Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Top 5 Firearms Women Buy at Our Store

We're wired a little differently than our male counterparts.  We have different likes, different needs, and different notions of what makes us safe and what doesn't. Sure, anything he can do we can do just as well, but that doesn't change the fact that we're just *different*.  If you've had the itch to try out a firearm for home protection or personal defense, but just don't know where to start, here is a list for your consideration of the top 5 firearms our customers buy.

1.  The Sig 238
By far.  Hands down.  We can't keep them on the shelves.  Not just because they're beautiful, and not just because they come in every color imaginable.  Sig has made some kind of unicorn and pixie-dust induced magic happen with this model.  I love the look a woman gives me when she's tried the slide on EVERY firearm her husband owns with no luck, and then picks up the Sig.  It's a beautiful, "Ah-ha" moment.  A moment of pure "I can DO THIS" bliss.  And she's in love. In love with not only the slide, but the trigger pull that feels like none other, the gorgeous lines and super-concealable design.  It's a perfect mix of conceal ability and ease of use that doesn't require compromise. Yes, Sig is proud of this one.  It's not cheap.  But it's worth Every. Penny.  Let me put it this way: I own a gun store; I have access to an incredible plethora of options for concealed carry, and this is the one I trust my life to nearly every day.

2.  Walther PK380
The only thing keeping this firearm from being #1 on our list is the size.  With an almost 4" barrel, it's a bit difficult for most ladies to conceal.  But the size makes this gun an absolute range queen.  She's a beauty to fire.  Every aspect was meticulously crafted by Walther to be functional for just about anyone.  The slide is the only thing on the market smoother than that of the 238, and the trigger is nice and crisp.  Walther did away with the slide release, making an incredibly smooth transition when reloading.  Simply tug on the slide and release to chamber a round after inserting a fresh mag, and voila. You're ready to go.  Even the magazine release is easier to use for many of our hundreds of customers who are arthritic or carpal-tunnel sufferers. There is no button for your thumb to fumble for, a lever along the bottom of the trigger guard can be pulled down with two fingers, using a different set of muscles.  The Walther is my pick for range fun every time I go.  The slide is extremely well balance, and this thing is just accurate as can be.  The ergonomic grips seem to fit in every one's hands like they were made especially for them. Is it possible for a mass-produced firearm to feel like a custom build?  Yes.  Go try to PK380 and see what I mean.

3.  Bersa's Thunder .380
Don't let the price fool you, this gun is a well-oiled machine.  At a price point around or just under $300, the Bersa Thunder is an affordable firearm that actually works.   While not being impossible to carry comfortably, it does weigh in on the heavy side.  However, the weight makes it extremely enjoyable to shoot.  This is one I steer folks too who are shy to make a range trip because of a fear of insane recoil.  The ladies who's first and only experience firing a gun was behind a .45 or .357, and swore they'd never try again because it scared the pants off them.  These ladies LOVE the Bersa Thunder.  It's also a favorite among first time gun buyers because of the expansive safety features. Not only is there a thumb safety, this firearm comes with a key that literally locks the gun.  With a turn of a key, the firearm can't even be taken down from safe.  For many this is unappealing- and I like to remind these folks that the key feature is optional.   But moms of Houdini-like toddlers who find there way into darn near EVERYTHING absolutely love this feature. The Bersa Thunder is the top pick among new moms and first time shooters for all these reasons and more.

4.  Any Hammerless .38 special
This one is tricky, because we sell an absolute perfect split between three models.  The Smith & Wesson 642 LadySmith, the Charter Arms Off-Duty, and Ruger's LCP.  All three are similar in that they offer a snag-free draw with their hammerless design, but each model appeals to a different set of ladies. 

The LadySmith is classy and sleek- but an incredible powerhouse.  This particular model is rated for continuous +P use, without breaking your wrist or your cylinder.  The wood grips have comfortable finger grooves and were designed for smaller hands.  This gun not only looks good- it feels good too.  The trigger was designed to be a bit lighter than traditional double-action only revolvers and makes for a pleasant range experience that you'll be proud to show off.

