Women’s Firearms and Accessories

Women are increasingly interested in shooting – for safety, sport, hunting, and competition – but many guns are designed for men. So, how do you go about finding the perfect firearm for a woman?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s (BASF) Annie Oakley Sure Shots are teaming up with Guns Plus Security Enforcement Training Academy to present the Women’s Firearms and Accessories Exposition.

The expo is at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Activity Center on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 10. There will be lots of information and expert advice to help answer questions about shooting sports and equipment and some items will be available for sale.
“This event is designed to give participants an opportunity to observe and handle many types of firearms and firearm accessories designed for the woman shooter,” says Don Turner, Ben

Avery Shooting Facility chief Rangemaster.
Turner stresses the importance of selecting a firearm that you are comfortable with, can handle well and that fits you. “For that reason, we suggest that people pick up and handle the firearm they are interested in at the store.”
Another important factor to consider when selecting a firearm is what it will be used for. For example, there are many types of competition pistols which are different from firearms used for personal protection or hunting.

Turner also suggests that women attend the Annie Oakley Sure Shots program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. This unique weekly program allows women to become comfortable using different types of firearms. The Sure Shots meet every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women from all experience levels are welcome – from those who have never touched a firearm to expert shooters. They can come-and-go as they please, so if they need to leave before 9 p.m. or if they cannot get there before 8 p.m., they’re still welcome to attend.

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Gun Buying Tips For Women
(Or for a Man Buying a Gun for that Special Woman in his Life)

Women are increasingly interested in shooting – for safety, sport, hunting, and competition – but many guns are designed for men. So, how do you go about finding the ideal firearm for a woman? The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility has some tips.

“One of the things we stress to anyone buying a firearm is that they pick it up and handle it in the store,” says Don Turner, Ben Avery Shooting Facility chief Rangemaster. “You need to select a firearm that fits you – one that you’re comfortable with and can handle well. Get, the salesperson may not be as knowledgeable as you are.”

Another critical factor when selecting a firearm is what you will be using it for. For example, there are many different types of competition pistols – and these guns are different from the kind of firearm used to hunt.

Turner also suggests that women attend the Annie Oakley Sure Shots program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. This unique business allows women to get comfortable with firearms and to try out several different types. The following checklist is compiled from expert information and is intended to provide helpful tips for first-time female gun buyers who are interested in recreational shooting.

PISTOLS / SEMIAUTOMATIC

All Models: .22-caliber long rifle, blue or stainless steel finish (more expensive), adjustable sights, 5.5-inch barrel, and three magazines.

RUGER
TARGET MODEL P-512 22/45
RUGER MARK II 22/45

BROWNING
BUCK MARK STANDARD
HIGH STANDARD
SMITH & WESSON
SUPERMATIC CITATION

MODEL 41
MODEL 22A SPORT

PISTOLS / REVOLVER

SMITH & WESSON
Model 617
.22-caliber long rifle
Six-inch barrel
Satin stainless finish

Model 66
.38-caliber S+W Special / .357-caliber
Four or six-inch barrel with square butt
Satin stainless finish

Taurus PT111
Model 94
Four or five-inch barrel
.22-caliber long rifle

Blue or stainless steel finish

RIFLES

.22-caliber long rifle, bolt action, with adjustable metallic sights

ANSCHUTZ
Model 1903
Model 1451 R Sport Target
MARLIN
Model 2000L
SAVAGE
Mark I-G Single Shot

SHOTGUNS

20-gauge, pump action, ventilated rib, with a changeable choke

Note: all shotguns should have stock checked for proper “fit” and shortened if necessary to fit the shooter.

REMINGTON
Model 870 Wingmaster
Model 870 Express “Youth” Gun

WINCHESTER
Model 1300 Ranger Ladies/Youth
When it comes to ammunition, there are some factors to consider. Turner says, “Ammunition is offered in as many varieties as there are firearms – and different ammunition is designed for different purposes.”

He says that what often makes this area even more confusing to new gun users is the technical terminology. “For recreational shooting, we advise that you purchase practice-type ammunition for general use.”

He adds word of warning to be careful because “target” ammunition is specially designed for maximum accuracy and thus it can be costly. “if you are shooting a .22-caliber rifle or pistol, we recommend you purchase .22 long rifle ammunition as standard velocity,” he says.

If all you can find is “high” velocity ammunition, that is fine. However, you don’t need super velocity, stinger, hornet, or other .22 long rifle ammunition marketed for higher speeds.

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