel comfortable carrying a handgun.

Thin Body Type

Here are some reasons why a thin woman may have issues with concealed carry:

  • Clothing options. Thin women frequently wear form-fitting clothing, which can make concealing a firearm difficult. Although loose clothing is more effective, it can be unflattering and may not match your personal style.
  • Limited space. A thin woman has less surface area and may lack sufficient body space to conceal a firearm, particularly if she is carrying a larger gun or multiple accessories.
  • Comfort. Thin women may have bony hips or rib cages that make carrying a firearm in certain positions uncomfortable, especially if they are carrying for extended periods of time.
  • Accessibility. A thin woman may have difficulty quickly accessing her firearm if it is not placed in a convenient and accessible location.
  • Concerns about printing. Thin women may be more concerned about printing (when the outline of the firearm can be seen through clothing) than larger women. This can limit the types of clothing they feel comfortable wearing while carrying.

Here are some tips specifically for thin women on how to successfully carry a firearm:

  1. Look for a high-quality, adjustable holster. The right holster is essential for successful concealed carry. Look for a high-quality adjustable holster to find the best fit for your body type. Holsters with multiple attachment points, such as those that attach to the waistband or the bra, can be especially beneficial for thin women.
  2. Choose a smaller gun. Thin women may have less space to conceal a larger firearm, so consider a smaller, easier-to-conceal firearm. Smaller guns, such as the LCP, or M&P Shield EZ, can be an excellent choice.
  3. Experiment with different carrying positions. Thin women may need to try out various carrying positions to find the most comfortable and effective option. Consider carrying a purse or bag in the small of your back, appendix carry, or even off-body carry.
  4. Sport layered attire. Layered garments can aid in concealing a firearm effectively. Don a shirt, jacket, or pullover atop a roomier shirt to help disrupt the firearm's silhouette.
  5. Steer clear of form-fitting clothes. Tight apparel can complicate firearm concealment. Choose more relaxed clothing instead, like a billowy blouse or a spacious cardigan.
  6. Ponder a thigh holster. A thigh holster is a splendid option for slim women, as it helps distribute the firearm's weight evenly across the body. Select a holster that is both cozy and secure.
  7. Practice routinely. Consistent practice is vital for triumphant concealed carry, irrespective of body type. Dedicate time at the range honing your draw and shooting skills, and if feasible, enroll in a concealed carry training course.

One redditor recommends the Flashbang Bra for thin women who are “well-endowed in the chest region.”

Average Body Type

Here are some reasons why a woman with an average body type may have issues with concealed carry:

  • Limited clothing options. Women with average body types may have fewer clothing options for concealed carry. Clothing that is too tight or too loose can make concealing a firearm difficult, so finding the right fit can be difficult.
  • Carrying inside the waistband can be uncomfortable, especially for those with curvier figures. This can make it difficult to find a holster that is both comfortable and secure.
  • Limited carrying positions. Women with average body types may find that certain carrying positions are uncomfortable or impractical, especially if they have a larger bust or hips.
  • Need for regular adjustments. To ensure effective concealed carry, women with average body types may need to make regular adjustments to their holster or clothing throughout the day. This can be time-consuming and inconvenient.

Let’s look at some tips for an average body type:

  1. Look for a versatile holster. A versatile holster that can be adjusted to fit your body type is essential for successful concealed carry. Holsters that can be worn in a variety of positions, such as those that attach to the waistband or bra, can be especially beneficial for women with average body types.
  2. Choose a mid-sized gun. A mid-sized gun, such as the Glock G19 or the Sig Sauer P320, can be a good option for women with average body types. These guns are easier to conceal than larger firearms but have more firepower than their microcompact counterparts.
  3. Consider a hybrid holster. Hybrid holsters, which combine the comfort of leather with the durability of Kydex or other materials, can be a good option for women with average body types. These holsters are easy to wear for long periods of time and can be adjusted to fit your body type.
  4. Wear fitted but not tight clothing. Clothing that is too loose can be unflattering, while too tight clothes can print too much. Choose clothing that is just right, such as a tailored blouse or a fitted blazer. 
  5. Experiment with different carrying positions. Women with average body types may need to try out various carrying positions to find the most comfortable and effective option. Consider carrying in the small of the back, appendix carry, or even off-body carry with a purse or bag.
  6. Use a quality gun belt. A high-quality gun belt is required for concealed carry. Choose a belt that is both sturdy and comfortable, as well as one that can support the weight of your firearm.

