A Gun-Loving Girl’s Christmas List

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Website mygunculture.com just put out what they consider to be a fantastic “15 Gifts for the Gun-Loving Girl” list, and a quick perusal of the content was more than enough motivation for me to make a few seasonal suggestions of my own. Christmas is only a few days away, but if you’re like me you’ve procrastinated to the very last moment and will be joining the frenzied droves of shoppers packing the roads and aisles on Christmas Eve itself. And if you do happen to have a true gun-loving girl (woman) in your life, I have a few suggestions of my own.

On the mygunculture.com list every single item was deeply female-specific: sparkling jewelry, rhinestone-festooned hair clips/combs, scarves, and a brightly colored purse holster (and let’s not get me started on purse holsters). And while it’s true that the gun-loving girl in your life is, well, female, something else is true as well: we love guns. And while our tastes may differ and we have varying levels of devotion to firearms, if the gun-lover in your life really does love guns, I’m here to tell you shopping for her is going to be easy: hit the gun store. Do you know what I really want for Christmas? Guns. Guns and ammo, and I don’t mean the magazine.

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Guns are, of course, a rather high-ticket item, especially if you’re looking at higher-end handguns or particularly awesome rifles. Then again you can snag a rifle chambered in .22LR for a decent price, and those are fun guns. They’re like potato chips: once you fire a .22, you don’t want to stop. There’s just something about them. Ammunition is more affordable and comes with quite a bit of variety; sadly, few people believe me when I reply “ammo” when asked what I really want to find under my tree on Christmas morning. But you know it’s true, there’s no such thing as too much range time or too much ammo, so snag a box or three of ammo and make good on that promise to spend some trigger time with your gun-loving girl.

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa…

What else can you get a true gun-loving girl? Well, what do you want for Christmas? A new holster? Range bag? Trigger gloves? A Lee reloading press? Those of us women who really, truly love guns enjoy the same things you do: guns, ammo, and quality gear. Finding a rhinestone-bedazzled fake-casing bracelet under the tree isn’t nearly as awesome as a case of 10mm, and finding the firearm chambered in said cartridge is even better. I’m not discounting the fact that some women would be thrilled to have gun-related jewelry, and I, myself, have a few earrings and rings made of actual casings or blatantly gun-themed styles. But why not buy the real thing first? We’re gun-loving women, and we want guns! And ammo! So when you realize it’s almost Christmas and you still need to do some shopping, make things easy – and fun – and make a beeline for your local gun store. If she’s a true aficionado, she’s going to love getting the real thing more than any piece of themed jewelry. And please, I beg of you, leave the purse holsters, bra holsters, and other gender-specific gear on the shelves. We’ll talk about that more in the coming weeks.

Merry Christmas, guys! Now, get to the gun store and buy something truly nice for the gun-loving woman in your life.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • MountainKelly

    Lee? Come on, at least spring for an rcbs.

    That being said: good. I myself think the gaudy Rhine stone festooned pink stuff is way overplayed (as does the significant female in my life) and think practical gifts are best. Great advice.

    • Katie A

      Good, she’s lucky then, not all guys understand that even when we say it. And hey I was trying to be cost-economical, but if you’re going to get an RCBS, more power to you, I’ll take one

      • MountainKelly

        I’ve got a Lee single they’ve just got a finite lifespan hahaha. And I’m afraid I don’t know you quite that well

        • Katie A

          It was worth a shot, can’t blame me for trying. 🙂 Definitely true, but they have their pros as well. Now I’m forced to ask what you’re actually getting the aforementioned female for Christmas that’s gun-related?

          • MountainKelly

            This year just ammo unfortunately. Tuition and our deer hunt have been quite expensive haha

          • Katie A

            Hey nothing wrong with ammo, ammo makes me very happy, personally. As in, spinning-on-the-mountaintops-like-Maria-in-the-Sound-of-Music happy. Seriously, ammo is fantastic.

          • MountainKelly

            Depends on the ammo. Sellier & bellot/herters and my 06 do not play nice. Her .270 will pretty much eat anything. Wish she’d reload but not her thing. Ammo is fantastic though. I just want a nice old wooden crate of 30-06

          • Katie A

            I’ve had nice luck with Sellier and Bellot in handguns, had some issues a bit back with my SKS. For a long stretch I’ve been entirely unable to get it, though, which is disappointing. I really did like it for target practice.

          • MountainKelly

            Herters at Cabelas is seller and bellot rebranded. Its… OK. I think the shoulder is too shallow for my rifle. Try online its around

  • pdxbnohica

    I managed a gunshop before getting ready to re-deploy, so this is dated by about 6 months, BUT, the women who came into my shop never wanted pink or sparkly. They were shooters just like anybody else. Outside of concealed carry issues there was no real difference. Buy her what she wants, Girls do not necessarily want different firearms or accessories…

    • Katie A

      First I’m going to say thank you for your service if you’re in deployment mode, which branch? I admit I know a few women who like cutesy gun gear but none of them are serious shooters; those of us who are tend to like the exact same things you all do, as you said. For me I have to CC at the front of my hip, IWB, and I’m forced to stick to baby Glocks. My daily carry is a Glock 29.

