Handguns for Women

The fastest-growing segment of newly issued concealed carry permits is women. Women are often encouraged to buy revolvers as first guns, but this is a trend that simply doesn’t make sense to us.

We’ve compiled a list of recommendations for women’s handguns from our lineup of 2011® pistols, as well as the process for selecting your first (or an additional) gun.

Important Factors in Choosing a Handgun for Women

In most cases, women have smaller hands. This doesn’t mean that a woman can’t shoot a handgun; it just means that different types of guns will suit a woman better.

Things to take into consideration:

  • Trigger pull
  • Frame size (grip size, etc.)
  • Overall length
  • Easy to conceal
  • Easy to operate (loading/unloading)
  • Easier to shoot
  • Double stack magazines (to increase capacity)

Our Top Pick: C2 Dawson® Universal Optical System

The Staccato C2 Dawson® Universal Optical System is a 9mm caliber handgun with a 3.9-inch bull barrel. Included are three 16-round magazines. This handgun features a 4-pound trigger pull with Ambi safety levers, Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights [front — fiber optic, rear — Carry Dawson® Universal Optic], 3.9 Recoil Master Light, 2011 G2 officer length black grips, and a lightweight alloy frame with an accessory rail.

Another Great Gun: P DUO

The Staccato P Dawson® Universal Optical System is a 9mm caliber handgun with a 4.4-inch bull barrel. Included are one 17-round and two 20-round magazines. It features a 4-pound trigger pull with Ambi safety levers, Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights [front — fiber optic, rear — DUO Tactical Dawson® Universal Optic], Dawson 4.4 Adaptive Tool-less recoil system, 2011 G2 full-length black grips, and a brilliant steel frame with an accessory rail.

Another Contender: XC

The Staccato XC is a 9mm caliber handgun with a 5-inch comp bull barrel. Included are one 17-round and two 20-round magazines. It features a 2.5-pound trigger pull with Ambi safety levers, Dawson Precision Perfect Impact Sights [front — fiber optic, rear — DUO Tactical (Dawson® Universal Optic)], Dawson 5.0 Adaptive Tool-less recoil system, 2011 G2 full-length black with Tactical Magwell grips, and a brilliant steel frame with an accessory rail.

Last But Definitely Not Least: XL

The Staccato XL comes in either 9mm or .40 S&W calibers with a 5.4-inch bull barrel. Included are one 17-round and two 20-round magazines. It features a 2.5-lb. trigger pull with Ambi safety levers, front – Dawson Precision Fiber Optic and rear Staccato Adjustable sights, Dawson 5.4 Adaptive Tool-less recoil system, 2011 G2 full-length black with Tactical Advantage Magwell grips, and a billet steel frame with an accessory rail.

Ultimately, the weapon you choose is a personal decision. Whether you want to carry concealed for personal defense, you’re a law enforcement officer looking for the most reliable pistol, or you’re racking the slide like a competition pro, your gun should meet your personal preferences and goals. We hope this has given you the information you need to make an informed choice for your best shooting. Whatever you decide, have the comfort in knowing that Staccato has the World’s Best Shooting Handguns for women of all backgrounds.