One redditor has great advice: try a lot of carry positions and styles, from IWB to bra, to find what works for you.

Heavy Body Type

Here are some of the reasons why a woman with a heavy body type might have problems carrying a concealed weapon:

  • Carrying on the waistband can be uncomfortable. For women with a larger frame, especially around the middle, waistband carry may be unflattering. Because of this, finding a holster that is both functional and comfortable can be challenging.
  • Limited carrying positions. Certain carrying postures, such as appendix carry or small of the back, may not be suitable for women with a bigger build. As a result, your choices for how to carry something may be restricted.
  • Potential for wardrobe malfunctions. It's possible for women with larger frames to have wardrobe malfunctions when concealing a handgun in their waistband, especially if they are overweight. Inconvenience and shame may result from this.
  • Physical limitations. Women with larger frames may find it difficult to rapidly and safely draw a pistol due to physical constraints. 

The following are some pointers for women with heavy body types:

  1. Choose the right holster. Women with larger frames should search for a holster that is both secure and comfortable, and can help to evenly distribute the weight of the gun. Multi-purpose holsters, such as those that may be worn on the belt, the bra, or both, are quite useful.
  2. Choose a smaller gun. Heavier ladies might consider going with a petite firearm, such as the Shield EZ or the LCP II. 
  3. Consider off-body carry. Women with larger frames may benefit from carrying their weapon in a handbag or bag. 
  4. Wear looser clothing. Get a blouse or cardigan with some movement to it that you can tuck the gun into without worrying about printing.
  5. Experiment with different carrying positions. Try IWB, a fanny pack, a shoulder holster, or an ankle holster.
  6. Use a sturdy gun belt. A strong gun belt can hold up with the weight of the gun and provides plenty of support.

Best CCW Calibers for Women

The most popular calibers for ladies are the 9mm and the .380 ACP chambering. Let's look at each.

Pros of .380 for ladies CCW:

  1. Reduced recoil. The .380 ACP generates less recoil, enabling better control and follow-up shots for those with smaller hands or lower hand strength.
  2. Smaller guns. Firearms chambered in .380 ACP tend to be smaller and lighter, making them easier to conceal and carry for extended periods.

Cons of .380 for ladies CCW:

  1. Lower stopping power: The .380 ACP has less stopping power than the 9mm.
  2. Limited ammunition options. .380 ACP offers fewer self-defense ammunition choices compared to the more popular 9mm.

Pros of 9mm for ladies CCW:

  1. Greater stopping power. 9mm rounds offer more stopping power, providing better self-defense capabilities with fewer shots.
  2. Ammunition availability. 9mm is a common caliber, ensuring a wide variety of self-defense ammunition options and better availability.

Cons of 9mm for ladies CCW:

  1. Increased recoil. 9mm generates more recoil, which could affect accuracy and control.
  2. Larger guns. 9mm handguns are typically larger than their .380 ACP counterparts, making them more difficult to conceal and carry comfortably.

This redditor recommends the 9mm on the basis of choice and availability.  

While .40 and .45 are larger than most women prefer, some ladies like them. 

The .40 S&W has more stopping power than the 9mm, but with more recoil. It is not as widely available or as inexpensive as the 9mm.

The.45 ACP is a larger caliber usually found in full-size handguns. It has a high stopping power but a higher recoil. The ammunition is definitely more expensive than 9mm.