      • pdxbnohica

        Army, and thank you much, but going over as a civilian this time. When I was managing the shop it was always kind of difficult to find something good for a woman – an area I want us to expand in, well, when I get back. Either way, it depends on the body and where and what you want to carry.

        • Katie A

          I’m always happy to offer some insight on those issues, but I fully admit to being someone who sees no reason whatsoever to treat women differently than men (regarding which gun you suggest for a first gun, etc). Yes, there are some differences, but that’s more related to hand size and technique. A little training goes a long ways. One of the best moments in my early handgun years was finally landing in a class with an instructor who was good with women – he taught me that racking a slide didn’t have to be a matter of brute strength but could be finesse, and, best of all, he treated me just like one of the guys. All women are different, though, in my case I’m deeply interested (obviously) in guns and tactics, and not all women are. But I do think that first firearm interaction is extremely important and makes a deep, permanent impact on that woman’s future with guns. Yes, that’s a lot of pressure for you working behind the counter, but it’s reality.

    • Dan Atwater

      Huh. Most women who come into my shop want the pink and purple guns. Then again, a lot of them are just dragged there by their significant others and would rather be someplace else.

      • Katie A

        I think you hit on the key part right there, their being dragged in by their SO and not really wanting to be there. They’re probably not taking it seriously and also seeing it as more a cute accessory than a serious weapon. I do know a few women who like pink handguns but none are serious shooters. I’m not saying no serious shooter likes pink, just that we’re less likely to want cutesy guns. In fact I had someone “surprise” me with pink grips and a pink slide plate on one of my Glocks…wasn’t the best surprise, frankly.

        • MountainKelly

          The only exception in my view is a woman who’s sort of like my other mom. She’s got a pair of .357 snub noses she carries on her person and one is indeed cerakoted pink.

          • Katie A

            They do exist, I can’t deny it!

          • MountainKelly

            60, former silicon valley exec and now rancher. Quite the badass.

    • Grindstone50k

      I asked my 15-year-old sister in-law what color 10/22 she would like, after pointing out the pink ones at the LGS. She wanted blue. Gun makers need to get out of this 1950s mindset of “pink is for girls so lets make things pink and slap a ‘For Ladies’ label on it!”.

      • Katie A

        You know what really makes me cringe? The pink ammo.

        • Grindstone50k

          Wait, that’s a thing?

          • I actually recommend it for snubbies and some of the less than 3″ barrel semi-autos. Lower flash and better handling even if it is as silly as the ultra-green zombie ammo from the same manufacturer.

            Great ammo dumb marketing

  • Amen to that! Being a gun lover myself, I can not stand anything with pink, bedazzled or “girly”! Especially with guns! LOL. Guns are supposed to be tough. Not Cute.

    • Katie A

      I’ve also never seen a pink handgun of a larger caliber, and I prefer larger calibers, personally. People do often make assumptions about what we want, though, don’t they? Color, style, caliber…assumptions happen rather often.

      • MountainKelly

        Well when I sold guns I typically recommended kahrs or adjustable back strap handguns for the majority of women but that’s just because of hand size. Always recommend something comfortable first *shrug* everybody’s different.

        .450 ne #2 for all!

        • Katie A

          I have to put Pearce Grip Extensions on my smaller Glocks, but I do not have tiny hands. Pocket pistols are a terrible fit for my hands as a general rule, plus I dislike small calibers. If I’m in a situation where I’m fighting for my life, I want the best possible chance of my assailant going down with a well-placed shot, and little, bitty calibers won’t do that. That said, I’d rather see a woman carrying a smaller caliber pocket pistol than no gun at all and that’s often what it boils down to.

          • MountainKelly

            True fact its easier for most people to get into the smaller calibers first. Never seen a girl who couldn’t handle the recoil of a .357 with a bit of acclimation

          • Katie A

            True. I was a bit strange in that when I was taught to shoot handguns I was immediately tossed in the deep end, and it stuck. When friends ask me to help their wives or girlfriends shoot that’s when I discover the need to start small, so I’m well aware I’m the exception not the rule with caliber. But I do encourage them – everyone – to work on handling and loving bigger calibers. A bit of a random aside, as a woman it’s never amusing when I walk in a store to drool over the SIG Spartan that’s on my personal Christmas list and am instantly ushered to the .38 Specials. I recently moved and though some gun stores know me now, not all do, and I’ve been forced to go through that often-frustrating initial meeting (or three, depending on employee schedules) more than once.

