By Annette Doerr
Women’s hands are different from men’s hands. Our hands are smaller and generally not as strong as a man’s (unless of course, you happen to be a masseuse). In fact, our bodies are generally smaller as well. It’s just basic anatomy. While this certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t shoot a handgun just as proficiently as a man can, it does mean we may have a preference when it comes to types of handguns we carry and shoot, especially if your goal is to carry the firearm concealed.
It’s not just a handgun’s frame size and grip style that makes a difference, either. The caliber of the pistol is also a factor. Generally, the larger the caliber, the heavier the recoil and power, but the more difficulty you’ll have making accurate repeated shots.
See caliber considerations and the full list of handguns at Range 365.com.
In this video, head instructor at Babes with Bullets Ladies Action Shooting Camps and World Champion Target Shooter, Kay Miculek, demonstrates for beginner target shooters how to properly grip a semi-automatic pistol.