What are the Best Handguns for Women?

Buying a firearm is a personal choice. What may be the best handguns for women in one part of the country could be different in another. There are many variables to consider when choosing a weapon and include such features as ease of operation, simplicity of concealment, recoil, the reach of controls, weight, and hand size.

Here are some of the top choices for handguns for women.

Sig Sauer P238 Emperor Scorpion

This pistol is designed to perform under all circumstances. The P238 micro-compact is easy to hold, weighs 16 ounces, and has a lot of firepowers. The all-metal frame has black G10 Piranha grips, SigLite night sights, and a manual safety. The 380 automatic colts single-action pistol has a 2.7” barrel and comes with one 6-round and one 7-round magazine.

Springfield Armory XD-S MOD.2 EDC Package

The Springfield Armory XD-S is a 45 double-action automatic colt pistol that weighs 22.5 ounces. With a black polymer grip and frame and a hammer-forged 3.3” barrel, this piece is easy to load and hold. The sight is configured for a white dot rear and fibre optic front.  

Glock G42 Subcompact

The smallest Glock ever, this concealed carry pistol fits great in most pockets. One of the best handguns for women because of its slim design, it is comfortable to hold and operate. This double-action subcompact has a black polymer frame and grip with a trigger/firing pin/drop safety mechanism. Weighing 13.76 ounces, the Glock G42 has a 6+1 capacity and is a 380 automatic. Night sight style and a 3.25” cold hammer-forged polygonal rifled barrel make this option a great one for women and those with smaller hands.

Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield *MA Compliant*

Favoured by law enforcement and military personnel, the Smith & Wesson M&P is reliable and offers top-quality ergonomic controls and safety options. With 7-round and extended 8-round magazines, a manual thumb safety, and a white-dot sight, this Shield model has a 10.5-pound trigger pull and is MA compliant. It weighs 20.9 ounces and is a double-action pistol with a black polymer frame and grip. This 9mm Luger has a stainless steel 3.1” barrel.

Beretta BU9 Nano

One of the premium handguns for sale, the Beretta Nano is an ideal micro-compact pistol for personal defence and concealed carry. With a snag-free design that is thin and lightweight, this piece slides easily in and out of your holster and is comfortable enough to wear all day. Its modular design can be revised as needed with varying polymer frames and grips. The sights are user adjustable, and the magazine release can be changed for left-handed users. A stylish Robin Egg Blue polymer frame contrasts nicely with the stainless slide. The Beretta Nano comes with one flush fit 6-round and one extended 8-round magazine. Weighing 19.8 ounces, this 9mm Luger is a single-action pistol with a 3” barrel and 3-dot adjustable low-profile sight configuration.

Glock G43 Subcompact

The other Glock on our list, the G43 9mm handgun is easily concealed and perfect for shooters of any hand size. Its slim design provides comfort for all-day wear, and it comes with a grip that allows trouble-free operation. This piece has a 6-round magazine with a large magazine catch for effortless removal. Double-action firing with a weight of 17.9 ounces, this pistol is crafted from a black polymer with a trigger/firing pin/drop safety. A fixed sight comes with the 3.39” cold hammer-forged polygonal rifled barrel.

How to buy a handgun

The best way to ensure that you purchase the right gun for you is to complete a little research first. Read online recommendations and talk with friends who have some knowledge about pistols. Decide on the type of gun and what calibre you want.

Hold several different kinds of guns and see what feels good in your hand. Practice shooting to see if it’s comfortable and what the recoil is like, but don’t feel pressured into purchasing a gun just because someone recommends it.

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