Then there’s the S&W .38, a popular caliber for revolvers. It has been in use for over a century and continues to be popular today. The.38 Special has moderate recoil, making it easy for most people to shoot accurately. It is also relatively affordable and widely available.

This user prefers the .38 over 9mm.

A vote for 9mm and .380—and some great advice about safety. 

It is critical to consider your own needs and preferences when selecting the best CCW caliber. Try out different guns at the range, become acquainted with their features and capabilities, and select the one that feels the most comfortable and effective for you.

Don't forget to put safety first, always be a responsible gun owner, and follow all local laws and rules.

Best Handgun for Female Beginners

Picking the right handgun can be hard for anyone, but it can be especially hard for women who are just starting out. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Let’s see some of the best options for female beginner shooters:

  1. Sig Sauer P365. The P365 is a subcompact, striker-fired pistol designed for concealed carry. It's a great choice for beginners due to its user-friendly controls, manageable recoil, and overall ease of use, making it a reliable option for those new to firearms.
  2. Beretta APX Carry. The APX Carry is known for its modular design which allows for customization of the grip size and overall ergonomics, making it a comfortable option for shooters of all hand sizes.
  3. Glock 43. Featuring a low bore axis and crisp trigger, the Glock 43 is designed for effortless use.
  4. Ruger LC9s. The LC9s has a comfortable option for extended periods of wear, while also featuring a smooth trigger pull that aids in accuracy and overall shooting experience. One redditor recommends the Glock 43 and the LC9 for female beginners with small hands. “I have carried both in a corset holster and an inner waist band holster comfortably”.
  5. Walther CCP M2. The CCP M2 features a unique gas-delayed blowback system that reduces felt recoil, and an ergonomic grip that accommodates various hand sizes, making it an excellent option for those who prioritize comfort and controllability.
  6. Glock 19. The 19 a popular, versatile pistol known for its balance of size, capacity, and reliability, making it a go-to choice for both law enforcement and civilian shooters alike, featuring a midsize frame that allows for comfortable shooting and ease of concealment, combined with a high magazine capacity for extended range sessions. 

This user’s wife loves the Glock 19. She also loves Walther and Kimber Micro.

Another vote for the Glock 19 as the best first female handgun. 

  1. Smith & Wesson Model 642. It is a lightweight, double-action revolver designed for concealed carry, known for its simplicity, reliability, and snag-free design, featuring a hammerless, internal-hammer design that eliminates the risk of snags during drawing from a holster or pocket, making it an ideal option for those seeking a dependable and easy-to-use revolver for personal defense.
  2. The Heckler & Koch VP9SK. This is a subcompact, striker-fired pistol known for its ergonomic grip design that accommodates a wide range of hand sizes and its adjustable backstraps, providing a customizable shooting experience, while also featuring a crisp trigger pull and a low recoil, making it a comfortable and accurate option for concealed carry.

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First Handgun For A Petite Woman

Self-defense is something that everyone should think about, regardless of size or gender. Carrying a firearm for personal protection can be especially important for petite women. Unfortunately, criminals often see small women as easy targets, which makes them more likely to be hurt or attacked. Having a gun that is reliable and easy to use can give petite women the confidence they need to protect themselves in dangerous situations.

There are a few key factors a petite woman should consider when buying her first CCW gun:

  • The firearm should be light and easy to handle
  • It should have comfortable grip that fits well in smaller hands
  • It should have smooth and easy to pull trigger
  • The gun should be dependable and simple to maintain
  • The gun should have simple controls and a low risk of malfunction

Let’s see some of the most recommended first handguns for a petite woman:

  1. Glock 19. While the Glock 19 is not designed specifically for petite women, it is a highly versatile and reliable firearm that can be a good choice for those looking for a firearm for personal protection. It has a lightweight and compact design, as well as a comfortable grip that can be adjusted to accommodate smaller hands. Furthermore, the Glock 19 is chambered in 9mm, which provides a good balance of stopping power and manageable recoil, making it an excellent choice for petite women.
  2. S&W M&P 9mm. The M&P 9mm has low recoil, making it easy to handle and shoot accurately, even for petite women or those with less firearms experience. The firearm also has simple and intuitive controls, as well as a trigger with a consistent and smooth pull.
  3. S&W M&P Shield EZ .380. The simple controls, light recoil, and smooth sliding action of this firearm make it ideal for novice shooters. Smaller hands will appreciate the Shield EZ's comfortable grip and its light weight, both of which make it convenient to carry for long periods of time. 
  4. Ruger SR9c. This pistol has a comfortable grip that can be adjusted to accommodate a broad variety of hand sizes, as well as a lightweight and ergonomic design that makes it easy to carry. The SR9c also possesses a trigger pull that is both smooth and consistent, which contributes to the simplicity of use and accuracy of the weapon.
  5. Sig Sauer P238. Everyone, but especially small ladies, would be well-served to have a weapon as dependable as this one for self-defense. It is easy on the hands and has a grip that works well for those with smaller hands. The P238's single-action trigger and light recoil make it a breeze to fire off accurate shots time after time.

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Many redditors, including GoodGuyGlocker, believe that the Glock 19 is the best handgun to start with for a petite woman. “Its simplicity and reliability are great for a new shooter.”

Another vote for the 19. 

Another user also recommends the 19.

This redditor gives her vote for the SR9c. “If you go with the Ruger, I would get the SR9c model because it adds flexibility. You can still use the full size SR9 magazines and even comes with a grip extension sleeve to put on the full size mag.”

Another vote for the SR9c. 

We have a vote for the Sig P238.

Another redditor has four P238s spread across her household and highly recommends it. 

Best Handgun for Elderly Woman

As strength and dexterity may decline with age, elderly women may prioritize firearms that are easy to manipulate, have reduced recoil, and are simple to maintain. Also, things like ergonomics, size, and weight become more important to make sure the gun is easy to carry and use.

Here are some commonly cited top guns for an elderly woman:

  1. Smith & Wesson Model 351C. This is a lightweight and reliable revolver that is chambered in .22 magnum, with low recoil and ease of use. Its small size and lightweight design make it an excellent choice for elderly women who may struggle with larger firearms.
  2. Ruger SR22. This semiauto has a lightweight and ergonomic design, as well as a comfortable grip that can be adjusted to fit a variety of hand sizes. The SR22 is chambered in .22 LR, which is a low-recoil, low-cost cartridge.
  3. Kel-Tec PMR-30. This  .22 magnum semiauto has a lightweight design and a large magazine capacity.
  4. Taurus TH9. This reasonably priced 9mm semi-automatic pistol has a comfortable grip and low recoil, making it simple to control and shoot accurately.
  5. Sig P250. This is a reliable and accurate semi-automatic pistol with a lightweight and ergonomic design,and comfortable grip that is adjustable to fit a wide range of hand sizes. Elderly women will probably want the 9mm P250, as the .40 and .45 calibers will probably pack too much recoil.

One commenter at Well Armed Women likes the grip of the P250 and finds the 9mm recoil manageable, despite her rheumatoid arthritis.


  1. The Canik TP9SFX. This reasonably priced 9mm semi-automatic pistol has a comfortable grip and low recoil, making it simple to control and shoot accurately. The TP9SFX also includes a large magazine capacity and an adjustable rear sight.
  2. Glock 44. The 44 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .22 LR, making it an excellent choice for those looking to practice shooting and improve their skills without spending a fortune on ammunition. It's lightweight and ergonomic, with a comfortable grip that's ideal for smaller hands.

Here's a vote of confidence for the 44, from someone with multiple hand and arm surgeries.

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Guns and Hand Limitations 

Women often have less strength in their upper bodies, hands, wrists, and fingers than men. The odds are stacked against us because most firearms are designed with the average male in mind. This means that arthritis, injuries, or plain old lack of strength can make it hard to shoot and handle many guns.

