The Top 10 Most Popular Guns For Women – 2018

It’s that time of year again when I get to dig into the data from our annual survey and present the Top 10 Most Popular Guns For Women in 2018! Thank you to all who took the time to participate! Getting to see your preferences numerically provides such  valuable information…

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Etiquette On The Range

Etiquette on the range is important to think about when you start going to a shooting range. Find out how to not "turn heads" at the range.

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How A Semi-Automatic Gun Works

Revolvers have a cylinder with multiple chambers and each chamber and each chamber holds a round of ammunition holds a round of ammunition. Most models hold 5 or 6 rounds. Pulling the trigger rotates the cylinder and aligns the loaded chamber with the barrel and the gun then fires.

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How a Revolver Works

To best understand how a gun works,  let's take a look at the two types of handguns separately. They each work differently and each have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will look at the Revolver. Click here to learn how a Semi-Automatic pistol woks. The Revolver Revolvers have…

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The Handgun Caliber Comparison Chart and Guide

One of the least understood topics for pistols is what caliber really means. As a result, we made a handgun caliber comparison chart, and guide that faces this cartridge-related issue head-on. What Does Caliber Actually Mean? At its most basic definition for guns, caliber refers to the diameter of the…

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Eye Protection That Makes the Cut

Eye Protection That Makes the Cut Eye protection is so important when you are on the range. Spent casings, debris, a ricochet or other environmental debris can fly at your eyes. For that reason, you MUST protect them! Over the years, I have tried a lot of styles but only a…

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Firearm Safety Rules

These basic rules codified by Jeff Cooper are universal. They apply to EVERYONE and they apply ALWAYS! No matter how experienced a shooter and no matter what the circumstances. ALWAYS. LEARN THEM, KNOW THEM AND SAY THEM EACH TIME YOU TOUCH A FIREARM. The Gun Safety Rules Are: All guns a..

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Ammunition Demystifier – Overview

Using the wrong ammunition in your firearm is extremely dangerous. You must know the proper ammunition for your firearm. The owners manual that comes with your firearm will tell you exactly which ammunition is safe for your firearm to shoot and many manufacturers make the manuals available online as well.

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Ammunition Demystifier – Types Of Handgun Ammunition

Handgun ammunition comes in a variety of types and sizes. The one you need for your handgun depends on the caliber of your firearm along with the rounds recommended by the manufacturer. The calibers listed below certainly are not all of them but will give you an overview of each of the most popular and recommended calibers for personal self-defense.  Of the numerous calibers of handgun ammunition, the .22, .25 ACP and .32 calibers are generally not considered powerful for self-defense, so are not addressed here

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The Top 10 Guns Women Are Buying

What are the top 10 guns women are buying? There are two questions we receive here at The Well Armed Woman every single day, all day long. What guns should I buy and how should I conceal carry? This isn’t surprising as women are trying to solve a big problem,…

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Ammunition Demystifier – Shotgun Ammo

Shotgun ammunition is measured in gauge rather than in caliber and because shotguns are very versatile firearms, ammunition manufactured for them comes in a very wide variety of types and varying sizes and power. The gauge number is on the shotgun ammunition box. Your shotgun ammunition much match the gauge of your shotgun.

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Choosing The Right Gun For You- Part 1

Sifting through the endless firearm options to choose the right gun for you can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. This episode will dive into the differences between revolvers and semi-automatics.…

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Choosing the Right Gun For You – Part 2

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss hand size and hand strength.   Subscribe to The Well Armed Woman Youtube channel Also…

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Choosing The Right Gun For You – Part 3

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss different types of safeties.   Subscribe to The Well Armed Woman Youtube channel Also Watch…

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Choosing The Right Gun For You – Part 4

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss the purchasing of your gun, where to go and what to ask.  …

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What Kind Of Gun For A Woman

Sadly, the myth that women are somehow less able or too weak to shoot a powerful handgun exists; it exists in gun stores, on the web or anywhere a woman might go to purchase a firearm or perhaps even within her family or social circles. I was at a gun show and approached one of the vendors to look at the guns he had for sale.

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The Best Gun for Women

What is the best handgun for a woman to carry? Everyone wants to know. There has to be an answer to this question, doesn’t there? It seems like such a simple thing to ask.