          • MountainKelly

            Goes with the territory I’m afraid. Lots of folks at gun stores on both sides of the counter are all too ready to judge people based on looks alone. I sold a Turnbull 1911 to a delightful woman at one point after showing her the other 40 or so on display haha. She knew her stuff. Ive always tried not to judge though I’m a stickler for grip fit. I have fairly small hands too so I usually gravitate to narrower guns myself

          • Katie A

            Yeah people often do not believe me about my hands. They’re narrow, but long, fantastic for playing the guitar and piano and also good for guns but they make it more difficult to use pocket pistols and actually enjoy myself. It’s hard not to make snap judgments – heck, I do it – but I admit I get frustrated because people always see the same thing when I walk into a gun store. Part of what made me choose my new home gun range was how amazing the staff was, specifically the gunsmith, the moment I walked in the door.

          • MountainKelly

            Excellent. A solid repertoire with your local bang-steel staff is a must. Don’t get me wrong there’s morons of every creed color sex and size that I’ve dealt with in the firearms world but being friendly is also a must. Oh the stories I could tell

          • I can vouch for that her fingers are longer than mine!

          • MountainKelly

            Heh

      • Grindstone50k

        I always cringe a bit when I see something like “this .380 is perfect for women!” and my wife’s shooting my 1911 just fine. She got an M&P9 primarily for the capacity and economy.

        • Katie A

          Exactly. I always feel the need to repeat that it’s better to carry a small caliber gun than no gun at all…but…I’d rather see women carrying larger caliber guns. Part of their belief that they cannot handle them is thanks to the attitude of certain male shooters. I’d never lump you all in one category because so many of you are awesome, but there are those…

  • WasThere

    All I want for Christmas is..
    Freedom from our overreaching government for all Americans.

    • Katie A

      Where?

  • Katie A

    Oh, are you offering to model them? That’s really nice of you. Just email them to Phil and he’ll get them in the article for me.

    • Blake

      DO NOT WANT

  • Katie A

    Always does my heart good to hear I’m not the only gun-loving woman who dislikes the pink and girly gun stuff. I actually do have a bra holster review coming out here shortly. Which one did you get your wife?

  • Respect Jimmy respect. Katie is a serious shooter and damn sure knows what she’s doing. Comments like that are not what I want to hear and knowing her she doesn’t either. Asking for posed pictures in a bra—not funny.

    • Grindstone50k

      But objectifying women is just being a good ol’ red-blooded Murican boy!

      • Thomas Gomez

        Good American boy’s should not objectify or exploit women. Grow up.

        • MountainKelly

          Yup. Childish comment. Now jimmy has tp model a bra holster for us in pennance.

        • Grindstone50k

          (My post was sarcasm)

          • Thomas Gomez

            (Cheers amigo. I hope you have Merry Christmas!)

    • Katie A

      You all make me smile, thank you. He might want to rethink making these kinds of remarks to heavily armed women. One day it may backfire.

  • Thomas Gomez

    Great article. My significant other loves firearms and outdoor gear. She received a Tikka T3 hunter one year for Christmas.

    • Katie A

      Thank you, Thomas. And yes, I think the best possible gifts are firearms, at least my best holiday-related memories involve the times I’ve been given a gun. Serious joy. Won’t be happening this year, bit of a bummer, but it’s okay. Sounds like you found your perfect match there. Merry Christmas a bit early.

    • MountainKelly

      Excellent.

  • thateffingguy

    little Jimmy. I am sure your “significant other” would be thrilled with your d-bag comment.

  • Katie A

    And maybe some readers should keep their Glock Hate to themselves…oh well, you can’t help it, you don’t know better….

  • Awesome! Gun loving girls who shoot 10mm are always welcome!

  • I think Katie hits the nail on the head here: “And while our tastes may differ”

    As a person with whatever chromosome is not the girl one (I never can remember that X/Y stuff) I have no say in this matter, and that’s the most important thing. It’s not up to me to decide what gun or gun themed item any given female shooter should or shouldn’t want. Some women like pink guns. OK. Some women like black guns. OK. Some women like purple guns. OK. I’m all for it.

    It’s funny how we gun people have to classify women shooters into pink gun and black gun crowds. It’s 100% irrelevant. I happen to like flat dark earth and tan guns as it just looks neat to me. My personal preference. I don’t care a hill of beans how someone likes their guns colored or what fun accessory or clothing items they like that may have gun themes. I for one am thrilled that we have this “problem” of arguing about what women do or don’t like when it comes to gun stuff – that means that more women are out shooting. That’s a win for all of us.

    One of our female writers composed the list of gun stuff in the article mentioned. She’s a serious shooter, but she also likes interesting, original and artsy gift items. Awesome! I’m happy she’s a serious shooter (Beretta PX4 primary gun in black)

    The most important thing is that we dudes stay out of the discussion of what’s good nor not good for women shooters. I have plenty of confidence that women can work these things out amongst themselves 🙂