Upper Body Strength

Whether you're just starting out or have years of experience behind the trigger, having an upper body strength is essential. You use your arms, shoulders, chest, and core to aim effectively, manage recoil, and keep the gun under control.

Recoil can be a significant issue for those with upper body strength limitations, so it's critical to choose a gun that you can handle. A gun with a high felt recoil generates a lot of energy that your body must absorb and control.

When buying a gun, consider the caliber and weight of the weapon. Lower calibers, such as 9mm or .380, are usually kinder on people who have upper body weakness. Choosing a gun made of metal or a combination of steel and polymer can help absorb more recoil than a full-on polymer pistol.

Hand and Wrist Strength

Weak hand and wrist strength can make firearm operations difficult, from pulling the trigger to racking the slide and even holding the gun steady.

Consider the following factors when selecting a gun based on hand and wrist strength:

  • Grip size. Choose a gun with a comfortable grip for your hand. A grip that is too large or too small can cause your hand to slip or feel uncomfortable, resulting in decreased accuracy.
  • Trigger pull. Look for a gun with a trigger pull weight that is comfortable for you to use. A trigger that is too heavy can cause hand fatigue and inaccuracy.
  • Slide manipulation. It requires both hand and wrist strength, so look for a gun with an easy-to-manipulate slide. Serrations or other features on the slide of some guns make it easier to grip.
  • Recoil. As previously stated, recoil can have an effect on hand and wrist strength. To reduce the strain on your hands and wrists, look for a gun with a lower felt recoil.

Well Armed Women commenter Kristina Anderson has great tips for women with low hand strength.

Finger Strength

If you have weak fingers, your ability to competently fire many guns is compromised. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your CCW experience.

  • Look for guns with lighter trigger pulls.
  • Choose a gun that fits your hand comfortably and allows you to maintain control.
  • Consider a gun with an adjustable trigger that can be adjusted to fit your finger strength.
  • Exercise your fingers to strengthen your grip and improve your shooting accuracy. Consider using a grip strengthener.

Remember to use proper hand placement on the gun, using your entire hand and not just your fingers to grip the gun.

A gun with a medium or larger grip is most beneficial to this user with osteoarthritis. 

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Best Setup for Women Wearing CCW

Selecting the ideal female CCW setup involves a thoughtful combination of firearm, holster, and carrying position that caters to individual preferences, body types, and lifestyles. By thinking about comfort, concealment, easy access, and ease of use, women can find the best balance between personal safety and everyday practicality. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your carry.

  • Choose the right holster. Choosing the right holster is the most important aspect of a comfortable and safe carry. Women can choose between inside the waistband, outside the waistband, and ankle holsters. The key is to select a holster that is both comfortable and secure for the person's body type and clothing preferences. And, if you're carrying IWB, use our holster padding to make the experience 100 times more enjoyable.
  • Consider clothing options. When selecting a holster consider the fit, thickness, and material of your clothing. To help conceal the weapon without sacrificing style, women can wear high-waisted jeans or skirts, tunics, or flowy tops.
  • Practice safe carry. Carrying a concealed weapon can provide a sense of security, but it is critical to practice safe carry. This includes keeping the weapon unloaded when handling it, and reholstering it only in a safe environment. It's also critical to practice drawing and firing the weapon in a safe and controlled setting.
  • Train with the weapon. It is critical to practice shooting the weapon and become acquainted with it. Individuals should take a concealed carry course or a self-defense class to learn proper shooting techniques and safety protocols.

When considering the best setup for a woman carrying a concealed carry gun, it's also important to consider the gun's positioning. Some popular positions for concealed carry include:

  1. Appendix carry. This entails carrying the gun in front of the body, between the belly button and the hip bone. It is quick to draw and easily concealable, but it may be uncomfortable for some women, unless they opt for our amazing holster padding.
  2. Hip carry. Many women prefer to carry their guns on their hip. It is comfortable and easily accessible, but depending on the clothing, it may be more difficult to conceal.
  3. Backside small. Carrying the gun in the small of the back is convenient and easy to conceal, but it can be difficult to access quickly in a high-stress situation.