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The Top 10 Guns Women Purchased in 2016

It’s that time of year again, the Top 10 time of year. So let’s talk guns, more specifically, the gun’s women are buying. Although I am a fierce advocate of each woman getting her hands on and shooting as many guns as possible to help find the “Right one” for her,…

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The Top 10 Guns Women Buy

What guns are women buying? Well, we know that each woman can only know which is the right one for her, but here are the top 10 choices women are making when purchasing a handgun which can help to narrow the field of options for you.

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6 Best Guns For Women With Arthritis

Shooting with arthritis is challenging. This article identifies the 6 best handguns for women with arthritis. If you’ve been living with arthritis, you understand better than most people how painful and difficult it can be to shoot and operate a firearm. This could put you at a significant disadvantage for…

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Where To Go Buy Your Gun

There are a number of options on where to purchase your firearm. The Well Armed Woman does not currently sell firearms or ammunition. In our products section, you will find wonderful options for everything you will need, but your gun.

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Guns & Your Children

If you choose to keep a gun in your home, the safety of your children and the children that visit your home is your responsibility and only yours. Guns and your children is a subject you cannot avoid or postpone. If dealing with the issues of guns and children is not one you can take seriously and take the steps ne..

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Guns & Babies – Part 1 – Pre Pregnancy

Are you considering starting a family, already pregnant, or have you just had a new baby? The topic of guns & babies can raise some important concerns. If you have questions about shooting while pregnant, or other issues associated with firearms prior, during or after pregnancy, keep reading! In this…

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Guns & Babies – Part 2 – The Pregnancy

Mothers are always looking out for the best interest of their children, and that starts early. The choices that a mom-to-be makes while pregnant affect her baby. In my last article I discussed the topic of lead and the risks of exposure, as well as other chemical hazards while handling…

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Guns & Babies – Part 3 – After The Pregnancy

Part 3 of the series, “Guns and Babies.” Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! At this point your days and nights are probably all running together, sleep is minimal, and life revolves around this new little person. Feeding schedules and diaper changes are part of your new routine,…

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Defending Our Young

It's Primal Mothers are never more fierce than when protecting their young. This primal instinct is in all living creatures. The violent fight to the death response is fully acceptable and is the expected response in the animal kingdom when a mother's young are threatened. In the wild, predators lurk…

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Benefits of the AR-15 For Female Shooters

Are there benefits of the AR-15 For Female Shooters? The AR-15 is a firearm that, largely due to the fact that it has been repeatedly vilified by numerous major media outlets, has attracted a significant amount of controversy. As a result of this, many women who are new to the…

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Safe Storage Of Guns

Firearms don't hurt people sitting on a table, tucked in a drawer or in a glove compartment. Accidents happen when we are negligent in our care and storage of firearms and they are left loaded, unlocked and available to be mishandled. How we store our firearms is key. Where and how you store your firearm(s) should be a..

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The TWAW/LWRCI DI-ADEM AR-15 For Women: Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a woman want an AR-15? An AR-15 or MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) is the most modular and popular rifle system for many reasons. Because the military has adopted this platform: the ammunition used is easily sourced, cost efficient, and performs well. Therefore, the parts availability is endless. This…

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The DI-ADEM: First AR Designed For Women, By Women

Written by Barbara Baird for Range 365 The DI-ADEM is the first AR built for women, using input from at least 140 female shooters, and currently is for sale only to those who helped it come into being: members of The Well Armed Woman's 350 chapters across the country, with more…

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TWAW DI-ADEM – Built For Women, By Women

The first AR-15 built for women by women. 18 months in design with hundreds of The Well Armed Women across the country has created this truly unique rifle built by LWRCI. View Specs and order Read The Frequently Asked Questions Here    

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Shotgun Basics

The shotgun is unique in its ability to fire shells containing varying numbers of pellets, different sized shot and slugs. It is really quite a versatile defense tool that can be a lot of fun to train with.

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A Gun Owning Parents Pledge

Children and guns... For the educated and responsible gun owning parent, these are positive words. We think about the next generation we are raising who will fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. A generation that respects guns as the powerful tools they are. They know how to care for…

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Hearing Protection For Women Shooters

Hearing protection is a neglected necessity. I see so many photos of women not wearing any ear protection and it has made me stop and wonder why. I believe it is the perceived inconvenience coupled with not having a full understanding of how important it is. Let's cover the basics first. Hearing pr..

