Top 5 Guns for Valentine’s Day for the Gun-Loving Woman In Your Life

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’ve been wondering what to get for the woman in your life, we have a suggestion: guns. And ammo. Because everyone needs ammo; guns have to eat. To help you along your way we’d like to give you a look at the top five pistols for the woman in your life.

Beretta Nano

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The Beretta Nano was Beretta’s first-ever striker-fired pistol, and it quickly gained an avid following. It really is small at just 5.6” long, 4.17” tall, and a mere .9” wide, and that size means it has a single stack magazine and holds 6 +1. The gun is designed to be snag-free and has no external mechanisms – no external safety or slide release – and there certainly are benefits to its sleek appearance beyond aesthetics. It does, however, feature a teardrop-shaped indentation forward of the trigger guard, an addition meant to encourage the user to rest their trigger finger there when not shooting. The gun comes with basic white three-dot sights. Adjusting the sights is as simple as using a hex wrench. The idea behind the Nano was to create the consummate concealed carry gun, one with a thin, flat profile, and it seems Beretta did exactly what they aimed for in this little gun. The Nano comes chambered in 9mm, which is a capable defense caliber and one that has maintained its popularity for years. If you’re looking for good carry gun, the Beretta Nano is a solid choice.

Smith and Wesson M and P

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The Smith and Wesson M and P has gotten quite a bit of attention lately due in part to its being considered as the Army’s replacement for the M9. This is also a striker-fired pistol and has a polymer frame as well. It also comes chambered in a fairly wide range of calibers: 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and .357 SIG, so if you already have a personal preference, there are options. For the purposes of this summary, we’ll go with the 9mm features. The 9mm barrel is 4.25” long and 1.2” wide, so it’s a bit thicker than the aforementioned Nano. M and Ps are often compared to Glocks, but they really are not the same guns. They’re a bit heavier and also larger, and the trigger pull is also on the heavier side. One nice thing about the M and P is its Picatinny rail under the muzzle, which enables the user to attach accessories with ease. And for safety’s sake the gun has a loaded chamber indicator; you can see the round simply by looking in the small chamber. The M and P has a trigger safety, so if you prefer handguns with external safeties, this may not be the gun for you. But it is a fun gun to shoot and has proven itself reliable. Yet another good choice for self-defense.

Glock 19

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A bit of an oldie but a goodie, although the Gen 4 is still somewhat new. This is a popular gun and is chambered in 9mm. As with all Glocks this gun has a polymer frame. The Gen 4 Glock 19 has a 4.02” barrel and weighs in at 23.65 ounces. And, as with all Glocks, there is no external safety, just a trigger safety. But there is another safety feature on this gun; when there is a round chambered in the Gen 4 Glock 19, there is a slightly raised area on the extractor. One issue some have with Glocks, aside from the safety, is the sights. The gun comes with white 3-dot sights, and many Glock aficionados – myself included – make replacing said sights one of their first actions upon making a new Glock purchase. As for the gun itself, it’s Glock’s best-seller and comes in at a shade smaller than the full-size 17 while being larger than Glock’s true compact models. It fits average-sized hands nicely and delivers fairly minimal muzzle flip. Glocks have a reputation as being reliable guns, and the Glock 19’s popularity gives truth to those claims.

H&K VP9

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H&K VP-9

Heckler and Koch’s VP9 was met with a fair amount of excitement due to its being striker fired, polymer frame pistol (yes, it’s going around). It’s chambered in 9mm and has a 4.09” long barrel, is 7.34” long overall and 1.32” wide. Of the many features that have served to make the VP9 popular is the fact that it’s entirely ambidextrous, and a somewhat unique one is the paddle-shaped magazine release located behind the trigger guard. The VP9 performs reliably, round after round, and has minimal muzzle flip. It’s no wonder this gun is so popular; it really is a pleasure to shoot. The trigger pull is 5.4 pounds and the reset is short; H and K has made claims there is no better striker-fired pistol trigger on the market, and there are many who would agree. And while this model is only available in 9mm right now, an H and K rep at SHOT Show said we can expect to see a .40 S&W version by summer.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown

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The fifth gun is a long gun, because both new shooters and seasoned alike tend to enjoy the Ruger 10/22 Takedown. .22LR is an understandably popular cartridge, and so is this gun: it’s been on the market since 1964, and the Takedown is the newest version. Putting the gun together is simple (which is good, since it comes in two pieces in the box), you simply push and twist, and the gun pops together, springing back into position. This gun has standard flip-up rear sights and barrelbrand front sights. It performs exactly as it should: consistently cycling round after round, no matter how much lead you sling down-range. The great thing about the .22LR is its almost nonexistent recoil and quiet report, and when you add in the affordable price, it’s even better. It’s a great caliber for teaching new shooters, it can be used for pest control, and it’s a lot of fun for plinking. You just cannot go wrong with this gun.

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Don’t forget to get ammunition to go with whatever gun you choose, and don’t forget to take the personal tastes of your particular significant other into consideration. Remember, some girls do like pink (as in pink guns) and some do not. Some like larger calibers, and some are more comfortable with smaller ones. After all, it’s better to carry a gun in a smaller caliber than to carry no gun at all. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the gun-loving woman in your life you care, and this year, instead of doing it with flowers and candy, do it with guns, ammo, holsters, and related gear. If she’s anything like me, she’ll be thrilled and you’ll have won some serious brownie points. So get thee to the gun store. Right now. What are you waiting for?



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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  • M.M.D.C.

    Too bad those pink Glocks haven’t hit the shelves yet. 😛

    • Katie A

      I’m a huge Glock fan, albeit in the larger calibers. I’d be really, really sad if my beloved Glock went pink. People with photoshop and too much time on their hands….

      • Grindstone50k

        Pink, purple, blue, green, red. They should come in all sorts of colors!

  • TangledThorns

    I own the G19 and the Nano. I recommend the G19 over the Nano mainly because the Nano does not like 115gr or 124gr ammo so you won’t get much needed practice out of it.

  • Fritchof

    My Wife found a PPK that she had me buy her for Valentine’s Day. Not complaining at all.

    • the ammo addict

      Your lady has good taste, congrats!

    • Women and Guns

      Smart man.

  • IXLR8

    Its not the pistol, as much as the Coach purse that it goes in.

    • Bill

      And given the price of Coach purses, she ought to carry just to defend it.

  • RealDan

    maybe your lady should buy you something for once.

  • TechnoTriticale

    re: … some girls do like pink …

    If self-defense is the intent, do we have any incident data yet on how perps respond to guns in fashionable colors? That is, does pink, purple, lavender, whatever reduce the deterrent value?

    I’m thinkin’ that there is some chance that if there is chance to avoid needing to shoot, a pretty gun is not helping encourage a stand-down. Perps, assuming there is light, and time or distance to assess the weapon, might think:
    – toy, press the attack
    – training device, press the attack
    – not serious chick, press the attack

    • Bill

      I think by the time anyone has to point a gun at a bad guy, deterrent value is moot. We aren’t talking about good decision makers to begin with, and I’ll wager they’ll stop laughing after the first round hits. There are guys who aren’t deterred when surrounded by the SWAT team.

      You probably have a point, but I would contend that it is counter-balanced by making the gun more female-friendly, if that is such a thing. If it gets a woman to carry, and more importantly get training, I’ll personally hot-glue rhinestones to a pistol.

      • Katie A

        I’m with Bill here. If making it pink encourages a woman to use and carry it, make it pink. Personally I don’t like guns in pinks, lavendars, or even reds. But I’d rather see a pink or smaller caliber carried than none at all.

      • Women and Guns

        Sweet! Now you’re making sense.

    • derrick

      My other half went for the Walter CCP and a DeSantis Check Mate holster.

