Here We Go!
The results are in for the most popular handguns for women for 2019. This data was collected from The Well Armed Woman 2019 survey, in which 5000 women of all ages from all over the country shared their preferences. You can read my article on all of the fascinating data here
First, let’s look at the most popular manufacturers with women.
The top-selling firearm brands were:
- Smith & Wesson
- Sig Sauer
Now, let’s take a look at the most popular guns for women in 2019.
This year, we have quite a change-up from the last few years.
It just goes to show you that the work the manufacturers do to meet the needs of their female customers pays off.
1 Smith & Wesson EZ .380
The EZ .380, a relatively new addition to the Smith & Wesson MP line up has proven to be hugely popular with women. Why? Because the number one issue and challenge for women gun owners is racking the slide. Women have weaker hands and weaker upper body strength on average compared to men. Thus, a firearm that addresses this issue and allows women to rack the slide with ease, naturally, will be extremely popular. Given the fact that the average woman gun owner is more mature in years, this gun doesn’t surprise me at all. Ease of racking must be the single most crucial factor in choosing her gun. In fact, it very well may be why some women chose a .380 over a 9mm. (See below, reference to the new S&W M&P EZ 9mm)
2 Sig Sauer P365
This thrills me. To see a handgun with higher capacity land in second place reflects the need and desire for women to have more ammo in their concealed carry pistols. Most women do not carry spare magazines, so to have this kind of capacity is significant. The design of the P365 is also quite small, allowing for easier and more comfortable concealment with the wide variety of clothing styles women wear. Lastly, even tiny hands can fit the grip on this gun. The capability to have high capacity in a grip that can fit a woman’s smaller hands is significant, and clearly paying off for Sig Sauer.
3 Glock 43
The Glock 43 has been a real favorite with women and has held a top 3 position on this list for years. It’s sleek, extraordinarily reliable, and fits smaller hands. This gun has been and will stay a real favorite of women.
4 Smith & Wesson Shield
The Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm has held the number 1 spot for 3 years straight and only fell to the number 2 spot last year to the Glock 43. With the recent release of the M&P Shield EZ 9mm, I expect we will see this newer, easier to rack version rank very high next year.
5 Glock 19
The Glock 19 is and will always be a favorite and likely rank highly in this survey of women. For women with medium to larger hands, it’s a shoo-in. With its optional capacity of 17 rounds and its rather compact size, it’s easy to understand why. The G19 can accept the following magazine sizes:
Optional: 17 / 24 / 31 / 33
6 Sig Sauer P238
I think the Sig Sauer P238 will also likely continue to be in the top 10. Honestly, the slide on this gun literally racks like spreading soft butter. It’s effortless. Again, with racking the slide being the most significant factor for women when purchasing a gun, it only makes sense that this gun rank well.
7 Ruger SR22
This was a real surprise. Not the fact that it is a Ruger (that is no surprise as Ruger makes an outstanding gun), rather, that a .22 is in the top 10. I am a HUGE believer that any gun of any caliber is better than none. So kudos to the women that aren’t able or comfortable with larger calibers turning to this gun. My other thought is that as shown in my article covering the entirety of the data collected in this year’s survey, women are buying more than 1 gun. So perhaps this is potentially reflected here.
8 Glock 43X
I honestly expected this gun, released in Jan. of last year, to rank higher. It is only ever so slightly longer than the G43 and with a little longer grip, but has a whopping 10+1 capacity (compared to 6+1).
9 Ruger LCP
The Ruger LCP is a legend. The first really small gun (able to fit in a pocket) naturally seems to belong on this list and it has for all of the years I have collected data. What’s interesting is that Ruger now offers the LCP II, which has a substantially easier racking slide and trigger pull, which should speak to women. However, its longevity as a favorite with women demonstrates a women’s need and desire to carry a gun they can very easily conceal.
10 Sig Sauer P320
This is a “newbie” to The Well Armed Woman Top 10 lists for women. However, it was #11 last year, so it’s moving up in the ranks. It’s a rather “beefy” gun, both in size and in weight. So this is rather interesting. It could be perhaps a gun that women are purchasing to train with. Just a guess.
Guns That Didn’t Make the Top 10 Most Popular Guns for Women
But Should Be Noted
11. S&W Shield 2.0
12. Glock 42
13. S&W Shield M&P
14. S&W Shield EZ 9mm
15. TIE: Springfield Hellcat and Sig P938
16. Ruger LC9s
17. Kimber Micro
18. Ruger LCPII
19. HK VP9
20. TIE: Walther PPQ and Springfield XDS M2