You should experiment with different holsters, carrying positions, and clothing outfits to find what works best for you.

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Women’s CCW FAQ

What caliber concealed carry is best for women?

The caliber of a concealed carry firearm is a personal choice that can differ depending on a woman's shooting experience, comfort, and individual needs. The most common calibers we see women choosing are:

  • 9mm
  • .380 
  • .22LR

What are the best concealed carry options for women?

The preferred and most common form of concealed carry for women is belt carry or on the waist carry. The gun is close at hand, and the grip is perfectly positioned to grasp and draw quickly. 

What is the best carry pistol for women with small hands?

Many women consider the Glock 43 to be the best CCW option for small hands. Its slim frame, compact-sized grip, and short trigger reach make it ideal for small hands, making it easy to conceal and operate. The slightly longer frame improves accuracy, while the lightweight design makes it ideal for concealment and one of the best pistols for small hands.

Other small-handed women prefer the Sig Sauer P365, CZ P-01, Shield EZ, and many other models.

Where do most women conceal carry?

Women are most likely to conceal a firearm in a purse or handbag, on the waistband with a holster, or in an ankle holster. Shoulder holsters, thigh holsters, bra holsters, and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters are also options.

The location of the carry can vary depending on a woman's personal preference, body shape, and the type of clothing she wears. Some women prefer to carry in a bra holster, while others prefer a belly band or a corset holster.

What is the most discreet gun holster for women?

There are several types of discreet gun holsters for women. Among the most popular choices are:

  • Belly band holsters are worn around the waist and are easily concealed under clothing. It is adjustable for a custom fit and comes in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • A thigh holster is worn on the upper thigh and is concealable beneath a skirt or dress. Because it is not visible when walking or standing, it is generally more discreet than other holsters.
  • A bra holster is worn in the center of the bra and can be used to carry a small firearm. Although this type of holster is very discreet, it may not be appropriate for all women depending on their breast size or the type of clothing they wear.
  • An ankle holster is worn around the ankle and can be hidden under pants or a long skirt. Although this type of holster is discreet, it may not be the best choice for quick access to a firearm.

What are some popular concealed carry handguns on the market today?

Some of the most popular CCW guns on the market today include the following:

  1. Shadow Systems MR920. The MR920 is a high-performance, modular pistol with a lightweight frame, a low bore axis, and a comfortable grip.
  2. SIG P320. The P320 is a versatile, striker-fired handgun that can be easily customized to the shooter's specific needs. It comes in a wide range of sizes and calibers.
  3. HK VP9. The HK VP9 is built for accuracy and dependability. It has a comfortable grip, adjustable backstraps, and a low profile slide.
  4. Ruger LCP Max. The Ruger LCP Max is a small, lightweight handgun with an ergonomic grip, adjustable sights, and a wide trigger.
  5. Smith and Wesson Shield. Due to its compact size, lightweight design, and dependable performance, the SW Shield is a popular choice among concealed carry enthusiasts.
  6. Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP. The Hellcat RDP is a high-performance micro-compact with a small frame, a large magazine capacity, and advanced features such as a threaded barrel and a red dot sight.

What should I know before purchasing a concealed carry handgun with a thumb safety?

If you are considering purchasing a concealed carry handgun with a thumb safety, there are a few things you should be aware of.

  • Make sure the thumb safety is reliable and easy to use. You should be able to quickly and easily engage or disengage the safety without compromising your grip on the firearm.
  • Not all concealed carry handguns come with a thumb safety. Some popular models, such as single stack firearms like the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Shield, may not feature a thumb safety. When choosing a concealed carry handgun, it's important to think about your own preferences and needs.
  • Practicing at shooting ranges and doing dry firing exercises can help you become more familiar with your firearm's safety and improve your overall proficiency with it. Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures when handling firearms, whether practicing at a range or at home with dry firing exercises.