    • Dan

      If I am going to attack a lady I would hope she didn’t have a pink gun, I can’t imagine the embarrassment when I tell my fellow cons in the big house how I was thwarted by a 115lb woman with a pink gun.

  • Bill

    I’ve got 3 out of 5 of those guns – does that make me metrosexual?

    • Vitsaus

      It would if you had 2 out of 5, but 3 out of 5…. thats something else…

      • Bill

        And my M&P is a compact. I’d better get one of those M&P longslides to compensate.

  • Don Ward

    And again, no revolvers. Fail gift list is fail.

    Ugh… And a Takedown Ruger 10/22 to boot.

    • Vitsaus

      I’m with you. Revolvers get no credit because they don’t look as dramatic being fired as you slide down a stairway rail with doves flying around your ejecting brass.

      • Bill

        And you can’t do the Angelina Jolie reload behind your back with the automatic mag dispenser trick. I wonder if she could bend bullets with a wheelgun?

        • Don Ward

          Being that the rounds are coming from a revolver, the cylinder adds extra spin, plus the ergonomic shape of the grip adds more leverage.

          *Boom*

          That’s science that I’ve hit you with my friend.

          Also, one would reload like Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” where your fingers fetch and load individual cartridges like a well-trained dog…

        • billyoblivion

          I bet Miculek could.

      • 2ThinkN_Do2

        Should’ve had an LCR 38 and or the new LCRx with the longer barrel; could’ve had an S&W Ladysmith too. Revolvers are excellent, love my 460V the most, it’s a real Blast!

    • BryanS

      Probably because revolvers induce a lot more recoil for a larger package with less ammo. We entered the realm of good carry semi-autos back in 1911. Why we keep rolling back (with the exception of huge bear and hog guns) I dont know.

  • Awful lot of handguns on this list.

    • Don Ward

      Indeed. List needs at least one shotgun for trap/clay pigeons.

      • Bill

        A Coach Gun

        • Don Ward

          I was thinking over-and-under or a classy semi or pump 20 gauge. But you can never top the “This… Is my BOOMSTICK” value of a Stoeger coach gun.

          • Nice. An Army of Darkness reference.

    • GaryOlson

      A lot of women talk with their hands. Two hands on the pistol should keep the quiet for a while. With a good over under, they can punctuate their remarks with shells.

    • Will

      Buy one of each. Problem solved!!!!

  • My wife wants a lever gun in .44 Mag and an AK. FWIW, she already has a G19.

  • John Daniels

    I’ll second the recommendation of the Nano. I’m a fan of that design.

  • Alex

    Article says, “for the woman in your life”, then lists 5 firearms and their attributes. Thank you so much. If any of you men own any of these items, you should know that they are meant for women. I mean, they have qualities that a women, as well as a man, would appreciate. So next time someone tells you that your ManBag is a purse you tell them that it’s a practical way to carry your gear and that it matches your shoes.

    • Katie A

      So you prefer the descriptions discussed how well they match shades of lipstick?

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      That’s why, my phone case, shoes, shirt, pants, hat, gloves, coat all match: Camo ; )

  • Tiberius

    Clearly a list for dykes. When is there a hetero list coming out?

  • USMC03Vet

    No grip zone?

    For shame!

  • Crash

    My wife retired her Glock 19 to the safe when she stole my VP9. She put the medium grip panel in her palm swell and the small panel to the outside. Both are excellent firearms and you can’t go wrong with either one.

  • Bullmooose

    I took my wife to the “toy” store twice this week and yesterday she decided on the LCR 357. She didn’t want to get anything that wouldn’t give her options and challenges down the road so she decided she liked the 357 over the 38. She has her CC permit and wanted something better to carry than her old 380. We brought it home and she shot the day lights out of a target at 7 yards. Can’t wait to play more today!!!

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      Have you been shooting 357 rounds or 38’s first? The 357’s depending on the round, can be quite snappy ; ) Still nice to have the option though and the 357 model is built stronger to handle the power increase and weighs 3+ oz more than the 38 model. Still fairly light at 17.1 oz unloaded.