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The Differences Between JHP, SWC, FMJ, +P And Others: What Do These Ammo Types Mean?

There are a lot of different types of bullets out there. In a self-defense situation, some bullets can give an advantage. With each ‘pro‘, there’s usually a ‘con‘. And in the bullet family tree, every round is related by at least a first or second cousin. In this article, we’ll go over a few of the different types of ammunition available. We can’t cover everyone, but we will try to cover the most common varieties.

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Shooting Hygiene: How To Deal With Lead Exposure

Republished with permission from our friends at Concealed Nation Ingesting lead is a serious thing, and can cause numerous problems for people with constant exposure. As you’re likely aware, you come into contact with lead during every trip to the range. You even come into contact with it each time you hand..

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Pistol Functions with Il Ling New

Pistol tips to help beginning handgun shooters acquire the confidence they need to handle their firearm. This video reviews most of the basic elements found on today's pistol with Gunsite Range Master Il Ling New.

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Guns & The Law – Overview

As I am not a lawyer or capable of keeping current on the laws in all states, I will use links to the Bureau of ATF (Alcoholic, Tobacco and Firearms), the NRA and other sites that are very reliable and current. It is your responsibility to utilize these links and the information they provide to fully understand the leg..

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Guns & The Law – Using Your Gun For Defense

Private citizens may use deadly force in certain circumstances in self-defense. The rules governing the use of deadly force for police officers are different from those for citizens. In most jurisdictions, the use of deadly force is justified only under conditions of extreme necessity as a last resort, when all less..

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Gun Safety From Other Secondary Dangers

While a guns primary danger lies in the discharge of ammunition, there are other secondary dangers in which a gun may be detrimental to the health of the handler and bystanders. Gun safety rules will also apply to dealing with these secondary dangers of guns. Danger To Hearing From Noise When a gun is di..

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Tips For Traveling With Your Firearm by Land and Air

Republished with permission from our friends at Concealed Nation To most avid concealed carriers, traveling with your firearm can be an annoying and troublesome task when crossing State lines. Most career carriers have the necessary permits to travel to and through most States without worry. However, for th..

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Gun Glossary For Women Shooters: A-C

ACP - An abbreviation meaning: Automatic Colt Pistol. It is commonly used to designate specific calibers, particularly those which were originally designed by John Moses Browning for the Colt Firearms Company. Automatic Colt Pistol, a type of ammunition. For example: as in .45 ACP, .380 ACP, and .25 ACP

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Guns & The Law – Purchasing

Under federal law, new firearms may only be sold by businesses which possess a Federal Firearms License (FFL), and are known as FFL Dealers. There are multiple legal ways to purchase a gun. Gun Store Although FFL dealers are licensed by the federal government, they are also subject to many local laws and regulati..

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Lead & The Shooting Range

Little do you know, but this insidious heavy metal found in ranges everywhere may be slowly killing you. ​-By Wm. Lane M. Robson, MD Dr. Lane Robson is the Director of Pediatric Nephrology at The Children's Hospital, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, South Carolina. He is a member of The Greenville Gun Club a..

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Common Mistakes In Gun Terminology

by Garry James • March 7, 2012 • I'm constantly getting questions about what various gun terms mean. Even those individuals who have been in the sport for a good period of time occasionally slip up and out of ignorance or, sometimes expediency, slip in a wrong description or definition.…

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Gun Glossary For Women Shooters: D-H

DECOCKER - On double-action semi-automatic firearms, a lever that mechanically lowers the hammer without firing the gun. DELAYED BLOWBACK - A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.

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Gun Glossary For Women Shooters: I – P

Let's face it - a woman trying to learn about guns in the male-driven, testosterone-filled world of guns is quite the undertaking, but having to learn an entire new language might just be too much! That's where this gun glossary of gun terms and definitions comes in. Hopefully this resource will help to take some of the confusion out of the complex terminology of the gun world for women.

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Gun Glossary For Women Shooters: Q – Z

RACKING THE SLIDE - pulling the slide back to its rearmost position, and then letting it go forward under its own spring tension. Racking the slide loads the chamber and prepares the gun to fire in a semi-automatic handgun. RAIL - A feature on the underside of the frame below the barrel which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.

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