Charter Arms' Off-Duty line comes in several elegant and fun colors, from black and chrome to luscious lavender and features a different grip feel.  This model is more on the affordable side, and while not being rated for continuous +P use, they can handle an occasional round or two of the good stuff blowing through the barrel.  This revolver is incredibly lightweight, making everyday carry feel less burdensome and comes with an incredible warranty.

Finally, the Ruger LCR is a surprisingly enjoyable firearm that impresses me every time I pick it up.  The reduced-friction trigger is the smoothest I've experienced from a double-action only revolver.  And I mean SMOOTH.  This model is also rated for continuous +P use while the internal structure minimizes the recoil of this much hotter round. The LCR has easily replaced grips for a different look and feel, but the included set feels good in just about every one's hands.  They've really outdone themselves on this one.

5.  The Glock 42
This is the Glock we've ALL been waiting for, and girl- did they deliver.  For anyone who has ever wanted to love a Glock but couldn't get their hands around the double stack monsters of the past, Glock's got you covered.  This new single-stack design sacrifices magazine capacity for a more streamlined and concealable frame.  With Glock's safe action trigger and the reliability we've all grown to love, this pistol is truly just as sublime as advertised. Just what is the "Safe action" trigger, many ladies ask: This is a system of three internal safety measures which are disengaged as you pull the trigger.  First, a trigger safety prevents the trigger from moving unless both split levers are pulled.  Second, a firing pin safety is disengaged as the trigger moves rearward, and finally the drop safety prevents your firearm from discharging during a hard impact.  This means one swift pull of the trigger is all that's required if you absolutely need your gun to save your life.  The Glock currently comes in several earth-tones and can be customized to your heart's content at the hands of a skilled professional.

You truly can't go wrong with any of these top sellers, but what is absolutely most important when choosing the right model for you is fit, feel, and need.  The gun has to fit your hands and your needs.  If you want a firearm for concealed carry, a larger frame or heavier gun might not be for you- but if home defense is your goal you have a whole different set of options.  I hope this list helps you narrow down your expansive list of search options and hopefully leads you to your "wedding dress gun".  You know- that gun you see and just KNOW it was made for you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guns for Gals is now OPEN in McKinney!

After years of hard work and dedication, we are so proud to announce the opening of our very first storefront in McKinney, Texas.  Please join us Tuesday through Thursday from 10-6 for our friends and family special hours with our Grand Opening December 10 & 11. Bring your sisters, your moms, your girlfriends and grandmas (and bring the guys too!)

We have handguns, rifles, and shotguns for sale with a wide range of accessories.  Need a firearm transferred from out of state? We do that too!  Transfers are $25 without a LTC and only $20 for license holders.  Come in and say hello, look around and stay awhile.  We hope to see you soon!

~Patrick and Cassie

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Do you remember?

Today we remember the friends and family who never came home,  and the heroes who tirelessly, selflessly gave their time and love to help a city in need.
We should also take a moment to remember how close we all became. 
Do you remember the pride in seeing our flag among the dust,  standing boldly with the men and women whose names we never heard,  flying in defiance against those who tried to tear us down?
Do you remember the strangers who became family as hands were outstretched to pick up the pieces of our country?
Do you remember the love, the closeness, the incredible PRIDE we shared when we should have been broken?
What happened to us?  Why does it take a tragedy to being us  together?  Smile at that quiet stranger on the subway.  Bring the widow on your street a meal and a good laugh. Thank a vet.  Hug your kids. Call your mom.  Remember the people you pass on the street are people too. It only takes a moment, and it's free. 
Making America great again has less to do with who leads this country than with the people who fill the cities, small towns and offices.  It's up to us to make it great,  by remembering the lessons we learned 15 years ago and loving each other for no better reason than because we are Americans.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Overcoming fear and learning to defend yourself. Find your inner warrior!

