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LADIES PISTOL PROJECT
continued from p. 76

five had previously been awarded NRA Golden Bullseyes
in the "Women's Innovation Product" category, named
by the editors of NRA Official Journals. The Walther CCP
was Shooting Illustrated's choice in 2016, the second year
the award was given, and American Rifleman named the
Springfield EMP4 its 2017 winner. Would the women agree
with our editors?
And what features did these two guns possess, with two
entirely different operating systems-one a delayedblowback, striker-fired, polymer-frame gun, the other an
M1911-style hammer-fired pistol that had been sized for
the 9 mm Luger cartridge-that made both editors and
these women identify them as great for women?
The Walther CCP had quite a few things going for it. In
fact, it was hard to find anything the women didn't love
about it. They remarked positively about the pistol's size,
weight, recoil management, the textured grip and simply
the fact they were able to shoot it well with good results.
Remember, this was about the ability to shoot the gun.
The Springfield EMP4 gave the women some insight into
the love affair that many men have had with the M1911 for
more than 100 years. Although the textured wood stocks
and the red fiber-optic front sight provided enough of an
ergonomic advantage to push the gun into the running of
favorites, it was the smooth press of the single-action trigger that left them wanting more. 
The SIG Sauer P238 earned the highest overall rank in
the survey. Ironically, the little SIG, a .380 ACP pocket
pistol, found the most favor with those ladies who
have larger hands. It was praised for its effortless slide
manipulation, bright sights, single-action, M1911-style
trigger and superb recoil management. All of the women
shot it well. "We often hear this feedback directly from
women who shoot the P238 and from trainers, as well
as retailers who sell the gun to ladies," said Tom Taylor,
chief marketing officer and executive vice president of
commercial sales at SIG Sauer. "It is a visually appealing

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gun, but more importantly, we believe it is a more functional, accurate and comfortable gun for women to shoot
because of its quality, weight and trigger."
There were, however, features about each of the pistols
tested that the women liked-there just wasn't enough of
a consensus on some to earn them a top ranking. So our
"Frankenstein Gun"-a fictional pistol, if built, would have
included the following: 
TRIGGER: HECKLER & KOCH VP9
MAGAZINE RELEASE: BERSA THUNDER PRO XT
SLIDE STOP LEVER: SIG SAUER P238
SIGHTS: SMITH & WESSON M&P 9
RECOIL: SMITH & WESSON 67-5
LOADING/UNLOADING: STI 5.0 MARAUDER
GRIP WIDTH/CIRCUMFERENCE: WALTHER CCP
WEIGHT: WALTHER CCP

Revolvers
So what about male influencers who, for decades, had tried
to pigeon-hole women into buying those small revolvers-the
implication being that a semi-automatic is too complicated or
too unpredictable? In short, they were wrong, at least when
it came to the smaller-frame revolvers. In fact, the numbers
revealed that, of the four revolvers included in this exercise,
only the larger-frame Smith & Wesson 67-5 placed anywhere
but at the bottom of the list in terms of favorites. 
Certainly there are women who can and will choose a
small revolver, and if you like your revolver for its reliability as a concealable wheelgun, then by all means, keep
your revolver. For me, too, old habits die hard. The Chiefs
Special handed down to me by my husband 25 years ago
is never far from reach in my home-although these days
my Springfield XD(M) Compact, with 19 rounds of 9 mm
Luger, and my new Glock 43, are usually a bit closer. Wellrespected female Gunsite instructor Il Ling New is all about
the S&W 360 PD, a hand-punishing .357 Mag. DAO revolver,
but it's important to know she is considered an industry
icon in the gun-training circuit, so that says something
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