What are some recommendations for women who are new to concealed carry and looking for a firearm?

If you are a woman who is new to concealed carry, here are some factors to consider when choosing a firearm. 

  1. Fit. It's critical to select a firearm that fits your hand well and allows you to keep a firm grip. This will improve accuracy and reduce the likelihood of the gun slipping out of your grip while in use.
  2. Caliber. Choosing the right caliber for your firearm is critical for both effectiveness and recoil control. Smaller calibers, such as .380 and 9mm, are ideal for women who are new to shooting or have a smaller frame.
  3. Weight. Consider the weight of the firearm, as this can affect your ability to carry it comfortably for long periods of time. Lightweight options like the Glock 43X or SIG P365 can be a good choice for women who prioritize comfort.
  4. Training. Before carrying a concealed weapon, get proper firearm training. Look for women-only classes or a female instructor to help you feel comfortable and supported during the learning process.
  5. Consider carrying a non-lethal weapon if you are not comfortable with the idea of a gun. Not all women like having a deadly weapon on them. Non-lethal self-defense options include pepper spray and tasers.
  6. Join a community such as The Well Armed Woman or A Girl & A Gun, to learn from other women and receive support on your concealed carry journey.

What is the difference between the S&W M&P Shield Plus and the Shield?

The SW MP Shield Plus is an updated version of the popular M&P Shield model, and there are a few key differences between the two.

The Shield Plus has a larger magazine capacity, which is one of the most noticeable differences. The Shield Plus comes with a 10-round magazine, as opposed to the original Shield's 8-round magazine. An extended 13-round magazine is also available for the Plus. 

The trigger on the Plus has been improved. It has a flat-faced trigger with an integrated trigger safety, which provides a smoother, more consistent pull than the trigger on the original Shield.

Other changes include a better grip texture, which makes it easier to hold and control, and a manual thumb safety that can be turned on or off by the user.

What kind of guns does the Coast Guard carry?

The U.S. Coast Guard allows its members to carry a variety of firearms, depending on a member's assignment and duty location.

The SIG P229, Beretta M9, and Glock 19 are among the most common carry guns used by the Coast Guard. These firearms are popular among law enforcement and military personnel because they are dependable and have a proven track record in a variety of environments.

How does grip angle affect the selection of a carry handgun for women?

Grip angle affects accuracy, comfort, and shooting performance. A grip angle that is too steep or too shallow can cause discomfort or strain when holding the firearm, and it can also interfere with the natural point of aim.

Some popular women's carry handguns, such as the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and the SIG P365, have adjustable grip angles to accommodate a variety of hand sizes and shapes.

Women should think about both the overall length of the grip and its angle. 

What are the advantages of carrying a single-stack firearm for women?

Single-stack guns are slimmer than double-stack, which makes them easier to conceal and more comfortable to carry for extended periods. This is especially important for women who want to keep their firearms concealed and comfortable while going about their daily activities.

Single-stack firearms tend to be lighter in weight than double-stack firearms, and—depending on hand size—may be more comfortable to hold.

What is the difference between the Walther PDP and the Walther PPG?

The PDP and the PPG are two different Walther models. The PDP is newer, with updated features such as a red dot sight mount, improved grip texture, and an upgraded trigger system.

What does the term "NRA gun" mean?

The term "NRA gun" is frequently used as a shorthand for firearms popular among gun enthusiasts and supporters of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.

However, keep in mind that the NRA is an advocacy organization, not a firearms manufacturer, and that the decision to buy a specific firearm should be based on individual needs and preferences, as well as proper training and safety considerations.

About the Author

Mark Buff is the founder and CEO of GunZee. He is an ardent firearms enthusiast and has been carrying concealed for more than 15 years. He created GunZee to solve his own problem: that of uncomfortable KYDEX holsters. His patented GunZee memory foam holster pad makes inside-the-waistband carry super comfortable.

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