One of the most common phrases I hear from women who are picking up a firearm for the first time, or discussing their first gun purchase is, "I'm scared."

The power, the noise, and the finality of a firearm can be intimidating your first time at the range, and that's perfectly normal.  When I was first learning how to drive, my dad told me it was better to be a little afraid than a little cocky.  Having a healthy fear for a thing tends to make you use it cautiously, where being a bit overconfident can lead to carelessness (and the range is a place where carelessness is never welcome!)

Confidence comes with practice; and overcoming your fear of learning to use a firearm usually requires three things:

A trusted educator

Not everyone knows someone who is willing or able to share their knowledge and experience of firearms with a beginner.  If you have access to a firearm, and know someone who you can trust to show you the ropes, you're already one step ahead!  Sit down and discuss firearm handling and basic gun safety.  Starting with a gun that you know is unloaded in an environment where you know you won't have to fire it before ever stepping into a range takes off a load of pressure.  Most beginners feel that they need to know everything on range day, and feel ashamed to ask questions.   If the person you've entrusted with your education is impatient with you, or treats you badly for not knowing as much as they do, it's time to find a new instructor!

It also never hurts to try and educate yourself.  The internet is a treasure trove of information, and while not every firearm functions the same, you can still develop a basic understanding through internet resources.  Showing up on range day already knowing where the mag release is, how to rack a slide, and where to position your thumbs?  How awesome are you?!

Your first time at the range, I always recommend starting off on the small end of the caliber scale.  A 22lr in a large frame firearm makes for a pleasant start.  The recoil is mild, allowing you to focus on things like firearm handling and accuracy.  Don't let anyone tell you that a 22lr isn't a good place to start because it isn't a "Good self defense round."
We aren't trying to take down a moose.  We're just putting some holes in paper, and the 22lr is still plenty lethal.

A new trend that is popping up all over the US is female-friendly range groups.  According to the NSSF's yearly study on woman and firearms, almost 50% of the women polled don't feel welcome at male-oriented shooting ranges.  As an answer to this, a good deal of ranges are offering ladies-only classes.  You can learn to use a firearm surrounded by women just like you, often times being taught by a woman who understands your fears and concerns. There are even groups by experience level- which means you won't be the only one with questions, and your instructor will be more than happy to guide you from step 1.  If you decide to join a range group, do your research.  Find a group that promises to support its members.  You deserve to be with people who want to take this journey with you- who want to see you succeed.  Find a range that suits your needs and go for it!

All of these things are useless, however, without your own determination.  YOU have to decide that you're worth your own protection.  You can't do this because your husband, your dad, or your brother wants you to.  You have to do this for you.

So get out there.  Learn how to defend yourself, and find your inner warrior.  You're worth it, girl.

Monday, July 18, 2016

ShePax Purse Giveaway!!

From now until August 31st we are playing an internet-wide game of tag!  One lucky winner will receive an Original ShePax concealed carry purse.  The ShePax design features a removable Velcro holster, a locking concealed carry zippered compartment with two keys, retractable handles, and TONS of storage space!  How do you win?  With a simple game of TAG!

Upload your favorite photo of yourself at the range, or showing off your favorite method of carry with a short description of why YOU chose to carry and include the hashtags #Guns4Gals and #WhyShePax

Post your pics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pintrest to win!  Don't forget to include the hashtags #Guns4Gals and #WhyShePax and tell us why you chose to carry- it could be inspirational, powerful and uplifting, or even just "Because I can"  One lucky winner will be chosen to receive this fabulous bag by ShePax! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

When It's Too Flippin' Hot to Carry

Now let me preface this by saying, I live in Texas.  Maybe it's age, or maybe Al Gore was right after all, but it seems to get hotter and hotter here every year.  I remember playing outside as a kid, but now I can't even walk to my mailbox without getting sunburned.  (I wish that was a joke...)