      • Bullmooose

        She’s been shooting .38 Winchester Low Recoil and American Eagle 158 gr FMJ. I doubt she will get to .375’s but she wanted the option if she found she was able. I have a GP100 so the ammo is available when she’s ready …
        She originally wanted the S&W 638 but found that a few more ounces of weight made the gun a lot more manageable and it wasn’t a huge difference as her EDC piece.

  • Tony Kammerer

    “M and Ps are often compared to Glocks, but they really are not the same
    guns. They’re a bit heavier and also larger…The M and P has a trigger safety, so if you prefer handguns
    with external safeties, this may not be the gun for you.”

    The full size M&P is smaller though a tiny bit heavier (2oz) than a full size Glock (G17) and the Compact M&P is as well compared to the Compact Glock (19).
    The M&P can be had with or without an external thumb safety or magazine disconnect safety unlike Glocks.

    The main reasons I have seen for shooters to prefer M&Ps over Glocks is that the grip angle is more familiar and the palm-swell grip adapters allow a more customized hand fit.
    Both are extremely reliable options so fit and feel is the major deciding factor.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      Bought M&P’s for many reasons, but the main one being they were comfortable and the Glock among many was not as comfortable. Have both Full & Compact 9’s and 40’s, actually like the 40 Compact the most.

  • Turner 92

    What are those rounds in the VP9? They’re so…. torpedo boob shaped.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      They remind me of Winchester SXZ training rounds, that used to be exclusive to Bass Pro.

  • Winter

    I’ll take a gun any day over some overpriced purse or jewelry. Guns and ammo are my favorite gifts :). Now I just need someone to give me some.

  • PA Jack

    You were mistaken when you said the M&P’s don’t have an external safety. 2 models have Thumb Safety’s, M&P 9 Full Size SKU 206301 is one of them.

  • frankenbiker

    I gave mine wife a SCCY CXP2 .9 mm. Its a great shooter, nice groups and easy for her to handle and conceal.

  • Sammie

    I just purchased the Walther PPS for my wife in a 9mm. She loves it. Easy to carry and shoot.

  • Tommy salami

    +1 on the nano!

  • BryanS

    Best gun you can purchase for your wife? The one that fits her hand and carry method, and that she picks out. If your gun store suggests a 1″ barrel .38 or .357 revolver…. you should look for a new gun store.

  • Grindstone50k

    My wife picked out the M&P for herself a while back. It’s her favorite.

  • noguncontrol

    no Kahr or Diamonback Arms? or Kimber Solo?

    the Beretta Nano is nice though, user removable sights, removable frame. it would be better if it were a hammer fired DAO, much easier to dry fire with, no need to rack the slide after every shot.

  • Women and Guns

    Really? It appears you assume, and are correct, there are not many women that read your blog or make comment. Most women should, and do, prefer to chose their own gun. We, Women, all know that men have different preferences in Firearms just as they do in cars and many other things. It makes life more interesting. That being said, don’t buy a gun for your “woman”, unless she asks you to do so. Chances are good you will make the wrong choice. Would you buy her shoes? Probably not.
    Most of my favorites, 1911 chambered in 9mm, glock 42, Sig p238, to name just a few, didn’t make the list. Sadly. Guys, forget any revolver with a light weight frame. She will most likely think it looks good, but will hate shooting it. And we all know how important it is to train.
    If she likes pink, go pink. Whatever.
    Guns are not for brandishing. The bad guy shouldn’t have time to notice such details in a life threatening situation.
    If you want to encourage your sweetheart to like and shoot guns, (as well as support your habit), buy her a handgun safety class, and then take her to the range to try some rentals before you buy. You will both be happier.

  • fishydude

    My wife’s first pistol was the H&K VP9. She loves it. It has the easiest to rack slide in its class. Makes it perfect for her due to arthritis. The thumb paddle mag release is awesome too. I like that it is ambidextrous.
    Her EDC is the new Walther CCP.