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LADIES PISTOL PROJECT

For Debbie Crews, it confirmed what she already knew
about women and guns. "Women have the really amazing
ability to just stick with it," she said. "It just reinforced
my knowledge that women are very committed to not only
learning, but learning correctly, and that we do want to be
participants-we do want to learn to shoot these things."
For American Rifleman's Kristen Voss, the motivation for
shooting all 18 pistols was to leave no stone unturned in
her search for the perfect handgun. "It gave me a chance
to see what handgun I'm comfortable with since I didn't
have much prior handgun experience," she said. "I wanted
to see what fit my hand, what I was comfortable shooting
and, if I were to get a concealed-carry permit, what would I
be confident carrying."

American Hunter's Rose Bier said the project gave her
the confidence to go the range. "Before, I didn't even
know what type of pistol I would like or what I should
get. When I go to range I want to be able to have my own
gun, so where do I start?"

What We Learned
Not unlike a speed-dating session, some potential
partners were rejected because they just weren't the
right fit. Comfort and function, trigger press, perceived
recoil, or sights that didn't lend themselves to proper or
consistent alignment, were typical causes for dismissal. 
Coincidentally, two of the pistols that landed in the top

continued on p. 78

The Survey
Factors taken into account on the survey:
PLACEMENT OF CONTROLS: TRIGGER REACH; MAGAZINE/
CYLINDER RELEASE; SLIDE-STOP LEVER*
EASE OF USE: TRIGGER; SLIDE MANIPULATION;
MAGAZINE/CYLINDER; SLIDE-STOP LEVER;
SIGHTS; EXTERNAL SAFETY (IF APPLICABLE);
RECOIL MANAGEMENT; LOADING AND UNLOADING
COMFORT AND FEEL: WIDTH AND CIRCUMFERENCE OF GRIP;
STYLE/TEXTURE OF GRIP; TRIGGER PULL-WEIGHT AND
FEEL; FELT RECOIL; OVERALL WEIGHT
OVERALL IMPRESSION: ACCURACY; EASE OF TRAINING
WITH THE PISTOL; ABILITY TO CARRY THE PISTOL
ON- OR OFF-BODY
*FIREARMS WITHOUT A SLIDE, SLIDE-STOP LEVER OR
EXTERNAL SAFETY WERE NOT PENALIZED. A POINT
WAS DEDUCTED ONLY IF THEY WERE NOT EASY OR

COMFORTABLE TO MANIPULATE.

GUNS TESTED
BY CHAMBERING & TYPE

FAVORITES
BY HAND SIZE

TOP 5 HANDGUNS

9 MM LUGER SEMI-AUTOMATICS
BERSA THUNDER 9 PRO XT
GLOCK 43
HECKLER & KOCH VP9
KIMBER MICRO 9
SIG P320 COMPACT
SMITH & WESSON M&P 9
SMITH & WESSON M&P 9 SHIELD
(PERFORMANCE CENTER MODEL)
SPRINGFIELD EMP4
STI 5.0 MARAUDER
WALTHER CCP
WILSON COMBAT 92 BRIGADIER

SMALL HANDS
1. WALTHER CCP
2. SIG SAUER P238
3. SMITH & WESSON
M&P SHIELD
4. GLOCK 43
5. SPRINGFIELD EMP4

SIG SAUER P238 (.380 ACP)

.380 ACP SEMI-AUTOMATICS
BROWNING 1911-380
REMINGTON RM380
SIG SAUER P238
REVOLVERS
RUGER LCR
RUGER LCRX
SMITH & WESSON 442
SMITH & WESSON 67-5

76

MEDIUM HANDS
1. BERSA THUNDER 9 PRO XT
2. WALTHER CCP
3. SIG SAUER P238
4. GLOCK 43
5. SIG SAUER
P320 COMPACT

RANK: NO. 1
FAVORITE FEATURES: SIGHTS; EXTERNAL
SAFETY; TRIGGER
COMMENTS: "I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO WORK A
SLIDE ON A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL AS WELL I
CAN WITH THIS GUN."
"THIS GUN IS SMALL AND I HAVE LARGE
HANDS, YET I HAVE NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER
MAINTAINING A GOOD GRIP."
"I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS GUN-NICE AND
SMOOTH, AND EASY TO AIM!"

LARGE HANDS
1. SIG SAUER P238
2. HECKLER & KOCH VP9
3. SMITH & WESSON 67-5
4. SIG SAUER
P320 COMPACT
5. BROWNING 1911-380

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