Along with the million and a half degree heat comes sweat.  I know it's supposed to be some big secret, but I'll admit to it.  Summer time is absolutely infamous for less fabric, more time dodging from building to car (and back again) and hot, stinky, sweat. Now let's factor in a firearm.  How exactly are we supposed to carry a big honking piece of metal all day in the heat without rusting our favorite piece?

It's one thing in the winter when we're covered in layers, but this time of the year doesn't easily lend itself to concealed carry.  There are a few ways that you can make it just a bit easier.

Go Smaller:

Yes, I know.  We all hate this one.  You've got your heart set on carrying that big ol' double stack .40 you've come to know and love; but unfortunately you will eventually have to choose between heat stroke and losing the layers it takes to hide that beast.  Sizing down to a smaller firearm not only gives you more options for carry, but also keeps you from looking like you're planning a robbery in a giant overcoat.   Find something slender and experiment with new holster options. Who doesn't love an excuse to shop for guns anyway?  Maybe you already have a smaller framed firearm that you've never given the chance to step up to the plate. It's time to take that bad boy to the range and familiarize yourself with it!  Smaller guns can be snappier than their heavier counterparts- that's why we call them "Carry a lot, Shoot a little" options.  Shoot it enough to know you can, but don't expect it to be your new favorite range queen.

Open Carry (Where Legal)

Most of us in the firearms industry open carry in our shops.  For one reason, it deters would-be tough guys from trying anything stupid; and for another, well.... it's way more comfortable.  You don't have to buy pants a size too big, or worry about your hammer digging into your ribs, or constantly check that your shirt is long enough to cover your tell-tale holster clips.  It's just *there*,  Right there when you need it.  Now some states don't allow for open carry, and some of us aren't comfortable with it.  That's ok.  Truth be told, the only place I open carry is when I'm working.  This doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the perks while still keeping your gun to yourself.  Summer bohemian styles are rampant, and oh so comfortable. Find tops in flowy fabrics that don't stick to your skin (trust me, the air flow keeps you cooler!) to cover your OWB holster of choice.  This accomplishes two things- keeping you cool, and keeping your sweat-loathing gun off your skin.

Keep it Holstered:

Newer, more innovative holster options are coming out everyday.  Truly.  The moleskin and leather-backed IWB holsters of winter are being replaced by rigs that actually wick moisture away from your skin.  Find a holster you're comfortable with that keeps your gun and your skin separate while preventing dreaded holster-slime and rock it all season.  Even the hard-backed Kydex jobs are starting to add a fabric layer that makes summer carry more bearable.  This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also make your gun last longer.  Metal and sweat do not mix well, and you may soon find that your favorite firearm has lost luster if you throw it into your bra along with your keys, cash, and chapstick everyday. Guns hate boob sweat.   My favorite alternative is the Sticky Holster.  The material won't make you sweat any more than you already will in the 100 degree heat, and it stays put all day without exposing your firearm to your salty skin.  Extra added bonus- it won't bulk you up with clips or straps.

Purse Carry:

If all else fails, there's always purse carry.  These is my least favorite carry method, ever.  However I feel strongly that the only gun that will protect you in a self-defense situation is the one you actually have on you. If the only good option for you is purse carry, then there are a few things you should keep in mind.  Make sure your firearm is well-holstered.  Whether this means purchasing a bag intended for concealed carry, or a holster that fits in a bag you already have, make sure that nothing in your purse has the opportunity to pull the trigger for you.  If you're one of those ladies (like myself) who can't keep up with a handbag, don't put your gun in it.   If there is even a remote chance that you might leave your bag behind at a restaurant or store, find another method of carry.  The worst possible outcome is someone using what you bought for protection to instead harm others (whether accidentally or maliciously.)  Last of all, don't use your purse as a safe if you live with others.  Throwing your handbag on a counter top doesn't keep your firearm out of the hands of your kids or your girlfriend's snooping husband. Secure your firearm when you aren't carrying your bag, by whichever means you are most comfortable.
If purse carry suits your needs, you do get the benefit of carrying any gun you'd like without having to worry about changing your fashion or layering up in the middle of July.  If purses aren't for you, there are a few fabulous options by Bulldog that double as waist packs or belt pouches.  This removes the concern with accidentally leaving your firearm behind at a gas station or playdate.  You can wear it, without actually *wearing it*  Win-win, right?

What are your favorite methods of summer carry? 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Feel Like a Lady. Carry Like a Boss.

With female gun owners storming the market like never before, the firearm industry has been scrambling to provide carry options for our unique shape and style.  This ever-expanding selection of goodies has given us options we never could have imagined; and is opening the door for newer, more creative carry solutions for women.  

Five years ago, I had one sad little box of holsters (most of them made with a gentleman's taste in mind) and an assortment of home-made rigs.  Now I have DRAWERS full.  The options are nearly limitless.  Shoulder rigs, thigh holsters, corsets and lace.  Every outfit, every situation has a holster to match.  Gone are the days of baggy shirts to cover bulky IWB holsters and clunky plastic jobs.  Women are taking back their sense of style, and protecting themselves and their families in the process.

What does this mean for you?

It means you can feel like a lady, and carry like an absolute boss.  It means you don't have to settle for the itty bitty plastic .380 that hurts like hell to fire.  You can carry what you want and still look good doing it.  

Here are our three favorite options newly available to female gun carriers.

3.  The UnderTech Concealment Leggings

Coming this April, Undertech has a new offering for women looking to uphold their safety during a workout.  Their new concealment leggings are durable, stretchy, and just as cozy as your favorite yoga pants.  However, these leggings pack a punch.  Each pair has two holster pockets sewn into the waistband, just like the wildly popular concealment shorts.  You can choose between front or back carry, as well as right or left-handed draw.  There are no do-dads or inserts to fiddle with, the pants ARE the holster.  These leggings promise the same concealment and support as the shorts, giving the wearer the ability to stay active while carrying their favorite protection piece.

2.  Sticky Holsters Ankle Biter and Guard-Her-Belt

Two affordable and attractive rigs that work with ANY Sticky holster, the Ankle Biter and Guard-Her-Belt are Sticky's newest creations for female gun owners.  Thigh holsters are great in theory, but finding one that actually STAYS where you put it without giving the wearer muffin-thigh is a large task to take on.  Sticky managed this perfectly with the fully adjustable Guard-Her-Belt.  Just like the original Sticky stays put in your waistband, this rig stays right where you want it.  You can decide exactly where  your firearm rides, the angle of draw, and how tightly you want the rig to hold on.  Their Ankle Biter is the smaller counterpart, made to adjust around ankles of all shapes and sizes while comfortably securing your favorite firearm. The comfort pads and soft stitching prevent the rig from painfully digging into your leg, while still holding on like every Sticky should. The size of your carry firearm is now limited only by the cut of your jeans. 

1. Miss Concealed Hidden Heat Lace
A holster that makes you thinner AND conceals your firearm, two magazines and your cell phone?? Yes please.  
The new Hidden Heat design features impossibly soft fabric with a beautiful lace exterior.  Each one stretches enough to cinch you in without making you feel like a stuffed sausage.  Essentially, the trimming effect is just enough to make the bulk of your firearm disappear.  Made to handle anything from a compact .380 to a full size .45; these lovely bands breathe and move with you during your everyday activities.  There is even a retention strap built into the fabric to keep your firearm in place (although you can tuck it into the firearm pouch if you don't care for it.)
 The Hidden Heat runs under $40 and is constructed from high quality material you'd expect from a much more expensive piece.  

Women have demanded better, safer, more comfortable holsters, and manufacturers are taking notice.  With so many up and coming options for women, it's no wonder more of us are entering the concealed carry world.  A trip to the grocery store or run in the park no longer requires dressing like a park ranger and giving up your femininity.  Ballgowns and 1911's can now go hand in hand.  Dress suits and Glocks.  Yoga pants and Berettas!  The options are limitless.

Do your thing, girls.  Wear what you want.  
Take your security into your own hands and grab life by the horns.